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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Salil Gupta
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Muscle weakness: Dmd is a condition when muscles start to die prematurely. It starts in early childhood, leads to weakness of voluntary muscles such as those of hips, pelvic area, thighs and shoulders. Calves are often enlarged. Eventually it involves all muscles including that of heart and that control breathing. Life span is shortened to less than 30 years. It is a genetic condition primarily in boys.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Salil Gupta
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Abnormal muscle tone: CP is a non-progressive damage to white matter of brain, that part which control movement and tone of muscles. Most of the causes are genetic, chromosomal, metabolic and have onset before birth. Lack of oxygen during childbirth leading to CP is not a very common cause and many other things need to happen to link CP to lack of oxygen. Preterm babies and multiple gestation are risk factors too.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Salil Gupta
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Possibly: Extreme prematurity is rare and have many different causes. Certain uterine abnormalities can lead to recurrent extreme prematurity. There is however new information on genetic basis for having recurrent premature births. Parents may carry certian genes which predispose to recurrent preterm births. Find a high risk OB doctor in your area to discuss more technical details.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Salil Gupta
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes: Your blood group is based on presence of specific antigen on your red cells, if you have "a" antigen, you are "a" blood group, if "b" antigen then "b" blood group and if you neither have "a" nor "b" antigen, then you are "o" blood group. Both "a" and "b" antigen are based on genetic make up. However, the ABO incompatibility that can lead to jaundice only happens when mother is "o" blood group.
A member asked:
Dr. Salil Gupta
Pediatrics 35 years experience
No: Congratulations on feeding your baby till she is teething! don't worry, you can continue to breastfeed even when the baby is teething. It should not cause you to stop or interfere your baby's ability to nurse. Keep up the good work!
A member asked:
Dr. Salil Gupta
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Life transforming: Having a new baby is very exciting and happy event in most marriages. But it is a transforming event in marriages and life will never be same as before! the time commitment, roles and routines all will be changed and fun as well as stress level goes high. Preparation and understanding of these changes are crucial to enjoy the baby and effectively deal with the stress associated with this event.
A member asked:
Dr. Salil Gupta
Pediatrics 35 years experience
A natural fat : Lecithin is a type of fat found in all plants and animals including humans. It is an important part of cell membrane. It has lubricant and soap like or "surfactant" properties. Many food companies use it for dietary supplement purposes or in food preparation. There are no side effects of taking these supplement but benefits are only in few select cases.
A member asked:
Dr. Salil Gupta
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Decreased activity: If the child is not eating or drinking for more than 4-5 hours, has not gone to pee or had a wet diaper for more than 12 hours, acting tired or weak and has decreased activity level, your child might be dehygrated and you talk to your pediatrician immediately.
A member asked:
Dr. Salil Gupta
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Fever, fussiness: If your child is running fever > 100.4 f, fussing a lot and not eating well or vomiting, it is possible that child has ear infection. Many children may rub or pull on ears a lot when they have ear infection. Exam by your doctor is needed to know for sure if the child does have a ear infection.
A member asked:
Dr. Salil Gupta
Pediatrics 35 years experience
No: Of course not. It is a personal choice for you and you should not feel guilty if you choose not to breast feed your baby. If you look at all the reasons why breast milk is better for your baby and you choose not to brestfeed as a personal preference, it is ok. I would suggest you look up the advantages of breast milk and discuss this with your pediatrician too.
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