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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

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...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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How can I tell if what my baby has is just a cold?

How can I tell if what my baby has is just a cold?

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 more

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How can I tell if my child has heartburn?

How can I tell if my child has heartburn?

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 more

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How can I tell if I have a canker sore or herpes on my gums?

How can I tell if I have a canker sore or herpes on my gums?

Appearance/location: Also the history, and duration of the lesion all factor into a proper diagnosis. The treatments are different so get it evaluated by a dentist or primary care provider familiar with oral lesions to be sure ... ...Read more

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How can I tell if my son has Glandular fever? He's has a rash, sore throat, temperature and I'm trying to get a clear answer so I know what to do.

How can I tell if my son has Glandular fever? He's has a rash, sore throat, temperature and I'm trying to get a clear answer so I know what to do.

Glandular Fever: Mononucleosis presents with swollen tonsils that may have white to yellow exudates, skin rash, enlarged lymph nodes on the front & back of your neck and enlarged spleen &/or liver. Your white blood cell will be elevated. A monospot test will show - or + for mono & antibody titers can distinguish btwn old vs new infection. ...Read more

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My girlfreind has a soar throat and she asked me if semen can help or if its the cause. What do I tell her? Thanks

My girlfreind has a soar throat and she asked me if semen can help or if its the cause. What do I tell her? Thanks

Hard to say...: Performing fellatio (oral-penile contact) sometimes results in sore throat -- old research (1970s), in which the exact cause couldn't be found. It's apparently not an STD. It doesn't appear to be harmful. In any case, it probably isn't from semen, and performing oral on you probably won't help and won't hurt. But maybe best to hold off for at least a few days. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have herpes or a canker sore on my tongue?

How can I tell if I have herpes or a canker sore on my tongue?

See MD or DDS: While I can tell you the basic differences between the two and you can Google if for further information as well as photos, ONLY by seeing a trained health care professional, whether it's a physician or a dentist can you be sure. ...Read more

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How can I cure my child's sore throat? He doesn't have a strep

How can I cure my child's sore throat? He doesn't have a strep

Sore throat: Most sore throats are caused by viruses. Children have more viral infection for hygiene reasons from hands, coughing, touching ...Read more

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My girlfriend has a cold sore. How can she get rid of it quickly?

My girlfriend has a cold sore. How can she get rid of it quickly?

Cold sores: Her doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Her dermatologist can provide laser treatments. ...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 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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What can I do if my friend is vomiting and has a sore stomach, can I get her some icecream?

What can I do if my friend is vomiting and has a sore stomach, can I get her some icecream?

First use medicine: Medicine to stop vomiting is first thing you need to do. If there is no more nausea/vomiting then something soothing for the stomach would help. Ice cream is pretty rich to digest, low fat milk or broth may be better to start with. An antacid might also help for an acidic stomach in case she has heartburn. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby has an ear infection?

How can I tell if my baby has an ear infection?

Examine the eardrum: The hallmark of an acute middle ear infection (acute otitis media, or aom) is sudden onset of pain in the ear, sometimes with a fever or stuffy nose. The pain tends to be worse during the night hours and while lying down. In babies, the first sign may be obviously worse sleep. Your doctor can examine the ear and tell you if your baby has the fluid and redness in the ear that signal an infection. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby has an ear infection?

How can I tell if my baby has an ear infection?

Symptom ear infectio: Babies with ear infections may have fever, ear pain (tug at ears), ear drainage, irritability. Sometimes they may have very little to no symptoms and the infection is detected when their doctors check their ears. ...Read more

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I have a runny nose. Can u tell me what medicine can I use for it. Also, my baby he is 21 months has the cold like me. What can I do for him?

I have a runny nose. Can u tell me what medicine can I use for it. Also, my baby he is 21 months has the cold like me. What can I do for him?

Several options: The easiest way to treat the symptom of runny nose is over the counter antihistamines (like Allegra (fexofenadine) or zyrtec). For your 21-month old, i would not use these medications (not approved for those less than age 2)--i would recommend having your baby see his pediatrician. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has strep and now my that is sore what can I do to prevent strep?

My girlfriend has strep and now my that is sore what can I do to prevent strep?

See your doctor: If your girlfriend has a strep throat and you were in close contact with her before she had been on antibiotics for a day, then there is a good chance you have a strep infection also. You should see your doctor and have an exam, which may include a quick strep test. If the doctor feels you do have strep, then they will put you on antibiotics for about 10 days. ...Read more

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How do I know if my baby has strep throat?

How do I know if my baby has strep throat?

Fever, poor appetite: It is very unusual for an infant to get strep throat. However an older child or family member in close contact with your baby has it, it is possible. In most cases, babies with strep throat are very fussy due to the pain, may have a high fever, and decreased appetite. Every now and then babies can have vomiting and rash from strep throat. It is best to contact your doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more

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How do you know if your baby has gotten a sore throat?

How do you know if your baby has gotten a sore throat?

Not drinking well: When babies have sore throats they frequently become cranky, they may refuse the bottle and drool more than usual. They do not always get a fever if they have a sore throat. ...Read more

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