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How To Tell If Baby Getting Better From Croup
Follow up visit: Rsv is a virus that may linger in some children. It has been associated with prolonged cough and wheezing in a proportion of children who have rsv. Your infant should show no signs of distress, cough, wheezing and resume their usual feeding and sleep patterns as they recover. Monitoring their temperature and scheduling a follow up visit with your physician is advised. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: in a baby who is meeting developmental milestones and has no underlying medical conditions that would prohibit introduction of solid foods, the earliest they should be introduced is between age 4-6 months. Breastmilk or formula should still be the main source of calories at this age. Make an appointment with your pediatrician to talk about how to introduce solids and to see if your baby is ready. ...Read more
Issues with honey: We learned years ago that some infants who presented to the hospital er with lethargy & difficulty remembering to breathe had ingested honey contaminated with botulism spores. The germ spores hatched & grew in babies gut making them sick with infant botulism. The issue is an insidious one. Keep an eye on the kid & take s/he in if lethargy develops. ...Read more
Prevention: To avoid getting an upper respiratory infection practice excellent hand washing. Wash hands frequently ; thoroughly with warm water and soap. Do not touch mouth, eyes or hands unless hands are clean. Avoid contact with people who have upper respiratory infections. Cover coughs. ...Read more
Depends: I have no reservations in giving routine vaccines to a toddler with minor illness. If they are marginal in their ability to keep fluids down, fevers in excess of 101, lethargic or otherwise worrisome, I would reschedule them for a week later and give the vaccines when the worst has passed. ...Read more
What? WHAT?!: You have to judge--are symptoms improving, staying the same, or worsening--and how many days on antibiotics? If less than 3 days, may take a bit longer to notice change. If longer, call dr as might need change. If not using decongestant (afrin nasal spray if have high-bp) to help open up eustachian tubes & allow drainage, try that. If hearing decreases, see dr for fluid buildup behind ear drum. ...Read more
Distraction: Anybody who has done a nebulizer knows it's a noisy, scary thing. It vibrates, and sounds like a jet engine. Plus there's steam, and while all this is upsetting the baby, you're going to go cover her face with it. Most babies will calm after awhile as they realize when all this happens their breathing gets easier, but at first, simple distraction is the only trick, with music, tv, puppets, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need workup: You need a workup to discover what's interfering with your sleep. Many problems can present with sleep disturbance -- depression, anxiety, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, alcohol or drug abuse, side effects from ongoing medications, etc to name only a few. Treatments differ depending on what the problem is. Please see your physician to get started working towards a solution. Good luck! ...Read more
What suggestions can you give to keep from catching the flu while being in contact with a sick baby?
Distraction: Sometimes nothing works but certainly distraction with common things your baby may like such as reading, videos, singing or just be soothing and reassuring with him/her. Be crafty sometimes you can let them help in the process and sometimes you just have to do it! eventually most will settle down and accept it. ...Read more
More info please: Please provide us with more information about this infection. Where is it? What type of infection is it? What medications are you currently taking? What is your pain like? ...Read more
If you are Depressed: Psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in dealing with psychiatric disorders which involve any changes in mood, thought process, behavior and cognitive functions. Severe depression is a kind of brain dysfunction manifest with symptoms like depressed mood, hopelessness, guilt..Etc. Diagnosing and treating the depression will lift it and go back to your normal self. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me if a baby has a good chance of getting cystic fibrosis will the baby show symptoms right away?
Variable: CF newborn screening programs can detect CF early on, so that treatment can be initiated earlier. If an infant begins to have symptoms consistent with cf, the test should be repeated even if the screening was negative at birth. Symptoms can begin at any time and this depends on a number of factors, including the specific genetic mutation of the CF gene. I hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nothing specific: There are a number of viruses which cause this and the length of infection can be from 5-10 days. There is no specific treatment; just drops for comfort. It will peak in 2-5 days and then rapidly improve. If you are ten days or more out and still have the problem, go b ack to your ophthalmologist for a second look. ...Read more
Reply: If the baby is born after 38weeks of pregnancy then weight is usually not the criteria for discharge from hospital unless other.Usual discharge is 3 days after a c- section and 2 days after vaginal delivery. Doctors make sure that baby is feeding well, has passed urine and first stool and observe for jaundice. Usually babies loose weight during the first week rather gaining, due to water loss. ...Read more
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