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How do I know if my baby has an iron deficiency?

How do I know if my baby has an iron deficiency?

Lab work: Babies at high risk for iron deficiency include those born prematurely and babies who aren't eating any solids (like rice cereal) after 6 months old. For toddlers, those who drink more than 24 oz of cow's milk a day or follow a vegetarian diet are at highest risk. Because children can have iron deficiency without symptoms a lab test is needed for diagnosis (screening is usually done at 12 mo). ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an iron deficiency?

How do I know if I have an iron deficiency?

Blood work if needed: The obvious question is, "why would you have iron deficiency?" this is pretty unusual in 36 year old males. They don't become iron deficient unless their diet contains minimal iron (vegans who don't like vegetables), they have trouble absorbing iron (removal of some of their intestine) or they have ongoing bleeding. If one of these apply, there are blood tests that can measure iron stores. ...Read more

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Why do babies get anemia and how do I know if my baby is anemic?

Why do babies get anemia and how do I know if my baby is anemic?

Iron deficiency: The most common cause of anemia in children is iron deficiency anemia (ida). This is almost always caused by diet issues. If your baby is starting to eat foods rich in iron, this usually prevents ida. If a baby was solely breastfed (a good thing), they are at a little higher risk of ida if they weren't supplemented with iron drops. The only way to know for sure is for your doc to check. ...Read more

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How can you tell if a newborn has hypoglycemia? I have hypoglycemia (it runs in family) & i want to ensure that my baby does not have it.

How can you tell if a newborn has hypoglycemia? I have hypoglycemia (it runs in family) & i want to ensure that my baby does not have it.

HYpoglycemia: In newborn hypoglycemia seen in large for gestational age (lga) babies, mother had gestational or uncontrolled diabetes; baby small for gestational age (sga), premature, postmature, delay in starting / poor feeding, vomiting, difficult labor, congenital anomalies e.g. Heart disease, metabolic diseases, etc. Simple one touch sugar test tells glucose level. If persistent, needs further evaluation. ...Read more

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How do I know if my baby will also have chronic eczema like her mother?

How do I know if my baby will also have chronic eczema like her mother?

Have to wait and see: Most experts believe that eczema has a genetic basis although environmental factors contribute to the development of eczema as well. Unfortunately there is no way to tell whether your child will develop eczema as she matures. Age of onset is usually before 5 years of age and there seems to be a slightly higher rate of eczema in females. Just have to wait and see. ...Read more

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If a girl having autoimmune hemolytic anemia n on steroids n azathioprin what she should do to get pregnant n have healthy baby?

If a girl having autoimmune hemolytic anemia n on steroids n azathioprin what she should do to get pregnant n have healthy baby?

Hi risk pregnancy: Both drugs you are on are risky with pregnancy, you need to work closely with your hematologist and your obstetrician if you get pregnant to select drugs that better suit your condition and tell you the right time for conception, wish you wellness ...Read more

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Hi , my baby 19 months old and she have 20000 WBC and i don't no what to do and how serioser should i take it ?

Hi , my baby  19 months old and  she have 20000  WBC  and i don't no what to do and how serioser should  i take it
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A single lab doesn't: Give enough data to be helpful. The upper limit of normal for WBC at that age is 17, 500 at my lab & an elevation to the degree you report can be the stress of any illness, viral, bacterial or even trauma. Please go over the test with the physician who ordered the test & understand how it fits your situation. ...Read more

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My baby is 2 years and ten months old, how do I know if he has iron deficiency?

My baby is 2 years and ten months old, how do I know if he has iron deficiency?

Tests/observations: Pallor of the inside of the lower eyelid, lethargy, disinterest in play and irritability are common signs of anemia. If you bend the fingers back the palm creases should become red, if not anemia is likely. Testing toward the end of the rapid growth @ 1yr & again in later childhood & teens will pick up most silent cases.Slow growth periods 2-10 are not often marked by anemia.If concerned, get a test. ...Read more

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How would i know if my baby has uti?

How would i know if my baby has uti?

Good question: ? Foul smelling urine, baby might cry with urination, be febrile (all babies who develop a fever of >101f should have their urine checked. Baby's lower abdomen (over bladder) may be tender also the flanks. Baby will have pain if you tap over back of lower rib cage on either side if UTI has reached kidneys. Have dr. Test a bagged urine specimen, if -ve no uti, if +ve confirm w. Catheter specimen. ...Read more

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What to do if i think my child is suffering from low blood sugar. How do I know?

What to do if i think my child is suffering from low blood sugar. How do I know?

By blood sugar test: Children with low blood sugar have different symptoms than babies with low blood sugar. If blood sugar falls low rapidly, symptoms may be anxiety, perspiration, rapid heart beat, shaking, vomiting, weakness, and seizure. If it occurs all the time, the symptoms may be headache, dizziness, personality change, increased appetite, seizures, loss of consciousness, and others. Blood sugar level is. ...Read more

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What can I eat if I have an iron deficiency?

What can I eat if I have an iron deficiency?

Iron?: If you have iron deficiency anemia (ida). I would ask these questions -- 1) what is the cause -- and then fix it if possible - eg stomach ulcers, colon cancer, etc. 2) how severe is the ida (by hgb, ferritin, etc). Then if the gut is working can try oral iron. If not can use IV iron. Iron supplements are relatively cheap and measurable vs. Foods. ...Read more

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What can I do if my 16 month old brother may have the measles, what should we do?

What can I do if my 16 month old brother may have the measles, what should we do?

Vitamisan: Vitamin a is it has just started this is known to be helpful in measles. Otherwise the treatment is just help with whatever symptoms develop. ...Read more

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How do I know if my baby has gerd?

How do I know if my baby has gerd?

Excessive spitting: Typically babies who have gerd tend to be"spitty babies" who regurgitate their milk right after feedings (and sometimes even an hour or two later!) ongoing regurgitation tends to cause pain, so your baby may cry excessively. Poor weight gain or frequent back arching are also potential symptoms. ...Read more

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How do I know if my baby has ibs?

How do I know if my baby has ibs?

Not a childhood dx: Ibs includes a variety of symptoms that have specific requirements for the diagnosis to be given. This is established for adults and not for infants. Colic is common in infants and should improve with changes in formula and diets over time. ...Read more

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How do I know if my baby has the flu?

How do I know if my baby has the flu?

High fever with cold: Influenza typically presents itself as the sudden onset of a very high fever (101-104 degrees), severe cold symptoms with runny nose, cough, body aches. Some children will have decreased appetite due to sore throat. If your child is having these symptoms accompanied with difficulty breathing or your baby seems dehydrated (lethargic with decreased wet diapers), contact your doctor. ...Read more

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I know I should increase my iron intake if I have anemia, but is there anything else i can do?

I know I should increase my iron intake if I have anemia, but is there anything else i can do?

Healthy diet: Sources of iron - egg yolk, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more

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I have an iron deficiency and have heavy long periods, i was told this why i cant get pregnant. What can i do to change that?

I have an iron deficiency and have heavy long periods, i was told this why i cant get pregnant. What can i do to change that?

Iron supplement: Talk to you obs-gyn doc about your long periods that may definitely result in iron deficiency. Would recommend starting iron supplements under the supervision of your primary care provider. ...Read more

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What to do if I have congenital heart disease, diagnosed when I was a baby now im16 I want to know what will happen?

What to do if I have congenital heart disease, diagnosed when I was a baby now im16 I want to know what will happen?

Hard to say: CHD encompasess a number of disorders with a varied impact on the individual.Some self correct and never result in an adult problem, while others mar require a heart transplant for survival.If you do not provide enough background data to the site, answers must remain non-specific. ...Read more

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What to do if I have just found out I am anaemic. What to do if I have been told by my doc that my ferratin level is 2. this means what?

What to do if I have just found out I am anaemic. What to do if I have been told by my doc that my ferratin level is 2. this means what?

Iron deficiency: Low ferritin is from iron deficiency. Iron deficiency is usually easy to correct. One question now is why do you have iron deficiency. Some people have this from their diet. Iron deficiency is also seen in people who have abnormal bleeding. Additional tests may need to be done to evaluate this. ...Read more

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What can I do to know if a baby has autism?

What can I do to know if a baby has autism?

See your pediatric.: See your pediatrician for eval of your child. He or she will advise you from there. Read the following article: www.Autismspeaks.Org/what-autism/diagnosis autism speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to ... Symptoms·dsm-5·learn the signs·treatment·diagnosis·social networks | about us. ...Read more

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Iron (Definition)

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