Dr. T. Allen Merritt

Neonatology
Ehrenberg, AZ
51 years experience male

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I am Professor of Pediatrics/Neonatology at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital and also Visiting Professor of Neonatology at the University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland. I am Emertus Professor of Pediatrics, UC Davis

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Neonatology

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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
APP: There are apps for the iphone that provide hypnosis to assist you to stop smoking. If you are a veteran many veteran hospitals and clinics have hyp... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Leave it alone: It should resolve spontaneously. Lancing it may cause an infection or bleeding.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Yes: Neurosurgeons may be able to remove it.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Rare after two years: Survival beyond two years is unlikely.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Increased: The question should ask about monozygotic versus dizygotic twins and the type of twins in other family members should be specified. Normally, the c... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Feed longer : A nearly 3month old infant should be feeding every 3-4 hours and usually for 20-25 minutes per feeding. A feeding volume of 4-6 oz would be appropria... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Mid clavicle line : Find your mid clavicular point and draw a line down to your pelvic inguinal ligament. Yes your liver will be on this line and physicians measure live... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Yes: Pregnancy is more difficult with a bicornuate uterus and often when one does successfully conceive the fetus can not grow in the smaller uterine horn.... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Vaginosis: See your physician. You may have either candida or bacterial vaginosis and these require treatment with medication. Emergency contraception should b... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Possibly: This is very early to detect lack of fetal growth. Check with your obstetrician and have another ultrasound to check for growth in 2 weeks. This rea... Read More
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A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Go immediately to ER: You may have a low sa02, call 911 and have them take you to the er, . 8 lpm is a significant amount of supplemental oxygen and you may still be hypox... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
No: The umbilical cord is fetal tissue. Cutting the cord may permit the fetus to bleed and loose fetal blood, not maternal blood.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Many things: Edema of the fingers of a newborn could be from low serum protein (renal losses of protein), blocked lymphatic flow, venous obstruction on the hand or... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Define "Strangled": Your question is unclear in terms of what you mean by "strangled." reflux does not need to occur around feeding time. If you mean shortness of breat... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Generally so: If the mother has hepatitis c, performing a hepatitis c RNA test at 3 months and obtaining viral load will identify whether the infant has acquired he... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
A specialized nurse: A neonatal nurse practitioner is a nurse who has received specialized advance practice nursing in neonatal intensive care. Many have a masters degree... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Infrequent: If you have active tuberculosis it is possible to infect your fetus through the placenta but this is rare. If you have active TB you need to inform y... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
No call your Dr.: Fever is a common "reaction" to immunizations in a 2 month old. Diarrhea and vomiting are usually not associated with immunizations. Your baby shoul... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Get the tests: Erythema nodosum can be with some viral diseases, but it can also occur with several forms of collagen vascular disorders including lupus, dermatomyos... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Probably allergies: See your ophthalmologist or optometrist. Injected whites of your eyes may be causes by many things including glaucoma, infections, or allergies. You... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Oil of Citronella: There are many insect repellants available otc. Many with citronella and other repellants. Best to wear long sleeve shirts, cover legs, and gloves i... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Generally: Vitamin k may be taken by the mother but it is not a subsitute for giving vit k to the infant usually intramuscularly but may be given by several oral... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Bedrest: Take the advise of the maternal fetal medicine specialist. Bedrest (and preferably in a hospital with an nicu) is indicated.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
?: Twins occur in about 1 in 90 pregnancies and may be monozygotic or dizygotic. Twins are more likely to be born prematurely than singleton pregnancies... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Normal: Unless there is an anaphylactoid reaction there should be a normal life span.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Yes: Triplets may represent twins and a singleton or three separate fetuses. Conjoined multiple births have been describe, but usually the conjoined fetus... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Fetal movement: The coils in the umbilical cord reflect fetal movment. Bernischke documented about 6-7 coils per 10 cm of cord. Excessive coiling may be associated ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Wry neck: Torticolis is a "bruise" or hematoma in the sternoclienomastoid muscle on either the right or left due to the delivery process and infants have a wry ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Pneumonia is likely: If your infant had a chest x-ray because of respiratory symptoms the findings listed above are very consistent with a form of pneumonia and your pedia... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Gentle saline irriga: Persistent mucous may be nasal passage that is partially obstructed with hardened mucous, an infection including viral infections and some bacterial ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Fasting: If you are generally healthy fasting from sunrise to sunset will not harm you. If you have an illness you are not required to fast. Great foods are ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
It's a contraceptive: Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) does provide contraception protection for about 3 months as placed subcutaneously. No contraceptive is 100% so pro... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Sinusitis: Sinusitis or a foreign body in the nostril can cause a persistent nasal dishrag as can allergies. If the discharge is malodorous (smells) the nasal c... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Generally: Ideally you should have a bmi between 20-25. Your bmi is well with an acceptable range of 27. However bmi >30 are classified as obese. So if y... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Avoid meds: At 36 weeks nasal saline for a "cold" to clear your nose is the best. Avoid otc cold remedies at this point during pregnancy. If febrile see you ob,... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Local injury : It is hard diagnose without seeing, but local trauma can cause a vein to break and form a bruise or hematoma under the skin. If this persists for &gt... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Tuberculosis: You need to see a physician soon or go to public health clinic where a sputum culture (including acid fast bacilli) and a chest radiograph. Other fun... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Go to M.D.: It is hard to know what busted means, but usually the lip is lacerated and bleeds and swells. Immediately put pressure on the lip to stop bleeding. ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Don't use them: Air scent "freshers" emit in vapor form the scent that you purchase. Many people including infants can develop allergies associated with these vapors... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Wait: The spleen is usually enlarged with infectious mononucleosis (barr epstein virus infection). The spleen can rupture if there is trauma to the spleen ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Yes: If if your "seizures" are pschogenic and non-epileptic in nature it is helpful for others to know that you have a type of seizure and they can assist ... Read More
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A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Dizziness: Vertigo or a sense of dizziness can develop with some chronic diseases, age, or during and after a viral illness. Your have had the correct procedure... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
See a urologist: It is important to get a culture and have a urine test. This may be gonorrhea or another form of urethritis. Doxycycline should be continued as in... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
No: Allergies are an immune response to specific antigens. Hypnotherapy is not curative.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Viral infections: Torch represents congenital viral infections that may infect the fetus toxoplasmosis rubella cmv herpes virus i and ii enterovirus may be added t... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Injury: Tissue injury with blood accumulation like a bruise in the soft tissue or in a muscle. Generally these resolve without difficulty although there may ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Fetuses repond : At 18 weeks gestation loud sounds transmitted through the abdominal wall into the uterine may cause the fetus to move and the heart rate accelerate tr... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
No: Hypnotism is done by physicians using informed consent.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Yes: Hynosis may permit some patients to relax, but it is not curative for a specific illness.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 51 years experience
Let them alone: Milium will resolve with generally resolve with gentle rubbing with a wash clothe.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Merritt is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Merritt is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Got ultra sound & blood tests are even better. Spleen looks normal. TY
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This was very helpful im from philippines and i was encounter this
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I never thought of that. Thank you so much!

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