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Mom needs to go to skilled nursing for rehab. What questions should I be asking?

Mom needs to go to skilled nursing for rehab. What questions should I be asking?

What kind available: Depends on what she is rehabilitating from. The care needed for recovering from a stroke is different than from a heart attack or serious illness. Ask about their success with your mother's problem, what services are available, hw often care provided. Cost is a big issue too, and must be addressed. It is a good idea to go check the place out yourself to see it and meet the staff. ...Read more

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Will i need to be a certified professional in order to give nutritional/fitness advice?

Will i need to be a certified professional in order to give nutritional/fitness advice?

Credibility: In these areas via education, experience, success or reputation might enable you to get more traction. Making points by personal example, etc..Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you give me advice for my first time mom needs help with formula problems?

Can you give me advice for my first time mom needs help with formula problems?

Formula feeding: More about formula feeding - choosing a formula https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Choosing-a-Formula.aspx Amount and schedule of formula feeding https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Amount-and-Schedule-of-Formula-Feedings.aspx How to safely prepare formula with water https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/How-to-Safely-Prepare-Formula-with-Water.aspx ...Read more

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How to tell your mom to be tested for depression?

How to tell your mom to be tested for depression?

See below: Depending on the severity of her sx and her level of functioning, you might want to address your concerns with your mom directly. You might want to start with her physician to rule out anything physical. If your mom expresses thoughts of self-or other-harm, or she can no longer cope with her symptoms, just dial 911 or take her to the nearest er. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you tell me for mother's who only pump milk for their babies, is this okay?

Can you tell me for mother's who only pump milk for their babies, is this okay?

Yes: While there is some great bonding to be had by nursing, by pumping and giving baby breat milk you are providing great nutrition and a boost to baby's immune system as well! ...Read more

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Medical cons of becoming a surrogate mother? Will i be able to use my own ob/gyn for care? Will i be able to have another child of my own afterward?

Medical cons of becoming a surrogate mother? Will i be able to use my own ob/gyn for care? Will i be able to have another child of my own afterward?

Depends: If your pregnancy goes well, there should be no problem with future pregnancies. Blood incompatibility will be treated by your physician. The legal contract will determine your choices and payment for medical care during the pregnancy. Other medical concerns, such as your emotional health, should be discussed in advance with your personal ob/gyn. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get confirmed pedigree for a child you want to adopt?

Is it possible to get confirmed pedigree for a child you want to adopt?

Theoretically but...: ... I think unlikely. How far back to you expect records to be available. Often children up for adoption are from difficult socioeconomic situations where th pedigree is not accurate or available. ...Read more

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How old should you be in order to receive B12 injections for lupus?

How old should you be in order to receive B12 injections for lupus?

Doesn't help : No study has shown those injections work for lupus. ...Read more

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Can you offer some advice for someone who's about to start treatment for psychosis?

Can you offer some advice for someone who's about to start treatment for psychosis?

Stay the course: It can be a very scary time, but it is great that you have started treatment. Make sure to get friends or family members on board, so they can support you. Nami is a great organization. Don't stop your medication abruptly-- be sure to talk to your doctor about any concerns you have. ...Read more

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Would appreciate some expert advice on how to get my newborn to latch?

Would appreciate some expert advice on how to get my newborn to latch?

Get a consult: I wish we could virtual consult this one. If his mouth is small or he's not opening up you can try to gently stroke the bottom of his feet, his cheek, etc. The mouth has to be sufficiently open to achieve a good latch. Sometimes problems with latch are related to the tongue. Have his mouth and tongue evaluated by your pediatrician. If all else fails, La Leche League is a great resource. ...Read more

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Me and my boyfriend want to have a baby. But we need to talk to a doctor about it due to medical conditions.

Me and my boyfriend want to have a baby. But we need to talk to a doctor about it due to medical conditions.

Try CONCIERGE: Try HealthTap CONCIERGE, our virtual consultation premium service, and ask for an Ob-Gyn Concierge Specialist. First, couples must have a good long-term plan. That means getting engaged, getting married, settling down, with both having stable jobs that provide health insurance (babies have many doctor visits). Then, decide on the timing of the baby, such as 1 year or 2 years after the wedding. ...Read more

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Would I be able to get a doctors note from you?

Most likely not.: You would need to have an office evaluation before a note can be written to excuse your absence from work or school. ...Read more

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Is it safe! for a doctor to give morphine to a pregnant mother?

Is it safe! for a doctor to give morphine to a pregnant mother?

With caution yes: any time opiates given to a pregnant woman the benefit to the mother must outweigh the risk to the baby. There is no reason to believe it will hurt the baby's development but EVERYONE needs to know the mother is on morphine and prepare for the baby to withdraw after delivery. Be certain everyone is on the same page. ...Read more

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Can a primary care doctor order blood tests for food allergies? Is it fair to ask them to?

Can a primary care doctor order blood tests for food allergies? Is it fair to ask them to?

Yes...but: Primary care doctors can order blood testing for food allergies but they will often refer you to an allergist for interpretation if positive. They also might diagnose you with a food allergy that you might not have because they are not as experienced interpreting results. I would recommend seeing an allergist first if concerned about food allergies, better to go straight to the experts. ...Read more

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Anesthetic and children? What should a parent do to be prepared for when their child has to get anesthesia? For the parent? For the child?

Anesthetic and children? What should a parent do to be prepared for when their child has to get anesthesia?  For the parent?  For the child?

Inform yourself: Preparing your child for anesthesia involves informing yourself on what to expect for the surgery. If possible, try to speak with your anesthesiologist in advance. He or she will be the best source of information on what to expect. Talk to your child and give him or her an age appropriate amount of information. Follow instructed fasting guidelines, typically no food or drink for 8 hours before. ...Read more

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