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Baby Arches Back After Feeding
My 4 month baby has been really fussy the last few days and arches her back and cries during feedings. Its like she wants to eat but sonething hurts?
Acid reflux: Your baby could have acid reflux (also called gastroesophageal reflux) when stomach contents refluxes up into esophagus and can cause burning or pain. Reflux can be made worse by formula intolerance, constipation, and illness. A 4 month old with fussiness that persists for a few days should be seen by her primary care provider to rule-out more serious problems. ...Read more
My 3 month baby has fully recovered from erb's palsy. Can erb's be sign of cerebral palsy? She sometimes archs back while feeding. She has acid reflux
Separate issue: CP is an issue that develops after a sometimes unknown assault on the tissue within the brain due to lack of oxygen, blood flow or other injury. Erbs is due to a mechanical injury to the involved nerve roots during labor & delivery. They are totally separate issues. Arching with reflux is common & does not signify CP. With CP you often don't detect the abnormal reflexes or motor activities until later ...Read more
Why is my 7 week old baby crying forth during bottle feed? Sometimes he coughs, arches back and seems like he gets a tummy ache. Reflux?
Fever/spots/pain: Hfm is a viral gut infection. Some kids can have it & run a brief temperature & never show other symptoms. Some have fever, localized spots on their wrists & nothing else. Some have terrible mouth sores, spots on wrists/forearms/legs feet & around the bottom & have cramping & loose stools. So fever, loose stools &cramps, amount & location of blisters seem to be the main variables. ...Read more
No: As with any exposure to virtually any infection ever, the one exposed does not always get sick, including infants. Many factors come into play, including the degree of exposure and the competence of the immune system of the one exposed. With many infections, symptoms become apparent within 2-4 days of the exposure. If you are concerned about your baby's health, let your pediatrician know. ...Read more
My infant has lymphedema in her feet and the bottom of her foot is bright red. Should I call the doctor?
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My infant, 19 months, has been limping almost to the point of not walking on her left foot. It's warm to the touch with slight swelling. Broken?
Hard to say: Possibilities range from a bug bite reaction to an infection in her foot/ankle. Without an exam, its just to hard to say. Pick up the phone and call her doc, you can discuss all the things you see and decide how soon and where to be seen. ...Read more
I read online there are lots of side effect for Lamisil. Is there any safe alternative cream to treat infant/toddler's athlete foot?
Safe???: Lamisil is safe and effective when used appropriately & was deemed so by the food & drug administration back when it was only available by prescription. After years of use, its track record allowed it to be released to the general public. Any med that is strong enough to help will have side effects in some people. I find it a safe med. Lotramin is another antifungal that is usually effective. ...Read more
I have a foster child as of 7/18/2015, He was starved nearly to death weighing in at 19 lbs on that date. His DOB is 11/11/2009. (6 yrs old in november). He was exposed to an array of drugs. He had a club foot repair as an infant with casting, he has had
Your?????: The open HT site is not a chat room. If you submitted other information at some point, this is not linked on the site and not available for review. All submissions should have basic information followed by a clear question. ...Read more
33 weeks pregnant. Feel like babies foot or leg was crushed by my ribs after sitting up too fast. Is this possible? It hurt my ribs.
Doubtful: Remember that the baby is surrounded by fluid, the amniotic fluid, in a large amniotic sac. It is doubtful that sitting up too fast would cause any harm to the baby, but it is possible you 'pulled a muscle' between your ribs called the intercostal muscle. Move more slowly and deliberately and avoid rapid movements! ...Read more
My infant and toddler both have hand foot & mouth. Are they still contagious once the spots appear? Also my infant is 9mths old. Dangerous or ok?
Hand Foot and Mouth: Hand, foot, and mouth disease is usually not serious. The illness is typically mild, and nearly all patients recover in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment. Complications are uncommon except for dehydration. Hand foot and mouth is contagious roughly for a few days before the symptoms appear untill they start to feel better and the spots and ulcers have healed over, so usually about 7 to 10 days. ...Read more
I am 34 y/o and 4 foot 9 inches female I weight 134 lbs history of tricuspid regurgitation and asd repair as a infant. Having chest pain, heaviness, left arm aching pain and heart palpatations. Please help!?
Get Help: Serious issues can develop after hear surgery. Your palpitations are concerning for an abnormal heart rhythm. You should follow-up for life with a cardiologist specifically trained in adult congenital cardiology. Nationwide children's hosp and the cleveland clinic have such cardiologists. Your symptoms are concerning, so please see a cardiologist soon. ...Read more
Depends: The age of the baby and the type of food consumed may be playing role. Dietary proteins can aggravate in some children and the diet may need to be adjusted. If only breastfeeding then mother's diet should be reviewed. Reflux, which can be present with any type of diet, can cause pain with each feeding. Work with provider to come up with diagnostic and treatment plan. ...Read more
According to a swallow study my 5 month old aspirates when she arches her back with feedings. Any suggestions why? Seeing specialist in a month.
Immature systems: Immature muscles and nervous system, in regards to the digestive tract. Does need an evaluation. ...Read more
I have a 17 week old with bad griping pain. He still spits milk and when he feeds he will arch is back like it hurts. Is this a reflux?
Possible: You need to take the baby to the doctor for evaluation ...Read more
Yes: In early infancy the first muscles baby controls include those of head lifting & turning. In addition thighs may flex and elbows often come in. Whether this is a reaction of displeasure, response to heartburn, gas or cramps it is more or less what an infant can do. As they mature their muscle control will allow different fittting behavior, although some continue to arch out of habit. ...Read more
6 month baby has constant tantrums and arches back. Didn't do that before until now for 2weeks. PD checked and said is not sick and all normal. Tips?
Our 6 week old baby boy always arches his back and looks up. Especially when being held or when we try to sit him up? Why is that?
Muscle control: In the first few months a baby has selective voluntary control of few muscle groups that will increase with age. Early on, the neck extension and turning is one of the strongest. It is necessary early on for feeding and to help clear the airway. When agitated by whatever stimulus they tend to arch. When comfortable they relax. ...Read more
My 5 months old baby always sleep on his side with his head arch to his back almost make an alphabeth "U". But he sleeps well. Should I concern?
If my baby seems to have the symptoms of ger- pain with spit up and/or vomit, arching back, should she take zantac (ranitidine)?
All babies reflux: To get a burp out of a baby you are getting air to reflux from the stomach. All babies also spit up. When the baby seem to have constant irritability & spitting I often try some antacid medicine to see if it helps. Zantac (ranitidine) is one of several that can be used this way. ...Read more
10 week old arches back, stiffens legs to stand, flares and has rigid movements, zones out, and pushes body up off head. Had high jaundice as a baby?
I have developed severe pain in left foot since delivery 9mths back due to sitting crosslegged while feeding. What s the reason?
Feet and Pregnancy: There are so many possible causes from the hormonal changes causing loose ligaments and some arch collapse/strain, to irritation of the nerve where the 2 legs met and were compressed, to post pregnancy swelling in your foot. This severe pain should be worked up by a podiatrist, but have them look above the foot also. Dr rich blake. ...Read more
Are night wakings in infants other than those for feedings common and should the infant be helped to fall back asleep or left to 'cry it out'?
Majority yes: Hand Foot and Mouth will cause greyish blisters. These resolve by peeling off within a week, usually without leaving scars. ...Read more
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