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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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Dr. Nathan Zasler
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Habits (Definition)

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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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How do I break this habit of pulling hairs on the side of my chin? Could I have trichotillomania?

How do I break this habit of pulling hairs on the side of my chin? Could I have trichotillomania?

Could be: Repetitively pulling hair without being able to stop is a simple definition of trichotillomania - but it may be a simple nervous habit that may respond to behavioral or other interventions. If it is causing infections, problems in functioning, problems with others, etc, certainly seekign a psychological or psychiatric consultation for diagnosis would be appropriate. ...Read more

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What can be done to stop the habit of eating my hair?

What can be done to stop the habit of eating my hair?

See details: These nervous habits such as nail biting, hair pulling, etc can be broken with discipline. Just do not do it. You are going to end up with a giant hair ball in your stomach which one day may require surgical removal. ...Read more

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3 years ago my hair started thinning on the top and now it seems tojust be falling out so much! don't have any bad eating habits. What can I do?!

3 years ago my hair started thinning on the top and now it seems tojust be falling out so much! don't have any bad eating habits. What can I do?!

Alopecia: Go see your family doctor who can refer to specialist if necessary . You're awfully young & wrong gender to worry about male pattern baldness. However, abnormal thyroid can cause hair loss as can excess testosterone (but this also causes other issues too). Some skin infections can cause hair loss. Biggest concern is an autoimmune disorder where your body is fighting itself eg lupus. ...Read more