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Is it dangerous if toddler swallows long hairs?

Is it dangerous if toddler swallows long hairs?

Hair: Not unless they swallow massive which can form a bezoar (massive cluster if hair) which can cause a bowel obstruction. ...Read more

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Do we have shampoos that will help toddler hair grow?

Do we have shampoos  that  will help toddler hair grow?

No: A normal, healthy toddler will grow hair at a proper rate for him. Some kids naturally have more hair; some have less. There is no special shampoo to make his hair grow faster. Parents can ask the pediatrician for a opinion about the hair, at each check-up visit. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get your baby/toddler's hair wet in the bath if they are sick? It is not cold outside.

Is it safe to get your baby/toddler's hair wet in the bath if they are sick? It is not cold outside.

Yes: Wet hair will not make a kid get sicker. It would be reasonable to towel them off and get it as dry as you can with a towel, but by all means, keeping the baby clean and in its normal routine helps them get well faster. ...Read more

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I took prenatal viamins for hair and nails not knowing I was pregnant while I took them.my toddler is really strong for her age is that the why?

I took prenatal viamins for hair and nails not knowing I was pregnant while I took them.my toddler is really strong for her age is that the why?

Likely unrelated: Prenatal vitamins do assure that baby has access to a variety of needed vitamins if mothers diet is less than adequate. However, they provide an even greater role in supporting the mothers body during pregnancy. Without them, the placenta/baby extracts needed nutrients from those available. This would deplete the mother.It is likely, the kid just got a great genetic endowment from her parents. ...Read more

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What is pica a symptom of in a toddler? Eats mainly own feces, but also:vaseline, flour, ice, hair, dirt, rocks, paper, trash, anything & everything really!

What is pica a symptom of in a toddler? Eats mainly own feces, but also:vaseline, flour, ice, hair, dirt, rocks, paper, trash, anything & everything really!

Many causes: You need a very thorough workup for your child because there are many causes for pica. Most common is iron deficiency anemia, but other heavy metal poisonings such as lead, etc can cause symptoms as well. Also, there are a number of behaviorl/psychologic conditions that can cause these symptoms. Set up consultation with you pediatrician, but if they don't help, get your child up to riley in indy! ...Read more

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My toddler got a bump and cut on his head. How should I treat it?

My toddler got a bump and cut on his head. How should I treat it?

Wound care: If the cut is superficial, just clean it up with warm soapy water and put a band aid or a steri-strip. For a bump, put on some ice to stop the swelling. ...Read more

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My toddler bumped his head pretty hard. Should I worry?

My toddler bumped his head pretty hard. Should I worry?

Monitor closely: If there was no loss of consciousness, no change in how the child is acting, no vomiting, then it is probably OK. Watch for any change in mental status (confusion, walking or talking differently, just not acting right) as well as persistent vomiting, or excessive sleepiness. ...Read more

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What must I do if my toddler falls and hits his head?

What must I  do if my  toddler falls and hits his head?

Several cues: The kid who is not knocked out, disoriented or confused @ the time of the injury is probably fine. Confusion or repeated episodes of vomiting in the hours after trauma deserve a look over by the dr.Kids under 8 can be allowed to nap on their regular schedule, with you checking in on occasion.They wake up and barf with a change of status.Any change in personality deserves a visit. ...Read more

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I have a 2 year toddler he gets on the bed every tym i turn my head he has fallen meny tyms how do I now wen to tak him to the hospital or dr?

I have a 2 year toddler  he gets on the bed every tym i turn my head he has fallen meny tyms how do I now wen to tak him to the hospital or dr?

Change in behavior: If he ever has a loss of consciousness for even a few seconds from a fall, take hi to the hospital. If after a fall he has a change in behavior within 12-24 hours...More aggressive or so lethargic i he is hard to wake up, take him to hospital. Usually a fall from a bed is not a big problem as it is not a far distance....And ultimately take him when ever you are worried. ...Read more

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Is it true that if a toddler bumps his head pretty hard and there was some damage or concussion, symptoms would most likey show up within 4 hrs?

Is it true that if a toddler bumps his head pretty hard and there was some damage or concussion, symptoms would most likey show up within 4 hrs?

Watch for 8 hrs: It would be extremely unlikely to have significant bleeding, but watch for unusual sleepiness, difference in pupil size, nausea/vomitting. Concussions have variable presentation and symptoms can show up even after 12 hours. You know your child best, and can tell if there is anything worrisome going on. ...Read more

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My 21m toddler hit his head with a pole in the subway. He didn't cry. He was normal and active after. He vomits that day once then once 4 day later.

My 21m toddler hit his head with a pole in the subway. He didn't cry. He was normal and active after. He vomits that day once then once 4 day later.

ER care: Toddlers often dont show the same concussion symptoms as adults, if there has been vomiting that day and the following it could reflect a more serious concussion - though no individual advice can be given here - these circumstance would sugget not delaying getting medical care even if it means going to an er now. ...Read more

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My toddler often gets fevers of 101-ish just on his head. Is it weird that his body is "cool"(98-ish) while the forehead thermometer reads 101?

My toddler often gets fevers of 101-ish just on his head. Is it weird that his body is "cool"(98-ish) while the forehead thermometer reads 101?

Not a true fever: When we have a fever, our whole body is hot. It's just easier to measure our temperature on our foreheads, mouths, or armpits. Your little guy is just releasing extra body heat out of the head. This is very normal; this is why we wear hats in the winter to keep the heat in, not lost to the environment. ...Read more

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My toddler has lymph nodes on back of head. They feel like they are stuck together. I feel an indent between them but they move together. Normal?

My toddler has lymph nodes on back of head. They feel like they are stuck together. I feel an indent between them but they move together. Normal?

Likely normal: Those nodes on the back of the head, the occipital nodes, service most of the scalp. So if your toddler has any scalp irritation, be it a little cradle cap to bug bites on scalp to irritation from too tight of braiding of hair, these nodes can enlarge and wax and wane in size. As long as they are not getting bigger...Bigger...Bigger, and are not red/hot/very tender, they can be watched. ...Read more

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Any recommendations prior to urgent care? 6 yeat old toddler fell from a bike hit his head now has a swelling to his frontal foreheaded area.

Any recommendations prior to urgent care? 6 yeat old toddler fell from a bike hit his head now has a swelling to his frontal foreheaded area.

Observation for now: If he is alert and playful, apply cold compresses to his forehead if he is vomiting ANS is not himself take him to the er. ...Read more

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Excessive sweating of a toddler while at sleep. and cold to touch, starting from his head down to back. what's the real problem?

Excessive sweating of a toddler while at sleep. and cold to touch, starting from his head down to back. what's  the real problem?

Sweating at night: Children's heads have a large surface area and they sweat to dissipate heat. If he is an active sleeper and wears a one-piece sleeper, is covered with a blanket, he may be sweating from the heat generated by his moving around. His head would have the most sweat then. If he is completely normal otherwise, it is not a problem. Double check that with your pediatrician next time you see him/her. ...Read more

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Got hit on the head by toddler. With. Wooden toy. Having headache painful eyes but headache is getting better slowly. Happened 6 hours ago. ?

Got hit on the head by toddler. With. Wooden toy. Having headache painful eyes but headache is getting better slowly.  Happened 6 hours ago. ?

Minimal Impact: This was likely very painful but is a minimal impact injury. If your headache increases, you have problems with nausea or vomiting, or your thoughts are confused go to the ER for an assessment. It is OK to take Tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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Toddler fell & hit head minth ago. Got a nasty bruise but was fine. He still has a little petechia in that area w/a small hard bump under skin. Ok?

Toddler fell & hit head minth ago. Got a  nasty bruise but was fine. He still has a little petechia in that area w/a small hard bump under skin.  Ok?

Yes it should be OK: Yes it should be ok.It is not unusual to have a bump persisting after a month and may have some color changes as well. ...Read more