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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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My wife is 25 years of age, our babies are 2 years and the other is 11 months. My wife is having headache pains for the last week waking up in morning?

My wife is 25 years of age, our babies are 2 years and the other is 11 months. My wife is having headache pains for the last week waking up in morning?

Primary care...: The first stop would be to a primary care doctor; if there is a change in the type/frequency of the headache then he/she may want to have a neurologist take a look at her. Stress can be a big factor in headaches just fyi. Good luck! ...Read more

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Stuffy nose, headache and rash on part of belly.Breastfeeding infant and he got a fever of 101 and today has a similar rash. Did he get it from my mik?

Stuffy nose, headache and rash on part of belly.Breastfeeding infant and he got a fever of 101 and today has a similar rash. Did he get it from my mik?

Fever: No, your child developed your symptoms through the respiratory infection that you have as seen with your runny nose and headache. Make sure you wash your hands before feeding the baby. Wearing a mask if you have respiratory symptoms might also help ...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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My child started having headaches about every week, and he's only 10?

My child started having headaches about every week, and he's only 10?

Have him Checked: Record the events via a "head ache diary" that can be easily downloaded via the cdc. And take the info to your doc. ...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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What indicates that my child's headache is serious?

What indicates that my child's headache is serious?

Headache serious?: A childs headache is serious and you should have it investigated if he has these symptoms 1headache is recurrent and not relieved with over the counter meds 2if the headache is interfering with his daily activities like school attendance and sport activitis 3if headache is more on the back of head 4if it is associated with nausea and vomiting, fever and/or a seizure 5 if the vision is affected. ...Read more

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What are nonmedical remedies for my child's headaches?

What are  nonmedical remedies for my child's headaches?

Not a Simple Answer: There is not really a good answer, because it depends upon the cause. For example, dehydration headaches improve with hydration/fluids. Caused by low blood suger-food.Eye strain need vision correction. Simple ha may respond to acetominophen or ibuprofen. A quiet, dark room may help. Cool compresses in some. Herbal cures need proof and safety confirmation. ...Read more

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I just had my baby monday and I'm still having a headache what can I take to relieve this?

I just had my baby monday and I'm still having a headache what can I take to relieve this?

Epidural?: If you had an epidural or a spinal this can be due to a CSF leak. Caffeine, fluids, and bedrest can help in that case. Sometimes it takes a blood patch to get rid of a spinal headache. There is also a possibility of high blood pressure causing the head ache. You can develop pre-eclampsia post-partum even when you did not have it before delivery. Check with your doctor for help. ...Read more

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I had my first child almost 3 months ago and I have at least 2 headaches every day since my dr doesn't know what it is. What do I do?

I had my first child almost 3 months ago and I have at least 2 headaches every day since my dr doesn't know what it is. What do I do?

?migraine: The headaches may have little to due with birth of your child, but could be common migraine or a migraine variant, but could be due to neck issues, brachial plexus problems such as a first rib, occipital neuritis, or even TMJ dysfnctn. If you are frustrated, get a second opinion. ...Read more

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What can I do for a child who gets headaches from spinning in dance class? Is there something she can do to avoid this from happening?

What can I do for a child who gets headaches from spinning in dance class? Is there something she can do to avoid this from happening?

Learn to spot: Dancers keep from getting dizzy by learning to 'spot'. This is a technique where the eyes are focused forward for as long as possible during a spin, then rapidly turning the head to focus in the original spot. Ask her dance teacher to work on this with her, and consider having a visual acuity exam with an optometrist. ...Read more

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I had my baby five weeks ago, Wednesday night I started with a headache which hasn't gone away. What is causing it and what can I do ?

I had my baby five weeks ago, Wednesday night I started with a headache which hasn't gone away. What is causing it and what can I  do ?

Blood Pressure: Check your blood pressure. Are there any other symptoms? Swelling weakness numbness clumsiness? It may be related to sleeplessness or all the changes in your household but check your blood pressure and see MD if it persists worsens or you have other symptoms. ...Read more

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Could you die from having a spinal headaches from having a baby?

Could you die from having a spinal headaches from having a baby?

Not unless infection: Except if meninges are infected the death from spinal headache has not been reported. ...Read more

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Can my child get headaches from drinking pop?

Can my child get headaches from drinking pop?

It's possible!: Carbonated drinks can contain many additives, including caffeine, that can cause headaches in people sensitive to them. Also, anything that is really cold can cause an 'ice cream headache, ' due to chilling and constricting the blood vessels that pass by the back of the palate. ...Read more

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Cough headaches, 8/10 pain, had them before, neuro knows. Can these be dangerous? They hurt

Cough headaches, 8/10 pain, had them before, neuro knows. Can these be dangerous? They hurt

Why cough?: Cough is abnormal. There are many possibilities. Check with a lung doc to get it fixed. No need for headaches, let the doc fix it. ...Read more