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How Can I Tell If My Nectarine Is Spoiled
Allergic reaction: If your son is allergic to any food, he may have a reaction. These can range from tingling of the mouth, swelling of lips, a rash on the body, or vomiting/diarrhea. It may be difficult to tell, since some of those symptoms can occur from other causes. If you aren't sure, see your doctor. ...Read more
Chill bumps: Babies do some unique and some common things when cold. The common thing is chill bumps, the bump representing a hair that would be raised in a furry animal. The unique thing is shifting blood flow away from the skin in areas we know are lost to frost bite.The pale hands, feet, ears, nose &lips (that pink up in a warm bath) show the process. Mild palor is common in a room at normal ac temperatures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Poor urine output: If you are changing few diapers, your baby may be getting dehydrated. Other symptoms include dry mouth, few tears when crying, and extreme fatigue. These are particularly important symptoms to watch out for if your baby has been having vomiting and diarrhea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Help child learn: "spoiling" is a term understood but hard to quantify. I like to think of it as a child demanding attention/things/activities which only benefit the child and which are beyond the developmental norms for a particular age. As parents, we need to teach our children respect for others, their time and resources. Teaching new behaviors takes time but is worth it, your doctor can suggest techniques. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
This is the Way: Either skin test or blood tests are available to prove allergiesalso an elimination of all dairy products for 5-7 days to see if whatever the symptoms are , go away might help. ...Read more
Just a cold?: The best way to tell if it's just a cold is by how long the symptoms last. There should be stuffy, runny nose for anywhere from 3 - 7 days. Eyes may water, a sore throat may follow, but symptoms should clear by seven days. A fever may be part of the illness. If fussiness increases, go see your pediatrician or family doctor to make sure an ear infection is not complicating the cold. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Rash or irritability: Most food allergy presents with eczema - an allergic rash. Vomiting, diarrhea, poor weight gain, irritability or colic are other common presentations. Sometimes respiratory symptoms as asthma and ear infections may also be related to food allergy. Rarely blood in the stool may be caused by a food allergy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cranky, drooling: I have found that children often get irritable about two weeks before the teeth actually break thorough the skin. I believe this is the most bothersome time, rather than the teeth actually cutting through the skin. Drooling, and increased irritability are signs. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Depends...: in a baby who is meeting developmental milestones and has no underlying medical conditions that would prohibit introduction of solid foods, the earliest cereal should be introduced is between age 4-6 months. Breastmilk or formula should still be the main source of calories at this age. Make an appointment with your pediatrician to talk about how to introduce solids and to see if your baby is ready ...Read more
Fussy with feeds: Baby may arch away from the nipple, burp a lot and become very fussy during or shortly after feeding.Unlike the baby who has mild reflux, will display marked discomfort when he/she spits up. If not attended baby may have increased risk for respiratory problems including ear infections. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Suggestive symptoms: An allergy to formula (usually the milk or soy component) presents with characteristic symptoms. Usually these include rash/hives or worsening eczema, swelling of lips/tongue/eyelid/face, cough/wheezing, vomiting/diarrhea. Not all patients experience all of these symptoms. Fussiness or colic is usually not secondary to a formula allergy. Skin or blood allergy tests can help diagnose an allergy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dry lips, less urine: Dehydration is common in babies, most often the result of a stomach virus. Signs of dehydration include dry lips, sunken fontanel in infants, decreased urine output and decreased activity level. You will notice that your baby is dehydrated if the diapers are less wet, or if you're changing less wet diapers than usual, for example, if more than 10 hours go by without any urine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Check with Gyn: One womens idea of a loose vagina, may be anothers of anormal vagina. Personal opinions play a major part of the overall picture. If you feel your vagina is too loose from child bearing or for whatever reason, there are some surgeries that can tighten the area. Discuss your concerns with your gyn at a scheduled visit. Best wishes to you. ...Read more
How can I know if my child is lactose intolerant? How do I know which cheeses and yogurts don't have lactose?
Lab Tests or Symptom: Your child's doctor can run lactose-intolerance tests. However, the easiest way may be to remove lactose-containing foods/beverages from the child's diet and see if their symptoms improve. I'm afraid all cheeses and yogurts contain lactose. There are some speciality milks that are lactose free. However, if your child is lactose-intolerant, there is no need to have dairy in their diet. ...Read more
You can't always: I don't recommend testing by having him handle or eat some. Family history of food allergy increases the risk, but doesn't mean definitely thebaby will be allergic. There are blood tests, and definitely for those under about 2 years old, skin tests done by a reputable allergist that can help identify food allergy. Reactions to accidental contact might help. Electrodermal, etc testing won't help. ...Read more
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