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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Reddell
Specializes in Pediatrics
Sonogram: It is basically a sonogram of the head. Sound waves pass through the soft spot (fontanelle), and show the brain structure. It is used to check for bleeding, cysts, or hydrocephalus (water on the brain). It avoids radiation which is used for ct or mri.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Reddell
Specializes in Pediatrics
Shot is better: Oral polio vaccine has been phased out. It was associated with cases of transmission to other contacts, and occasionally caused polio in people with immune defects. The injectable vaccine is not a live virus, and cannot be spread to others.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Reddell
Specializes in Pediatrics
Probably medication: Salbutamol and theophylline are both asthma medications, and often help with cough, but irritability is a common side effect. It could mean that the child is getting too much for his weight. A nebulizer might be better. Don't give any more medicine untgil you discuss it with your doctor.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Reddell
Specializes in Pediatrics
Unlikely to harm: Mold is basically everywhere. When you see the allergy report on local weather, there is hardly a day without mold in the air. A few types could be a problem in damp places that are not well ventilated. Symptoms would be respiratory, probably just a cough if allergic. Just clean the stroller with a bleach solution and don't worry.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Reddell
Specializes in Pediatrics
Allergies: This time of year, we often see people with itchy, watery eyes due to allergies. Sometimes they are puffy in the mornings, but there shouldn't be crusty discharge. Antihistamines by mouth may help, but you may also need prescription eye drops. If there is puffiness anywhere else on the body, there could be a kidney problem.
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A member asked:
Dr. David Reddell
Specializes in Pediatrics
Formula may help: At 3 weeks of age a full term baby should have gained about 12 oz over birth weight. Some mothers don't produce enough milk for a baby to grow. A lactation nurse may be able to help. Sometimes breast feeding, then giving formula will fill up the baby and give enough nutrition to gain weight. You should call your baby's doctor for an appointment.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Reddell
Specializes in Pediatrics
No.: Holding your breath is unlikely to lower your blood oxygen level enough to cause a problem. Don't hold it so long that you feel dizzy or light-headed.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Reddell
Specializes in Pediatrics
About 16 oz.: Most toddlers need about 16 oz a day of dairy products. Low fat milk is recommended once they turn 2 years old. Excessive milk usually results in a child not eating well, because it keeps them feeling satisfied. It can also contribute to constipation. There can also be chronic blood loss in the intestines, resulting in anemia in some children.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Reddell
Specializes in Pediatrics
No.: Always put something, such as a washcloth between the ice pack and the skin. Don't keep it on longer than about 5 minutes at a time. Tylenol (acetaminophen) by mouth may help. If there is loss of consciousness, worsening headache, or vomiting, seek medical attention immediately.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Reddell
Specializes in Pediatrics
Probably normal: You may just be a late bloomer. A lot depends on what age you started having periods. If you have pubic hair, acne, and nipples which appear normal, your hormones are working. If you are too thin, that will affect breast size too. Half of all women have breasts which are smaller than "average". Don't let your breasts define how you feel about yourself. If still in doubt, see your physician.
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