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How Do You Keep A Child From Suffering Harm If Baseball Hits Breastbone Hard
Breastplate: It is truly rare but I have read of kids suffering cardiac arrest when hit square in the breastbone by a line drive. The condition itself is unpredictable, ie. Who would be susceptible is unknown. I've also heard suggestions that a breastplate worn by pitchers would spread the force over a larger area and cushion the blow(&prevent it). I am not aware of any area that has tried it or results. ...Read more
I helped my child warm up for baseball by throwing as hard as I could. Now my shoulder and arm has hurt for 3 weeks.?
Being dianosed with nonobstructive cardiomyopathy as a child, can he/she play any sports at all ie basketball or baseball?
How can I help make my child to stop him from holding his bowels? My six year old does not want to poop. He holds them for so long and then when he finally goes, theyre almost as big as baseballs in diameter with a lot of blood...By him doing this, his un
Often, : Often, if there is a pattern of holding in of bowel movements, there is an identifiable source of pain or discomfort. One common cause is the presence of anal fissures (tears in the skin around the anus) which can hurt during bowel movements. In some cases, there can also be anatomical (structural) issues which cause the bowel movements to have a more difficult time passing. The best starting point would be an evaluation with his pediatrician to evaluate for the reason he is holding his bowels. Often, guidance will be for use of medication to loosen the stool to the point that pain is not derived and develop a pattern of comfort and trust in regular production of bowel movements. ...Read more
How rare is it for a normal, healthy child to be actually harmed (not just exposed) by lead in the u.S.?
Not so rare: Old houses are often painted on the oufside with lead paint, particularly in the inner city. Kids find that the flakes of peeling paint taste sweet and they get their lead poisoning that way. This causes changes in brain development that is not easy to spot and may easily be ascribed to other causes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely!: Toxoplasmosis can be very dangerous to an unborn fetus. Risk of transmission is increased later during pregnancy, but if contracted earlier, the fetus' outcome is worse. Toxo can cause visuospatial, hearing, and learning problems later in life. Fortunately, patients with toxo can be treated with antibiotics while still pregnant. Babies can be tested directly too. Ask your doctor for more info! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variety=Fun & Safe: Agree with dr. S's great tips. Also would add: variety. Mix up activities. Do other things besides soccer. Follow the seasons & play other sports. Kids who play only one sport year round use only certain sets of muscles and are more prone to injure themselves [like acl tears of their knee]. Also they may burn out. Let's keep it safe and fun. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: There are many unknowns here. How hefty was the swing? Were you wearing a cap or helmet" Was the hit on the forehead, the crown, back back or closer to the neck?The answer to these will shed light on whether you get a bump, a bruise, get knocked out, or suffer severe and sometimes lethal internal brain damage. ...Read more
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