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Dr. Victoria Acharya

Pediatrics
Ehrenberg, CA

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Pediatrics

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Dr. Victoria Acharya
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not necessarily: Most colds last 7-10 days. If baby doesn't have a fever or trouble breathing, and has been peeing normally (even if eating/drinking a little less), s... Read More
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Anaphylaxis: Anaphylaxis is very dangerous, because the airway can swell up and close off. Anyone with a history of a severe food allergy (mouth or lip swelling) ... Read More
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Depends: Once baby has reliable strong head control, usually by 6 months, either should be safe. Children in bike seats should wear a helmet. Look for a five... Read More
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Not needed!: Colds are caused by viruses, which aren't treated by antibiotics. All medications have side effects, and there is always a risk of a serious reaction... Read More
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Trouble!: We recommend you get down on your hands and knees to see what trouble you could get into as a baby. Cabinets should be locked, and medications, dange... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
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By 16 months: Some babies are comfortable crawling for months and some skip crawling to go straight to walking. It is normal for babies to take up to 16 months to ... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
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No: Each baby is different, so if baby isn't feeling well (ex. More gas) you will have to experiment with eating different foods and watching for a reacti... Read More
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No: A bulging fontanelle will not be the only sign of meningitis. Babies with meningitis usually have fever, are irritable or lethargic, and do not eat n... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
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No: Fever is good, as it helps the body fight off infection. As long as baby looks happy and playful, you don't need to treat the fever at all. If s/he ... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
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Experience: Little babies will root, turning their head and opening their mouths in a movement of looking for the breast. Tired babies tend not to make eye conta... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
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No: Newborn eye muscles are weak and unable to coordinate tracking and fixing well. Looking cross-eyed is completely normal in a young baby. If you cont... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Victoria Acharya
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Hemangioma?: I'm guessing you are asking about a red birthmark made up of blood vessels called a strawberry hemangioma, it is not present at birth, usually appear... Read More
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Doubtful: I couldn't locate a controlled study on long-term effects if surgery is not done. In most cases the condition is cosmetic, and there were no reported... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Pediatrics
No: The maternal antibodies that cross the placenta react with the fetus' blood, causing hemolysis (blood breakdown) in utero or soon after birth. The ba... Read More
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Yes: Well, yes and no. We don't know what causes colic, but the current theory is that infantile colic may be similar to irritable bowel syndrome in adult... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
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Yes: If you do not purchase an airplane seat for the baby, however, there is no guarantee that there will be an extra seat. Under two years the airlines d... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
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Yes: You may still ovulate without menstruating, however, so don't count on breastfeeding as reliable birth control!
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
Specializes in Pediatrics
Cover up: First minimize time outside, especially from 10 am-3 pm. Cover baby with a physical uv blocking material, either clothes or an umbrella. Next best i... Read More
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Yes: Every time a breastfeeding mom thinks about the baby, there is a surge of oxytocin, which induces milk "let down." oxytocin's nickname is the "love h... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
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Relieve symptoms: There is no specific treatment for measles. Acetaminophen, rest, and humidified air may help. Measles causes rash, runny nose, red eyes, fever, and ... Read More
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7-12 months: Babies should be able to stand and support their weight by 7 months, but occasionally a baby won't feel the need to move around while holding onto thi... Read More
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White stuck patches: The patches of thrush will not come off if scraped with a tongue depressor (as opposed to milk). Thrush can be normal until one year of age, after wh... Read More
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Depends: Breastfed babies often poop with each feed in the first few months. Babies fed formula or older children can poop anywhere from several times per day... Read More
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Prevent bleeding: The vitamin K shot after birth prevents a severe bleeding complication in the first few days to weeks of life. It is most common in exclusively breas... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
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Yes: Serious vaccine side effects occur less than 1 in 100, 000 vaccinations. Studies show that babies from birth can physiologically tolerate 10, 000 vac... Read More
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No: Babies can get flat heads if they lay on their backs most of the time, which is why we recommend daily "tummy time" by one month. Start with a few mi... Read More
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Cocoon them: Cdc recommends a technique called "cocooning" to prevent disease in babies too young to vaccinate (or others unable to receive a vaccine, such as immu... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
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Swallowing: If you are breastfeeding, most babies will latch at takeoff and landing. If your baby is formula feeding, you can try feeding as well. If baby takes ... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
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Yes: "toddler's diarrhea" is diarrhea caused by too much juice. Babies don't need juice at all, and we prefer they get their vitamins from fruit, rather t... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
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Yes: A recent study reported that children with smaller cellullar reactions (ige levels in blood or wheal size on skin prick) to the allergen are more like... Read More
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0 months: Babies are not born knowing how to sleep but learn based on their environmental habits after birth. As long as baby is in a safe sleeping environment... Read More
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Depends: Ideally one would wait at least until after the first set of vaccinations at two months. After that, some places are more "medically dangerous" than ... Read More
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No: Traditionally, the "whooping" sound describes pertussis, or whooping cough. Inspiratory (breathing in) sounds are usually associated with upper airwa... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
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Specializes in Pediatrics
Stay rear facing: The aap recently recommended that babies remain rear facing until at least 2 yrs, or later if under the maximum weight for that seat. Car seats with ... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Nipple shields are meant to be used short-term, to help with inverted or sore nipples. If placed improperly, it is possible that they could decrease ... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
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Have fun!: At this age, babies are very social, and enjoy responding and commenting with babbling. Many babies enjoy interacting with a "baby" in a mirror. The... Read More
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No: All over-the-counter cough and cold meds under 2 years were pulled off the market by the fda after some deaths, and are not recommended for under 6. ... Read More
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Yes: As long as you mean not speaking in sentences, it is normal. A 1 year old should say "mama" and "papa" specifically, plus at least one other word. I... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: So many important health benefits from breastfeeding, and breastmilk adjusts for the age of that particular baby. Although formula manufacturers have... Read More
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Difficulty breathing: Bronchiolitis tends to be more severe in children under 1 year of age, babies born early, or children with underlying medical problems. One worrisome ... Read More
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Variety: 11 mo olds like to play patty cake and other interactive games, many are cruising and trying to walk, so they enjoy new environments to explore. By 9... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
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Yes: There is a lot of controversy these days on testing after uti. Most physicians order an ultrasound of the kidneys. If this is normal, it's the first... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
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Yes: Most babies start with the bottom teeth, although an occasional baby doesn't read the textbook and starts with the top. You may see drooling or slight... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Most likely no. Serious side effects occur less than 1 in 100, 000 vaccinations. Depending on the vaccine, mild side effects (soreness at site, low ... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
Specializes in Pediatrics
Ok if <1 month: Although almost all cords fall off in the first two weeks of life, it is normal for the umbilical cord to take a full month to fall off. Most importa... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Acharya
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Many studies have been done to assure the safety and best timing of the vaccination schedule. Baby bodies can handle 10, 000 vaccines at a time! we ... Read More

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University of Arizona College of Medicine, AZ
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