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Doctor insights on: Is Rooting Reflex A Symptom Of Normal 06 Mo

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Rooting Reflex (Definition)

A reflex that is seen in normal newborn babies, who automatically turn the face toward the stimulus and make sucking (rooting) motions with the mouth when the cheek or lip is touched. The rooting reflex helps ...Read more


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Can a jumpy knee reflex be normal, or is always a symptom of spinal cord problems?

Can a jumpy knee reflex be normal, or is always a symptom of spinal cord problems?

Depends: If both knee reflexes and both ankle reflexes are "jumpy" it could be a thyroid condition. If only one knee is jumpy, it increases the chances that it is from some problem with the nerves from the spine. If you have a weird ache near the outside of your thigh, that increases the chance it is from the spine. Please get it tested more thoroughly. ...Read more

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Possible causes of startle reflex or frightening in my newborn baby?

Possible causes of startle reflex or frightening in my newborn baby?

Normal event: Movement and sound will often trigger the startle response in infants up to 3 months in the wake state and as long as 4 months asleep. ...Read more

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Is a fever of 101 concerning in a 2 month old infant in the 24 hours following vaccination?

Is a fever of 101 concerning in a 2 month old infant in the 24 hours following vaccination?

Fever: fever more than 24 hours after vaccination should have a different reason Make sure no other issues like breathing problem, vomiting, etc ...Read more

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Is it normal for 1 mo baby to wake up and crying almost every 2-3 hours ? What is the sign that a baby have lack of sleep ?

Is it normal for 1 mo baby to wake up and crying almost every 2-3 hours ? What is the sign that a baby have lack of sleep ?

Yes, normal: That is how often 1 month olds want to eat and be cared for. They eat small amounts frequently to maintain their blood sugars and hydration because they are so small and don't have lots of reserves for doing those things. It will likely get better over the next few months, but for right now it is totally normally to wake every couple of hours. ...Read more

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What is the normal pattern of recovery from herpes zoster nerve pain, intermittent or a constant rate of improvement?.

What is the normal pattern of recovery from herpes zoster nerve pain, intermittent or a constant rate of improvement?.

Variable: Recovery from something like this can demonstrate significant variability, but in general, it's usually slow and steady over the course of several months with "good days and bad days". ...Read more

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14 month old son has a fever and consistently drooling. Molars may be coming in but the fever stay at 101 regardless of the medicine. Is this normal?

14 month old son has a fever and consistently drooling.  Molars may be coming in but the fever stay at 101 regardless of the medicine.  Is this normal?

Other symptoms?: Fever itself is never an evil "symptom." it is a sign of an infection that if fully vaccinated-may be a virus germ that will improve with"comfort" care and support. Numbers on a thermometer are not as important as associated symptoms/comfort and severity/duration. You may watch and wait for your toddler-offer meds if he tolerates/needs it. Follow up with your pediatrician if things worsen. ...Read more

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My son has rapid horizontal eye movement for 5-10 minutes after wakening from naps. it repeats a pattern. is this serious?

My son has rapid horizontal eye movement for 5-10 minutes after wakening from naps. it repeats a pattern. is this serious?

Nystagmus: is always a cause for concern. Some causes are serious, and others are not. Only a physician who has the benefit of a full physical exam and testing results can attest to how serious this is in your son. ...Read more

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Is percieving recurrent reduced movement a prediction of poor outcome at 32 weeks? Anterior placenta. Having to constantly go in for NST due to this.

Is percieving recurrent reduced movement a prediction of poor outcome at 32 weeks? Anterior placenta. Having to constantly go in for NST due to this.

Nst: As long as the NST comes back normal the outcome will be just fine, however if there is an issue with the NST your OB will deliver the baby right away, and at 32 weeks your baby will be allright. ...Read more

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My infant is 6 months old and has vertical nystagmus when a light source is flashed on her eyes. No other problems. Is it normal or pathological?

My infant is 6 months old and has vertical nystagmus when a light source is flashed on her eyes. No other problems. Is it normal or pathological?

Vertical nystagmus : Usually prompts an evaluation to check for central nervous system causes. Horizontal nystagmus can be benign. You are close enough to the specialists at the yale child study center as well as their pediatric ophthalmologists, neurologists, etc. To seek second opinions/evaluations there for your baby. Best of luck in your search for answers for your little one. ...Read more

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Is it possible that an increased gag reflex is a symptom of hypothyroidism?

Is it possible that an increased gag reflex is a symptom of hypothyroidism?

Depends: There is a saying in medicine.. 'never say never'. However I do not think that increased gag reflex is a usual or typical symptom of hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Is vLue of my tsh of 3.5 with 0.94 free t4 A part of normal harmonal settings after pregnancy?

Is vLue of my tsh of 3.5 with 0.94 free t4 A part of normal harmonal settings after pregnancy?

Thyroid function: Tsh is the most sensitive test to show any abnormality in thyroid function. Yours is in normal range. ...Read more

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My 7 wk babies right eye is all of a sudden producing a lot of "eye boogers" is this normal?

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My 7 wk babies right eye is all of a sudden producing a lot of "eye boogers" is this normal?

Eye boogers: Your baby may have normal mucus buildup at night, or may have a blocked tear drainage duct. Call you local pediatric ophthalmologist to have this checked soon. ...Read more

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Is there a condition that causes rapid decline in a healthy 68 yr old woman? My mom's only complaint is sciatica pain and lower spine spondylosis.

Is there a condition that causes rapid decline in a healthy 68 yr old woman? My mom's only complaint is sciatica pain and lower spine spondylosis.

Unsure: Sciatica and spine spondylosis should only result in back and leg pain. Not sure what your mean by decline. If concerned i would recommend follow-up with her pcp for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What is it? 3year old with IgA deficiency. Has fever of 102-103 for 3-4 days after physical activity. Happens frequently.

What is it? 3year old with IgA deficiency. Has fever of 102-103 for 3-4 days after physical activity. Happens frequently.

Hard to predict: IgA deficiency patients are prone to an increased number of infections of the sinuses, lungs and intestines.They can also develop rheumatoid diseases,lupus, hepatitis and other issues. Only a full history, exam and appropriate testing can sort out these patients. ...Read more