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is there anything you can do to prevent the symptoms of sudden infant death?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Back to sleep: Placing infants on their back to sleep has dropped the crib death rate by 40% in the us in the past decade or so. Rate increases with prone or side sleeping , smokers in the household, prematurity, multiple births & poverty.
Dr. Noel Alonso
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Awareness is key!: Things that are known to reduce to reduce the incidence of sids: 1) back to sleep position 2) use of ceiling fans, 3) avoid crowding crib with unnecessary toys, blankets, gadgets, etc. 4) avoid smothering by having infant sleep alone in crib, not in bed with parent/sibling 5) avoidance of passive smoking in household 6) use of pacifiers may help 7) train household members in cpr.

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How can one prevent fungal infections of the feet when taking a footbath?

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Dr. Alan Ettinger
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Liner: Use a disposible liner in the foot bath.
A 31-year-old member asked:

As a caregiver, how can I prevent back injuries helping a 120-lb person stand?

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See below: Don't use just your back. Bend at the knee and hips, when you are helping the person stand. That will allow you to take the strain off of your back.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How should you lift things to prevent back pain?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Be aware : Be aware of proper body mechanics by using your legs as your power source and keeping the load close to your body while avoiding any type of twisting or rotation as you lift. Know your limits especially with large, bulky objects or heavy ones.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What are some ways to prevent heel pain besides padding?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
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Supportive footwear: Heel pain often caused by insufficient support of feet. Orthotics are very helpful.
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A 18-year-old male asked:

How can I cure/get rid of tinea versicolor...Have used selsun blue...Taken perscribed pills by dermatologists...Nothing works..Help!?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Persistence: Tinea versicolor takes time to clear & often recurs. Perhaps prescription strength selenium sulfide lotion (2.5%) applied for 10 minutes daily for 7 days will work better than otc selsun blue (due to higher concentration of active ingredient). Washing clothing , bedding, bath linens (or perhaps using an ultraviolet wand) to destroy the fungus will speed recovery.

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