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Is Their Help For Newborns Who Mom Was On Meth
How far back into a pregnancy cord blood tests will show meth use? We are foster parents waiting for results on the baby and mom of our foster daughte
Not where we look: If I want to verify type or length of drug exposure in a newborn I check their first poop. The poop begins to form about 12 weeks into pregnancy and it remains metabolically inactive after it forms. It can provide data looking back several months,retaining trace amounts of the drugs. Some specialty labs do hair testing which can also yield data. Blood tests record more recent exposure. ...Read more
My dad 53 yrs old is now arguing for everything, acting like a kid, crying, who was the most respected person in our family. How to cure him?
My mom said the doctor said her heart is working 20%. My mom did meth for 15 yrs and also has aids, how long will she live? And if she continues drug
Few studies: There have been few studies of this particular question, but you're right that ketamine can be abused (not only used in anesthesiology). It's called special k on the street. One report i did find showed the infant was small for gestational age, had remarkable hypotonia, and poor reflex response. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20951358 other reports mentioned learning disabilities in older kids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A 105 pound girl who has not abused substance for a month, snorted cocaine, and needs to know how long the chemical her job looks for in cocaine will be in her urine. Will she be okay in 48 hours? She had a relapse and is actively seeking treatment
Depends: on the amount consumed, whether consuming alcohol at the same time, or any other drug, usually urine tox screen looks for cocaine or one of the metabolites which stays longer in the body, don't believe any would be cleared in next 48 hours, better seek help, check this link, good luck https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx ...Read more
Teenager and depression. She was taken from mother who she been with all her life (15 years.) she was given to father who was abusive with the oldest daughter and who has been out of the picture for 13 years. She is doing poorly in school, always crying,
Is it safe to occasionally expose my infant to 3rd hand smoke? My infant boy lives with me, the mother, in a smoke-free home. I was wondering if it was safe enough for my baby to occasionally visit his father's house? Reason being, his dad is a smoker who
Second hand smoke: In a perfect world, there would be no tobacco exposure for anyone to be exposed to, especially young infants and children. I would try to insist on no direct exposure, meaning no smoking in the house or car, and wearing clothing free of the scent of cigarettes when holding a baby. Try to present facts in a calm fashion because it is so important for children to know their fathers! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it safe for my kids' nanny who is an Hiv positive to continue caring for my kids who are 7 and 6 years old?
Probably: Especially if the nanny is on anti-HIV drugs. HIV is usually transmitted through blood -to-blood contact and thus I'd not expect this to be an event happening in child care. On the other hand, if the nanny contracted HIV through illicit drug use via a contaminated needle. you will need to carefully evaluated this aspect. ...Read more
Mom recently diagnosed with epilepsy. Is she a candidate for medical marijuana? She is on anti-convulsants just wants marijuana to help her relax
16 year old cousin has been using cocaine. Her mother is taking her to their family doc today to get help for her. How do family docs respond to this?
Rehab referral: Probably by helping her to find some rehab/therapy options; most often starting as an outpatient. Unless she is resistant to treatment, in which case as a minor she could be placed in rehab involuntarily. Hopefully she wants help. Until she does, it will be very difficult to help her. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mom has huntington's disease. My grandmother died with hd. Now my mom has it. My mom has five daughters and three son. How many of her children are likely to get hd? And what is their life expectancy after they receive it?
Each child has 50% r: Each of your mom's children has a 50% chance of having inherited the huntington gene. They can be tested to see if they have. Symptoms may or may not have appeared depending on their age, but genetic testing can be done before they develop symptoms. How long they will live after developing hd depends on how old they are when they develop symptoms and what the range of disease progression has been. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My son is 14 has bad anger issues need to find a good psychitrist for me and all my four children to work as a whole I am a young mother of four the oldest 14 i was with their father 15 yrs but he is active in our lives with his girlfriend i was in rehabs
Ask your doc: A really good place to start is to ask your doctor who there is locally. Another option is to contact your insurance carrier and find out who they cover in your area. Even if you are on a medical card in your state, there is a number to call to help refer you to specialists, and for many states, they have specific case workers if your child needs mental health help to get you linked with someone. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My coworker has had scabies for a month and refuses to get treated knowing she contracted them. She insists they will die on their own. Totally false?
Can this be munchausen by proxy syndrome? If a child who is 14 1/2 years old whos doctor says she is in excellent health both physically and mentally with the mother and custody change and now father says in his custody the child is stress, depress, bulim
As : As I have reviewed questions that are posted, it looks like there are a number of questions from bothell, wa with the same theme. If you are the author, it is clear that you are feeling very worried and upset by the situation. Child custody situations can become very messy. One parent may accuse the other parent of misdeeds and vice versa. Frankly, it is very difficult to make a diagnosis of munchausen by proxy. In this condition which is not-common, the issues usually center on a medical condition or conditions. On the other hand, it is quite common in the context of child custody battles for parents to make accusations about bad parenting. I recommend that you speak with your lawyer about how best to approach this complicated issue since you feel that the jdge and the counselor do not understand the situation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Postpardom or possibly another reason why this woman leaves all her kids dad after the children are born? Ok i know a woman who has 5 kids all with diffrent dads. Everything with her and the men are great up until the baby is born. Her longest relationsh
It : It wouldn't be fair for me to try to diagnose this woman via an email. However, clearly there is a problem. When traumatized early in life, it can have far reaching effects into the future. A person who has issues with sustaining relationships might well benefit from therapy. ...Read more
My husband is on probation and has to take a drug screen tomorrow. His mom gave him a neurotin for back spasms. Will this show on his screen?
No: Gabspentin is not a drug of abuse. I am glad your husband has you to help him stay a good and responsible person. ...Read more
Is separation from my one year old baby for one week can affect him emotionally, knowing that he will stay with his grandparents and he is used to it?
A patient of mine has track marks from IV drug use but denies it. How can I help as student nurse?
My son lives with me and has the flu; i've had the vaccine. Is it dangerous for me to visit my 88 year old mother who's in a nursing home?
Big sis thinks she has total control of mom but is only poa in case mom cannot. How can we get her to stop making decisions mom can make?
Family discussion: These are difficult family situations. Is your sister underestimating your mom's competence? Does your mom acquiesce too quickly? It would help for your sister to understand that eroding an elderly person's independence and decision making ability can speed that individual's decline. There are many good articles on line you and your siblings could read and discuss. ...Read more
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