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Doctor insights on: A Boy Sucking His Thumb On An Ultrasound

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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My baby is 3 months old and he is sucking on his hand constantly, is it a sign for teething?

My baby is 3 months old and he is sucking on his hand constantly, is it a sign for teething?

3: Although 3 months is a little early for teething, your child may be dentally advanced and may be teething already. ...Read more

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Hi, my 21yr.Son has a hard growth on the inside of his wrist could it be a tumor at his age?

Hi, my 21yr.Son has a hard growth on the inside of his wrist could it be a tumor at his age?

not likely: The more likely process would be a cartilage or bony outgrowth (if firmly attached to the bone). Another could be a ganglion cyst ( located around nerves) that is usually movable. All possibilities could be addressed by his doc. ...Read more

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Son is 8 weeks. At his 1mth check they noticed a water bubble looking cyst on the head of his penis. Now his penis head is covered with a blister.

Son is 8 weeks. At his 1mth check they noticed a water bubble looking cyst on the head of his penis. Now his penis head is covered with a blister.

Not sure: This child needs attention now. Take the child to pediatrician or family doc tomorrow. If not available go to minute clinic. This child needs to be seen to referred to derm as soon as possible. Might consider that the child might be allergic to the disposable diapers. Would consider putting the child in cloth diapers for now. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My 5month old had a bandage on his thumb that has benzalkonium chloride 0.1% he had his thumb in his mouth can that harm him?

My 5month old had a bandage on his thumb that has benzalkonium chloride 0.1% he had his thumb in his mouth can that harm him?

Not To Worry,: The concentration (0.1%) is very low and safe. It is also used as preservative in pharmaceuticals, e.g. Eyewashes, nasal sprays, hand and face washes, mouthwashes, sanitizers, and disinfectants. Pharmaceuticals such as throat lozenges ; various leave-on skin antiseptics contains some. Check his mouth, hopefully you will see no damage. This product is less water soluble. ...Read more

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Is it better for my baby to suck his thumb or a pacifier?

Is it better for my baby to suck his thumb or a pacifier?

Yes: Thumbs rarely detach and get lost and are much easier to clean. Regular cleaning of pacifiers and making sure they don't have cracks where yeast can settle is important if you use them. There is a lot of controversy re the benefit/risk of pacifier use and breastfeeding initiation, ear infections and sids risk. My preference is keep things simple and pacifier free. ...Read more

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Daughter is 4 years old, fell from a pub height chair and hit head on tile floor. Has a large knot on side. Playing as normal. Call her doctor or ER?

Daughter is 4 years old, fell from a pub height chair and hit head on tile floor. Has a large knot on side. Playing as normal. Call her doctor or ER?

Watch: As long as she is acting ok and not showing signs of significant head injury such as vomiting, sleepiness ( at a time when she usually doesn't nap), or extreme fussines. This close observation should last 2-3 hrs as delayed symptoms in toddler head trauma are rare ...Read more

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My son is 8 years old he has a bite on his arm the size of a golf ball .It is hot to the touch n swallow .Is it infected?

My son is 8 years old he has a bite on his arm the size of a golf ball .It is hot to the touch n swallow .Is it infected?

Yes, most likely: Hot to touch and swollen alongwith redness in adjacent areas or tender lump in armpit or associated fever are all indications of infection that the body is trying to control. See your pediatrician urgently as some bites can be quite dangerous and need immediate medical or sometimes surgical care. ...Read more

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My 15 year grandson was playing around when he fell on his back. Now, he has a soft lump in the middle of his head he is a healthy teennage boy?

My 15 year grandson was  playing around when he fell on his back. Now, he has a soft lump in the middle of his head he is a healthy teennage boy?

Perhaps a hematoma?: When falling on the backside, it is quite reasonable for the head to snap back and hit as well. If just the right blow occurred to his head, this could trigger a slow bleeding beneath the scalp--called a cephalohematoma. These are rarely dangerous; however, occasionally these occur secondary to a linear skull fracture. Did your grandson lose consciousness? If this area is tender, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can my piano student continue to play, or it it harmful for her to use her hand? She has a retinacular cyst at the base of her left hand 3rd finger -

Can my piano student continue to play, or it it harmful for her to use her hand? She has a retinacular cyst at the base of her left hand 3rd finger -

If it is interfering: with playing due 2 pain, it won't make it worse but will decrease her/his performance. Talk 2 the parents about Cing a hand surgeon 4 removal. ...Read more

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Hello doctor, my son is 14 and had a wrist xray to measure his bone age. He had broken this wrist 3 yrs ago. The nurse told us his growth plate is clo?

Hello doctor, my son is 14 and had a wrist xray to measure his bone age. He had broken this wrist 3 yrs ago. The nurse told us his growth plate is clo?

Silly nurse: The x-ray for bone age is done on the wrist/hand because there are dozens of growth plates in the digits and features of the wrist bones that are known to help predict bone maturity/growth potential. For the nurse to say a growth center is closed gives us no important information.It is also a break in protocol for him/her to comment on something about which which they seem to know so little ...Read more

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If a man puts sliver on the top of his penis and he is trying for a baby does it help?

If a man puts sliver on the top of his penis and he is trying for a baby does it help?

Myth: There are dozens of such myths about choosing gender. They gain credibility 50% of the time when they are right. People tend to forget the 50% of time when they are wrong, or offer an excuse, like poor timing, etc.In truth, it is the sex chromosome brought by the sperm to conception that determines the babies sex.Nothing else matters. ...Read more

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My son has a swelling on the upper of his foot. He had an xray which showed no break, however the swelling persists and he cannot raise his big toe.

My son has a swelling on the upper of his foot. He had an xray which showed no break, however the swelling persists and he cannot raise his big toe.

Was there Trauma: There could have been a tendon tear due to trauma. However if this is just a tendonitis, the pain and swelling may be limiting his ability to move the toe. Follow up with your podiatrist. ...Read more

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My 10 yr old daughter has a salter harris type 2 finger fracture by the base of finger/hand. (pinky finger) & she keeps losing circulation. Why?

My 10 yr old daughter has a salter harris type 2 finger fracture by the base of finger/hand. (pinky finger) & she keeps losing circulation. Why?

Splinted?: Is your daughter's fracture been splinted?How do u know she's losing circulation to the finger?If u feel she is call your ors ( or whoever is on call for him) right away and explain situation or go to the er.Check w/ surgeon before loosening the splint bandage . This is something that needs examination quickly . Best of luck! ...Read more

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My one year old son was sitting on a ride-on toy and fell forward (from less than his height up) onto his forehead on our concrete floor. He has a welt/bruise forming but was consolable. Does he need medical attention immediately?

My one year old son was sitting on a ride-on toy and fell forward (from less than his height up) onto his forehead on our concrete floor. He has a welt/bruise forming but was consolable. Does he need medical attention immediately?

Depends: Any 1yo that is knocked out by a fall should probably be evaluated. It is common to get a bump, vomit x1, & get a headache.If the kid did not loose consciousness& does not start vomiting repeatedly, you can safely monitor him at home.Let him nap/sleep on a normal schedule & check him out occasionally for signs he vomited in his sleep.Go to the er if something happens that spooks u. ...Read more

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Nanny of my son has a toe fingus she sleeps on a sofa on a sheet is ot safe to sit on the sofa after that?

Nanny of my son has a toe fingus she sleeps on a sofa on a sheet is ot safe to sit on the sofa after that?

Fungus: Yes. Of course. Fungus is already on you, in you, and on every surface you regularly come in contact with. ...Read more