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How Can I Prevent My Preemie From Getting Rsv
Vaccine if qualified: Dr.Roberts has detailed the basics. Yet parents can bring the virus home from the workplace so kids are not the only source. There is a RSV vaccine that is quite expencive and sometimes given monthly during the season. It provides a transient booste in babies immunity to that virus. Treatment is limited to the most vunerable premi's. The shots run into thousands of dollars per dose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any newborn infant with a gestational age of less 37 weeks- since most pregnancies other than in vitro fertilization cannot determine exact dates of conception, several methods such as early ultrasound, last menstrual period, and the Ballard gestational assessment can ...Read more
Vaccinate!: Measles is very very preventable - the MMR vaccine (the only available product for measles prevention in the US) is safe and should be used universally. There is absolutely no connection between giving MMR vaccine and conditions such as autism. There are many studies available to document this from very credible sources, especially the CDC. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Sunlight: Babies and parents suffer jet lag (an imbalance between your internal clock and local time) after rapid east- or west-bound travel such as a plane flight. If possible, before traveling try to move your baby's daily routine by a few hours towards the new time zone. Once you have arrived, get out into the day light to help your baby naturally adjust to the new time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
For a healthy baby..: ...Without an additional risk factor (such as prematurity or family history of sids), sleeping on her back in a clean, smoke-free, well-ventilated room, without pillows or heavy covers, and without co-sleeping, offers the best chance for avoiding sids. Additional measures may be needed for high-risk babies. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It's hard to prevent: You obviously should keep the child from other people with colds and clean things other babies have played with before letting your baby play with it. However, our immune system needs to fight infections to become stronger and you really can't stop it. So prevent what you can but realize that it's going to happen at some point. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Breastfeed!: Breastfeeding is shown to be protective for children with a strong family history of allergies. If unable to breast feed, try a hypoallergenic formula such as "nutramigen" or "alimentum". Try to avoid introducing baby foods until 4-6 months of age; once you do, introduce them slowly. Interestingly, exposure to dogs & cats appears to reduce the risk of becoming allergic to those household pets! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: If you are referring to the present scare, this reported flu strain has only been associated with pig to human transmission, not human to human transfer. It is also a mild strain and no one has died and only 2 have needed hospitalization. What i would like to point out here is the "news press" and it's affinity to blow things out of proportion and only report what will get ratings. Talk to docs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Barrier cream: Always use barrier cream or ointment with each diaper change. Baby's get diaper rash because their skin comes into contact with their urine and feces. If you form a barrier on their skin, this helps prevent rash. Examples include vaseline, aquaphor, desitin, (zinc oxide diaper cream) bag balm, etc. ...Read more
Poultry farmer risks: Best info I have seen so far on keeping chickens: http://www.Cdc.Gov/features/salmonellapoultry/?S_cid=fb1544. ...Read more
Hard to do: This is passed by touch/transfer or droplets (inhaled).RSV is the cause of 80% of the common cold during it's high season (Nov-Mar in US). Many adults will have only a brief runny nose when they have it.Good handwashing/sanitizers/avoiding crowds can help.However, if you have family gatherings in season the kids at risk. It is less invasive/problem for kids as they get older. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Sick children around other children = more sick children. No sugar coating it really - having lots of kids around each other means that germs are spread like wild fire. Keeping healthy and eating well with plenty of rest helps to some extent, but getting illness causing germs in an young child will equal more illness. No real way around that. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Eat right & exercise: Start early by giving a wide variety of healthy foods to infants & toddlers. Make snacks healthy (fruits & veggies, not chips). Exercise regularly as a family (bike rides, walks, swimming, ball games). Don't eat in front of the tv. Don't buy the unhealthy foods: if it's not in the house, the kids won't eat it. Eat as a family and try not to eat until stuffed (be a role model for the kids). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis is very common, usually caused by commonly found viruses or bacteria. The most important safeguards you can take are to avoid contact with anyone who has pink eye and to make sure you wash your hands thoroughly when you are concerned that you have touched something that is contaminated. Also, keep your hands off your eyes in case there are germs on your hands. ...Read more
Not likely to catch: Breastfeeding an 8-week-old makes it less likely she'll catch the family cold. In addition to immune factors and targeted antibodies in breast milk, young babies do still have some remaining protection from respiratory viruses transferred from their mothers before birth, making colds less likely. The peak age for colds is 6 to 12 months old, when inherited immunity is fading. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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