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Is it a sign of something if my daughter likes the taste of metal?

Is it a sign of something if my daughter likes the taste of metal?

Possibly: Talk with your pediatrician. This could be what we call pica, get routine bloodwork to check for iron deficiency. The other danger is that if she accidentally ingests a metal object which could lead to a while host of other problems. ...Read more

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Daughter vomited what she describes as "tomato" red liquid. She said it did not have any taste of metal and only threw up once.?

Daughter vomited what she describes as "tomato" red liquid. She said it did not have any taste of metal and only threw up once.?

Blood???: Did she drink or eat anything that will stain the food with red color.
As long as it is not blood, she can rest her stomach by eating soups, and stay on liquid diet, nothing red.
Drink ginger ale, or seven up, eat saltine cracker.
If happen again go to the emergency room ...Read more

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Why does my teenage daughter keep getting kidney stones? She's just gone to the hospital for her third kidney stone. Is this a sign of something more serious?

Why does my teenage daughter keep getting kidney stones? She's just gone to the hospital for her third kidney stone. Is this a sign of something more serious?

Children: Children that form kidney stones, especially multiple, usually have one or more of a variety of problems. For children that have normal urinary tracts (normal kidneys, normal ureters, and normal bladders) most of these children that do not have known syndromes or medical conditions will have underlying metabolic disorders that affect the way the kidneys filter and process minerals. Some children have low citrate levels, some have high oxalate, and some have other conditions. It is critical to evaluate the stones composition and the 24 hour urine studies on a child with kidney stones and especially with a child that has multiple kidney stones.
It must be determined that the child has normal urinary tracts and any other syndrome or conditions that predispose to stones. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my son or daughter is thinking about suicide, are there some common signs?

How can I tell if my son or daughter is thinking about suicide, are there some common signs?

Warning Signs: Some warning signs of suicide include, but are not limited to, talking about death &/or suicide, prior attempt at suicide, depression signs, feeling hopeless, withdrawal from family & friends, giving away prized possessions, losing interest in things they use to like, increase drug/alcohol use etc. Educating yourself on these and other warning signs of suicide cannot be stressed enough. ...Read more

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Daughter hit her head on a metal bar at the park. It instantly had an indent come up. Should I be worried?

Daughter hit her head on a metal bar at the park. It instantly had an indent come up. Should I be worried?

Keep a close eye: Indentation from a head injury is common and not necessarily a sign of worry in and in itself, esp in young children who have pliable skull bones.

More imp. Is to look for other sign of internal head injury causing bleeding such as change in mental alertness, vomiting or headaches. These symptoms can develop anytime in first 3 days for which the child would need to be seen at the hospital quickly ...Read more

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My daughter is 4 and was recently exposed to mono! It's been a week now and the only symptom she has is diarea. Is that a sign of mono?

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My daughter is 4 and was recently exposed to mono! It's been a week now and the only symptom she has is diarea. Is that a sign of mono?

Unlikely: Most of young children exposed to "mono" do not develop typical symptoms of infectious mononucleosis such as swollen neck glands, exudative tonsillitis, and enlargement of spleen. They often develop nonspecific febrile illness. ...Read more

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My daughter is 17 months old. She did not gain any weight or height in the last 4 months. She is eating fine and is very active, so there are no other signs. What could be the problem?

My daughter is 17 months old. She did not gain any weight or height in the last 4 months. She is eating fine and is very active, so there are no other signs. What could be the problem?

Nothing: At that age, children don't gain weight and height as much as during the first 6 months of age, so you don't really have to measure her that often. So you can wait until your 18 month visit with the pediatrician and he/she will show you the growth curve that will demonstrate that she is doing fine. ...Read more

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My 11 months old daughter might have swallowed a piece of glass. I am not sure. What are the signs if you do?

My 11 months old daughter might have swallowed a piece of glass. I am not sure. What are the signs if you do?

INGESTIONS: Check inside mouth with good light whether you see anything, any bleeding, watch for any distress in the child. Strain and watch stool for blood and the suspected object. Abdominal x-ray doesn't show glass. Give blend diet with more fiber, fluid. Most importantly: make the house child proof, remove all small objects, ingestables, meds, from floor, bed, couches etc. To prevent further happening. ...Read more

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How do I make codiclear cough syrup taste better for my daughter so she can handle taking it?

How do I make codiclear cough syrup taste better for my daughter so she can handle taking it?

Use only if helpful: Many syrups have a pretty noxious taste. Codiclear has Guaifenesin (an expectorant) and hydrocodone (an opiate). It is unclear how helpful these medications are in children. The second ingredient may help your child sleep. For a medication like this, which is designed to prevent symptomatic relief, I always ask parents- is the treatment (e.g. Giving the med) worse than the symptom (e.g. Cough)? ...Read more

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When can you start letting a baby taste stuff like ice cream and icees my daughter is 2 months?

When can you start letting a baby taste stuff like ice cream and icees my daughter is 2 months?

Not yet: I wait till 9 month, when she tastes these She may refuse breast milk and formula, or late on baby foods which are very bland in flavor ...Read more

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My daughter is 13 and hasn't had any sign of puberty no one in our family line has been a late bloomer is that bad?

My daughter is 13 and hasn't had any sign of puberty no one in our family line has been a late bloomer is that bad?

Delayed puberty: The avarage age of puberty for girls is about 12.5 years, she u s still ok, so wait about 6 mos If no change she should be checked by her pediatrician, she will need a referal to endocrinologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my 5 y/o daughter lost her top central tooth five months back with no sign of the new permanent ones. Normal?

Should I be concerned if my 5 y/o daughter lost her top central tooth five months back with no sign of the new permanent ones. Normal?

Get it checked: You should take her to a dentist for a clinical exam and x-rays in order to determine:
1. If that tooth is present under the gums
2. The angle of the missing tooth if present
3. If there is enough room in the mouth for it to properly erupt into place
4. The development of the rest of her erupted and unerupted teeth as well as her occlusion (bite). ...Read more

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Can anxiety be a small sign of on coming diseases before my daughter was diagnosed with leukemia for months her anxiety level changed?

Can anxiety be a small sign of on coming diseases before my daughter was diagnosed with leukemia for months her anxiety level changed?

Unlikely: There is no scientific information that says increasing anxiety is correlated with a future diagnosis like leukemia. However, many of my patients know something is wrong before they come to my office. ...Read more

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My daughter had a spinal tap done but it didn't show anything till day 10. So they said not spinal megitis but she has ever sign? Help please

My daughter had a spinal tap done but it didn't show anything till day 10. So they said not spinal megitis but she has ever sign? Help please

Meningismus: I'm not sure what became positive at 10 days. If it was a bacterial culture one could assume that this is meningitis or it might be a contaminant. If the culture is negative, this could be interpreted as spinal meningitis which is usually self limiting.
She should follow up with her doctor. One should monitor her and re-evaluate if she worsens. ...Read more

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We suspect that our daughter has osgood schattler diesase. Has all the signs. She is an active gymnasts. Ways to treat pain or how to proceed.

We suspect that our daughter has osgood schattler diesase. Has all the signs. She is an active gymnasts. Ways to treat pain or how to proceed.

Pain Control: Findings of Osgood-Schlatter is tenderness of the soft tissue or bony prominence of the tibial tubercle. Or extending the knee against resistance, stressing quadriceps or squatting with knee in full flexion. Therapy includes control of pain and swelling by ice pack, NSAIDS 3 to 4 days and wearing protective pad. Activity continuation. Consult sport specialist if pain persistent more than 3 months. ...Read more

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Daughter has very small lungs. Are these warning signs for asthma?

Daughter has very small lungs. Are these warning signs for asthma?

Persistent cough: I need to know more: your child's age? Was she born premature? Has she ever had respiratory problems before? In general children who develop asthma are often "atopic" that is they also have food allergies, environmental allergies and eczema. Symptoms of a persistent tight cough, rapid breathing and retractions: pulling of the muscles of the chest and abdomen, should prompt immediate medical evalua. ...Read more

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My 14 yr daughter has signs of depression - aloof, highly sensitive, not very motivated, likes watching tv, wonders if it is worth living. It has been two years. What should we do?

My 14 yr daughter has signs of depression - aloof, highly sensitive, not very motivated, likes watching tv, wonders if it is worth living. It has been two years. What should we do?

Seek consultation: Two years is quite awhile to be showing these signs of difficulty, sounds like it might be time to consult with a mental health professional for help determining if medical or psychotherapeutic intervention might help. ...Read more

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If the teacher tells me that my daughter forgets things all of the time at school, is this a sign of adhd?

If the teacher tells me that my daughter forgets things all of the time at school, is this a sign of adhd?

Yes: Your child''s teacher, although not a physician, is a 6 hour daily observer of your child, and his/her input is important in assessing the history of a child undergoing a thorough evaluation for adhd. Forgetfulness is a cardinal symptom of inattention in a child and is a significant observation. Many questionnaires - achenbach, anser, connor's, eg - provide significant input from teachers for doc. ...Read more

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My daughter who was born premature is 8months but she is not showing any sign of teething, why?

My daughter who was born premature is 8months but she is not showing any sign of teething, why?

Normal development: Your daughter is still in the normal timeframe for teeth eruption so no need to worry her. Most babies will get thrie first teeth before 12 months. Being premature may slow down development a bit. If no teeth by 12 months she should be checked by a dentist. ...Read more

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My five year old daughter touched another little girls private area is this a sign of molestation? Should I be worried?

My five year old daughter touched another little girls private area is this a sign of molestation? Should I be worried?

Time for discussion: We consider peer sexual exploration to be normal when it involves another kid within 2 years of their age. If it is beyond that threshold it enters a gray area of potential sexual exploitation. A simple open question to her of what this means to her would be in order. We try not to shame kids for normal behavior but the discussion can be neutral. ...Read more

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My daughter just turned 8 months & has yet to get her first tooth should I be worried? Also no signs of teething is this normal?

My daughter just turned 8 months & has yet to get her first tooth should I be worried? Also no signs of teething is this normal?

Teething: No reason to worry. The teething in babies vary from babies born with teeth to babies having first tooth near age of 12 months, I can assure you if baby is otherwise healthy and normal on exam by youe pediatrician, teeth will come, just be patient. ...Read more

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My daughter put cereal boxes in with the laundry detergent area and she had cereal and tasted soap. Should I be worried & when to worry?

My daughter put cereal boxes in with the laundry detergent area and she had cereal and tasted soap. Should I be worried & when to worry?

Poison control: You can call poison control and tell them the exact soap she took and if she is showing any symptoms and they can guide you through this. Instead of worrying- call them. ...Read more

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My daughter is one five weeks old, what are the signs if her soft spot being hit or head trauma? My boyfriends sister dropped my iPhone 4s on her head

My daughter is one five weeks old, what are the signs if her soft spot being hit or head trauma? My boyfriends sister dropped my iPhone 4s on her head

Don't worry: Unless she threw it with intentional hard force, just dropping an object the weight of an I-phone on her head will do nothing more than cause a little bruise if anything. Remember, 5 weeks ago her head squeezed together through a birth canal. It's more resilient than you think! ...Read more

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What're signs that my 12 year old daughter may be starting her period soon?

What're signs that my 12 year old daughter may be starting her period soon?

Cramping, bloating: Many times, the onset is quite asymptomatic. She may just started to bleed all of a sudden. Don't worry. Educate your daughter about what to look for. Emotional lability may also be a precursor. ...Read more

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Daughter has a vns had one since 2008 she showing signs on monitors and and now ekg for tachycardia since Jan. Can the vns be effecting heartrate?

Daughter has a vns had one since 2008 she showing signs on monitors and and now ekg for tachycardia since Jan. Can the vns be effecting heartrate?

Slows HR: A VNS stimulator slows the heart rate by stimulating the bagel nerve directly. If there is tachycardia, the VNS is not working properly for some reason. Check with your CV surgeon who implanted the device to get a diagnostic evaluatio ...Read more

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Daughter 1yr 3mnths took off her clothes and poopy diaper is that a sign to start potty training?

Daughter 1yr 3mnths took off her clothes and poopy diaper is that a sign to start potty training?

Not necessarily: Being aware you are sitting in poo & not liking it is not the same as knowing you are about to go. Don't push it until> 2y, if then. ...Read more

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I think my grand daughter ate a cetrizine what do I do. She is two. It's been about 30 minutes and no sign of drowsiness?

I think my grand daughter ate a cetrizine what do I do. She is two. It's been about 30 minutes and no sign of drowsiness?

Poison control: Maximum dose of Cetirizine for her age is 5 mg. It is not clear from your report how much was ingested. Best next move is to call your local poison control center for guidance. Please have the bottle of medications with you to provide needed information. ...Read more

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What are some of the chemicals used in chemo to treat aml m4 my daughter was diagnosed with aml m4 but after chemo started had signs of aml m3?

What are some of the chemicals used in chemo to treat aml m4 my daughter was diagnosed with aml m4 but after chemo started had signs of aml m3?

The FAB type...: E.g. M4, M5, etc. Is based on the microscopic appearance of the leukemia cells. Usually the FAB class is not so important for choosing the drug treatment. M3 is different. A true M3 leukemia (aka acute promyelocytic leukemia) will also have a very specific gene mutation (PML/RARA) on molecular testing or cytogenetics. It is highly treatable, and responds to other drugs (esp. Retinoic acid and ATO) ...Read more

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My 9 yr old daughter said her chest is sore - is that a sign she's developing?

My 9 yr old daughter said her chest is sore - is that a sign she's developing?

Depends: On where her chest is sore. If it is sternum (breastbone) then no. If it is a pain under her nipple and a small lump there too then yes. If it is ribs then no...She could have been over active and strained a muscle. Need to know where it is sore. ...Read more