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At what degree shouldd I take my daughter to the hospitol by?

At what degree shouldd I take my daughter to the hospitol by?

NO NUMBER: More important: how is she acting? --is she lethargic ( weak, limp) (sign of serious infection) --is she short of breath? (sign of pneumonia) --is she in pain (sign of appendicitis ...) --is she vomiting (getting dehydrated) these are what we are looking for not the height of a fever a lethargic child with a 101 temp is more serious than a child still playing with 103 temp. ...Read more

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Help, at what temperature should I take my daughter to the hospital?

Help, at what temperature should I take my daughter to the hospital?

Other symptoms?: Fever is over-rated as an indicator of seriousness.A kid with a 103f temp, who is taking fluids well enough to void every 6-8 hours is at low risk for dehydration. If alert and aware, with mild increase in heart rate and breathing, you may do well to wait until a regular doc is available.If excessively sleepy, refusing fluids, or showing other sx suggestive of big problems go now. ...Read more

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My 1 year old daughter was burnt on her leg from the steam of the iron..How should I take care of this...And how do I get the mark to go away?

My 1 year old daughter was burnt on her leg from the steam of the iron..How should I take care of this...And how do I get the mark to go away?

Scalds: Burn from steam are scalds, if exposure was brief and the area burnt is really small then, rinsing the burn immediately under cold tap water for 10 min, do not put a bandage or gauze around. If a blister forms then it's a second degree burn, do not pop the blister. For pain tylenol (acetaminophen) can work. If the burn is bigger and deeper then her doctor will prescribe silvadine cream. ...Read more

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At what temperature should I take my 2 year old to the doctor?

100.5: 100.5 is considered a fever. With any fever it doesn't hurt to have a 2yo checked out by a doctor. Even without a fever if their symptoms are severe get them checked. Keep in mind that a fever and a trip to the doctor doesn't necessarily mean you'll get an antibiotic. Most infections are viral and don't need an antibiotic. Trust your doctors recommendation. Sometimes tincture of time is the best. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has severe pneumonia. When should I go to a hospital? The medicine that our pediatrician has prescribed doesn't seem to be working, and my son seems to be getting worse. At what point in the symptoms should I take him to the hospital?

My 5 year old has severe pneumonia. When should I go to a hospital? The medicine that our pediatrician has prescribed doesn't seem to be working, and my son seems to be getting worse. At what point in the symptoms should I take him to the hospital?

Now: If your child not getting better on medications and as you say getting worse you may need to seen by physician again. May need change of medication or if warranted repeat radiography. Advise taking the child back to pediatrician or to er based i his current conditions. ...Read more

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My baby has a fever, at what temp should I take her to the doctots office?

My baby has a fever, at what temp should I take her to the doctots office?

It's just not fever: It depends on the age and how sick your baby looks and acts. Any fever in a baby under the age of 2 months should be seen immediately.( fever > than 100.5 rectal). Other ages depends on how is the child acting, is there any common problems like cold and how long has it been going on for. ...Read more

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Hi every year I fly to new mexico to see family and I have a baby on the way he/she will be 4 month and I was wondering if it can hurt the baby at all?

Hi every year I fly to new mexico to see family and I have a baby on the way he/she will be 4 month and I was wondering if it can hurt the baby at all?

Not at all: Keep up her regular food and sleep schedule if possible, and try to fly after her second set of shots, usually at 4 months. She will be well protected. It is safest for her to fly strapped in a car seat, but the only way to be sure of that is to buy her a ticket, which not everyone can afford; instead, try to pick a flight which is not full and use the seat as your carryon. Use bottled water. ...Read more

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If i suspect my 16 yr old son has the flu should I take him to the dr? Or do everything i can from home to help him get better?

If i suspect my 16 yr old son has the flu should I take him to the dr? Or do everything i can from home to help him get better?

Health Tap: It would be better here to list his symptoms rather than a presumed diagnosis. It is the symptoms that will help us advise you. ...Read more

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I was drinking and breastfeeding at the same time to my 23 w baby is this going to affect her in anyway , and now she running fever what can I do ?

I was drinking and breastfeeding at the same time to my 23 w baby is this going to affect her in anyway , and now she running fever what can I do ?

Breastfeed alcohol: If your 23 week infant is running a fever and there is no obvious cause then contact your pediatrician asap. As far as alcohol and breastfeeding, there is the possibility that the baby could appear lethargic since alcohol is a depressant. It also depends upon the amount of alcohol that you may be consuming. If it all costs i would refrain from excessive alcohol intake while breast feeding. ...Read more

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What temp. Is to hight for a 19month old an when should I take him to the er. What can I do to bring his temp down please?

What temp. Is to hight for a 19month old an when should I take him to the er. What can I do to bring his temp down please?

How does he look?: Sometimes it is not entirely on what the thermometer reads, but how the child looks. Start with cooling down the body, take extra clothing off, give him a bath with tepid water for about 20 minutes and give him cool drinks or popsicles. Depending on what the temp is give him Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Keep in mind, a bit of temp with a viral illness is the way your body gets rid of the infection. ...Read more

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My baby is tired all the time, should I take him to see the doctor?

My baby is tired all the time, should I take him to see the doctor?

Yes, see a doctor: No normal baby is "tired all the time". Baby humans, like baby animals, are active, happy, and excitable little guys. If a young baby seems always tired, have a doctor evaluate because there may be a problem with anemia, heart defects, chemical/salt imbalances, blood sugar, hormones, toxins/poisoning, a neurological problem, or even an infection. ...Read more

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Help! daughter has a bad case lof poison ivy I am assuming. Her face is staring to swell and can barely one her ? should I take her to the Er??

Help!   daughter has a bad case lof poison ivy I am assuming.  Her face is staring to swell and can barely one her ?   should I take her to the Er??

Anaphylaxis: When facial swelling is present and associated with respiratory distress or trouble swallowing, a severe allergic reaction could be occurring. In these circumstances, a visit to an emergency room would be wise. In cases of poison ivy, oral diphenhydramine (Benedryl) may reduce symptoms. ...Read more

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How high should my babies fever be before I call the doctor?

How high should my babies fever be before I call the doctor?

100.4F or 38C: Babies younger than 2 months manifest signs and symptoms of serious infections (sepsis) in a more subtle fashion than older children. It is important to take your young infant to the doctor if he or she is feeding poorly, is sleepier than usual (lethargic) has an unusual rash, or has an elevated temp – even if that is the only symptom. ...Read more

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My two month old fell off my bed at 3 am this morning. How do I know if she's injured or I should take her to the doctor?????

My two month old fell off my bed at 3 am this morning. How do I know if she's injured or I should take her to the doctor?????

Baby fall: Given her young age you should take her to the ER for an evaluation or at least to her pediatrician. It is not a good idea to let a baby sleep in your bed. They should be in an appropriate crib for their personal safety. ...Read more

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I'm getting my gallbladder out on the 6th will I have to stay in the hospital over night? What should I expect?

I'm getting my gallbladder out on the 6th will I have to stay in the hospital over night? What should I expect?

Not sure: Not sure why you are staying over night. Most people go home the same day. Call us www.drlugo.com ...Read more

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The emergency doctor said my baby has asthma, and now she is having more trouble breathing. How do I know when I should take her back to the hospital?

The emergency doctor said my baby has asthma, and now she is having more trouble breathing. How do I know when I should take her back to the hospital?

Asthma should not...: Be treated in an emergency room unless absolutely necessary. A good rule of thumb is always to see your own doctor the day after an emergency room visit; the important treatment is what you do to keep attacks from coming back. Trouble breathing is a sign of out-of-control asthma (or something that looks like asthma but isn't), and may need an ED visit now, but an ED visit does not cure asthma. ...Read more

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At what age should I take my child to the dentist?

At what age should I take my child to the dentist?

At or around 2: It's been recommended that the first visit to dentist be made at 1 year old. However, very few general dentists are anxious to see infants. From practical point, at or around 2 years of age will be appropriate time. ...Read more

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What would be the best time to get rid of an angiom? My daughter was born with one and she is 4 now... Thank you

What would be the best time to get rid of an angiom? My daughter was born with one and she is 4 now... Thank  you

8-10 years old: It depends upon the size and characteristics but most hemangiomas resolve on their own by the time the child is 10 years old. If it is not resolving or if it is very extensive doctors may decide to treat it earlier. ...Read more