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Is it safe to fly if my child has a cold?

Is it safe to fly if my child has a cold?

Yes: If your child is old enough to tell you if anything hurts and he does not have a fever with a mild illness there really should be no problem with flying in most cases. If there are worsening symptoms he should be evaluated before your flight. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly if my child has an ear infection?

Is it safe to fly if my child has an ear infection?

Yes: It is safe, but may be uncomfortable for your child to fly with an ear infection. You may want to give pain medication such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen prior to take off. A dose of a decongestant nose spray may also help; as always check with your doctor before giving any medication. If possible, changing your itinerary will allow your child's ear to heal before travel. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for my child to get a vaccine if he is sick?

Is it dangerous for my child to get a vaccine if he is sick?

No: No, it is not dangerous to get vaccines when ill. Remember that vaccines work by generating an immune response. The immune system needs to respond to the vaccine. If that immune system is very busy - such as fighting a serious infection, then it might not create a strong enough response. So only when seriously ill, shots may just not work as well. They do fine with mild and moderate infection. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby has cold or if it is allergies?

How can I tell if my baby has cold or if it is allergies?

A "cold"...: ... Is a viral infection. Allergic noses drip and itch, viral noses have a more "gooey" mucus. Cough and fever are more likely with a viral infection; tearing eyes are more likely with an allergy. ...Read more

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Is it safe for someone with a cold sore to be around our newborn (4 days old)?

Is it safe for someone with a cold sore to be around our newborn (4 days old)?

No: No one with active cold sores (herpes) should be around a new born. If that is not practical use extremely good hand washing and do not allow the baby to come in direct contact with the lesion. ...Read more

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How can I know if my child has a cold or if he has a flu?

How can I know if my child has a cold or if he has a flu?

Is it the Flu ?: Generally, cold symptoms are mild, with a gradual onset of sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and cough. Children may not even have a fever. The flu in contrast has an abrupt onset with fever, body aches, headache and few if any nasal symptoms, and makes kids feel and look allot sicker. To avoid the flu, do not forget to protect your family with a yearly flu vaccine! ...Read more

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Is it ok to take my toddler swimming when they have a cold/cough?

Is it ok to take my toddler swimming when they have a cold/cough?

Yes: Swimmiing is fine. In general we can all exercise with a cold or cough. We should not press or work out hard as that can affect the immune system negatively. But swimming for fun with a mild cold is ok. The water should not be too cold either. ...Read more

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My son is 9 months old and has a cough, I want to go get the Vicks humidifier. Is that okay to use?

My son is 9 months old and has a cough, I want to go get the Vicks humidifier. Is that okay to use?

Yes but: Any humidifier may help if your area has low humidity but seldom does much. I never recommend any Vicks or similar fragrance products in infancy because they are air pollution and often cause airway irritation.You might find it soothing, but you don't have a baby nose/airway. ...Read more

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If my toddler had a runny nose, is it ok to go swimming?

If my toddler had a runny nose, is it ok to go swimming?

Probably: If the kid is otherwise well i see no reason to exclude them from swimming. Were s/he to be running fever or other worrisome symptoms i would avoid the activity. ...Read more

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If my boyfriend has one child is it safe to assume he can have more?

If my boyfriend has one child is it safe to assume he can have more?

Likely: If the kid is really his, I assume he is fertile and will remain so. Because he can, does not mean you are fertile, but most are. ...Read more

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Infection both ears. Is it ok for a child to fly commercial if already on antibiotics?

Infection both ears. Is it ok for a child to fly commercial if already on antibiotics?

Yes and no: It is ok to fly in my opinion. Some of my colleagues may disagree. The child probably will experience pain when the plane descends. In some cases the eardrum may rupture. Pus will come out which may be frightening, but the eardrum will usually heal spontaneously and quickly with no long term consequences. Chewing gum or drinking water on the descent will help equalize the pressure. ...Read more

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When is it safe for my child to leave the hospital if immunocompromised?

When is it safe for my child to leave the hospital if immunocompromised?

Depends: Your physician will best be able to make that decision. While there are risks with leaving the hospital, there are also risks of staying in the hospital and catching a hospital acquired infection as well. Talk you your doctor so you can together make the best decision for your child. ...Read more

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My daugther is 3months old is it safe to take her to the dominican republic if not what can I do so she could be safe?

My daugther is 3months old is it safe to take her to the dominican republic if not what can I do so she could be safe?

Dominican Republic: insure she is up to date on her vaccinations. There are specific vaccinations and medications that may be recommended depending on where you will b in the Dominican Republic and what type of activities is involved in (for example - camping). REF: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/clinician/none/dominican-republic ...Read more

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