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Doctor insights on: Does Exposure To Cat Litter Cause Harm To Baby

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Can cat litter hurt babies?

Can cat litter hurt babies?

See below: There are two ways how the cat litter can affect the infants: indirectly through the pregnant mother, if she is taking care of the cat, they can acquire a congenital toxoplasma infection or directly, as they might get in touch with infected cat's excrements in the cat litter. ...Read more

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Today my wife cried alot and she also took lots of tension. Will it cause harm to baby as she is 21 week pregnant?

Today my wife cried alot and she also took lots of tension. Will it cause harm to baby as she is 21 week pregnant?

No, not if she: Continues to get adequate fluids, nutrition and rest, and avoids alcohol and other drugs which are sometimes used inappropriately to relieve tension. Depression is not uncommon, so that if her symptoms continue, please speak to her OB about this, as an Rx may be indicated. ...Read more

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Can accidentally electrically shocking onself during 2nd trimester of pregnancy ever cause harm to baby or a miscarriage?

Can accidentally electrically shocking onself during 2nd trimester of pregnancy ever cause harm to baby or a miscarriage?

Not if minor: You're asking a theoretical question. Fetal well being can be checked by ultrasound / biophysical profile if you are worried that a recent exposure to electricity caused any harm. ...Read more

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Can you get toxoplasmosis from cleaning out cat litter trays and can it cause you to have mental health problems, as some reports are claiming?

Can you get toxoplasmosis from cleaning out cat litter trays and can it cause you to have mental health problems, as some reports are claiming?

Yes you can: Toxoplasmosis can be transmitted via cat feces, and from undercooked, exposed meat. The parasite can be carried as a cyst within the brain. It can induce the enzyme tyrosine hydroxylase necessary to make the neurotransmitter dopamine. Elevations in Dopamine may be associated with psychotic symptoms -- but toxoplasmosis is not the source of all psychosis. http://tinyurl. Com/cftsn7. ...Read more

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My boyfriend said it was bad for me to be around my at while pregnant. I thought only the cat litter was bad. Is the cat also bad for my baby?

Cat & pregnancy: The reason the cat litter can be bad is because of the potential transmission of toxoplasmosis, an infectious disease that can result in miscarriage. Yes, cats can be carriers. Simply having a cat while pregnant is not likely to give you toxoplasmosis. You could get it by coming in contact with infected cat feces. But humans most commonly contract toxoplasmosis by eating undercooked meat. ...Read more

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Can accidentally inhaling cat litter cause infection?

Can accidentally inhaling cat litter cause infection?

Yes.: If you actually got particulate in your lung you certainly may develop a pneumonia or at least a pneumonitis. If you are just breathing the fumes I think you have little chance of contracting q fever. On the other hand, ingestion could carry salmonella, toxoplasmosis. ...Read more

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Can inhaling the dust of cat litter cause toxoplasmosis?

Can inhaling the dust of cat litter cause toxoplasmosis?

Can't exclude possib: Cat litter contains cat droppings which harbor oocytes of toxoplasma gondii. These take about 7 -10 days to mature to an infective form for humans. Usually you get the disease by contaminating your hands and transferring the organism to your mouth by swallowing food, etc. Certainly not impossible to inhale and swallow organisms but not sure how one would prove this. ...Read more

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Can inhaling the dust of cat litter cause histoplasmosis?

Can inhaling the dust of cat litter cause histoplasmosis?

Unlikely: You have not mentioned if the cat litter has been used by the cat. It is unlikely as the histoplasmosis is more in keeping with areas where you live such as the midwest or OHio River valley.
If the little has been used you might think about how the litter is handled and can get toxoplasmosis. ...Read more

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Yesterday my wife was angry so she walked a bit fast...can it cause any harm to baby as she is 19 week pregnant?

Yesterday my wife was angry so she walked a bit fast...can it cause any harm to baby as she is 19 week pregnant?

No: Walking, especially walking quickly, is good for your health and does no harm to the baby.

Tension, anxiety, stress can have an effect. I always recommend that a husband treat his wife very well when pregnant. After all, "if Mom ain't happy, ain't nobody happy". Do your best to not make her angry or cause her stress. I'll bet you can do it. ...Read more

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Last 2 day my wife was very much angry, stressful and upset. Can it cause any harm to baby as she is 19 week pregnant?

Last 2 day my wife was very much angry, stressful and upset. Can it cause any harm to baby as she is 19 week pregnant?

No harm: Emotional ups and downs are common with pregnancy. Not to worry unless, she is seems to want to physically act on herself or others ...Read more

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My wife took lot of exertion and stress for last 2 day as she is 13 week pregnant. Yesterday she spotted also. Can it cause any harm to baby?

My wife took lot of exertion and stress for last 2 day as she is 13 week pregnant. Yesterday she spotted also. Can it cause any harm to baby?

Stress: Is negative for the mother but not directly negative to the baby. If the the stress is causing lack of sleep or poor eating habits, then it could affect the baby.

Spotting can be common in the first trimester, but should still be checked out. ...Read more

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I am 9wks pregnant and constipated can you cause any harm to baby when forcing hard to go to bathroom?

I am 9wks pregnant and constipated can you cause any harm to baby when forcing hard to go to bathroom?

Nope.: You probably cannot strain hard enough to increase the pressure so much in your abdominal space to harm a fetus. Don't worry. You may, however, be uncomfortable - fiber, water, stool softeners, and laxatives can all help - just check with your doctor or pharmacist to be sure they're safe in pregnancy! ...Read more

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Been using face wash with 2% salicylic acid everyday while nursing, not knowing that it should've be avoided. Will this cause long term harm to baby?

Been using face wash with 2% salicylic acid everyday while nursing, not knowing that it should've be avoided. Will this cause long term harm to baby?

Use if you wish: The topical (skin applied) medicines do not get into your milk and are not a problem for nursing mothers. Use if you wish. ...Read more

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5mths post-partum, exclusively breastfeeding, is it okay to get a tattoo and can it cause any harm to baby via my breastmilk?

5mths post-partum, exclusively breastfeeding, is it okay to get a tattoo and can it cause any harm to baby via my breastmilk?

Yes: It is safe to get tattooed while breast feeding. The only concern is infection so be sure to stick with a reliable, clean tattoo shop. The ink is too large to pass in any way to the breastmilk. Take Care and Enjoy! ...Read more

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While changing used cat litter I think a piece of litter flicked into my eye, I rinsed my eye with water. Can this cause a eye infection?

While changing used cat litter I think a piece of litter flicked into my eye, I rinsed my eye with water. Can this cause a eye infection?

Possibly: It depends on how soiled the litter was & how much you got into your eye. If you rubbed your eye & caused a corneal scratch, this may serve as a nidus for serious infection. Rinsing with copious water or eye rinse plus artificial tear drops is probably sufficient. Your own tears & secretions generally protect your eye from infection. But if worsening discharge, vision change, inc. Redness: C MD. ...Read more

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I am 36 weeks pregnant. I used a heating pad on high setting on my back and fell asleep. I woke up hot a few hours later. Did I cause any harm to baby?

I am 36 weeks pregnant. I used a heating pad on high setting on my back and fell asleep. I woke up hot a few hours later. Did I cause any harm to baby?

Probably ok: The back is dense with muscles. The heat should of dissipated and would not have hurt your baby.

Burning your skin however is my biggest concern for you in this situation. Be careful. Good luck with your labor and delivery. ...Read more

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I smell cat litter can I have toxo?

I smell cat litter can I have toxo?

Not likely related.: I know of no relationship between "smelling cat box odor" and having toxoplasmosis. It is possible that you might have this infection, but it is likely not related to anything that you are sensing with your nose. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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Can you get toxoplasmosis if a dog licks you after it ate from the cat litter box?

Toxoplasmosis: Theoretically yes. Although you can't "catch" toxoplasmosis from an infected child or adult, you can become infected if you come into contact with cat feces that contain the parasite. You may accidentally ingest the parasites if you touch your mouth after gardening, cleaning a litter box or touching anything that has come in contact with infected cat feces. ...Read more

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If you breathe in cat litter can you get pneumonia?

If you breathe in cat litter can you get pneumonia?

Yes.: If you actually got particulate in your lung you certainly may develop a pneumonia or at least a pneumonitis. If you are just breathing the fumes I think you have little chance of contracting q fever. On the other hand, ingestion could carry salmonella, toxoplasmosis. ...Read more

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How worried should I be about cat litter?

How worried should I be about cat litter?

Yes: If you are pregnant, you should avoid handling cat litter.
If you are not pregnant, just wash your hands well after changing the litter. ...Read more

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What is the safest way to lift a 20lb bag like cat litter?

What is the safest way to lift a 20lb bag like cat litter?

Bend your knees: Bend your knees and lift with your legs, not your back. ...Read more

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Okay to clean cat litter box while pregnant?

Increases: Risk of toxoplasma infection, which can cause brain deformity in the developing fetus. ...Read more

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Is clumping cat litter bad for your health? Last yr. I choked while changing the litter box and since then I can't breath around people smoking, etc.

Most likely not: In general, cat litter and the associated dust is safe. However, you may be allergic to a component of the litter and may notice worsened symptoms after the cat uses the box if the material aerosolizes. There are a number of different brands and types, so you may want to consider switching if this is still an issue. Also, you should avoid litter if/when pregnant because of the risk of disease. ...Read more

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Why do my stools smell like cat litter? No, I don't have a cat.

Why do my stools smell like cat litter? No, I don't have a cat.

Stool odor: This is dependent upon what you are eating and what the bacterial flora of your colon is like. Outside of extremely foul smelling stools which can be a sign of some types of infection, it is very difficult if not impossible to pinpoint the etiology of your feces odor. ...Read more

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Can cat litter deodorizer be used to whiten teeth?

Can cat litter deodorizer be used to whiten teeth?

No: I wouldn't advise it as I am not sure of the chemical used as a cat deodorizer. ...Read more

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I am 6 weeks pregnant my TSH is 12 said to be high. Dosage I am taking is 100mg of eltorxin and in feb it was 0.8. Is there any harm to baby.

I am 6 weeks pregnant my TSH is 12 said to be high. Dosage I am taking is 100mg of eltorxin and in feb it was 0.8. Is there any harm to baby.

Thyroid/pregnancy: Most likely there will be no noticeable effects on your baby once he/she is born. Your hypothyroidism was diagnosed early in your pregnancy which is good. Generally the recommendation is to keep the TSH between the lower end of normal but below 2.5 which is where yours is currently. Hope this helped. ...Read more

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What precautions should I take when cleaning cat litter box, should I wear gloves & mask? Or what currently pregnant

See below: It would be better to have someone else clean the litter box if possible and for you to avoid it entirely. If this is not possible wear disposable gloves. Toxoplasmosis oocysts are killed it the cat litter pan is soaked in nearly boiling water for 5 minutes. It the litter pan is cleaned every day the oocysts will not have a chance to sporulate. ...Read more

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So she told me her vagina has a cat litter smell and her period is being weird like its struggling to start and she's not producing much blood from it?

So she told me her vagina has a cat litter smell and her period is being weird like its struggling to start and she's not producing much blood from it?

...Rotten In Denmark: Has she tried catnip? Or maybe Arm and Hammer... Vinegar? Better yet, get to a gynecologist to sort this out because a weird or unusual smell plus menstrual problems smells like a problem for a G-Man! In the meantime, a nose clip for you, and keep it dry 'till this is sorted-out. Seriously, get to a gynecologist. ...Read more

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Can you get a bacterial sinus infection from changing a cat litter box?

Can you get a bacterial sinus infection from changing a cat litter box?

Unlikely: In most cases the worst that could happen is a bit of irritation from the litter dust.

Unless you are pregnant or immunocompromised. Then definitely stay away from the cat litter. There is a nasty critter in cat waste called toxoplasma that is dangerous in that setting. ...Read more

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What are the danger of mobile waves when using for along period of time in pregnancy. Is it harm to baby? My wife due date is 22-5-2013. Thanks

What are the danger of mobile waves when using for along period of time in pregnancy. Is it harm to baby? My wife due date is 22-5-2013. Thanks

Good question..: Cell phone use has dramatically increased during pregnancy with little to no evidence it is safe. It is interesting to note that it coincides with the dramatic increase in autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - although no evidence to link these facts has ever been scientifically proven. I would advise minimizing use of cell phones, laptops around pregnancy sac! ...Read more

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Is it normal to get a cystocele on first pregnancy at 27w? Not overweight. Stand and sit for long periods of time. Is there harm to baby?

Is it normal to get a cystocele on first pregnancy at 27w? Not overweight. Stand and sit for long periods of time. Is there harm to baby?

No harm...: Cystocele rarely occurs in your described scenario, but not impossible. If it's, it would be very minimal or marginal. Clinically, it bears no harm to baby during pregnancy, but be aware that more vaginal deliveries may worsen the degree of existing cystocele over time. This is life and that is what we know about it. More? Ask doc timely. Best wish... ...Read more