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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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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 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 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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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 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 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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My baby has a cold sweat. But he doesn't have a fever. What is happening to him?

My baby has a cold sweat. But he doesn't have a fever. What is happening to him?

Cold sweats: this is of concern. you dont have to have fevers with high temps to be sick. also chills can be a sign of potential underlying infection process. get your child to a pediatrician to be properly evaluated. ...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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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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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 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

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If my baby has a cold, how long should I keep him home from daycare?

If my baby has a cold, how long should I keep him home from daycare?

Tough answer: Most children in daycare are susceptible to frequent infections because they seem to pass viruses to each other through contact. It's probably best to keep them away if you think they have more serious symptoms like high fevers or a productive cough or they have a known bacterial infection. Once they have been treated by a pediatrician with antibiotic for a day or two, they should be ok. ...Read more

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My baby has a terrible cold/bronchiolitis. What is the best treatment for this?

My baby has a terrible cold/bronchiolitis. What is the best treatment for this?

Have baby checked: If infant needs extra oxygen or has developed dehydration due to poor oral intake. Over-the-counter cold remedies are not effective and sometimes prove harmful. ...Read more

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My baby has cold flu bronchitis pertussis, treatment?

My baby has cold flu bronchitis pertussis, treatment?

M.D. visit: Your physician can order a test to determine if your baby has pertussis and/or the flu. There are also a number of viruses which can cause cold symptoms. Checking the baby's temperature and discussing the possible treatment regimen is the next step. ...Read more