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A 40-year-old member asked:

do any two people have the same body odor? could dogs tell them apart?

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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Not identical: Dogs have very sensitive noses and can detect chemical compounds on the order of one part in a billion. That is why they can track by smell alone. Even identical twins probably won't smell exactly the same because smell also depends on what someone has ingested and it is unlikely that two people will eat/drink exactly the same things.

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If my child has allergies, should I keep our dog off of his bed?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Yes: Animals are common causes of allergies. The bedroom environment should be an allergy free haven.
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Is the timing of developmental milestones the same for all children?

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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics 18 years experience
No: Some children reach the milestones earlier while others may reach them later. Try not to compare your child to others. Your pediatrician will do a developmental screening at each well child visit and will address your concerns. If your baby is significantly delayed, further evaluation may be needed.
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Should my baby be in the same percentile for height and weight?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
No: No, this is a common misconception! if all children had the same percentile for height and weight, there would be no tall skinny, broad muscular, or short heavy kids! growth percentiles are mostly used to predict and track growth over time.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

How do I ensure my baby's head stays the same shape?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Tummy time!: Many babies develop flattening of the back of the head in the first 4-6 months from sleeping on their backs. Tummy time can help to avoid this. Also, make sure you put your baby in different seats, different positions and encourage him/her to look to both sides in the first few months. Most flattening resolves on its own when babies start to sit up (after 6 months).
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A 44-year-old male asked:

If I had a body scan today, when can I restart taking my hormone medicine?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Depends on hormones : I think that would depend on the type of hormone you are talking about and the scan you had. If you didnt get instructions then check with your doctor first. Did you have a thyroid scan? Was it a bone scan or a density scan?

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