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what can be done if a water system is already contaminated or is suspected of being contaminated?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Bottled water: First off, you will need to stop using the water from that system. Get some bottled water. Secondly, the system will need to be inspected and once it's been done and the contamination treated, you may be given permission to start using it again.
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Testing: The water supply needs tested to see if a filtration or other treatment method can improve the safety / quality of the water. Meanwhile, rely on bottled water for drinking / washing hands/hair/face.

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Is it ok to use soapy water instead of wipes during changings?

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Dr. Becky White
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Yes: Definately, or even just a wet washcloth. That's what our mothers used! wipes are convenient, but sometimes can worsen rashes.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is happening when water "breaks?"

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Amniotic sac rupture: "water breaking" is when the sac holding the baby's amniotic fluid ruptures, typically causing a gush or persistent trickle of fluid. This usually occurs at the end of pregnancy or during labor when the cervix is starting to dilate, disrupting the membranes. Occasionally it can happen prematurely which requires hospitalization.
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Can my water break in the absence of other symptoms?

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Dr. Stephen Scarantino
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Yes: Yes and since your water breaking is an important event (at any time when you are pregnant) you should always inform your obstetrician if you think you broke your water; even if you are not sure. You do not need to experience a large "gush of fluid" in order to have broken your water.
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What will it feel like when my water breaks?

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Gush of fluid: Usually when your water breaks it feels like a gush of fluid. It is usually clear with a pink tint and no odor. Urine will be yellow with an odor. Sometimes it can be a trickle of fluid that doesn't stop. If you are not sure put on a pad for an hour and see if it is wet or call your doctor and they will do an exam.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Do I sweat out a couple lbs of water everytime i'm on the bike?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Maybe: Depending on how hard your workout is and on where it is, you easily could sweat that much. Make sure you replace it with nonalcoholic fluids.

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