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Dr. David May
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Thumbsucking (Definition)

Dentists generally call these, digit habits, fingers thumb, finger nails. If the person seems to have their fingers in their mouth after the initial eruption of the primary teeth they may have developed the habit. It can be a soothing reflex but can cause growth alterations in the eruption of the ...Read more


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How often should baby move at 20 weeks pregnant?

How often should baby move at 20 weeks pregnant?

Varies: At 20 weeks you can only expect to feel large movements by the baby so it is moving more than you notice. Women who have had babies before tend to fell movement sooner and feel more movements sooner. Just like children once they are out here, some babies are much more active than others. The concern is when a baby's activity level changes from its own normal. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I'm about 3-4 weeks pregnant, will eating a small bag of flaming hot cheetos hurt the baby?

I'm about 3-4 weeks pregnant, will eating a small bag of flaming hot cheetos hurt the baby?

Put flame out 1st...: Just kidding. There isn't any harm in eating this food while pregnant. However, pregnancy is an excellent time to learn about how to eat better, overall. For you and the baby. Start by eating real food (and not junk like this. Lots of fruits and veggies and quality meats, dairy, and eggs. Real food. Good balance. Healthy mom. Healthy baby. Good luck. ...Read more

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Jaundiced 6 day old baby's heel still oozing when bandage removed 10 hrs after lab draw. (36 wk. gestation)?

Jaundiced 6 day old baby's heel still oozing when bandage removed 10 hrs after lab draw. (36 wk. gestation)?

Oozing what?: blood? or something else? pressure, compression should usually stop the bleeding. However, anytime there is a concern that you want to be addressed rather quickly for your own piece of mind, I don't think you should rely on the internet. Pick up the phone and call the pediatrician. having said that as long as the site doesn't look infected, replace the bandage until you hear from the dr. ...Read more

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Rough tech tried to roll baby over during 20 week u/s painfully pushing belly. could this caused my abruption day later?

Rough tech tried to roll baby over during 20 week u/s painfully pushing belly. could this caused my abruption day later?

Possible: the force required to disrupt the placenta is generally pretty high but you should never let anyone push around your pregnant belly hard enough to cause you pain without demanding that they stop immediately. it may be a coincidence that you were on the verge of abrupting but i would need to know more clinical information. sorry that happened. ...Read more

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I'm 33 weeks and the baby is measuring at 35 weeks 5 pounds 3 ounces . Does that mean I will have a big baby ? I'm due October 27th

I'm 33 weeks and the baby is measuring at 35 weeks 5 pounds 3 ounces . Does that mean I will have a big baby ? I'm due October 27th

Maybe: Babies gain most of their weight in the last 6 weeks or so. This is when it will make the most difference. I had a professor who said Great Danes don't have chihuahuas and chihuahuas don't have Great Danes. Are you a chihuahua or a Great Dane? ...Read more

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Water broke @ 35 weeks, then contractions started few hrs later, then baby born 14hrs later. Is this pprom, prom or preterm birth?

Water broke @ 35 weeks, then contractions started few hrs later, then baby born 14hrs later. Is this pprom, prom or preterm birth?

Prom/preterm: People seldom apply the prolonged label to premature rupture of membranes until they have been open at least 18 hrs. Your birth was preterm which does not exclude the premature rupture of membranes label, it includes it. ...Read more

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Drank water out of crystal at 8 weeks pregnant. If there was lead, harmful?

Drank water out of crystal at 8 weeks pregnant. If there was lead, harmful?

Not a problem: Your scenario does not pose any significant risk to your baby. ...Read more

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My ultra sound at 20 weeks: ac only 16th percentile; head 35 percentile. Follow up at today at 28 wks now ac is 31 but head is 8. So worried about 8. ?

My ultra sound at 20 weeks: ac only 16th percentile; head 35 percentile. Follow up at today at 28 wks now ac is 31 but head is 8. So worried about 8. ?

More information: The ultrasound results are indeed worrisome but to say how worrisome would require more information. A consult with a maternal-fetal medicine specialist ( an Ob with special training in high risk pregnancies) would be advisable to give you a better idea what is going on and provide the best management. My best wishes to you and the baby. ...Read more

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Does the chance of miscarriage decrease at 8 weeks (6 weeks past conception) or only at 12 weeks?

Does the chance of miscarriage decrease at 8 weeks (6 weeks past conception) or only at 12 weeks?

Yes: A large portion of abnormal pregnancies will miscarry or stop growing by 8 weeks. Many of the rest will be lost by 12 weeks. ...Read more

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Broke 4th metacarpai.. 4 weeks in cast. Started hand therapy but joints in finger/ hand are swollen 2 1/2 weeks later. Is something wrong?

Broke 4th metacarpai..  4 weeks in cast. Started hand therapy but joints in finger/ hand are swollen  2 1/2 weeks later.  Is something wrong?

Probably not: The healing may not return to exact shape. If your treating specialist sees no problem and joint function is stable you may be okay ...Read more

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22 y/o got pregn 8 months after marriage..blighted ovum at 6 weeks does it prove i can bear children?

22 y/o got pregn 8 months after marriage..blighted ovum at 6 weeks does it prove i can bear children?

Common.: Blighted ovum is a fertilized egg that is not developing properly. This is more common than we know because this results in a miscarriage that some women will interpret as a period. There is no need to worry or be concerned unless this is a repetitive occurrence. It is often not looked into unless occurs more than 3-5 times. Try to relax and not worry too much about this. Good luck. ...Read more

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Painting house for 3 months got sore thumb in knuckle area. 3 months later it is still sore. Had xray - no breaks. Got celebrex (celecoxib). Still sore. Locks?

Painting house for 3 months got sore thumb in knuckle area. 3 months later it is still sore. Had xray - no breaks. Got celebrex (celecoxib). Still sore. Locks?

Osteoarthritis (OA): I imagine that you've spent a good portion of your life working with your hands? Given your age & the time you spent painting, especially if other family members have (had) OA, you are at risk. Alternatively, if you held the brush awkwardly, you could have what's called "skier's thumb", "gamekeeper's thumb" or "catcher's thumb" with a ligament sprain that doesn't show on X-ray. Use HealthTap Prime ...Read more

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At 8 to 10 weeks pregnant does the baby have a heartrate?

At 8 to 10 weeks pregnant does the baby have a heartrate?

Yes. : The heart starts beating by the 5th week of gestation and by 10 weeks there should be a heartbeat. ...Read more

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Is it bad if my 9 wk (13lb 10oz) baby drinks 24-28 oz a day and it's not every 3-4 hrs? She drinks 6 oz @ each feeding and sometimes 8 oz

Is it bad if my 9 wk (13lb 10oz) baby drinks 24-28 oz a day and it's not every 3-4 hrs? She drinks 6 oz @ each feeding and sometimes 8 oz

Feeding: If the baby is healthy and growing normally, then there is nothing wrong with not following the "mold" and recommendations that everybody in the hospital tells you. ...Read more