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Headache (Definition)

Also called cephalalgia, is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck, & can be a symptom of a number of conditions affecting those areas. It originates from pain-sensitive structures such as cranium, muscles, nerves, vessels, subcutaneous tissues, eyes, ears, sinuses & mucous membranes. It is non-specific symptom & can be primary such as tension ha, or secondary ...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 it safe to give an 8 month old baby Infant Tylenol every day during teething to help with teething pain & discomfort? Baby's weight is 18 lbs.

Is it safe to give an 8 month old baby Infant  Tylenol every day during teething to help with teething pain & discomfort? Baby's weight is 18 lbs.

Prob not necessary: Usually the parents have more discomfort than baby. Fewer drugs are better than more drugs. Cold teething rings are safe to use without relying on Tylenol ...Read more

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At night times my 12 weeks old infant will not wake up to breast feed, 5 hours gap ll b there for last breastfeed. Any problem to baby's nutition?

At night times my 12 weeks old infant will not wake up to breast feed, 5 hours gap ll b there for last breastfeed.  Any problem to baby's nutition?

Not if baby is fine: We (doctors, moms, dads, neighbors, etc.) all want babies to sleep through the night by the time they are 3 months old. Parents with babies who sleep through the night are lucky parents. As long as a baby is growing fine on his measurements at the check-ups, and is healthy, parents don't need to wake up a sleeping baby at night. ...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. 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. 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. 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 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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