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How Do I Know If My Child Has The H1n1 Virus
Can be tested: State health departments and specialty labs can often find the specific type of a flu swab sample. Quick office tests are designed to confirm flu(a or b) but do not identify the strain. Although serious for some, the h1n1 strain had a lower case fatality rate than the seasonal flu. Flu vaccines for the past & present season protect against it. ...Read more
May be difficult: Rapid influenza testing by nasal swab, viral cultures, or retrospectively by serologic testing. There are many viral infections which can mimic influenza, inclluding parainfluenza, some adenoviruses, and so on and so on. Generally influenza will be active in the community and doctors, having been informed of this by the health departments, will have high indices of suspicion. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What do you advise if I'm pregnant but the girl I work withs daughter has the chicken pox will that harm my baby I need to know ?
Unlikely an issue: Tests show that even adults with no recollection of past Cpx are immune (96%) and those that are cannot get Cpx again (or pass it to baby).Your OB could do a blood test to confirm your status.Rarely, non-immune mothers have had Cpx during pregnancy or delivery. That is a specific issue your doctor would need to address. ...Read more
Baby is watched: A woman with a history of genital herpes, even without fresh sores on her genitals, can transmit herpes virus to her baby during delivery. Such an at-risk baby is carefully examined, so that anti-viral medications can be started if the baby shows signs of herpes infection (rashes or sickly behavior). If the baby looks fine in his first month, then he probably did not catch mom's genital herpes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Crying unconsolably: A common definition of colic is an infant who cries for more than 3 hours a day, 3 days of the week, for more than 3 weeks. Although no one knows for sure what causes it, colic is fairly common, starting a few weeks after birth. Luckily, this condition goes away by about the third month of life. The main thing is to make sure your baby's crying is not caused by a serious condition. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How do I know if it is safe for my child to go on scout campouts? And I don't mean because of the animals.
Bring her to her doc: I am assuming it is 79y/o not 19 y/o. Shingles typically presents with a painful rash along a segment or dermatome of the body. Since the shingles virus is caused by the virus causing chicken pox, its appearance is similar but restricted along a specific region of the body. In rare occasions there could be ht characteristic symptoms of pain along the nerve distribution w/o vesicular eruption. ...Read more
I do not have autism, but my 2 brothers do. My wife has no family history of autism. What is the chance of our first child having autism? Please let me know if you want more information.
Difficult issue: Newer studies are showing minor genetic information abnormalities in many kids with autism and these were first studied and found in families with more than one affected child. The defect likely originated in the eggs before conception. You likely just got lucky and have little risk because you got normal DNA. The science is still evolving. A consultation with a geneticist may be your best info. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Swollen red gums: Teething: the specific act of the primary teeth of infants breaking through the gums. While grandmother refers to the drooling infant that chews on everything in sight for weeks as teething, actually medically diagnosed teething lasts only a short while. The gums are swollen, red, perhaps bleeding. There may be a low grade fever. The advancing edge of the newly erupting tooth often can be felt. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hello, my wife has chicken pox. What should we do so it can be cured? Secondly, what measures should we take so i and my kids don't get infected too?
I know he has a genitic problem. My daughter is in denial. I want to help him and do not know how. what can I do?
My 4 year old has been in contact with the chicken pox virus. How do I know if he is immune already (not vaccinated)?
Do you mean fetus?: Are you asking about meconium in your amniotic fluid? You can't tell until your water breaks. If the baby had stress significant enough to cause meconium, there may have been other signs, such as heart rate changes or decreased fetal growth or movement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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