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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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Can you tell me in the usa, which infant and childhood vaccines contain thimerosal (mercury)?

Can you tell me in the usa, which infant and childhood vaccines contain thimerosal (mercury)?

No routine vaccine: None of the licensed pediatric vaccines contain thimerosal except for multidose influenza vaccine - the single dose forms of influenza are thimerosal free. ...Read more

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Is there mercury in babies' flu shots in the u.S.?

Is there mercury in babies' flu shots in the u.S.?

Some don't: It depends on the brand. Some flu shots do *not* have thimerosal - the preservative with mercury in it. Some flu shots have trace amounts. For more info about all shots, thimerosal, and brands: check this link: http://www.Vaccinesafety.Edu/thi-table.Htm#*#* ask your doc what brand do they use. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is there mercury in vaccinations? What causes babies to vomit and get sick after vaccinations?

Is there mercury in vaccinations?  What causes babies to vomit and get sick after vaccinations?

Yes/stress: The only common vaccine with any remaining ethyl mercury is the multidose flu vaccine. There is no medical issues that have been traced to ethyl mercury, that issue involves methyl mercury as is commonly found in some fish. Kids can have a stress response to any vaccine.The most common offender is the pneumococcal vaccine.The rest have improved significantly since the 1990's. ...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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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 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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Ate ahi tuna (sushi) often a few months before i got pregnant. Can the mercury stay in your system and harm the baby?

Ate ahi tuna (sushi) often a few months before i got pregnant. Can the mercury stay in your system and harm the baby?

/.: Ahi tuna is supposed to be high risk for mercury. Half life of mercury in body is about 2 months. That means if there were no further exposures to mercury the body would have gotten rid of about half of the mercury in body in about 2 months. Harm to fetus depends of the amount of mercury and the duration of exposure. Would suggest being off any form of sushi and even canned tuna until baby born. ...Read more