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can applying an ice pack to a child's bumped forehead have any negative consequences?

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Dr. David Reddell
Specializes in Pediatrics
No.: Always put something, such as a washcloth between the ice pack and the skin. Don't keep it on longer than about 5 minutes at a time. Tylenol (acetaminophen) by mouth may help. If there is loss of consciousness, worsening headache, or vomiting, seek medical attention immediately.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Tissue injury: The skin directly under the ice pack may suffer cold induced damage. A buffer of any conductive material like cloth,vinyl,plastic, etc. can reduce the damage and frequent observation of the site is important. Blood flow through the skin surface is necessary to avoid cold damage and easy to verify by lifting the ice pack.

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See below: Most of the time a good moisturizing cream and pumice stone will do the trick.
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How might an emergency room doctor treat a child's nosebleed?

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Several ways: It's not any different then how it would be treated in an adult. Compression is the first thing. If that doesn't work a topical vasoconstricter (like afrin) is used. Cauterization may be attempted with an electrocautery or topical chemical cautery (ex. Silver nitrate, floseal). Nasal packing would be the last thing - but it's uncommon to have to do that with children.
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What could cause dry, flaking, irritated skin?

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When must I get professional help for my child if he has stranger anxiety?

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Dr. Robert Stewart
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When it's a problem.: Some anxiety (shyness) with strangers is normal and good. You want your child to be cautious with strangers. Honor the child's discomfort with anyone being too intimate. But if the anxiety is causing problems or distress in the child's life, talk to a professional as soon as possible to help decide what needs to be done. The sooner the issue is addressed, the easier it is to resolve.
A 32-year-old female asked:

The skin between my buttocks is dark and im light skinned. What can I do ?

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