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How to treat conjunctivitis in breastfeeding mother?

How to treat conjunctivitis in breastfeeding mother?

See Below: If treatment is needed, it is normally antibiotic eye drops. Which are safe with nursing. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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What drugs treat avian flu and how?

What drugs treat avian flu and how?

Antivirals: Such as oseltamivir and others, along with antiinflammatories and other agents to relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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Can i drink tylenol (acetaminophen) cold & flu severe while breastfeeding?

Can i  drink tylenol (acetaminophen) cold & flu severe while breastfeeding?

Safer not to: The product you describe has acetaminophen(safe), dextromethorpan ( safe), and phenylephrine (decreases milk production) & guaifenesin( probably safe- not studied). Best wld be to use acetaminophen alone for headaches and body aches, and Phenylephrine nasal spray (are less likely to decrease lactation).http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT ...Read more

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How to treat seasonal allergies while nursing?

How to treat seasonal allergies while nursing?

Safe meds: Plain nasal saline irrigations are typically very safe. While no medications have been shown to be 100% safe in pregnancy, there are different safety categories of medications. This is also true of seasonal allergies. Category B medications are thought to be safer. Your OB-GYN or allergist should be able to provide a list depending on your symptoms. ...Read more

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Is antiviral flu medication safe during pregnancy?

Is antiviral flu medication safe during pregnancy?

In most cases, the benefits of antiviral flu (influenza) medication during pregnancy outweigh the risks: During pregnancy, the flu poses a serious threat to your health and your baby's health. Pregnancy increases your risk of developing serious complications of the flu, such as pneumonia. In turn, flu complications increase the risk of premature birth and other pregnancy problems. Although it's important to be cautious with any medication during pregnancy, research supports the safety of prescription antiviral medication — such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza) — to treat flu during pregnancy. If you're pregnant and have signs or symptoms of the flu, contact your health care provider right away. He or she will help you decide if an antiviral medication is right for you. If your health care provider prescribes an antiviral medication, remember that the medication is most effective when taken within 48 hours of the first signs or symptoms — although benefits are still possible if the medication is taken later. If you have a fever, your health care provider might recommend taking acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) as well. Some studies have shown an increased risk of neural tube defects — serious abnormalities of the brain or spinal cord — in the babies of women who experience high fevers during the first four to six weeks of pregnancy. Remember, a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and your baby from the dangers of the flu during pregnancy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a flu shot for anyone who's pregnant during flu season unless you've had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccination. When you get your flu shot, be sure to request the flu shot and not the nasal spray vaccine. The flu shot is made from an inactivated virus, so it's safe for both mother and baby during any stage of pregnancy. The nasal spray vaccine is made from a live virus, which makes it less appropriate during pregnancy or while you're trying to conceive. ...Read more

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Sore throat, cough, which med is safe if breastfeeding &how to protect baby?

Sore throat, cough, which med is safe if breastfeeding &how to protect baby?

Vague question: We generally avoid salycelates and prefer Acetaminophen as a medicine for comfort if throat lozenges or menthol gum is not adequate. Antihistamine and decongestant containing cough meds can reduce your milk volume, so simple mucolytics are preferred. Baby was exposed to the germ before you became symptomatic, so s/he will either get it or not based on their tolerance to the germ. ...Read more

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Is panadol (acetaminophen) for flu safe for breastfeeding? Thanks!

Is panadol (acetaminophen) for flu safe for breastfeeding? Thanks!

Panadol (acetaminophen) ; breastfeed: Yes, it is ok. Some will get into the breast milk, but will not harm your baby unless (s)he is actually allergic or otherwise sensitive to it. Panadol (acetaminophen) paediatric drops are sold otc. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take tamiflu (oseltamivir) while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take tamiflu (oseltamivir) while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: Influenza in pregnancy can cause more severe illnesses ( this was esp. Seen with h1n1/swine flu). Because of this tamiflu (oseltamivir) is recommended for treatment or prevention of suspected influenza in pregnancy. There are not clinical studies available for safety but the CDC does recommend it to decrease the risk of a pregnant woman becoming very ill. ...Read more

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Can I take tamiflu (oseltamivir) while breastfeeding?

Can I take tamiflu (oseltamivir) while breastfeeding?

Yes: Studies show babies receive 1/2% of the mothers dose which is unlikely to produce significant levels in an infant. The CDC has recommended its use in breastfeeding mothers. See "medications and mothers milk";hale, 2010. ...Read more

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How should I treat norwalk virus infections?

How should I treat norwalk virus infections?

Fluids: This RNA virus is now called "norovirus" and is the GI bug that vexes cruise ships.Gently rehydrate with water or a sports drink diluted 50/50 with water.Soups and light foods.I try to avoid anti-spasmotics like immodium or Lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine) as i trust the body to expel this nasty virus.Hand washing is critical to preventing spread. ...Read more

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What cold medicines are safe to take while breastfeeding?

It depends: It depends on the cold medication and what is contained in it. The ingredients vary and it is best to speak to your obstetrician regarding the cold medication. ...Read more

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What anti bacterial medicine is best for breastfeeding mothers?

What anti bacterial medicine is best for breastfeeding mothers?

Talk to your MD's: There are several antibiotics that can safely be taken by breastfeeding mothers. There is not one "best" antibiotic. The type of infection being treated will affect the choice of antibiotic. You can always call you baby's pediatrician to verify if a medicine is safe for the baby. ...Read more

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How safe is Tdap and flu shot while pregnant?

How safe is Tdap and flu shot while pregnant?

Both are safe: Both are safe and it is recommended all pregnant women should get these both ...Read more

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Is theraflu safe for breast feeding moms?

Yes: There are several components to this product but all are considered safe for breast feeding. ...Read more