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Is my newborn at higher risk for staphylococcal infections?

Is my newborn at higher risk for staphylococcal infections?

Depends: If you have a normal newborn, i don't consider it more at risk of staph than other kids or adults.If it has a rare immune defect (there are a few) it is possible. In fact most newborns acquire a friendly staph on their skin by the time they are a day old and regular hygenic practices like bathing and monitoring the cord stump seem to avoid any problems.A nasty staph could cause pbm at any age. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Is my child at higher risk for giardiasis at day care?

Is my child at higher risk for giardiasis at day care?

Somewhat: At a given time one or more infants can have minimal symptoms of giardia & be in a day care center. Poor technique may lead to contamination of a variety of surfaces including a changing table & hands tainted with the microscopic cysts may bring them to the mouth where the cyst enters the body to begin the infestation. ...Read more

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What is the staph infection risk for a premature infant?

What is the staph infection risk for a premature infant?

Higher than usual: Premature infants are at higher risk for infection in general because their immune systems are weaker and less developed. In the nicu, strict vigilant hand washing is a must and is taken very serious to reduce this risk. At home with a premie, you should do the same. If the baby is breast feeding, there is added protection for the baby. Wash you hands regularly. ...Read more

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Who is most at risk for acquiring sepsis?

Who is most at risk for acquiring sepsis?

See below: People with undeveloped or compromised immune systems such as babies, patients with aids, patients receiving chemotherapy or immunosuppressive drugs such as steroids, or immune therapy for collagen vascular diseases, patients with end-stage renal disease or systemic diseases, or the very old, to name a few. ...Read more

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Why is the risk elevated for staphylococcus aureus infection for those on home parenteral nutrition?

Why is the risk elevated for staphylococcus aureus infection for those on home parenteral nutrition?

Risk of infection: The risk resides with the insertion site of the intravenous catheter. The insertion site is a breach of skin where skin bacteria can gain entrance into the vein. Staph is a skin bacteria. Hence, controlling infection risk requires strict technique and extreme carefulness at the catheter site. Wearing gloves. Purell, Extreme caution with connections. ...Read more

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Had 2 babies over 40. Is that considered high risk for breast cancer? Breastfeed both. How much higher of a risk than average woman.

Had 2 babies over 40. Is that considered high risk for breast cancer? Breastfeed both. How much higher of a risk than average woman.

Minimal if any: We don't truly understand what "causes" breast cancer outside certain mutations (brca1/2) ; in most cases its a combination of factors - gene switches ; lifetime experiences. Many items associated w/ "risk" have been identified such as early menarche, late 1st period, mammo density. These are not causes but likely surrogates for other influencing factors. #1 risk: being female and having breast. ...Read more

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Who is most at risk of getting impetigo?

Who is most at risk of getting impetigo?

Children and family: Children in school and daycare, where they are in close contact are the most likely. Then they bring the germs home to household, and family. ...Read more

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Who is more at risk of developing diabetic foot infections?

Who is more at risk of developing diabetic foot infections?

You didnt : Give any choices? A diabetic obviously. If neuropathy is present this would increase the odds, if pad is present this would increase the odds. If both were present the odds go up. ...Read more

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Which babies are at risk for sids?

Which babies are at risk for sids?

Smoking, prone sleep: Not only is there no treatment to prevent sids, it is the most common cause of death in infants. We DO know risk factors are smoking, NOT breastfeeding, Warm room temperature, baby wearing a hat to sleep, and prone sleeping. So the least SIDS risk is the baby who is breastfed, put down to sleep on his back, in a 68 degree room, without a hat, in a nonsmoking environment. ...Read more

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Who is most at risk for acquiring pneumonia?

Who is most at risk for acquiring pneumonia?

A variety of: Individuals. The can range from, diabetics, anyone who is immunocompromised due a multitude of diagnosis for example hiv, the elderly, those in nursing homes, asthmatics, hospitalized patients, people who are at risk for aspiration. I strongly urge all those above 55 to get the pneumonia vaccine, and any patient noted above or has had pneumoniain the past. ...Read more

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Why is a patient with acute renal failure at a higher risk for infection?

Why is a patient with acute renal failure at a higher risk for infection?

ARF and infection: Acute renal failure (ARF) has a frequently reported mortality in 20-80% of the patients. Infection, as a cause or a complication of the syndrome, is a risk factor which adversely determines its outcome. In a study in 2009, infection occurred in four fifths of critically ill patients with ARF treated with dialysis and was in an unadjusted analysis associated with longer los and higher mortality. ...Read more

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Why is having fewer pregnancies or fewer kids a risk factor for cancer of the breast?

Why is having fewer pregnancies or fewer kids a risk factor for cancer of the breast?

Estrogen exposure: Prolonged exposure to and higher concentrations of estrogen increases the risk of breast cancer. The more pregnancies the fewer menses. Breast feeding accomplishes the same goal. Also age at 1st birth is associated with bc risk too. Check this out from acs: http://bit.Ly/oysxjs. ...Read more

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Why are diabetics at high risk for infection?

Why are diabetics at high risk for infection?

Sugar, circulation: Some micro-organisms thrive in high-sugar environments. Diabetes can also cause neuropathy (with loss of pain sensation) and circulatory problems, both of which can increase the risk of skin infections, especially in the feet. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for meningococcal meningitis?

Who is at risk for meningococcal meningitis?

Risk for meningitis: Meningococcal meningitis is an infections disease, spread by close contact with infected individuals or carriers of meningococcus. The risk is high in populations such as college student, camps and schools, especially boarding schools. Known contacts of infected individuals should consult their doctor about the need for prophylactic treatment. ...Read more

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Is a baby born at 5lbs severly underweight, what could be the causes? Risks for future?

Is a baby born at 5lbs severly underweight, what could be the causes? Risks for future?

Gestational age?: You don't mention how far along you were. If you were term (37+ weeks), 5 pounds is small but not what i would call "severely underweight". Usually there was some reason for poor placental blood flow, and baby didn't grow as much. Good news is these kids do great and the baby will likely gain weight quickly if otherwise healthy. If you are a smoker, would suggest smoking cessation - good for both. ...Read more

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At what age can my infants ears go under water during a bath without a high risk of getting an ear infection? The father had ear infections as a baby.

At what age can my infants ears go under water during a bath without a high risk of getting an ear infection? The father had ear infections as a baby.

No Restriction: Babies can get ear infections with nasal congestion, a cold, allergies or when around smoking. Water entering the ears from the outside does not cause ear infections unless there is a hole in the ear drum. Healthy babies can safely get water in their ears with no problems. In fact, this may help soften wax in a baby ears, as we do not recommend the use of q-tips. So no worries! Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Who is at typically risk for lead poisoning?

Who is at typically risk for lead poisoning?

Old pAint/Ocupation: In the us, the major risk to children is from lead-based paints and soil and dust contaminated with lead-based paint. Also lead jewelry, toys, and other lead items. For adults, the primary source of lead exposure is occupational (such as scraping off old lead paint, smelters, battery manufacturing, and radiator repair) rather than ingestion, ayurvedic home remedies contamination. ...Read more

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Who is most at risk of getting invasive group a streptococcal disease?

Who is most at risk of getting invasive group a streptococcal disease?

Invasive strept: Most people do not get invasive disease--except diabetics, cancer, immune deficient, kidney dialysis, big infected wound. ...Read more

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Is there a high mortality rate for streptococcal infections?

Is there a high mortality rate for streptococcal infections?

Fortunately Low: Luckily as common as strep is, the mortality is very rare. Although there can be serious complications such as rheumatic fever. ...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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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

Staphylococcal infection is a bacterial infection that can cause disease in many parts of the body. Staph infections ...Read more