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Doctor insights on: How To Tell If Your Baby Has A Raised Fontanelle

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How to tell if my baby sister has a concussion?

How to tell if my baby sister has a concussion?

Observe closely: The general symptoms of concussion include headache, nausea/vomiting, dizziness, poor appetite, difficulty thinking or concentrating, sensitivity to light or sound. This may last up to 6 weeks. If these symptoms persist or are bothersome-see your physician. ...Read more

Soft Spot On Top Of Head (Definition)

In an infant, the space where two skull-bone sutures join forms a membrane-covered "soft spot" called a fontanel (fontanelle). The fontanels allow for growth of the skull during an infant's first year. The fontanels should feel firm and very slightly curved inward to the touch. A tense or bulging fontanel occurs when fluid builds up in the skull cavity or when pressure increases in the brain (increased intracranial pressure). When the infant is crying, lying down, or vomiting, the fontanels may look like they are slightly bulging, but they should return to normal when the infant is in ...Read more


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How to tell if a baby has down syndrome?

How to tell if a baby has down syndrome?

Before/after birth ?: There are a variety of screening or confirmatory tests that can be done during pregnancy. After birth, many physical features are suggestive of the diagnosis, but the physician involved would order a chromosome test to confirm or exclude the issue.Over the years,some had signs so mild many would miss the diagnosis.Others looked so different I didn't believe it. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child is 14 months old she has a rash from head to toe?

What do you suggest if my child is 14 months old she has a rash from head to toe?

Take her to a doctor: If the rash bothers her, I would suggest that she be seen by a doctor. There are so many reasons that a 14 mo old girl would have a rash. The list includes infection ( both viral, bacterial), inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, allergy (such as hives), drug rash (such as amoxicillin), contact dermatitis such as poison ivy, skin disease such as eczema, etc. The treatment differs. ...Read more

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How can you tell if a child has the measles rash?

How can you tell if a child has the measles rash?

Typical symptoms: Within seven to 14 days after getting infected with the measles, the first symptoms will appear. The earliest symptoms feel like a cold or the flu, with a fever, cough, runny nose, and sore throat. Often the eyes get red and runny. Three to five days later, a red or reddish-brown rash forms and spreads down the body from head to foot. 2-3 days later you may start to see tiny spots inside the mouth ...Read more

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My son is 5 weeks old i want to know what it the normal body temperature for babies and how will i know if he has a fever?. What will the temp be?

My son is 5 weeks old i want to know what it the normal body temperature for babies and how will i know if he has a fever?. What will the temp be?

Infant temperature: The accepted temperature for newborns who are 2 to 3 months old is below 100.4 f. Any temperature at that level and above is suspicious for a fever more often from overbundling. Anything else is suspect for an infection. ...Read more

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How can you tell a baby has craniosynostosis?

How can you tell a baby has craniosynostosis?

Craniosynostosis: craniosynostosis is a premature closure of a suture, an area where bones of the skull come together. Typical there is asymmetry of the head with ridging over the suture that has prematurely closed. A consultation with a pediatric neurosurgeon could be very helpful in making the diagnosis ...Read more

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What kind if formula is best to use if your baby has GERD until i can make my an appointment for my baby to see a gi?

What kind if formula is best to use if your baby has GERD until i can make my an appointment for my baby to see a gi?

Several : There are several different formulas designed just for babies with reflux. One is enfamil ar and another is similac rs. Both of these have rice starch that when the formula hits the acidity of the stomach, moderately gels the formula, making it harder to spit up. Also, feed smaller amounts more often, keep baby upright after feeds for 30 minutes, burp frequently and sleep on back at slight recline. ...Read more

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Can you tell by looking if baby has downs?

Can you tell by looking if baby has downs?

Many can/not always: Ds has a remarkably consistent set of physical features that a knowledgeable person will recognize in a newborn or older child. Yet in 3+ decades, I have seen a 21 trisomy that appeared more like a dwarf & 13 trisomy & an occasional ds kid with features so mild you would not suspect it.Physicians need to tell parents when they suspect such an issue, but testing is imperative to confirm it. ...Read more

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How to tell if an infant has a fever?

Take Their Temp: Many things make a child feel warm, not all of which have elevated body temperature.Take the temperature, rectally best. ...Read more

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How can you know if a baby has scabies?

How can you know if a baby has scabies?

Itchy rash: If your baby has an itchy rash it is possible. Infants typically have excoriation between fingers and toes and in diaper area. Rashes are difficult to diagnose without seeing therefore it is best if you schedule an appointment with your child's doctor. ...Read more

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If a baby is born prematurely by 5 weeks, what do doctors look for to see if baby can breathe on its own or can maintain its own temperature?

If a baby is born prematurely by 5 weeks,  what do doctors look for to see if baby can breathe on its own or can maintain its own temperature?

Rather simple: The babies are observed and monitored for evidence of both breathing effectiveness and thermal stability. If a baby begins to work harder to breathe (visual cues) and the oxygen monitor shows a decline, the need for support is obvious.If the temperature probe taped to the body or rectal temps show instability, an external heat source is needed. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible for a child to get eczema on their vagina?

Please explain if it is possible for a child to get eczema on their vagina?

It depends: Eczema will involve the vagina itself, but could affect the skin immediately around the vagina, as it can occur anywhere on the body. That being said, this is not the typical or "classic" location for eczema. ...Read more

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What can I expect if my baby has to go to the nicu?

What can I expect if my baby has to go to the nicu?

LOTS OF LEARNING: Depends on the severity of the condition and how premature your baby is, you may have a good and bad experience.Very stressful atmosphere, no privacy."hope, positive attitude, cooperation, patience, willingness to learn and lend a helping hand" should ease your journey in the nicu.Very knowledgeable, friendly and compassionate staff (nurses & physicians and the best nicu in the south east region! ...Read more

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My mom is 92. She recently has a rash in her back. It looks like shingle. What she needs to do if she is not able to see the dermatologist .?

My mom is 92. She recently has a rash in her back. It looks like shingle. What she needs to do if she is not able to see the dermatologist .?

See her primary: Shingles is something that family medicine and internal medicine doctors see often and are comfortable treating. If you can't get in to see your primary, i'd have her taken to an extended hours or urgent care clinic. If shingles is treated with medicine early on in it's course (<72 hours), then that helps to prevent complications and lingering pain from the virus. ...Read more

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After a head injury to a two year old, how do you know if your child's nose is running or if its the clear fluid that your told to watch for?

After a head injury to a two year old, how do you know if your child's nose is running or if its the clear fluid  that your told to watch for?

Talk to MD: When in doubt consult a physician. The chemical makeup of cerebro-spinal fluid is different from that of nose dripping. The physician can evaluate your child and figure out what is causing the problem. ...Read more

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How can you know if your newborn has a thyroid problem?

How can you know if your newborn has a thyroid problem?

Congenital: hypothyroidism is a condition in the newborn of low or nonfunctioning thyroid. It can occur because of abnormal thyroid gland anatomy, inborn errors of metabolism or nutritional deficiency of hormone precursors. Rarely, maternal antibodies cross the placenta and cause the disruption. This is one of the disorders routinely checked for in newborn metabolic screens. Blood tests can confirm. ...Read more

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What does the term lemon head mean for an unborn baby. My granddaughter in law went to a ob and they told her baby may have lemon head. Should we be worried?

What does the term lemon head mean for an unborn baby. My granddaughter in law went to a ob and they told her baby may have lemon head. Should we be worried?

Although : Although I am not familiar with the term "lemonhead". I suspect it may be similar to other slang like "cone head" or "melon head". If correct, this would signify that the baby's head may apppear elongated after it passes through the birth canal due to pressure of labor. The baby's head will become a normal shape again. I wish that medical personnel would not use this kind of term because it often scares and upset patients. ...Read more