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Why does the skin on my newborn's head and face turn red while he's nursing?

Why does the skin on my newborn's head and face turn red while he's nursing?

Erythema: The top of a baby's head is where they generate the most heat and has a large body service area compared to an older child. It is certainly appropriate for you to notice redness or warmth when your baby is nursing. ...Read more

Physical Exam (Definition)

Physical exam is the actual examination of the patient's body by the physician. For example, if you sprain your ankle and go to your doctor, he will physically touch your ankle to see where it is painful. This act of touching the patient's body ...Read more


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Daughter reported to head doctor that nursing home staff didn't wash hands; worried since they care for c diff patient. Now staff wont cooperate w/ her?

Daughter reported to head doctor that nursing home staff didn't wash hands; worried since they care for c diff patient. Now staff wont cooperate w/ her?

Hand washing: Everyone should be washing hands before and after touching a patient, irrespective of the fact that they may have put on gloves. Using soap is mandatory when washing hands. This is true for staff and visitors. A friendly method of persuasion and education works best. ...Read more

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I'm a breastfeeding mom. When I look down at nursing baby I feel a sharp pain in neck that shots up the back of my head. What ciukd cause this?

I'm a breastfeeding mom. When I look down at nursing baby I feel a sharp pain in neck that shots up the back of my head. What ciukd cause this?

Irritated nerve?: If there is pain, tingling, numbness, or electrical sensations felt when a person moves her head or neck in a particular direction, she may be irritating or compressing a nerve coming out of the spinal cord. A neurologist or a physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation) doctor can figure out the problem and start therapy. Sometimes neck x-rays and / or MRI are needed. ...Read more

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Painful, pus filled bump on side of toe by nail. Nursing school friend advised to pop with sterilized needle. Nothing but blood. What should I do now?

Painful, pus filled bump on side of toe by nail. Nursing school friend advised to pop with sterilized needle. Nothing but blood. What should I do now?

Soaks (may need doc): An infection that develops along the edge of the fingernail or toenail is called a paronychia. Care at home includes warm soaks in a mixture of 50% warm water and 50% liquid antibacterial soap three to four times daily for about 15 minutes. If redness starts to spread or pus still present, you need to see doc for proper incision and drainage. ...Read more

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What to do to get rid of toenail fungus while nursing?Fungal growth started around 2.5 months ago and getting bigger on one toe.

What to do to get rid of toenail fungus while nursing?Fungal growth started around 2.5 months ago and getting bigger on one toe.

Topicals: There are a number of topical products that should be safe during pregnancy. Just be patient. Toenails take 9 months to grow and will take at least that long to completely clear. ...Read more

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Are sunken veins on forehead normal after having baby 6 months ago and completed nursing 1 month ago?started phentermine diet & Alopecia Ariotaon head

Are sunken veins on forehead normal after having baby 6 months ago and completed nursing 1 month ago?started phentermine diet & Alopecia
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Nothing to worry : Sunken veins on forehead may be normal and there is nothing to worry about.But at the next Appontment with your doctors let them look at it to find out if anything needs to be done about it ...Read more

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How well does cetaphil cleanser work for your skin? Living in nursing home.

How well does cetaphil cleanser work for your skin? Living in nursing home.

See below: It works very well. We often recommend this cleanser to help decrease the chance of getting mrsa. An infection caused by a bacteria that is resistant to most antibiotics. ...Read more

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My baby has little sores inside her mouth, and she cries when nursing; what should I do?

My baby has little sores inside her mouth, and she cries when nursing; what should I do?

Evaluate: Mouth sores can be from a virus, bacteria, thrush or due to trauma or teething. No matter the cause, some pain relief is warranted. Simple tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil are commonly used and frequently effective. Gentle oral hygiene such as OTC gly-oxide can be helpful. Sucking on a small piece of cloth-covered ice is a nice tip. If the sores worsen or pain relief fails, then a medical exam is required. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use herbal skin remedies while nursing?

Is it safe to use herbal skin remedies while nursing?

No: I wouldn't. Many could be unsafe-- for example, products with lavender oil have estrogen-like effects, and have caused feminization of boys when used topically (though it's unclear if ingestion occurred.) i recommend you use plain, proven safe products-- anything that's labeled for use on your baby is going to be safe for you to use on your own skin. ...Read more

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My baby has a blister on her lip. Could this be from nursing too often?

My baby has a blister on her lip. Could this be from nursing too often?

Yes: Yes, blisters certainly can be a feeding blister or feeding callous. It could also represent something else. If it persists or the child has other worrisome symptoms (such as fever, lethargy, poor feeding, etc...) then the child should be examined by a physician. ...Read more

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What challenges will a young person in a nursing home face?

What challenges will a young person in a nursing home face?

See below: There is a growing trend for young people into the nursing home. Financial issues are the key factor due to complex medical and pyschiatric condition. When entering to the nursing home, majority are elderly and there are conflicting issues on how to care for the younger ones such as dietary requirement, activities, level of care, behavioral management and inappropriate interaction with staff. ...Read more

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Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more