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Bacteria For Kids
To many to list: With only 400 characters to use i can not list all the germs that can be harmful to kids. Some are opportunists, can exist on your skin surface & not cause problems but if a cut opens the skin will cause an abscess or blood poisoning(staph, strep, others).Some are trouble if ever inhaled(anthrax spores) some can enter your brain thru your nasal skin(amoeba, meningitis)too many to say>. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Go To School/camp: Because they go to school, clleges/dorms, and camps where there is more chances of contacting the infection if one has it it spreads eassily. ...Read more
Do all kids have germs---or is there a particular age group that are more germy- for example, 0-3 years old vs. 3-5 year olds?
All kids & adults !!: Everyone at all ages has a coexistence with germs. People acquire a germ profile on their skin and in their upper airways & intestines within hours of birth & this continues through life. Young kids mouthing & touching behavior acquires new germs a bit faster than adults, but studies show adults put their fingers to their face/nose multiple times/waking hour. This brings germs to your body. ...Read more
Genetics: Bacteria adapt to antibiotics for survival. Small genetic mutations develop that give a bacterium a survival advantage. It makes copies of this genetic anamoly (on a separate genetic fragment called a plasmid) that then is passed on to other bacteria of the same species. Over time, succeeding generations have this advantage and since they survived, they are now resistant. ...Read more
Judgement call: Many a red ear drum is just a virus, or a reaction to having the tool in the canal to view it. It can also be just sterile fluid which is benign & can clear on its own. Pediatricians are not avoiding antibiotics when they see a puss level and believe it to be a bacterial infection. We are tired of finding hard to cure germs that arise from overuse of antibiotics when they are not needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Quick diagnosis: A rapid strep test is a quick method of identifying a specific bacteria in the back of your throat. However, if you truly have a bacterial infection, this technique will miss other causes of infection. Furthermore, there are people who carry the organism in their throats and are asymptomatic. This is simply a quick method of ruling out strep. Infection when you have a sore throat. ...Read more
Diagnosis?: What part of the baby is infected with citrobacter? Head, chest, belly, bladder, etc? Knowing which part of the body is infected (diagnosis) is more important than knowing the name of the bacteria causing the infection. Be that as it may, antibiotics in the carbapenem class are the most effective and safe for your wee baby. Ask your doctor to refer you to an infectious disease specialist. ...Read more
Is RSV contagious from children to adults to children? We will visit grand child 7 months diagnosed with rsv. After a few days we will then visit other grandchildren ages 5, 3, 1 in another household. Will we be contagious? Can we infect the othe
Yes but.....: RSV is the main cause of the human cold during RSV season.It is a germ that generates poor if any immunity if you catch it, and humans are often reinfected every year or two. It can be spread by droplets (in air) or on your hands.If you catch it you can spread it for days and weeks afterward. It is more worrisome to kids below 16 lb than those that are larger.Good hand washing helps reduce spread ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
They're not: There are highly antibiotic reisitant gram positive bacteria such as MRSA and vre and even rarely vrsa among others. There are also multidrug resistant gram negative bacteria resistant to almost every antibiotic known to man such as some strains of pseudomonas aeruginosa, acinetobacter baumanii and metalo-carbepenemase producing klebsiella. ...Read more
I am a chronic carrier of typhoid since many years. Antibiotics fails to cure it as the bacteria form biofilms in body. How to destroy biofilm?
Awaiting discovery: Haven't heard of a way to prevent the formation of typhoid biofilms or to remove them. Research is surely underway to do just that. Biofilms are mixtures of bacteria and their associated polysaccharides, glycoproteins, glycolipids, extracellular DNA, etc., together called extracellular polymeric substances. Biofilms make an infection harder to treat and harder for one's immune system to eradicate. ...Read more
FOLLOW UP NEUROLOGY: Neurology appt some residual neurologic damage may persist for life, young brains recover better than old brains. Most viral meningitis leave no residual disease , but bacterial meningitis produce more inflammatory reaction and more tissue damage, hence most likely to cause residual (hearing and cognitive )occacionaly behavior like adhd. ...Read more
How long are adults contagious on a zpack for a viral ear infection? Asking for babysitting 2.5 month old overnight
Lost Art of Talking: Unless a child needs a cell phone for safety, i recommend waiting as long as you can. Nevermind radiation, cell phones can pose a hazard to personal safety; academic achievement; and, importantly, normal, healthy interactions with friends and family. Cell-phones also tend to distract from higher priorities, and, with web access, they open the door to potential moral decay. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, at extreme ages: Very young patients and very old patients both have trouble fighting off infections, for various reasons. That means their doctors prefer to do more tests, do tests sooner, and get treatment started earlier, so that infections have less of a chance to "take hold and spread". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Meningitis Vaccine: Vaccines will protect most, but not all, kinds of Meningococcal disease. In the United States, two vaccines that can prevent Meningococcal disease are: Meningococcal conjugate vaccine which can be given to people age 2- 55 and Meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine can be used when mcv4 is not available. It is the only licensed vaccine for people over 55. Both vaccines protect about 90% of patients. ...Read more
How are children growing up in such a sterile environment here expected to build up a resistance to germs?
Diet and exercise: Just like cars. We need the right fuel (nutrition), a good spark plug (vitamins and minerals supplied by god-made food) and oxygen (that's why we breath). This is actually the only thing that you can do. Our diet is far too artificial and "couch potatoes" tend to relish it. Exercise is mandatory, especially growing up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
About 3-5 days.: You are expected to see some improvement in the first 3-5 days. Finish the therapy as prescribed even if you are feeling better. ...Read more