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Dr. David Galbraith

Pediatrics
Altoona, PA
50 years experience male

About

Bio

After practicing pediatrics in central Pennsylvania for 37+ years, I officially retired as of October 2014. The transitions that occurred during my time in practice were legion and encompassed medical advances, the commercialization of medicine in the United States, significant changes in family structure and society, changes in the educational system, and, of course, the technological revolution and the internet. What a trip!

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Pediatrics

Languages spoken

English

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70 Answers
47 Agrees
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Sort of: If you are asking about nocturnal enuresis, bedwetting alarms "cure" about 3 out of 4 users. Go to http://www.Healthychildren.Org and search on "bedwe... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
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Depends: Gestational age is usually determined by a combination of calculations based on the last menstrual period, physical examination of the pregnant woman,... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
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Possibly: Most preemies remain relatively small initially, depending on how small and how early they were to begin with. Then most eventually catch up by 1-2 ye... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
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Several things: It depends on what stage a pregnancy is in & what the cause of early labor is. Options include hormones, a circlage (ring that goes around the cervix ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Depends: On her age, personality, family situation, etc. There is good information and tips available at www.Healthychildren.Org & www.Kidsgrowth.Com.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
Depends: "preemies" can have almost no problems to serious lifr-threatening problems or anywhere in between. The more premature the baby is the more problems y... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
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Birth defect: In gastroschisis the baby is born with the intestines protruding ouside of the abdominal cavity through a hole (defect) beside the umbilicus (belly bu... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
Maybe.: Such a treatment is currently being investigated, but so far has not been perfected. Due to the recent discovery of a gene that prevents sperm from ma... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Not much.: Vaseline isn't toxic. A lot might cause a little diarrhea, but i can't imagine a child eating enough to do that.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
No: While the cause of kawasaki disease remains unknown, it does not appear to be contagious.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
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Yes: "global developmental delay" is a general descriptive diagnosis that encompasses many different conditions. It means there are delays in all aspects o... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
No.: Many children lose their teeth at a later age. This is frequently a family trait. Pulling the baby teeth does not make the 2nd teeth come in sooner.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Some do, though not very commonly.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
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Website: Go to www.Genome.Gov and on the right side scroll down to "genetic disorders faq" and click on it for a pretty complete reference site. In the list on... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
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Largely uknown: The cause of gastroschisis is not known, but there are certain statistical associations such as younger maternal age, alcohol consumption or smoking d... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
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Not a good idea.: Silver is a toxic metal and has caused some problems in older children and adults when used to treat burns. For that reason silver sulfadiazine is no ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
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Not much.: While it is the most popular treatment for burns, there are more advanced treatments that work better and faster. It often causes an eschar (scab) at ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Not a good idea.: Silver is a toxic metal and has caused some problems in older children and adults when used to treat burns. For that reason silver sulfadiazine is no ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
Very accurate.: Ultrasond dagnosis of gastroschisis is very accurate when competently performed.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
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Both: Currently there three basic classifications: asperger's, autistiism, & pervasive developmental disorders. But these are somewhat ill-defined & each en... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
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More information: The whole autism-immunization connection turned out to be a hoax of disastrous proportions. Immunizations are without question one of the top five adv... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
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Position: The best position to burp a baby is lying on his/her stomach across your lap with the body angled about 30º head up. This puts the air bubble on top d... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
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Maybe none: It is not necessary to miss any school with mono. It is not very contagious as it is passed by direct contact with bodily secretions. While some child... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Nothing.: You probably never had them to begin with. The condition is called hypodontia, which is congenital absence of 6 teeth or less. Oligodontia is congenit... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
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They are mites.: Very very tiny arachnids, relatives of spiders & ticks. They live & feed on vegetation like grain, grasses, & briar bushes. The immature larva drops o... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yes: The american academy of pediatrics' committee on nutrition appointed a task force to investigate this question, and they concluded that all the curren... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Not a concern.: That is a perfectly normal stool for a breastfed baby.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
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Education & training: You would first need to get a degree in nursing (bsn) and become a registered nurse (rn) by qualifying through the state board. Next you need undergo ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Change to "no": Although the adrenal glands sit on top of the kidney, they are totally separate and are not otherwise related to the kidneys. Destructive kidney disea... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
Sometimes: It can be dangerous in young children, especially infants, and in some older children and adults with a rare genetic defect. A recent warning on using... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Several: There are several risk factors that doctors of neonates look for: a fever in the mother during labor, other signs of infection of the amniotic fluid, ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
There is not.: Surgery is the best treatment and is a fairly simple outpatient procedure with a high success rate. Putting it off risks complications like incarcerat... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Resources: Death is perceived very differently by children depending on their age so you must use a different approach depending on each child's age. Two website... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Sort of: Because many women with pcos have less frequent ovulation (fertile egg production) it may take them longer to become pregnant. There are medications l... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Website: Go to www.Genome.Gov and on the right side scroll down to "genetic disorders faq" and click on it for a pretty complete reference site. In the list on... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Humidify: Central air runs through the same forced air ducts as winter heat does. It's very dry, even when there is a central humidifier attached. In-window air... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yes.: But there are many other signs of turner syndrome and a low hairline alone is not enough to cause concern. See www.Genome.Gov for a more complete list... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
A couple things.: The usual cause is infantile seborrhea, a rash that is common in the first few months of life. It is the same thing as cradle cap and the eyelids and ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Depends.: "teething" usually happens on and off between 6 & 18 months but is usually not very bothersome to babies (except for the molars). It gets blamed for e... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Monitoring: Fetal ultrasounds are performed every 2-4 weeks to watch for problems. During the last 2 months or so tests of fetal well-being are added (nonstress o... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Pediatric (usually): In general, there are enough differences betwwen adolescent and adult hearts that a pediatric cardiologist is the best way to go. Most adult cardiolog... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Depends.: There are many reasons for referral to a pediatric cardiologist, so it would be necessary to know why he was referred in order to answer your question... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Generally: You would first need to get a degree in nursing (bsn) and become a registered nurse (rn) by qualifying through the state board. Next you need undergo ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Should be.: It may not be completely free (minimal administration fee) and you may need to meet certain qualifications such as being uninsured or underinsured. Go... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Website: Go to www.Genome.Gov and on the right side scroll down to "genetic disorders faq" and click on it for a pretty complete reference site. In the list on... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Either: All vaporizers put moisture into the air and that can be comforting when the air is dry. Air can be naturally dry due to the climate or weather or dri... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Most do.: Most babies spit at least a couple times a day. Usually it's due to swallowing a little air or to reflux, which is common (and normal) in babies. As l... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yes, if…: If the conjunctivitis is caused by an infectious agent like a virus or bacteria, it can be passed to someone else. Conjunctivitis is generally passed ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Not likely: Clinodactyly is the most common of all birth anomalies. It often runs in families. While it is associated with many syndromes, in the vast majority of... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
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Only two.: O positive or o negative.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Galbraith is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Galbraith is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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My kids hate eating. Its torture. But thanks. (complex medical needs) Trying to get a target to work down to from 3+ hours per meal if it involves a bvg & food. Thats all. Have 6yr olds but was trying...Read More
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Trachs & poor muscle tone ruin meals here. Thanks.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1973MD

Residency

UCLA Hospital and Clinics

Awards

Founding Rx Editor, First Place, National - Winter
2015
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