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Doctor insights on: Creative Curriculum Lesson Plans For Infants And Toddlers

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What occurs if we stopped vaccinating infants, toddlers, and children?

What occurs if we stopped vaccinating infants, toddlers, and children?

Illness, injury, death: If you want to turn back the clock to the 1700's we can certainly witness the return of whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria and polio within ten years. The frequency of bacterial meningitis will skyrocket along with the brain damage seen even with treatment. Ben franklin was initially skeptical of that newfangled cowpox vaccine but regretted not giving it to his son who died of smallpox.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What will happen if we stopped vaccinating infants, toddlers, and children?

What will happen if we stopped vaccinating infants, toddlers, and children?

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.

Dr. Jeffrey Min Dr. Min
Pediatrics
years in practice
UC Irvine School of Medicine
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Why do infants and toddlers get fevers?

Why do infants and toddlers get fevers?

Infection: Infants and toddlers usually get fevers due to their bodies response to an infection (usually viral or bacterial). Substances are secreted by your body when fighting an infection that changes the thermostat in your brain (hypothalamus) to increase the temperature of the body. The fever is helpful for the body to fight infection.

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Dr. Albert Melaragno Dr. Melaragno
Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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What are the health issues caused by air pollution in infants and toddlers?

What are the health issues caused by air pollution in infants and toddlers?

See site below: Http://www. Environment. Ucla. Edu/reportcard/article1700.html Very good explanation!

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Can infants & toddlers get diarhea or catch cold if they are not warmely dressed during winter time?

Can infants & toddlers get diarhea or catch cold if they are not warmely dressed during winter time?

No: Infants and toddlers catch cold or get diarrhea from exposure to germs. How they dress is more a reflection of the choices made by their caretakers. If dressed improperly, they are also likely to be taken into situations where they are exposed more germs.

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Dr. Roji Andrews Dr. Andrews
Pediatrics
25 years in practice
Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Christian Medical College, Vellore
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Do infants require fewer calories than toddlers?

Do infants require fewer calories than toddlers?

Yes: Typically infants require less calories than toddlers. The amount of calories required is based on their physical activity and weight. Typically a toddler is more active than an infant and they are heavier. Thus they rquire more calories than an infant.

Dr. Holly Maes Dr. Maes
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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What is the effect of parental unemployment on the development of infants and toddlers?

What is the effect of parental unemployment on the development of infants and toddlers?

Depends on parent: If during unemployment the child sees a parent continuing to function as a parent and role model, unemployment does not have to be detrimental to the family. Take the time to read to kids, do activities with them outdoors, teach them to get involved in the community by going with you to volunteer during your unemployed hours. By showing them you can conquer what life gives you, it can even be good!

Dr. Mark Diamond Dr. Diamond
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Dr. Doanh Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
10 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
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Is zyrtec (cetirizine) safe to give to toddlers and infants?

Is zyrtec (cetirizine) safe to give to toddlers and infants?

Yes: It is safer to give your child zyrtec (cetirizine). Please follow the dosage instruction in the bottle.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Is it safe to feed my 9 mos old baby yogurt for infants and toddlers labelled 6 mos and up, which contain cow's milk?

Is it safe to feed my 9 mos old baby yogurt for infants and toddlers labelled 6 mos and up, which contain cow's milk?

Safe if not allergic: Cow milk products like yogurt are ok for infants. I encourage use of those with living lactobacillus like danactive or activia when I use oral antibiotics as they help baby repopulate their digestive tract with healthy bacteria.The cow milk issue is not a prohibition but an understanding that it is designed for calfs not kids. Bovine products are ok when part of a balanced approach to nutrition.

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Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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What are some symptoms of peanut allergies in infants or toddlers?

What are some symptoms of peanut allergies in infants or toddlers?

Varied: Peanut reactions in infants and toddlers are the same as in teens and adults. They can include: rhinitis, lip/tongue swelling, rash, hives, itchiness, throat swelling, trouble breathing, wheezing, belly pain, vomiting, passing out and rarely death.

Dr. Eric Weisman Dr. Weisman
Neurology
32 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Hubby small avm ruptured-caused diplopia. 3 neurosurgeons haven't linked infant spinal meningitis & plan radiosurgery. Should spinal tap been given?

Hubby small avm ruptured-caused diplopia. 3 neurosurgeons haven't linked infant spinal meningitis & plan radiosurgery. Should spinal tap been given?

No: A spinal tap may worsen the situation due to change in pressure gradient (usually there is some swelling with leaking avm's as free blood is an irritant) Gamma knife surgery makes sense.

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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When its better to bathe infants and toddlers? At night before bed or early morning?

When its better to bathe infants and toddlers? At night before bed or early morning?

Whatever suits your: Lifestyle. The timing is unimportant. Many find it useful to do as part of the evening ritual as it can relax them prior to bed time.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Is it normal for infants & toddlers to have greenish stool first after diarhea that turns into yellowish later on i.e it is a part of recovery.

Is it normal for infants & toddlers to have greenish stool first after diarhea that turns into yellowish later on i.e it is a part of recovery.

Pretty common: The greenish color in stool is the breakdown product of the bile when it has not been in the gut long enough to go through a change to yellowish or brown. It is normal as is the loose consistency. Some digested material will take on a darker tint than others & the germs in the gut will also impact the final product. I'd ignore the whole issue.

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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For infants, toddlers and kids, should formula milk or any milk be limited? Normal food which v eat is preferable? Our doc told to limit milk? Reason?

For infants, toddlers and kids, should formula milk or any milk be limited? Normal food which v eat is preferable? Our doc told to limit milk? Reason?

Confusing question: Bovine milk in high quantities can cause small amounts of intestinal bleeding. Kids who develop an unhealthy pattern of excessive bovine milk consumption can become anemic enough to need a blood transfusion.Most recommend no > 16-20 oz/day, which seems well tolerated. Any food/formula consumed in excess of need can cause problems. You can work out the age related specifics with your doc.

Dr. Marcus Degraw Dr. Degraw
Pediatrics
18 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Can infants or toddlers under 4 years of age get strep throat?

Can infants or toddlers under 4 years of age get strep throat?

Yes: Yes. It is less common at this age due to less exposure, but still possible of course. This is especially true if the child has increased exposure, such as day care or older, school ages siblings.

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Is hand foot and mouth more serious with infants than toddlers?

Is hand foot and mouth more serious with infants than toddlers?

Depends: Hfm may cause blisters to form in no or all these areas + on bottom. The mouth blisters are the most likely to cause pbs. If they are bad, baby or toddler may refuse feeds & fluids & get dehydrated & the smaller the kid the more risk of dehydration. Some strains produce more blisters than others. My experience is it just varies reguardless of age. We have had a few adults get it this season.

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Dr. Jon Fishburn Dr. Fishburn
Ophthalmology
26 years in practice
University of Nevada School of Medicine
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Is pink eye dangerous for toddlers and infants? Should I take my child to the doctor? I'm pretty sure my daughter has pink eye. She has yellow, gooey, and crusty discharge around her eye. I need to know if it will clear up on its own or should she go see

Is pink eye dangerous for toddlers and infants? Should I take my child to the doctor? I'm pretty sure my daughter has pink eye. She has yellow, gooey, and crusty discharge around her eye. I need to know if it will clear up on its own or should she go see

Predominantly viral: Your child's signs are most likely due to a viral infection. I advise a checkup with an ophthalmologist to reassure that it's not seriously affecting the eye in a way that may require antibiotics, as I'm a bacterial infection. Most viral conjunctivitis clears up on its own in 7-10 days with conservative treatment. Avoid contaminating yourself ; others.

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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How long does a viral respiratory infection last in infants and toddlers? And can their eye puff up because of it?

How long does a viral respiratory infection last in infants and toddlers? And can their eye puff up because of it?

Varies: Most simple colds will run their course in a week or so. The occasional kid that picks up the RSV virus will peak and improve within a week but may have intermittent wheeziness and cough for a month or more. When your kid seems to feel bad and have difficulty keeping up with fluid needs it is time to have them evaluated.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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How to care an infant baby?

How to care an infant baby?

You serious??????: This site is not a chat room and the 400 character limit for each answer can never cover a complete answer. There are thousands of books available on the subject. A good site for general info is HealthyChildren. Org. If you have a specific question for this site, provide background info and ask a specific question. We cannot see uploads or questions you asked in the past.

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