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can rubbing alcohol reduce a baby's fever?

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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 36 years experience
No: Do not use rubbing alcohol to reduce your child's fever. The fumes from the alcohol can be dangerous to a child.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 39 years experience
No: If you use rubbing alcohol on a chiilds skin you risk both absorption through the skin as well as inhalation of the fumes, both toxic to children.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: The quick answer is "no", because rubbing alcohol on babies is not done nowadays. Alcohol on the skin evaporates, and so cools the skin down. It is possible that the fever will decrease if enough skin-cooling occurs. But just as likely, the cooled skin will cause the baby to shiver and generate more heat (and appear more ill). Current fever treatment is to use tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin, or similar drugs.
Dr. William Nall
Sports Medicine 15 years experience
Nope: Yeah, don't do that plus it will dry out the skin too.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
70's medicine: This practice was on its way out in the early 70's after the potential toxic effects on baby were noted.Chilling the skin turns on shivering and drives up fever. When absolutely necessary, a doc can run chilled saline into the stomach and back to reduce fever, avoiding the skin sensors and the shiver effect.Most kids do well with simple meds. (a cold bath is just as bad)

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Can I drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
No: In general, it is best not to consume alcohol while breastfeeding as alcohol can get into your bloodstream and then into your breastmilk. That being said, the alcohol does not stay there indefinitely. If you care to consume alcohol, a reasonable alternative would be to feed with expressed breastmilk and "pump and dump" the milk that you make for a couple of hours after drinking to be cautious.
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If I eat fatty foods, will my baby gain extra weight from my breast milk?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
No: No - your body will make the breast milk composition its meant to make as long as your body has enough of the basics. As long as you eat a balanced diet, you should be fine. In essence, you should feel free to eat or drnik anything you wish (with large restrictions to things like alcohol of course) and your baby will do well. Breastfeed is great - but enjoy your food as well!
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How many times a day should my breastfed baby poop?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Varies: Breastfed babies can poop after every feeding, with every feeding, once a day, every other day, and "all the time." as long as its soft and they are feeding well and gaining weight, this is all normal.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Is it okay for me to diet and lose 10 kg if I am breastfeeding a 10-month-old baby?

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Dr. Jennifer Frank
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Yes: Yes but...You need to make sure you are still getting plenty of calories. I'd recommend doing the common sense things - eating healthy foods, exercising, but not going crazy with calorie restriction.
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A 30-year-old male asked:

Male infertility runs in my family. Is it possible to be tested prior to trying to have a baby?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Yes: Get a semen analysis at an infertilty office not a lab because an infertilty sub specilaist will have certified andrologist on staff to properly analyze the specimen.

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