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Dusky Spell Newborns
Child 8 no appetite weight loss dizzy episodes grey skin colour changes blue lips then ok again, having funny spells vision blacks out dark sunk eyes?
Distress.: The child sounds in distress and needs to be taken to ER immediately. There are many possibilities such as juvenile diabetes, cardiac or lung problems, infection, thyroid issues, adrenal crisis etc. but the child needs IV fluid and immediate work-up and most likely hospitalization. Don't delay. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends,often normal: Mild jaundice is common & results from the baby's GI system just maturing & being able to excrete bilirubin. This happens when the liver becomes more functional during the first week or so of life. As the baby feeds, bilirubin leaves the body in the stool (hence yellow stools) & urine. If breastmilk is not yet in, more jaundice may occur. In other babies, it can be due to more serious conditions. ...Read more
Symptoms of hypoxia but normal s02?!; shortness of breath, blue nails, clubbing fingernails, pale/gray skin, tachycardia, fatigue, anxious. No anemia,
Need ABG....: you need to get an arterial blood gas test (ABG) to see what your oxygen level is. There are many factors that could render a pulse ox test inaccurate. In order to get an accurate measure of your oxygen level, and to see if the pulse ox test is accurate or not, have your doctor order an ABG. The test can be done as an outpatient. Good luck!! ...Read more
My10m old babyboy makes grunting noises while playing.all milestones met and spells out mama dada also.is the noise making normal?
Completely Normal: It sounds like your 10 month old is hitting all the appropriate developmental milestones. Saying mama and dada is right on time. Other noises like grunting and babbling are normal as well. Continue to engage your son and read him lots of books to encouraged language development. Enjoy every step, it goes by fast! ...Read more
13mnthold does jerking movements with his legs, weird arm movements&makes moaning noise while sleeping.Also does unresponsive blank stares while awake?
Our 2 month old baby sometimes has yellow snot in her nose? She is sometimes colicky for 2 hours sometimes loud breathing would she have chesty cold?
Nasal Congestion: You are describing nasal congestion and it is possible the noisy breathing may be caused by that. Clear her secretions to see if that helps her breathing. If her breathing continues to be noisy, if she is working hard to breath, if she has fever or is not feeding well she needs to be seen by her doctor. This does not cause colic. It is possible she may have an ear infection as a cause of her pain. ...Read more
Normal event: Movement and sound will often trigger the startle response in infants up to 3 months in the wake state and as long as 4 months asleep. ...Read more
29 y/F. Shortness of breath, chest pain, pain while breathing, high heart rate, fatigue, blue nails, early nail clubbing? Normal hearttests, poximetry
See specialist : You need to go ahead and see a pulmonary specialist to see what's going on ...Read more
Windpipe flexible: Sounds like the noise you describe is stridor. Babies can make this noise occassionally when they breath in deep or suddenly because their traceas (windpipe) doesn't have its full rigidity yet, so it tends to collapse down, leading to that high pitched noise. Most babies outgrow this as they age. As long as not interfering with breathing or feeding, just mention it to doc at your next visit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3 months old baby with bronchiolitis receiving albuterol+nebulizer therapies makes high pitch stridor-like when laughing or crying. NOT all the time.
Croup?: Bronchiolitis is a lower airway disease that is sometimes treated with bronchodilators such as albuterol. Stridor develops with inflammation of structures much higher up, and is common with Croup. Most children with croup do not wheeze unless they are predisposed to doing so. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Age81/M cant cough, heavy lung congestion, aspiration, saturation 95 at 3 units oxygen, BP, ECG, pulse normal. Troubled breathing due to secretions. ?
Greying out of vision 'during' (not after) a hard cough fit (after inhaling). This greying out becomes white patches in dark during coughing. Normal?
Possible: Two simple tests, the direct fluorescent antibody (DFA) test on the nasal secretions, and CBC with differential, as well as the 3 classic symptoms - 1) 'whoop' noise with inspiration after cough, 2) paroxysms of coughing, or many back to back cough episodes without a break, and post-coughing vomiting, all help to make the diagnosis ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
9 week old. Tracheal retractions, subcostal retractions, noisy breathing, poor feeding - can this be normal? O2 sat is fine but working to be there.
"fake" faints, shaking body parts out of sudden, expressionless, crying or laughing for no reason, random screams, can it be touretters? 14 y/o sister
58 yr old f in hospitl w/ confusion. Non-compliant cpap (apnea), o2 at times down to 60% while awake. Staff report she's clear when she first wakes?
19 months baby, fluctuating fever - 36 to 38. Has stopped coughing. 20 breaths per minute. Stuffy nose causing snoring. Teething. Can it be pneumonia?
Possibly: The normal respiratory rate makes pneumonia unlikely. With fever it would normally rise by 5-10 breaths per minute but these would still be within the normal range for age. An exam would determine if any other studies would be needed to confirm or exclude this diagnosis. I find your numbers don't support that label. ...Read more
See below: They are pediatricians that are undergoing further training. This training will help them to provide care for premature and sick babies. During their training, they will be involved with the care of neonates and help educate pediatric residents. ...Read more
Newborn nurse: A neonatal nurse is a nurse who specializes in the care of newborns. Some of them specifically care for premature infants, who may need a lot of special care. Some of them may have advanced training in the care of premature infants. ...Read more
Terminology issues: The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the interval to 60 days. ...Read more
Affects babies <1mo: In cultures where tetanus immunization is not common, babies are born without any tetanus protection they would otherwise gain from their mother. If you add this to inconsistant hygene, unsterile tools used at delivery, or the application of dung(in some cultures) to speed the separation of the umbilical cord stump, these babies may acquire tetanus and die in the first month. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on location: Neonatal tetanus is more common in situations where mom was never immunized or incompletely immunized leaving the baby without maternal protection at birth. Add that to the localized practices & problems result. Cutting the cord with a contaminated blade, or the application of dung ( practiced in some cultures) to speed cord stump separation & theres a good chance baby will get neonatal tetanus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the state: Many states have either few or extensive tests on the newborn for treatable or significant conditions. In my state dozens are covered including phenylketonuria, sickle cell, thyroid and too many others to mention. Sometimes we check for anemia, blood sugar or infection, : blood tests for ABO reactions are common if mom is o+ and we commonly test for jaundice without drawing blood using a meter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: Depending on the status of the newborn (normal,premi, undersized, oversized,infant of diabetic,etc) the testing varies.With some, the basic testing includes metabolic screening for a variety of conditions.In my state, about 27 conditions are part of the screening.Other states vary. ...Read more
Its tiring!: Newborns are not hard to take off - they only need a couple things. They need to eat often, sleep often and be cuddled lots. However, those things are very tiring to new parents, which can make it feel like the hardest job you have ever taken on. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed with your new one talk to your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You decide: Newborns get the majority of their feeding in the first 5-10 minutes of the feeding, and the rest of the time after that is just sucking/suckling time for pleasure and comfort. If you have time and nipples are not too sore, it's fie to let them do this a couple of times a day. If your nipples are very sore, or you are pressed for time, the 10 minutes is long enough to get the nutrition they need. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Newborns are more prone to infection so you wouldn't think of having someone with a "cold" or fever be around the baby in your house where you can control who visits. Therefore, for at least the first few weeks during seasons other than winter (when there's fewer infections around) and for longer during the winter season, no malls, supermarkets, airports & the like. Walks and drives are fine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
JITTERINESS;: Newborn are normally jittery for sometime, refluxes are brisk, jark with sound, light, simple movement like taping the bed, etc. This is due to immaturity of nervous system, incomplete myelinization of axons, immaturity of neurotransmitters in brain, etc. Other causes: birth asphyxia (less oxygen), insult/injury to brain, poor feeding with low blood glucose, low calcium, maternal drugs, etc. ...Read more
It depends: Well, yes and no. In the first few months, it's best to avoid large groups of people so as to minimize your baby's exposure to infection. Your newborn's immune system is still immature and he is more susceptible to infection than an older child is. Even a cold in a toddler can cause serious breathing problems in an infant. It's still okay though (and good!) to take your baby for walks outside. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: A brand newborn (1-3 days old) may eat only 1/2 ounce at a time, but a rule of thumb is 2.5 ounces per pound, per 24 hours. Divided into 8 -12 feedings. If the baby is breastfeeding it's harder to gauge, so we usually follow urine output instead -- at least 6 - 8 wet diapers / 24 hours. ...Read more