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Is it normal for my newborn to have an oddly shaped head?

Is it normal for my newborn to have an oddly shaped head?

Yes: The newborn skull is often slightly misshapen (the classic look is that of a cone head) after birth. This is due to the skull bones being squeezed during the vaginal birthing process. This is a normal occurrence, and the skull bones will settle on their own within a few weeks. ...Read more

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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


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My infant seems to have or be developing an abnormally shaped head. What should I do?

My infant seems to have or be developing an abnormally shaped head. What should I do?

Tummy time: Tummy time is the answer for most of these things especially if the flattening is symmetrical and on the back of the head. However see your doctor before we make those types of assumptions, he may have a little bit of trouble turning his head in both directions all the way. These are usually mild problems and stretching resolves it along with tummy time. ...Read more

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What if my older infant still has an unusual head shape?

What if my older infant still has an unusual head shape?

Get an x-ray: If the head shape has not normalized by 3 months of age, skull x-rays should be taken to be certain that all of the separations ("sutures") between the skull bones are open. If they are open, the baby might be referred for evaluation for a skull molding helmet. If there is a question about the bones of the skull, a ct scan may be ordered to clarify the situation. ...Read more

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Is it normal for an adult to have soft spot on top of head sometimes i feel it and sometimes not?

Yes: Some people's fontanelles never totally close. Other people have inborn defects in the skull. Toulouse-lautrec's fontanelle remained very wide open, which is why he always wore the hat. Or you may be feeling a cyst. Your personal physician can advise whether imaging is worthwhile. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a girl to have itchy eyes when straightening her hair?

Is it normal for a girl to have itchy eyes when straightening her hair?

Itchy eyes: If you are using hairspray or other chemical products to straighten your hair, you may be having an allergic response to the product. This may be affecting your eyes. You may want to use a different hair product, and obtain some artificial tears, such as theratears or systane, to use in the eyes. If this does not help, seek help from a local ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my penis head to have a stench?

Is it normal for my penis head to have a stench?

A penis usually: Doesn't have a foul odor. Get it checked. ...Read more

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My 8-month-old baby girl seems a bit cross-eyed, and some said it will be back to normal as she grows older, is that right?

My 8-month-old baby girl seems a bit cross-eyed, and some said it will be back to normal as she grows older, is that right?

Depends on the situa: What appears to be crossed eyes in some kids is just a broad nasal bridge which does grow out & loose its effect over time.A light that strikes the pupil at the same spot on both from a distance would show the eyes can line up normally.Yet any time eyes seem to drift apart or cross frequently, you should have your dr check it.Failure to do so could may impair the success of treatment if needed. ...Read more

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My infant's head does not seem to be the right shape. Will his head assume a more normal shape?

My infant's head does not seem to be the right shape.  Will his head assume a more normal shape?

Plagiocephaly: Infant skulls are soft often flatten. The odd shape is called plagiocephaly. It can reverse by making him sleep on his back, alternate the head to right then left, place your baby on his stomach while awake and in an infant chair when appropriate to reduce the pressure on the skull. Also often the neck muscles get stiff. If your infant is stiff, then rotate the neck gently and hold 5 to 10 sec ...Read more

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I am a 21 year old female and have a small pea sized lump under my arm can you tell me what it is it doesn't hurt and is not visable but can feel it ?

I am a 21 year old female and have a small pea sized lump under my arm can you tell me what it is it doesn't hurt and is not visable but can feel it ?

Axillary lesion nos: Without an exam it is a guess. Could be cyst, could be a small reactive folliculitis (common with shaving), could be a small lymphnode. Have a dr. Examine you to get a more definitive diagnosis. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a child to have bow legs.

Is it normal for a child to have bow legs.

Yes: Once pathological conditions such as blount's disease or rickets have been ruled out, some bowing of the legs is normal in toddlers. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my baby to have swollen genitals?

Is it normal for my baby to have swollen genitals?

Yes: Newborns often have swollen genitals from mom's hormones and sometimes related to the trauma of coming through the birth canal. Older babies should not have swollen genitals. Suddenly swollen genitals in combination with fussiness or definite pain should be considered a medical emergency. ...Read more

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Is it normal for an 8 year old to have pale/clay colored bm for over a month? I'm getting very irritated with his peds. A mom knows when things arent right or not.

Is it normal for an 8 year old to have pale/clay colored bm for over a month? I'm getting very irritated with his peds. A mom knows when things arent right or not.

No!: There are several causes of clay colored stools in an 8 year old, but the focus of my answer is to remind you of the power you have in the doctor/patient relationship. If your needs aren't being fulfilled, let him/her know. Accept nothing less than complete satisfaction from your provider. ...Read more

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Between my anus and vagina looks to be swollen and blue looking is this due to child birth over a year ago? Still sore

Between my anus and vagina looks to be swollen and blue looking is this due to child birth over a year ago? Still sore

Not likely: Due to child birth. May be an external thrombosed hmorrhoid. Best to see your ob-gyn , pcp or a colon and rectal surgeon to make the diagnosis and offer any treatment if needed. ...Read more

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Is it normal for an infant to have blue nails?

Is it normal for an infant to have blue nails?

No: Blue nails may be realted to cardiac function. This is called cyanosis and is an indicator of inability of heart to oxygenate the blood due to possible cardiac defect. It may also be related to an entity known as osteogensis imperfecta. This is an obnormality of skeletal formation. ...Read more

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My 2 year old daughter had a tick latched on to her arm pit a month ago. There is still a raised red bump. Is that normal or something i should worry?

My 2 year old daughter had a tick latched on to her arm pit a month ago. There is still a raised red bump. Is that normal or something i should worry?

Not unusual: A persistent red bump could be associated with a mild reaction to the saliva of the tick or else there may be small fragments of the tick's mouth parts, causing a foreign body reaction. If this was a deer tick and the tick was latched more than 24 hours and you live in an area known to have lyme disease, you should check with your doctor to see if tests for lyme exposure are indicated. ...Read more

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