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I can't keep weight on my son but he refuses to see a doctor?

I can't keep weight on my son but he refuses to see a doctor?

Thin is good.: Thin is good. Look how gaunt children from the 40's and fifties look! it may be a phase. Cetainly there are medical causes, but he may have an intrinsically high metabolic rate. ...Read more

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My son (age 12) dropped a 5lb weight on his toe. Should we take him to see our family doctor? Will he loose his toe nail?

My son (age 12) dropped a 5lb weight on his toe. Should we take him to see our family doctor? Will he loose his toe nail?

Toe injury: Yes you should take him if the toe is swollen and painful to make sure he does not have a fracture. The doctor can tell you the probability of losing the toe nail. ...Read more

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I believe my son has milia under his eye. I cant afford to see a doctor at this time.. Is there anyway that I can treat this myself. He is 5 years old?

I believe my son has milia under his eye. I cant afford to see a doctor at this time.. Is there anyway that I can treat this myself. He is 5 years old?

No: I wouldn't recommend doing anything to remove the milia, especially in a delicate area near the eye. They need to be mechanically removed/extracted, and a dermatologist or some pediatricians can remove them. No hurry, just get him an appointment when you have the time and money. Be healthy! ...Read more

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Waiting to see specialist. Doc said possible growth plate fracture.My son cant stand on foot and falls to ground. Is it normal to worsen everyday?

Waiting to see specialist. Doc said possible growth plate fracture.My son cant stand on foot and falls to ground. Is it normal to worsen everyday?

Stay off it.: If there is even the slightest possibility of a growth plate fracture, you son should not be standing. You need to keep the foot immobilized and elevated as much as possible. If there is swelling, apply ice. Depending on how long you have to wait to see a specialist, you might call your family doctor to push things along. ...Read more

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An Rh negative mother refused Rhogam during her first two pregnancies. Now she is pregnant with my son's baby. My son is B+. She waited for 6 months to see a doctor in her last pregnancy. Should she visit a doctor?

An Rh negative mother refused Rhogam during her first two pregnancies. Now she is pregnant with my son's baby. My son is B+. She waited for 6 months to see a doctor in her last pregnancy. Should she visit a doctor?

You got lucky: If the mother has been sensitized against rh (called the rhesus antigen), then she will make antibodies that will cross the placenta into the fetus. When that happens, the result can be very serious disease or even fetal death. Before rhogam, death from this cause was very common. ...Read more

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Hi there..My son is 19 months old..He is 96 CM height and weights 15.3 kgs..Doctors keep on telling me that he is overweight.So what do you think?

Hi there..My son is 19 months old..He is 96 CM height and weights 15.3 kgs..Doctors keep on telling me that he is overweight.So what do you think?

Very long; wt ok: Your baby isn't overweight but he is very, very big for his age in terms of his length if he is indeed 96 cm at 19 months of age. Plotting weight vs length, he is around the 65-70% . Separately, he is the length of an average 3 year-old. ...Read more

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My son is 21 months and the doc says he is underweight. He weighs 22 pounds. She said he is in 8th % for weight. Suggestions help him gain weight?

My son is 21 months and the doc says he is underweight. He weighs 22  pounds. She said he is in 8th % for weight. Suggestions help him gain weight?

Poor weight gain: There are many causes for a baby's poor weight gain. An investigation to this problem should be initiated to make certain that your baby's problem is just not caused by insufficient amount of calories. Please talk to your pediatrician again. ...Read more

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My son got bit by a dog. He seems fine. Should I be worried? Do we need to see a doc?

My son got bit by a dog. He seems fine. Should I be worried? Do we need to see a doc?

Depends: If dog is well known to you and is up to date with shots then you are probably ok. Just be sure your son is up to date with tetanus and watch for possible bite wound infection with redness and swelling. See dr. Also if dog is not known or a stray then call animal control as well as consider possible need for rabies prevention? Dog should be reported if bite unprovoked or considered dangerous. ...Read more

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My son is 4 months old. Doctors say hes very overweight. How can I help him lose weight?

My son is 4 months old. Doctors say hes very overweight. How can I help him lose weight?

Loose ???: I would look to his feedings and just cut back some. The effort would focus on feeding only for hunger and not to solve fussiness or prepare for sleep. The best way is to feed only as they awaken, and accept that they chew,mouthe, suck constantly as a comfort measure.Your goal should be to slow the weight gain not necessarily loose weight. ...Read more

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My son gets strepthroat way too often, now my doctor is going to see if he is a carrier. What does that involve?

My son gets strepthroat way too often, now my doctor is going to see if he is a carrier. What does that involve?

See below: If he continues to have "strep germ" on his throat even after proper antibiotics treatment (s), he is likely a strep carrier. He should be treated with different antibiotics, e.g., clindamycin, to eradicate the remaining germs. ...Read more