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Is it bad if my 4 wk old sleeps on her side once in a while?

Is it bad if my 4 wk old sleeps on her side once in a while?

Sure: The "back to sleep" campaign began in 1994 to educate folks about ways to reduce the risk for sudden infant death syndrome (sids). The campaign was named for its recommendation to place healthy babies on their backs to sleep, which seems to reduce the risk for sids. However, it's fine if baby rolls to another position while she is sleeping - no need to reposition her. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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My baby is 6 months she has a heavy cough right now.. Is it better for her to sleep on her back or stomache ?

My baby is 6 months she has a heavy cough right now.. Is it better for her to sleep on her back or stomache ?

On her side. : I would not recommend you put her on her belly and you may be to worried to put her on her back so a comfortable and safe position for her might be on her side. You can also raise the head of the crib slightly. Is she vaccinated? Has she seen her pcp lately? Would not want to miss an rsv, croup or whooping cough. Good luck. Hope she gets better soon. /jp. ...Read more

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My five month old has been scratching her left ear for about a month now. What is the cause? She even does it in her sleep. No temperature.

My five month old has been scratching her left ear for about a month now. What is the cause? She even does it in her sleep. No temperature.

Multiple possible: By 5 mo, an infant can put their hand where they want. This can be to signal discomfort in the ear (pressure.infection) ,referred discomfort of teething, an itchy feeling in the ear, etc. In the absence of fever or mood change, I would not assume it is very important. ...Read more

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My 16 mth old son hit his head hard on the floor, he seem fine after cry for a few mins. The next day is had a fever if 39©. Can it be because of it?

My 16 mth old son hit his head hard on the floor,  he seem fine after cry for a few mins. The next day is had a fever if 39©. Can it be because of it?

No, not related: There would be no relationship between a minor head bonk, even if there was a slight concussion (which it does not sound like) and running a fever the next day. Your child probably ate cereal yesterday too, but that's not related either. ...Read more

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My daughter has to wear elastics with braces at nightand it gives her a big headache on her left side of her head. How long does it last? Is it normal

My daughter has to wear elastics with braces at nightand it gives her a big headache on her left side of her head. How long does it last? Is it normal

Local myalgia: Local muscle pain. Muscle co-contraction (i.e., muscle splinting) is a reflex protective response. Muscle co-contraction is characterized by local muscle soreness, restricted range of motion, pain that increases with movement. This is the underlying cause of headache. Once the elastics are loosened up the condition will improve. ...Read more

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If my baby is 4 months old he has been having this weird cough.. It's real dry and short.. He only does it every once in a while... Could it be rsv?

If my baby is 4 months old he has been having this weird cough.. It's real dry and short.. He only does it every once in a while... Could it be rsv?

M.D. visit: RSV can cause a variety of illnesses including cold symptoms, wheezing, pneumonia. Nasal congestion is one of the common features of RSV. A short dry cough may be due to reactivity of the airway. Albuterol is a typical treatment. A follow up visit with your pediatrician is advised. A virtual appt can be made online. ...Read more

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My 11 year old daughter feel off her horse today an d fell hard on her back. It has been about 9 hours and she is still complaint of pain. She says on a scale of 1 to 10 her pain is a 5. Can i wait a few days to see if the pain persist and if it does s

My 11 year old daughter feel off her horse today an d fell hard on her back.  It has been about 9 hours and she is still complaint of pain. She says on a scale of 1 to 10 her pain is a 5.  Can  i wait a few days to see if the pain persist and if it does s

Activity based : If she can stand, walk, balance one one foot at a time & hop on one foot at a time all without falling down in pain; you can probably use cold compresses over the hurting area & monitor for a day or two.If not an early eval at urgent care is indicated. Most skeletal pain & stiffness will increase some up to 48h before improving, but that is the general aches.Ibuprophen should help too. ...Read more

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My baby is 9 months now and still sleeping in a bassinet in my room, is that ok for her back development or its better to lay her down on a mattress?

My baby is 9 months now and still sleeping in a bassinet in my room, is that ok for her back development or its better to lay her down on a mattress?

Doesn't matter: I recommend a firm mattress with no blankets, bumpers, pillows for infants.Many infants have suffocated in these in the past. Babies back will develop fine in either setting. ...Read more

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My sons ankle shakes once in awhile for a secind, usually while sleeping. He is almost three months old and ahead on his milestones. Is this normal?

My sons ankle shakes once in awhile for a secind, usually while sleeping.  He is almost three months old and ahead on his milestones.  Is this normal?

Yes: It is seen even while awake with stimulus up to a year or so.The nervous system takes about 22-25 yrs to finish wiring up all connections.This would be considered abnormal in adults and older kids but not in young infants. ...Read more

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My sister daughter she is 1 and half years old banged her head with pressure on my wife left hand side as she is 27 week pregnant. is it worry or no?

My sister daughter she is 1 and half years old banged her head with pressure on my wife left hand side as she is 27 week pregnant. is it worry or no?

Yes: Both child and wife should be evaluated for head trauma and ultrasound for your wife that is pregnant. I would suggest going to the emergency room for these issues. Good luck ...Read more

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My daughter is 14 yr old .She fell and get unconcious when she was in bathroom because of vertigo . It was her 4 th day of her period. Is it serios?

My daughter is 14 yr old .She  fell and get unconcious  when she was in bathroom because of vertigo  . It was her 4 th day of her period. Is it serios?

Can be: Whether it is serious in her case or not, it's hard to tell because more info would be needed and physical exam needs to be performed to assess the severity of her condition. It can be serious because she may have injured her brain by hitting her head against the floor or other bathroom structures. I'd take her to er and get her checked. ...Read more

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I have a 2 month old baby and I have her on similac sensitive but when she takes the bottle its only for like 1 minute then she stop?

I have a 2 month old baby and I have her on similac sensitive but when she takes the bottle its only for like 1 minute then she stop?

See her pediatrician: Many things can cause an infant not to feed well. Reflux, heart disease, infection .... You need to have her see her pediatrician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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In the past few days my 4 month old tends to shake her leg or her hand while sleeping...It will last a couple if seconds and stops, is it normal?

In the past few days my 4 month old tends to shake her leg or her hand while sleeping...It will last a couple if seconds and stops, is it normal?

Shaking: This phenomenon may be normal if it lasts for only a couple of seconds. On your next visit to the doctor you can discuss the problem with him. ...Read more

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My 12yr old daughter is having a pain on her right side what could it be? She has had it since yesterday evening. It only stops hurting when she is sitting or laying down.

If : If her symptoms are still present she should see her doctor. If she has fever, nausea, vomiting, severe right lower quadrant abdominal pain, then appendicitis is a possibility; in this case an urgent evaluation is needed. All the best. ...Read more

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Hi my baby is 6 weeks old she has a rash on her face,head and chest for a week now she also has cradle cap is this normal? How do i alleviate it?

Hi my baby is 6 weeks old she has a rash on her face,head and chest for a week now she also has cradle cap is this normal? How do i alleviate it?

Is it the same rash?: Cradle cap can extend down to the face, neck, and chest. There are some non-prescription remedies such as selenium-based shampoos (don't get it in her eyes!), but other treatments require a doctor visit. Either way, be patient - there's no reason why she can't have beautiful baby skin after this clears up. ...Read more

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My 7 month baby tilts her head, (to both sides) once in a while! she sleeps on her side, is that the reason? How can be stopped?

My 7 month baby tilts her head, (to both sides) once in a while! she sleeps on her side, is that the reason? How can be stopped?

Benign torticollas: There is a poorly understood process called benign paroxysmal torticollis of infancy that arises in late infancy.It is transient , recurrent & can be associated with agitation, pallor or vomiting. Some suspect a tie in with the process of vertigo in adults, but this resolves usually before 3. Head tilt can also reflect a problem with eye muscle balance but usually would only involve one side. ...Read more

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My 4yr old daughter keep having pain under her feet, once a week or more, it's painful that she in tears and screaming. Last 3-5mins. What could it be?

My 4yr old daughter keep having pain under her feet, once a week or more, it's painful that she in tears and screaming. Last 3-5mins. What could it be?

Foot Pain: At this age she would need to be examined and her symptoms reviewed by her pediatrician to determine possible cause. Some likely possibilities come to mind - look for plantar warts or sores which may cause discomfort. If she has a high arch and is jumping about for long periods of time, she may have a common "heel spur" pain. It would be best to have her checked. Wish you well. ...Read more

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My 13 week old has a barky cough. It's not continual, just every once in a while. Should I take him to the dr?

My 13 week old has a barky cough.  It's not continual, just every once in a while.  Should I take him to the dr?

Workup and Mgt: I agree that this may be a mild viral illness, which should resolve spontaneously. If it does not, and/or is associated with other symptoms such as respiratory distress, poor feeding, sweating, poor growth, then I would advise a further evaluation. This may include imaging studies of the airway. ...Read more

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My 14 year old sister has minor pain in ovaries and on top for a week. She is gonna get her period next week. What could it be?

My 14 year old sister has minor pain in ovaries and on top for a week. She is gonna get her period next week. What could it be?

Possible cyst: It could be from an ovarian cyst. It is difficult to know for sure the source of pain in the pelvis. It may or may not be ovarian. If the pain continued after her period starts or if it gets worse at any time she should be seen. ...Read more

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My baby is sweating on her head when breasting and sleeping it starts when she was 3 months and now she is 5 months. is it normal ?

My baby is sweating on her head when breasting and sleeping it starts when she was 3 months and now she is 5 months. is it normal ?

Normal!: Babies often sweat even when we're comfortable - it helps them regulate their temperature. Many newborns have sweaty heads when they are breast feeding! ...Read more