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Cat In Children
No: Exposure to cats does not cause pneumonia. However, many children develop allergies to cats. Exposure to cats for allergic children can cause skin rashes, itchy eyes, and runny noses with sneezing. Children with asthma and cat allergy may have increased asthma symptoms or even asthma attacks requiring urgent care when exposed to cats. Cat exposure includes visiting homes where cats live. ...Read more
Depends: Several factors here. I usually never recommend it if the family is attached to the pet, but if it is causing severe symptoms, you should sequester the animal out of the bedrooms and living spaces. Then make sure you thoroughly rid those areas of cat dander as it is a potent and tenacious allergen. ...Read more
I have read info about toxoplasma gondii from cats. My wife and I are worried about our young children. Should we give up our cats to be safe?
The cat hair is danger for the children and us? We have a cat who is 2-3 month old and a child who is 2 years old.
My eleven years old children suffer from allergy on cats and olive pollen and she had an asthama attack. Please help!
See MD: You need to have this managed by her physician. Too huge a subject to discuss in the 400 characters we can use on HealthTap. ...Read more
Vertigo?: Many children get very dizzy at times without definite cause. Some are due to ear infections or ear fluid pressure. Other times it may happen because of spinning around. Episodic vertigo is a very dramatic event in some children when they look terrified and have to hold on for a few moments, then return to normal. This is usually benign but needs a good evaluation. ...Read more
Allergic symptoms: Humans can be allergic to one or more allergens produced by cats. The most common of these allergens are secreted by the cat's sebaceous glands and expressed in saliva. An allergic reaction is a histamine reaction that is usually characterized by coughing, wheezing, chest tightening, itching, nasal congestion, rash, watering eyes, . ...Read more
Vomiting: For a simple gastroenteritis, gut rest (nothing to eat or drink for 2-3 hrs) followed by small sips of clear fluids, frequently (goal depending on age of child 1-4 oz/hr). The presence of pain is more worrisome and I would recommend taking the child to their doctor for a hands-on examination to rule out anything more serious. ...Read more
Safe/locks: A good gun safe can double as a home for some family valuables. There are a number of trigger locks and quick entry safes on the market that provide quick access but eliminate child entry. As mentioned, kids taught gun handling and safety as early as age 4 are less likely to play with any gun they find anywhere. ...Read more
Ringworm is actually not caused by a worm at all, but is caused by a fungus that lives on the skin called tinea. People can get a tinea infection from skin to skin contact with an infected person or pet or by sharing personal items such as towels, clothing, and combs.
Clotrimazole is the generic name for the over the counter cream that treats ringworm. Apply 2-3 times a day for a few weeks until the lesion disappears completely and then some. Keep it covered for the first day of treatment (or longer if you want to) to prevent spread. Your child will need to see his doctor for a stronger medication if the ringworm is on his scalp, continues to spread after treatment at home or if it doesn't get better after 4 weeks of treatment at home. ...Read more
Inherited or steroid: The common cause is congenital, but it can also be caused by maternal steroids passed on through breast milk to the newborn. It is different from breast milk jaundice (breast-fed infants have higher bilirubin levels than formula-fed ones). If inherited it is a recessive gene. ...Read more
Structure: It is not necessarily that kids are "lazy". It may be as simple as a schedule and expectations problem. Some kids are in so many activities they are burned out and have little time for anything else. Most kids nowadays live to be on a wireless device and that takes a chunk of time. Have clear expectations of your child and let him know what they are. Unplug the tv, limit the phone gaming time. ...Read more
Speech/Language: Therapists often code for Developmental Apraxia when insurances won't pay for SLT for Receptive &/or Expressive Language Disorder. Full evaluation may also reveal Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Social Communication Disorder or, at 5 or >, Specific Language Impairment. Mutant FOXP2 genes on Chr. 7 cause familial DA or SLI. The incidence of DA is 0.1-0.2 % of children. ...Read more
No single answer: Effects of incest vary widely and depend on many factors--age of child, gender of child and of abuser, level of coercion (psychological or physical force) involved, extent and duration of abuse, reaction of others if they learn of abuse, etc. One fairly clear finding is that those who were abused are both more likely to be abusers and to be unable to protect their chidlren from abuse. ...Read more
No: Gout is not a typical disease found in children as uric acid levels rarely rise before puberty. It takes years for uric acid overload to manifest itself as gout. There are a few rare exceptions such as a metabolic condition known as Lesch-Nyhan syndrome in which uric acid levels rise during childhood. ...Read more
Structure & function: Of the autistic vs. Neurotypical (NT) brain differ. Activation on fMRI of frontal & temporal cortex in teens with ASD vs. NT's exposed to 2 slightly noxious stimuli showed = initial sensations but over-reactivity in processing & interpretating them in those with ASD, consistent with anatomical findings of small patches of disorganized neurons in the layers of the frontal & temporal cortex in ASD ...Read more
ECZEMA IN CHILDREN: Eczema is a general term for a diffuse rash with itching. It is an incessant itchy eruption that almost invariably begins in infancy, is inherited, is often accompanied in later years by hay fever or asthma. A dermatologist is the best doctor to consult for this. Soaps make it worse; use cetaphil. Wash clothing in all free & clear. ...Read more
That depends on the: Results of her Chromosonal Microarray & DNA Probe for Fragile X, whether she is your sister's or brother's child & your 3-generation family medical &/or psychiatric history of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) & illnesses in which the incidence of ASD is increased. It also depends on your taking. 4mg. Of Folic Acid daily starting 3 mos. Before & having a flu vaccine 2 mos. Before conception. ...Read more
Multiple: Kwashiorkor (k) is a process that leads to a multitude of problems. Early symptoms include apathy, lethergy and irritability. Loss of muscle mass, skin probs, swelling in organs, face & limbs, & increased susceptability to infection. Stupor and coma may occcur with death rates approaching 40% even under rx. Survivors will generally have long term mental and physical deficiencies. ...Read more
Unknown: Melkersson-Rosenthan syndrome is a rare neurologic disorder with an unknown cause. It may have a genetic (inherited) predisposition as there is an increase prevalence in certain ethnic groups. ...Read more
Disease and death: We already see early signs of this after the vaccine haters misinformation campaigns. The rate of whooping cough in the country has risen from 2500/yr in the early 90's and rare if any deaths, to 40, 000 this year with more than 30 deaths. Keep it up and we will see lots of little headstones in graveyards again. ...Read more
What are the chances of passing on a permutation of huntingtons to your children? 50/50 like if you actually had huntingtons?
50/50: If one of your alleles of the hd gene is in the premutation range and the other is not, you have a 50:50 chance of passing it to an offspring. Interestingly, if the premutation allele is inherited from the father it has a higher probability of expanding the number of repeats to the disease causing range than if that same premutation allele was inherited from the mother. ...Read more