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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
Many : Many parents are concerned that if their baby stands too early that they can get bowed legs - not true! babies begin to bear weight with support on their legs between 2-5 months, though they don't begin to stand on their own until 6-9 months. Many babies have legs that appear bowed just because of the way they were positioned in the mother's utuerus and this goes away by the time the child is 2 years old. There are a few disorders that cause bowed legs such as vitamin d deficiency, blount's disease, and skeletal dysplasia. All of these worsen with age instead of improve and have other abnormal signs that a doctor can check. If you have a specific concern about your child's legs, please discuss it with your child's doctor. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more
My family smokes at home but does not smoke when the kids are around, does the lingering smoke still harm young child?
Go easy here: Please be happy if your child is healthy. I am concerned about your worry. Children differ and fluctuate throughout development. A good chat with your pediatrician will reassure you. If this just part of ongoing or many concerns, let's take care of you first. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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