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How Often Can I Give A Child An Enema
ENEMA: In the old days, enema is frequently used to relieved constipation. In our modern days it is use only when diet and medications have failed to relieved constipation. We call it fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate). However, they still use it a lot in hospitals to prepare patient for certain procedures . In xray, they use barium enema. ...Read more
There : There are over the counter enemas sold at your local pharmacy. A commonly used enema is called a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate). I would not use it more than once a week. If constipation is your problem then slowly increase the fiber in your diet and try a stool softener like colace every night. Also drink plenty of water. If you have not seen your doctor for this issue please schedule an appointment. Take care. ...Read more
Can ileus happen randomly to a healthy adult. What are ways to relieve such a condition. Is it safe to use an enema while you have untreated ileus?
Antihistamine & baby: Some babies receive antihistamines in utero. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) was shown to be safe in pregnancy by a class action suit being brought against it failing to show any deformities that were unexpected compared to the rest of the population. But before using any antihistamine in a tiny baby, check with your doctor. Don't use antihistamines for colds. They make secretions thick and increase sinus infection. ...Read more
Flat +/- legs raised: This question appears to be in the context of cpr, basic life support, or advanced life support. Lay the child or infant on his/her back, with the head in a 'sniffing' position, and keep the airway open. If the environment allows, you can raise the legs higher than the heart and head. ...Read more
Get support: Coping with a newborn and toddler can be very hard. We all want to do the best for our kids and ourselves! Do you have an in person support network? Don't hesitate to ask for help! If not, on line support can be beneficial. Check out: http://www.babycenter.com/303_coping-with-two-or-more_1746404.bc. Best of luck to yo hand your family! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Infrequent or not: There are two schools of thought. One is infrequent bathing to avoid drying out the skin with baths no more than every other day and maybe less often. The other approach is more frequent but brief baths in tepid water to hydrate the skin. The key is frequent use of moisturizering cream. An allergist or dermatologist can help determine which approach is best for your infant. ...Read more
Please help me understand the process for getting a CT scan and the results. Does a child have to undergo anestesia? How long does it take to get results? How often does a patient need to wait between scans?
Depends on child: Frequently an older child can undergo a ct scan without anesthesia. Smaller children might need sedation or anesthesia in order to remain still for the procedure. The scan is very short, less than 10 minutes usually, and then the radiologist has to read the results. This takes longer. Ct scans do subject the patient to a lot of radiation, so they should not be used as a routine screening device. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you tell me how much water should a 2 year old baby drink in a day in order to have a clear skin ?
I have not seen: A relationship with drinking water to clearing of skin. A 2 year old should drink 24-32 ounces of milk a day. Then if they are still thirsty, up to 6 ounces of juice or sweetened drinks. Then if they are still thirsty, plain water. They should drink enough to stay hydrated. That is usually determined by at least 2-3 urine voids a day. ...Read more
Same as adult: First, position them in an ambulance on the way to a hospital. But while waiting for the ambulance, maximize blood flow to brain by laying them on back in "sniffing position" to keep airway open. Raise legs so they are slightly above heart level - can use something like a pillow, not sticking way up in air. Keep your ABC's continually being assessed until help arrives. ...Read more
Is it really constip: It is important to know that newborns (that is up to one month of age) can have a bowel movement anywhere between 12 times a day to once a week and not be constipated. As long as they are comfortable, stool is soft and feeding well. If it is really constipation, then you might incorporate small amount of water into the diet. In severe cases your doctor might need to look for underlying problems. ...Read more
What over-the-counter medication can you give to an 8 month old baby for having a runny nose and quite a bit of sneezing?
None: Normal saline nose drops followed by suctioning the mucus is the most effective for young infants. Keep the air humid with a vaporizer. Do not use honey for infants under 1 year; it can cause botulism which can be fatal. If fever, decreased feeding, lethargy, breathing difficulty, wheezing-see your dr. ...Read more
Workup/mgt: Food allergies present can present early in life, including those to peanuts. If the mother is breastfeeding and eating peanuts, the allergen may be transferred to the baby. Peanut allergies tend to present though later in childhood after exposure to eating peanut products. A CAP test may be performed on a blood sample to determine whether the infant has a peanut allergy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The present vaccines are commonly given during minor illness without any negative consequences. If a kid has an unstable or changing picture, requires hospitalization or otherwise worried the provider, a decision toput them off may be indicated. However, this is not as common today as it was before we developed the current vaccines. ...Read more
Here you go: A difficult breach birth damaged the pituitary gland's stalk, leading to the child failing to grow normally. ...Read more
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