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Boy 9mo actual, 6.5mo adjusted asymmetric IUGR. Sitting independent, good balance, hates tummy time, won't roll. Rolled only handful of times. Help!

 Boy 9mo actual, 6.5mo adjusted asymmetric IUGR. Sitting independent, good balance, hates tummy time, won't roll. Rolled only handful of times. Help!

Discuss with babydoc: There is more going on here than can be posed in the space provided. The best resource for help is the pediatrician that has been regularly seeing your child. Discuss with them your concerns. They know your baby's history and they also have knowledge of available resources in your general area. They will be able to assess your baby's development and offer appropriate referrals necessary. ...Read more

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Are common garden birds' poo (pigeons, raven's etc) dangerous to human health if left undealt with on garden furniture?

Are common garden birds' poo (pigeons, raven's etc) dangerous to human health if left undealt with on garden furniture?

Guano (bird poop): Bird poop (or guano) is usually a nuisance more than a health risk, there can be a risk of disease transmission, especially for those with weakened immune systems. Clean up with soap and hot water whenever you have contact with bird droppings. The guano does not present more problems if left for more time on the furniture. ...Read more

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DXed w/ inappropriate sinus tachycardia. Roommate is using a vape pen in our dorm room. Could the smoke/vapor impact my health/increase tachycardia?

DXed w/ inappropriate sinus tachycardia. Roommate is using a vape pen in our dorm room. Could the smoke/vapor impact my health/increase tachycardia?

Could be: You have heard of second hand smoke. You could be getting some of your roommates vapors. You can get a blood test for serum cotinine which is a metabolite of nicotine. Nicotine affects your nerves and can cause tachycardia. ...Read more

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How harmful is street grime? i.e. dried car oil/grease and everything else that seems to collect on city streets.

How harmful is street grime? i.e. dried car oil/grease and everything else that seems to collect on city streets.

Toxic: These are very toxic materials and have to be handled with care to minimize exposure to your body (skin, respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts). In addition they have to be disposed of properly in biohazard manner in order to protect others and our environment. ...Read more

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Why don't manufactures just make fire safety furniture and mattress, instead of poisioing smokers?

Why don't manufactures just make fire safety furniture and mattress, instead of poisioing smokers?

They do: If the only problem with smoking was that you might set your place on fire, there wouldn't be much said on this issue. Many items of furniture are treated for fire resistance but are unlikely to withstand the heat of using them to support a lit cigarette. Smoking is so bad, in so many ways that perhaps you can use this concern to quite smoking altogether. ...Read more

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I read that orthotics made from stepping on foam box aren't effective in correcting biomechanic problems. I just paid $400?

I read that orthotics made from stepping on foam box aren't effective in correcting biomechanic problems. I just paid $400?

Untrue: That is absolutely untrue. Whether you use a cast, foam box or scanner, does not matter. It is the person positioning the foot that matters. ...Read more

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Black residue on new stainless steel pots dangerous to babies health?

Black residue on new stainless steel pots dangerous to babies health?

Black residue: The black residue is iron oxide and should not affect the baby's health ...Read more

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My niece nukes baby food in plastic containers. Isnt that unhealthy for them?

My niece nukes baby food in plastic containers. Isnt that unhealthy for them?

Controversial: 2 types of plastic are currently objects of concern: PVC which may contain phthalate plasticizers (labeled type 3) which may be endocrine/hormone disrupters; and polycarbonate, which is made from bisphenol-a, another endocrine disruptor (labeled type 7). This bpa plastic is found in baby bottles & allegedly tupperware products. Microwave ovens also under scrutiny for possibly—>. ...Read more

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Isn't is harmful that people are throwing ice buckets on their heads??

Isn't is harmful that people are throwing ice buckets on their heads??

No: Throwing ice-cold water on your head is not inherently harmful. Some people may experience bradycardia (slowing of the heart rate) due to the mammalian diving reflex, which could result in feeling lightheaded. However, passing out is rare. http://dujs.dartmouth.edu/winter-2012/the-mammalian-diving-reflex ...Read more

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Ingested meth laced water. Shakes and really obviously high. Grinding gums. Hes 2 months old. Isbhe going to be OK? Hospital not an option.

Ingested meth laced water. Shakes and really obviously high. Grinding gums. Hes 2 months old. Isbhe going to be OK? Hospital not an option.

Call poison control: 800-222-1222 or call 911. It would be irresponsible for any physician to tell you not to take him to a hospital. You MUST take him if you feel he has gotten into methamphetamine. There is a very real risk to him. I understand the fear. Remember doctors are not police and only want to make sure he is safe, not get anyone in trouble. The right thing for him is a medical evaluation immediately ...Read more

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Is it safe to install an electric mosquito killer in my baby's room? Is there any potential health risk in doing so?

Is it safe to install an electric mosquito killer in my baby's room? Is there any potential health risk in doing so?

Mosquito killer: There is no problem as long as there aren't any younger children around that might inadvertently play with the machine. ...Read more

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Can a house make you sick? Very dusty home, I've only left 3x in 8 mos a lot of symptoms dry mouth, fast heartbeat, bad sob just dressing, bad fatigue ect.

Can a house make you sick? Very dusty home, I've only left 3x in 8 mos a lot of symptoms dry mouth, fast heartbeat, bad sob just dressing, bad fatigue ect.

Sick Building: There is an entity called sick building syndrome. This usually where there is poor ventilation. You may, however, have some allergy to something in your house that is causing the problem. You might consider seeing an allergist. ...Read more

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4 month old has reflux. I've switch his bottles, leave him sitting up, we add rice to formula, we use a soy formula, is there anything else i can do?

4 month old has reflux. I've switch his bottles, leave him sitting up, we add rice to formula, we use a soy formula, is there anything else i can do?

GER: Occasional spitting up of formula in young infant is very common and generally regarded normal. When spitting-ups are frequent and cause poor weight gain or respiratory symptoms, the term gastroesophageal reflux disease, gerd, is used. Changing formula is not helpful. Thickening of formula by adding cereal and providing acid reducer to infant are often needed for gerd. ...Read more