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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 to tell if my toddler has too many teeth?

How to tell if my toddler has too many teeth?

Count them: Infants will have up to 20 teeth 10 lower teeth by their 3rd birthday. If more than that it's excessive. By that time i would hope the kid is being followed by a dentist & you can ask the questions to the one who has had a chance to examine him/her. We encourage parents to seek dental monitoing at their1st birthday. ...Read more

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I was wondering if there was a way I can help my immune system snice the mono messed it up and how I can get more energy I'm also a new mother my little boy is only 11 months old?

I was wondering if there was a way I can help my immune system snice the mono messed it up and how I can get more energy I'm also a new mother my little boy is only 11 months old?

Mono/new baby: Most patients will recover from mono but this may takes months. New baby=no sleep= exhaustion. There is no sure way to boost the immune system but regular & moderate exercise, stress reduction, good sleep habit, healthier diet (more antioxidant), and adequate vitamin D3 intake may help. ...Read more

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Me and my girlfriend want to have a baby, i'm also a girl. We wanna have a biological child together. How can we go about that? Can I have her eggs put into mine and thats how it would happen? I need as much detail as possible. Thank you

Me and my girlfriend want to have a baby, i'm also a girl. We wanna have a biological child together. How can we go about that? Can I have her eggs put into mine and thats how it would happen? I need as much detail as possible. Thank you

Not going to happen: Dependable technology to support such a process is not available. At the current time, you need to involve a male, through blind donation or whatever, and decide which of you would carry the child. There are legal hassles involved but it happens often enough that this is certainly doable.Give it another few years and it may be possible. ...Read more

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My aunt has cirrhosis of the liver and is in her final stange, but she continues to drink vodka, how can I help her? How much longer will she live?

My aunt has cirrhosis of the liver and is in her final stange, but she continues to drink vodka, how can I help her? How much longer will she live?

Not long: On the outside - under a year and I believe that is for people who have stopped drinking. It may be very painful too and there is simply nothing I can find to say that is hopeful. Hospice is the thought I have and their experience with palliative care will be a big help to make the last months as good as possible. If you can, try to enjoy your time together and let a pro deal w/ the hard stuff. ...Read more

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How will I know if my body temperature gets too high in pregnancy?

How will I know if my body temperature gets too high in pregnancy?

Don't worry: Unless you spend an excessive amount of time in a hot tub or sauna it will be very difficult to raise your body temperature high enough to cause birth defects. ...Read more

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How can I raise my 7mnth daughter to be bilingual when she gets older. Knowing that our mother tongue is Arabic and I would love to add English too.

How can I raise my 7mnth daughter to be bilingual when she gets older. Knowing that our mother tongue is Arabic and I would love to add English too.

Exposure: Continue Arabic at home and place her in an environment that offers her an optional language or have someone come into the home. All the best. ...Read more

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How much milk should I allow my 3 year old to drink In a day? How much is too much? Is there health risks if he drinks A gallon by himself in 2 days

How much milk should I allow my 3 year old to drink In a day? How much is too much?  Is there health risks if he drinks A gallon by himself in 2 days

NO more than 16 oz: Justin - see my answer to your other question. There can be severe nutritional deficiencies, especially severe anemia, with that amount of milk intake. 16 ounces of milk a day maximum and the rest of his fluid intake should be water only! No giving juices, Kool-Aid, smoothies - nothing but water! ...Read more

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My brother have asthema and he used to smoke so much does anything harm for him in future.

My brother have asthema and he used to smoke  so much does anything harm  for him in future.

See your doctor: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more

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Hi, I'm a stay-at-home mom of 2 small children. I eat too much and can't organise my time to live healthier. How can I be more motivated?

Hi, I'm a stay-at-home mom of 2 small children. I eat too much and can't organise my time to live healthier. How can I be more motivated?

Find time for you: When you are caring for small children it can seem impossible to make time for yourself, but it is crucial that you have time for yourself in order to stay motivated and active for your children. Eating right and exercise can really help in dealling with unmotivated feelings. Talk to your doctor about your feelings. You might be depressed and it is so important to get treated. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my daughter has a metabolism problem-she is chubby, big belly but doesn't eat that much?

How can I tell if my daughter has a metabolism problem-she is chubby, big belly but doesn't eat that much?

Review her growth : Charts with her pediatrician. Have her ht. & wt. Grown along a curve or ?ed excessively ? Normal curves are 5th-95th %ile; avg. Are 25th-75th%ile. Has her body mass index ?ed over time ? Normal range is 5th-85th%ile; avg. Is 25th-75th %ile. Low daily activity levels, > 2 hrs./day of "screen time, " family history of obesity, & consumption of high-fat foods & sugary drinks also ? weight. ...Read more

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My sister smokes cigarettes normally, but she's breast-feeding my nephew. Can I get facts on how poisonous I know it must be for the baby? To tell her

My sister smokes cigarettes normally, but she's breast-feeding my nephew. Can I get facts on how poisonous I know it must be for the baby? To tell her

Amer Lung Assoc: Smoking while breast feeding decreases milk supply and changes the composition of breast milk. It may also may her baby more fussy. Second hand smoke has more problems for her child. Quitting smoking is best, but it is a powerfully addictive drug, more addictive than coccaine or heroine. The americal lung association (www.Lungusa.Org) is a good source of further information. ...Read more

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How do I stop my parent with alzheimer's from driving? My mom has alzheimer's and is pretty forgetful. I've noticed her driving seems to be a lot worse and sometimes she gets lost. I really don't think she should be on the road, so how do I get her to vol

How do I stop my parent with alzheimer's from driving? My mom has alzheimer's and is pretty forgetful. I've noticed her driving seems to be a lot worse and sometimes she gets lost. I really don't think she should be on the road, so how do I get her to vol

This : This is going to be a tough struggle. If she already has alzheimer's, and you have noticed problems, it is probably time to take the car away. She will not like this decision, as it is one of her last vestiges of independence. But the decision needs to be made before she gets in an accident (many times it takes a broken fender or mailbox to convince somebody). I would suggest you advise her doctor of the problem privately, then have an "intervention" at an office visit. That way the doctor can be the bad guy, and you will agree. Some states have driver's training tests (occupational therapists sometimes do this) that might prove to her that she is impaired. But usually the doctor visit is enough. ...Read more

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Is there anything we need to do to prepare for our son losing his baby teeth? He just turned five, and i guess the time is not too far away. I remember when i was little i was scared of having them pulled, and would let them stay in my mouth far too long.

Is there anything we need to do to prepare for our son losing his baby teeth? He just turned five, and i guess the time is not too far away. I remember when i was little i was scared of having them pulled, and would let them stay in my mouth far too long.

Kids : Kids are familiar with growing out of their shoes and their clothes and putting them aside to make room for bigger ones. It shoud be easy for your child to understand that he is outgrowing his baby teeth and that they should be put aside to make room for the bigger, more grown up ones. The tooth fairy thing makes it more fun and something to look forward to. Check the children's section at your local library or book store for one of the many excellent books on the subject geared for 5 year olds. ...Read more

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How can I help my toddler if he has lead poisoning?

How can I help my toddler if he has lead poisoning?

?poisoning?: Almost all of us will have evidence of lead exposure, since it exists in several forms in the environment. Labs generally won't report a level less than 2, since it is so minor and present screening tells us to look into levels over 7,although it was over 10 not to long ago.Eliminating random household exposures is the approach. For levels over 30-40 meds to remove the lead may be used. ...Read more

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