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Dr. Thomas Rothfeld

Pediatrics
Albuquerque, NM
male

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Bio

I am a pediatrician in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I practice general pediatrics but have specials interests in developmental pediatrics and genetics. One of my favorite topics is helping parents with parenting issues and questions. I have been practicing for over 20 years. I am a parent myself and know how challenging it can be. Parenting is not for cowards!

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Pediatrics

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79 Answers
52 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Rothfeld
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Yes but...: Yes, it is unusual but not unheard of. People suffer a variety of conditions that warrant using diapers as an adult - cerebral palsy, traumatic brain ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Rothfeld
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Changes of puberty: Puberty or sexual maturation is a period of many changes for both males and females. Hormonal changes cause changes within the sexual organs - ovaries... Read More
A member asked:
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It's normal: It's normal for boys and girls of that age to masturbate against an object like a bed, a chair or even a toy. Take a low-key approach. There is nothin... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Generally it should be safe. If it tastes funny, then don't use it.
A 20-year-old female asked:
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Virus: Usually these are viral illnesses. Stay well hydrated. If it persists beyond 14 days our if there is blood in the stool, seek medical attention.
A 33-year-old member asked:
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Infection around eye: It is a bacterial infection around the eye. The eye is an extension of the brain. Because of this, these infections may be serious. They require early... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Diaper rash creams are good lubricants for razor-burned skin.
A 33-year-old male asked:
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Yes: Without going into all the details, it is genetically very possible for a child from an a+ father and a b- mother to be b+.
A 26-year-old male asked:
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No: It is unlikely. However, you should use protection when having anal intercourse as you can acquire infections from bacteria that live in the rectum. ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
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Striae: Striae are stretch marks. They can occur at relatively young ages. In fact teenagers are the most common age group to get them. They occur with rapid ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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Need more details: How was the testosterone given? Was it one time or more than once? Over what period of time?
A 44-year-old member asked:
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Not possible: The o blood type is oo genotype. In other words, each parent contributes an o. It is not possible for an o man and an o woman to have anything but an ... Read More
A member asked:
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Not necessarily: Blood tests are ordered for specific reasons. Generally they are targeted to discover specific diseases or conditions.
A 43-year-old member asked:
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No: That is an elevated level. This is often due to genetics. Diet and exercise may help and it should be checked again in the near future.
A 21-year-old female asked:
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Yes: Yes, that is a normal reaction and you should continue the three shot series at 2 months and 6 months after the first one.
A 74-year-old female asked:
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Yes: Although bronchitis is generally caused by a virus and therefore not helped by antibiotics, you should be fine. The reason antibiotics are sometimes p... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
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Not a problem: You didn't ask a specific question but i assume you're concerned about the aches and subsequent popping of the joints. Achy joints during periods of g... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
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Yes: The most common reason for dramatic changes in head size that I see are errors in measurement. If he is developing normally, I would recommend discuss... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Don't know: I'd recommend calling your local poison control center.
A 24-year-old female asked:
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Normal breastfeeding: It is normal for babies to vary how often and how much they want to nurse. Just like we don't eat the same amount every day, babies vary too. When bab... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
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No: The safety of taking Mirtazapine during nursing is unknown. Talk with your doctor about this.
A 33-year-old female asked:
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Possibly: Unexplained weight loss, especially significant weight loss as you describe, should be investigated. Please have him see a doctor.
A 20-year-old female asked:
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Wake him up: Newborns should feed every 2-3 hours. Babies should not be allowed to sleep through the night until they are two months or older.
A 36-year-old female asked:
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Potentially yes: Sinus fluid may accumulate in certain positions and not drain as well.
A 38-year-old female asked:
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Formaldehyde exposur: How old is he? Is he still being exposed? What kind of health problems is he having?
A 48-year-old female asked:
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Ibuprofen dosing: Yes, especially if you take it with plenty of liquids. It is also helpful to take Ibuprofen on a full stomach as some people experience some abdominal... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Yes. It is generally recommended to do a thorough cleaning of the home at the same time as you are treated for head lice.
A 21-year-old female asked:
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He's ok: Fortunately babies are quite injury resistant. Watch him closely for the next 24 hours. If he's feeding well and acting normal, he's ok. If he starts ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
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No: No, but you should get checked and use protection regularly, every time!
A 32-year-old female asked:
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Yes: That's very normal. Good luck!
A 49-year-old member asked:
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No: That sounds too large. Weight training is ok for young boys but should be well supervised. Good trainers have them do lower weights but more repetitio... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
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Yes: No interaction between them. However it is useful to take a probiotic while on the antibiotics to avoid side effects.
A 25-year-old female asked:
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Specializes in Pediatrics
Many months: As breastfed babies gain weight, they are able to go longer without a feeding. In the first few months, they need to feed more frequently. Babies vary... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
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Viral illness: Most often viruses cause symptoms as you describe. Given the high pitched, barky cough, i suggest you take her in for evaluation immediately.
A 36-year-old female asked:
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Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Brain tumor is unlikely with those symptoms. Ear problems, in particular inner ear, can be cause of imbalance. I see you have allergies. Fluid in your... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
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No: Slight temperature elevation is expected following immunizations. Keep her lightly clothed and give lukewarm baths for comfort. Call her doctor if tem... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
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It varies: Drug rehabilitation various from place to place. Some rehab is inpatient, mother is outpatient. It generally involves therapy, both individual and gro... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
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Cough = allergies?: Allergies do not present with a fever. Generally allergy season starts earlier in most areas. Cough, sore throat, fever are generally symptoms of a co... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Rothfeld
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: yes, you can. Hydrocortisone, calamine lotion or topical Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) can help with the intense itch associated with scabies.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Rothfeld
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not normal: Ritalin (methylphenidate) can affect individuals as you describe. Your dose may be too high. Talk with prescribing doctor about lower dose or alternat... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Rothfeld
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Yes, that's normal. She may poop multiple times a day or once every 4 days (but then, watch out!). So long as she's acting normal, feeding well and pe... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Rothfeld
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Get it checked: You should get that evaluated as soon as possible. It is likely an infection such as an abscess.
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Pediatrics
Nothing: If your hands are functionally normal. I wouldn't recommend anything.
A 23-year-old female asked:
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Specializes in Pediatrics
Never: It is unlikely that you would get pregnant while on depo-provera injections. Remember that Depo-Provera only prevents pregnancy, not std's so using a ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Rothfeld
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: It is very unlikely that a slightly outdated condom didn't protect you if used appropriately.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Rothfeld
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: It is ok to start the Clindamycin immediately.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Rothfeld
Specializes in Pediatrics
Nothin's wrong: That's ok. Finish the antibiotics as prescribed. Get checked again if symptoms persist or come back.

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Rothfeld is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Rothfeld is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank u so much right now we r hoping to be ending with the 4th fever
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you so much for your quick reply! Have a good day and godbless!
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Thanks for your quick reply! Monospot was Neg!Maybe chronToothInfx.Would u suggest a different abx?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of New Mexico School of Medicine, NM
MD

Residency

University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Completed 1990

Awards

Thought Leader, First Place, New Mexico - Spring
2014
Top Doctor, First Place, New Mexico - Spring
2014
Top Pediatrician, First Place, New Mexico - Spring
2014
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