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How do you keep a child from suffering harm if baseball hits breastbone hard?

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

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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.?

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.?

Rotator cuff: Rotator cuff tendinitis would be the most likely cause of your symptoms. Home treatment can include rest, ice and anti-inflammatories for 7-10 days. If not improving, then time to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Being dianosed with nonobstructive cardiomyopathy as a child, can he/she play any sports at all ie basketball or baseball?

Being dianosed with nonobstructive cardiomyopathy as a child, can he/she play any sports at all ie basketball or baseball?

Limited activity: I assume you are referring to non-obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Sports are limited due to the risk of a serious or fatal arrhythmia occurring. The cardiologist managing the patient can be more specific regarding limitations. ...Read more

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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

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

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How rare is it for a normal, healthy child to be actually harmed (not just exposed) by lead in the u.S.?

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 more

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Can toxoplasmosis harm my unborn child?

Can toxoplasmosis harm my unborn child?

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 more

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How do you protect a child from harm in soccer?

How do you protect a child from harm in soccer?

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 more

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Can megrstrol acetate harm my child should it be stopped?

Can megrstrol acetate harm my child should it be stopped?

Megastrol: Why in the world is your vhild on this medication. It is known to cause diabetes and possibly cushings disease. By all means stop giving it to him. ...Read more

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What will happen if you get hit in the head with a baseball bat?

What will happen if you get hit in the head with a baseball bat?

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