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How Can I Tell If What My Baby Has Is Just A Cold
Is it safe to give an 8 month old baby Infant Tylenol (acetaminophen) every day during teething to help with teething pain & discomfort? Baby's weight is 18 lbs.
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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