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What is the most common cause of death in children?

What is the most common cause of death in children?

Varies: In the first 24hrs it usually relates to birth defects.Between 24 hrs and a year comes crib death (SIDS).From 1-20 it is most often related to injury from car crashes. ...Read more

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Leading cause of death of children from trauma?

Leading cause of death of children from trauma?

Car crash: From 1-10, the leading cause of preventable death in the us in automobile crashes. Lack of, or inappropriate use of passenger safety seats is a contributing factor. While most understand infants need a protective seat, even that group has ~90% errors in proper use when evaluated at car seat checks. Morbidity is highest when parents are those that choose not to use a seat belt ...Read more

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What is the most common underlying cause of sudden cardiac death in children?

What is the most common underlying cause of sudden cardiac death in children?

Cardiac arrest: Cardiac arrest is rather rare in children. The most common causes are mostly due to respiratory infections, shock and bowel infections causing septic shock. ...Read more

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What happens to children if safety precautions are not taken inside the home? How many deaths happen a year?

What happens to children if safety precautions are not taken inside the home? How many deaths happen a year?

Which precautions?: There are numerous home safety precautions that can be taken. From pool safety to covering outlets to corner pads. Each of these has a different "return". Some, like padding corners on a table, do not prevent death. Others, like putting four walls and self-locking gates around a pool, save hundreds if not thousands of preventable deaths a year. ...Read more

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I've heard of horrible reactions from flu shot, even death. Why should I expose my children to this? Is it really worth the risk?

I've heard of horrible reactions from flu shot, even death. Why should I expose my children to this? Is it really worth the risk?

Flushot concerns: I am a Pediatrician. I follow the CDC and AAP guidelines on Flushot administration and I have not had any severe reactions. We need to screen for possibility of reactions before we give ANY shot : not just the Flushot. We cannot give the Flushot if there is history of reactions to components of the vaccine in the past. The vaccine has protected so many patients from the "FLU" for so many years. ...Read more

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What are some practical ways to help children cope with death that have worked for you?

What are some practical ways to help children cope with death that have worked for you?

Honest and simple: Children actually deal with things like death in a fairly straightforward way. Best way is to be simple, honest, and understanding. Answer questions, don't give gory details, and be prepared for the same question in several different ways. Rituals help, like allowing them to go to the funeral (not open casket or graveside). And especially allowing them to express their emotions. ...Read more

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I had one of my tubes removed due to a ectopic pregnancy. I'm death scared that I won't be able to have children. Will I be able to get pregnant?

I had one of my tubes removed due to a ectopic pregnancy. I'm death scared that I won't be able to have children. Will I be able to get pregnant?

Your gyn: Who did the surg should have told u if your other tube looks good or not, and u can have a tubal xray called an hsg to see if it is patent or not, after one ectopic your risk goes from 1/100 to 1/10 so u still have a 9/10 chance to have a normal preg but obviously u will need to be followed closely at the beginning with quantitative bhchgs and Progesterone level and ultrasounds. ...Read more

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My son might have fragile x. Blood test was done last wed at childrens hospital. What is the soonest I get the results back? I'm scared to death about this bacause I have 4 children. My 3 year old was the one tested. He hurts himself, others. Still learni

My son might have fragile x. Blood test was done last wed at childrens hospital. What is the soonest I get the results back? I'm scared to death about this bacause I have 4 children. My 3 year old was the one tested. He hurts himself, others. Still learni

Unfortunately,: Unfortunately, genetic testing can take a little time - in some cases up to six weeks depending on the hospital or lab that is running the test. For a more accurate answer, you should call the doctor that sent the test. If they have experience with the genetic testing lab and this particular test, they can give you a better (and possibly shorter!) idea of how long it will take. Good luck to you! ...Read more

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I am responding to your HealthTap comment concerning children's Benadryl. My 16 month old, 30 pound, non-obese grandson died this past January and the medical examiner's says it was from Benadryl intoxication. The level of Benadryl at death was 710 ng/m

I am responding to your HealthTap comment concerning children's Benadryl. My 16 month old, 30 pound, non-obese grandson died this past January and the medical examiner's says it was from Benadryl intoxication. The level of Benadryl at death was 710 ng/m

? notice or question?: A local day care operator was recently sent to prison after the death of one of her infants was confirmed as caused by benedryl toxicity. A dozen or more others showed trace evidence of the drug in their hair in infants never given the drug. This is a good drug ant any age when used at proper dose for proper indications. I hope this was thoroughly investigated in your case. Sad but a real problem. ...Read more

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Does Rh sensitization it mean my child or future children will be dead?

Does Rh sensitization it mean my child or future children will be dead?

No: No. Being rh sensitized after having your first child just means you need to communicate this fact to your ob/gyn or family doctor the next time you get pregnant. There is a shot, trademark name is rhogham, that can be given twice during your pregnancy to make sure your future child/children won't be affected. ...Read more

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I want to pain free death?

I want to pain free death?

Need more info: How old are you? Do you have any symptoms? You have a terminal illness? It may be that you are pre-occupied with death because you are depressed. Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain, not a moral failing. Please consult your doctor as there are effective treatments for depression.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What is the modern black death?

What is the modern black death?

Today's strain: If I understand your question correctly, you are asking about different strains of bubonic plague. People have looked at the genomes of the plague bacillus from today and compared it to the bacilli left in remains of victims of the epidemic in India in the late 1800's, the medieval Black Plague, and that in the ancient world and traced its molecular evolution; all 3 strains still occur in nature. ...Read more

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Cirrosis male 66 is death imminate?

Cirrosis male 66 is death imminate?

No: Not while you're well enough to be visiting us here on HealthTap -- and hopefully not at all. If a treatable cause is found, cirrhosis can be at least partly reversed. And if it can't, perhaps you're a candidate for a liver transplant. Be ready for big changes -- but I hope you can recover your health. ...Read more

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What are the main causes of death for cf?

What are the main causes of death for cf?

Respiratory failure: Respiratory infection leading to respiratory failure is one of the main causes of death in CF ...Read more

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What actually happens when you bleed to death?

What actually happens when you bleed to death?

Depends: This depends upon the source of the bleeding and the speed of blood loss. In general, as the blood level drops you will become cold, your peripheral blood vessels will constrict and you will of course become pale. Breathing and heart rate will increase and eventually, unstopped blood loss will cause you to lose consciousness and eventually all functions will stop. ...Read more

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What are signs of approaching death in the elderly?

What are signs of approaching death in the elderly?

Varies. . .: I'm sorry that you have to ask this question b/c presumably you're about to lose someone close to you. Hopefully, hospice care has been engaged. Answer depends upon time frame, eg days to weeks to months. Check out https://www. Caring. Com/articles/signs-of-death & http://hospicefoundation. Org/End-of-Life-Support-and-Resources/Coping-with-Terminal-Illness/Signs-of-Approaching-Death for 10 signs. ...Read more

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What are the chances of death from dehydration in desert?

What are the chances of death from dehydration in desert?

Substantial: The odds are very high in the absence of adequate fluid replacement, due to fluid loss and heat stroke. ...Read more

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Are cancer deaths always painful?

Are cancer deaths always painful?

No: Cancer pain usually results from spread to bone or nerve, sometimes local measures can keep these under control. Some cancer deaths are agonizing and require a great deal of medication. Others are pain-free, as was my late mother's. In contrast to the barbaric policies of the past, today's politicians are more willing to allow physicians to manage end-stage cancer pain. ...Read more

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Is morphine used to quicken death?

Is morphine used to quicken death?

Not for humans: Active euthanasia is illegal in most jurisdictions. However, morphine may be administered for terminal sedation or to provide comfort to someone in respiratory distress during the dying process. This is considered ethical even though it may make death come somewhat sooner. ...Read more