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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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My wife is 25 years of age, our babies are 2 years and the other is 11 months. My wife is having headache pains for the last week waking up in morning?

My wife is 25 years of age, our babies are 2 years and the other is 11 months. My wife is having headache pains for the last week waking up in morning?

Primary care...: The first stop would be to a primary care doctor; if there is a change in the type/frequency of the headache then he/she may want to have a neurologist take a look at her. Stress can be a big factor in headaches just fyi. Good luck! ...Read more

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Stuffy nose, headache and rash on part of belly.Breastfeeding infant and he got a fever of 101 and today has a similar rash. Did he get it from my mik?

Stuffy nose, headache and rash on part of belly.Breastfeeding infant and he got a fever of 101 and today has a similar rash. Did he get it from my mik?

Fever: No, your child developed your symptoms through the respiratory infection that you have as seen with your runny nose and headache. Make sure you wash your hands before feeding the baby. Wearing a mask if you have respiratory symptoms might also help ...Read more

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Is there a difference in the brands of formula for babies (similac, parents choice) my baby has acid reflux and throws up on PC formula not any other?

Is there a difference in the brands of formula for babies (similac, parents choice) my baby has acid reflux and throws up on PC formula not any other?

Minor difference: Most milk-based infant formulas are essentially the same, although different companies will sometimes make very minor changes such as a different amount of calcium. There are some formulas which are designed to be easier to digest, and some babies with acid reflux have less spitting with these formulas. Powder vs ready-to-feed can make a difference, too. ...Read more

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My infant is showing signs of dehydration. When do I call the doctor? My baby has been ill and is having fewer wet diapers than normal. I’ve tried to give her pedialyte, but she isn’t taking much of it. At what point do I need to call her pediatrician?

My infant is showing signs of dehydration. When do I call the doctor? My baby has been ill and is having fewer wet diapers than normal. I’ve tried to give her pedialyte, but she isn’t taking much of it. At what point do I need to call her pediatrician?

Call Dr. now: Signs of dehydration include fewer wet diapers, tears and saliva that is thicker than usual. Infants may become dehydrated in just a few hours. It sounds like you've done the basics-it's time to discuss the details with your doctor. It will be much easier to treat the problem early. Good luck. ...Read more

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My baby has a slight temp and her eyes are puffy and a bit red. We gave her the min dosage of infant tylenol (acetaminophen). Mother was slightly ill this week. ?

My baby has a slight temp and her eyes are puffy and a bit red. We gave her the min dosage of infant tylenol (acetaminophen). Mother was slightly ill this week. ?

Sounds as if: your baby is also becoming ill. Infants under the age of two months with a rectal temperature of 100.4 or higher should be emergently evaluated and not given Tylenol (acetaminophen). Older infants and children can be offered supportive and comfort care with pain/fever reducers until they have been evaluated by their pediatrician. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my child has a headache?

How can I tell if my child has a headache?

Very hard to tell: It is very hard to tell if a baby has a headache. We assume babies and toddlers have headaches because we know older children and adults have headaches. We presume that the symptoms children and adults have during headaches are similar to the symptoms babies would have during headaches, such as: cold symptoms, fevers, vomiting, poor appetite, fussiness, tiredness, restless sleep, etc. . ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to get rid of my child'd headache?

Can you tell me how to get rid of my child'd headache?

Headache: If simple Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen doesn't work, or the headaches continue; you should see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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How do I tell if my baby has thrash and what is it?

How do I tell if my baby has thrash and what is it?

MD exam recommended: Thrush is a fungal infection. Best left up to physician to examine for other confounding variables , but usually presents with white plaques mucosal surfaces of gums and throat that rub off. Requires anti fungal medicine. ...Read more

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How could i tell if my baby has a cold?

How could i tell if my baby has a cold?

Discomfort with cold: A cold may be accompanied by fever, irritability, poor appetite and of course a running nose.Sometime the secretion produced becomes mucous in character an allergic running nose usually doesn't cause the irritability and fever seen with cold and rarely becomes mucous. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby has down syndrome?

How can I tell if my baby has down syndrome?

Physical and genetic: Down's syndrome is a genetic disorder having one too many of the 21 chromosome. Most are detected on the triple screen, followed by genetic testing on amniocentesis. However, there are physical signs to look for: a single palmar crease, very weak musculature, distinct facial features, and heart defects. There are other smaller signs. There will be developmental delay, and other health issues later. ...Read more

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I was just wondering how can I tell if my baby has colic?

I was just wondering how can I tell if my baby has colic?

Start with this link: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/crying-colic/Pages/Colic.aspx Be patient and use your child's pediatrician as a resource in your scheduled well child checks. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby has too much mercury in his system?

How can I tell if my baby has too much mercury in his system?

Complicated: This is a very complex question. Mercury sources include food (certain fish), biologicals (thimerosal), industrial. Blood tests only measure acute exposure, not chronic, which is typically the concern. Other tests - urine, hair, stool - are very difficult to interpret and have strengths/weaknesses depending on the clinical situation. Consult a local pediatric environmental health center. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby has rsv?

How can I tell if my baby has rsv?

Severe cold symptoms: Rsv may cause a common cold in some children. However in young infants, RSV may cause much more severe cold symptoms (associated with marked nasal drainage and congestion, difficulty breathing with wheezing, grunting, retractions in the chest). If your baby is struggling to breathe, it is best to contact your doctor for her to be seen in case the infection may be due to rsv. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby has gas?

Gas: Your baby may be excessively irritable, bringing up his legs, may refuse to eat and occasionally pass gas. ...Read more

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When will I be able to tell if my baby has allergies?

When will I be able to tell if my baby has allergies?

2 years and up: Most children need at least 2 years of exposure to environmental allergens before becoming allergic to them, especially in the case of seasonal pollens. Therefore, in regards to environmental allergies causing nasal and ocular symptoms these rarely occur in children less than 2. However, food allergies are different and can occur much earlier. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby has cold or if it is allergies?

How can I tell if my baby has cold or if it is allergies?

A "cold"...: ... Is a viral infection. Allergic noses drip and itch, viral noses have a more "gooey" mucus. Cough and fever are more likely with a viral infection; tearing eyes are more likely with an allergy. ...Read more

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How to tell if my baby has a food allergy from certain foods?

How to tell if my baby has a food allergy from certain foods?

Symptoms: How old is the baby. Pay attention to the baby's symptoms after a feeding. Colic, eczema, breathing problems are some symptoms. ...Read more