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how can i help my child avoid infection?

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Dr. Hiro Kiguchi
Pediatrics 10 years experience
Wash hands!: You will never be able to prevent all infections, but that's ok. As long as your child has a normal immune system, he/she will be able to handle most infections. Make sure your child gets all the recommended vaccinations! When around other sick kids, make sure to wash hands. Many doctors think your immune system being exposed to antigens may actually be beneficial. Doctors are always there to help

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What is a c diff infection like?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Infection: Colon infection from clostridium difficile can cause fever, nausea, abdominal cramping pains, sometimes serious abdominal pain, diarrhea & dehydration. Some people can become very ill from this. Treated with specific antibiotics for this type of infection. Rarely requires surgery if severe & life threatening.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Do children in emerging nations need multivitamins?

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Dr. Prakash Bhoopalam
Pediatrics 43 years experience
May be: It does not depend on where they live in general but on their diet. If they are consuming a balanced diet that includes but not limited to fruits, vegetables, cereal, and milk products they don't need any multivitamins.
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How might an emergency room doctor treat a child's nosebleed?

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Dr. Mark Tosca
Urgent Care 20 years experience
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.
A 43-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
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 51-year-old member asked:

How can I help my child avoid infection if everyone at her school is sick?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Hand washing: Teach your child the basics of infection control which includes frequent handwashing (especially before eating), and not sharing drinks or utensils. A multivitamin with zinc and Vitamin C during these times may be helpful in prevention of illness. Getting adequate sleep/rest is also important.

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