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how do i know if my baby has the flu?

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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Specializes in Pediatrics
Symptom list: The respiratory flu, or influenza, follows what physicians call a constellation of symptoms. This means there is a pattern or list of common symptoms. It includes runny nose, high fever, irritability and cough. A more detailed list is available at the CDC website, but those are the symptoms most frequently seen in children. Testing is available, but is not as reliable as we would like.
Dr. Paul Trani
Specializes in Pediatrics
Fever/Lab Test: The "flu", or influenza, is usually accompanied by a spiking fever that is most often > 101 f. Irritability and fatigue often accompany it as well. Rhinorrhea, cough, body aches, vomiting, and diarrhea all my be part of the symptoms, but some of these may not be present in all children. The best way to know if your child has influenza for certain is if a laboratory test is positive for it.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
High fever with cold: Influenza typically presents itself as the sudden onset of a very high fever (101-104 degrees), severe cold symptoms with runny nose, cough, body aches. Some children will have decreased appetite due to sore throat. If your child is having these symptoms accompanied with difficulty breathing or your baby seems dehydrated (lethargic with decreased wet diapers), contact your doctor.

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Could my baby constipated?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
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Yes: Babies who are passing hard, formed stools and seem to have pain with stools may be constipated. Frequency of bowel movements is usually not important, if the stool is soft and the baby has no pain or straining. See your pediatrician if you suspect your baby has pain with bowel movements or if you see blood in the stool.
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Should I wake my baby up to feed?

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No: Infants have variable feeding patterns/timing and if they are gaining weight appropriately they can be allowed to feed on their pattern, unless it is too frequent. In general an average of every 3-4 hours is typical. In addition waking a baby to eat is easy but keeping them awake when they want to sleep is more difficult.
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If I have well water for the house, should I use diluted water for my baby's bottle?

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Dr. Mark Mcgranahan
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Use Nursery water: Nursery water is distilled water that is also fortified with a small amount of Fluoride (you can also get Fluoride free variety). This water is purified for drinking by babies and does not contain harmful bacteria, parasites, or heavy metals that can be found in city/tap or well water. Should be used until age 12 months.
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I am afraid of the shots that I have to give my months old baby! what is the problem in order to do them later when it is a bit older?I

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Exposure: Waiting simply allows them further exposure to the diseases. And having a current epidemic of whooping cough(pertussis) where i practice, your child has an increased risk of serious disease and even death by waiting.And the shots are a much safer risk than taking a chance on getting the disease!
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If I shave my babys lanugo, will it grow back even faster?

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Dr. Jerry Casale
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Don't do it: Shaving hair, any kind does not make it grow back faster, this is indeed an old wives tale. But please do not touch the lanugo it will go away and would be afraid of any potential harm to shaving a baby.U only have lanugo once. Embrace it.

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