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Child With Epiglottitis
Pneumonia: Probably not. If the child really has pneumonia and is a pre-kindergartner they belong at home with their parents until they have recovered, but obviously advice in this regard is at the discretion of the pediatrician seeing the child. Would frankly be surprised if many pediatricians were recommending attendance at preschool for a child with pneumonia. ...Read more
If a child is diagnosed with scarlet fever, will the family members receive antibiotics as prophylaxis?
Not necessarily: This disease is caused by the organism which causes strep throat and many family members may be carrying this in the back of their throats without symptoms. There are some doctors who may favor prophylactic treatment, but it does not have a high success rate in eradication of these bacteria. It is a judgement call by the doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it a psychiatrist or pediatrician or psychologist who sees kids with behavior and learning disabilities?
Yes: But keep in mind most people with autism are not aggressive. Aggressive episodes can be triggered by changes in routine, overwhelming anxiety, someone not allowing the person to engage in his or her desired behavior, or being in pain (e.g. Having an ear infection). Aggression in autism can also sometimes take the form of the person being aggressive to him/herself (self injurious behavior). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If a child has measles, can his immune parent "carry" the virus and unintentionally infect other susceptible children?
Not a Pneumonia vac: You may be laboring under the impression that this stops pneumonia. It helps build antibodies to some strains of pneumococcus but there are dozens of different causes of pneumonia this has no effect on.The prevnar vaccine targets more strains kids have a variety of infections from. A few who have a scheduled removal of their spleen would get it as kids. Otherwise its more an adult vaccine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: It is not unusual for a child psychologist, especially one who specializes in educational psychology, to visit a child's classroom to observe the the child, the child's interactions, and the learning environment. The need for a visit is largely dependent upon the diagnosis or suspected diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If an autistic child has their tonsils and adenoids removed could we see an improvements with development?
If a child is diagnosed with meningococcal disease, can anything be done to protect the other children with whom he has contact?
Not easily: Transmission of HIV is primarily via sexual intercourse and by blood transfusions. It is highly unlikely that a 3 year old with HIV can transmit the virus to other kids. However it is always good to practice universal precautions if the child with HIV has a major bleeding incident. ...Read more
Not right now: Crohn's disease has many genetic components so it is too complicated to say for sure what the risk is that your children will get crohns. However the risk is definitely elevated above the general population--perhaps a 5-10 fold risk above someone else of your same ethnic background. No screening is necessary but if the child has GI complaints they should be checked out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It depends on who is available in your area check with your pediatrician first. Some general pediatricians, including myself can evaluate and diagnose adhd using various tools. Others refer the child to a psychologist for a battery of test, then may give medicine if needs too. Others refer to a psychiatrist or even a neurologist. A developmental pediatrician, if available, could also see him. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Interrupted: The regular schooling will be interrupted for several months to a year perhaps or could be a bit longer sometimes- while receiving chemotherapy and +/- if transplantation is required. After everything is completed and if complete cure is achieved- and no major complication from the treatment, he should/would be able to resume regular schooling. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer