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Dr. Michael Blum

Pediatrics
Rushville, MO
49 years experience

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Pediatrics

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32 Answers
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Smile..er Cheese :-): Assuming no allergies have been plaguing your child, table foods are usually started at 8 to 9 months of age. While baby foods are introduced at about... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Examination: Fully examining the child to determine if any trauma may have cause the unconsciousness. Xrays and lab testing will most likely be done. Quick and ear... Read More
A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Not in Class: The best time is when it can be a quiet and uninterrupted sleep period. While power naps are short and refreshing, getting 9 hours of sleep per day es... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Other options: Some doctor's offices do not keep in stock all the different kinds of vaccines. Check before making an appointment. Most local health departments have... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Several reasons: An ear infection seems the most obvious if the ear is hurting, can be due to pressure from fluid or pus in the middle ear. The eardrum itself may be ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Easily Obtained: Your pediatric office has this vaccine for all children. Some offices will offer the tdap (adult version) to parents. Local health departments stock t... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Quickly: Ear pain can really hurt :-(. I recommend tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. If the ear is not draining foul smelling liquid, i run to the kitchen... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Hives or Not?: Amoxicilin may commonly cause a fine red rash. This does not always mean someone is allergic to the medicine. It is okay to stop the medicine or skip ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Honey: If a child is over the age of one, honey may be used for coughs. I recommend buckwheat honey for its taste and texture. It is not carried in all store... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Clean Hands: Applying hand sanitizer to the hands should not hurt a child. Be careful not to ingest the material. Teaching kids to keep their hands clean in import... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
You betcha!: Remember the best way to have a healthy baby is good prenatal care. Choosing a good OB is essential in monitoring the progress of the new baby. The bl... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Ask the parent: Why give food or treats for valentines day? There may be children with other food allergies or sensitivities that you are not aware of. Consider non f... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Carefully: I use alcohol wipes to gently rub on the adhesive. Follow this with soap and water. Some people recommend nail polish remover. This may be absorbed ab... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Think straw: Great question. Drinking fluids does indeed help to reduce fever. Liquids that are cold are fun to drink. Drinking slowly thru a straw seem to allow t... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Swaddle 'em :-): Yes, it is okay to swaddle babies. This is a technique to keep the baby warm and comfortable. A new concept has been promoted that encourages a differ... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Crib in parent room: The crib is okay for the newborn to sleep. Recent recommendations encourage the newborn to sleep in the parent's room for the first six months. If you... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Gum: Often chewing gum may create a pumping type movement of the eustachian tubes and help to remove some fluid. There are also those who recommend xylitol... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Wash Well: Do not forget that really good washing with soap and water is essential for treating any skin infection. You do not need any special soaps, but wash w... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Dermatologist: If the patient has not seen a dermatologist, that is my first choice. That medical specialty has a lot of tricks up their sleeves to help work magic o... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Book the tickets now: Having just finished baby sitting our grandchild the answer is yes. This will give the parents a needed break and the grandchild will really enjoy som... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Unsinking the chest: Some really good options are available for this procedure. Pediatric surgeons have advanced this treatment over the years. Now it is possible to have ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Bedtime: I try to narrow the thumb sucking to nap or bedtime. I tell the child it is okay to suck the thumb in bed. By focusing on one time per day, the child ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Once: If the source of the infestation has been treated, such as the scalp with appropriate shampoos; then cleaning up the environment is the next step. Was... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Misdirection: I suggest getting the child their own emery board. This will allow the child to "file" their nails gently whenever they feel the urge to bite their na... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Yes: Most pediatricians will discourage sex for all our teenage patients. If a parent or patient (our teenagers) want to discuss birth control, we are plea... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Support groups: Congratulations for wanting to breast feed your baby. It is like learning to ride a bicycle. You are going to fall off and hurt yourself, but you get ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Attention to detail: Actually it should be easier. This child should be paying close attention to diet and exercise. Since a diabetic will be monitoring blood sugars, they... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Oh the achin' belly: Most tummy aches in kids are not serious. We do investigate all complaints of abdominal discomfort. Diabetes does not usually present with pain in the... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Maybe: I consider the teenage years very important. This is not just limited to the teen years. While a parent may feel their child is overreacting, it is a ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Newborn: Most circumcisions are performed in the hospital before a child is discharged. There is evidence that a circumcision will decrease the chances of infe... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Depends: The surgery to correct this heart problem may not be able to be performed in one surgery, but may involve several steps. Depending on the child's cond... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Slowly: Gently start the wake up process. Maybe first with some gentle music, then the lights in the room and finally some loving comments. Also gentle rubbin... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Blum is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Blum is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Jan 25, 2012
polite, descriptive, helpful
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I appreciate home remedy& timeline as far as when to go see MD. Thanks
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! The very best answer , thank you doctor
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Graduated 1973MD
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