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My 9 month old has a cold sore on his top lip. Is it dangerous at this age like it is for a newborn? I covered it with a polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) patch.

My 9 month old has a cold sore on his top lip. Is it dangerous at this age like it is for a newborn? I covered it with a polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) patch.

Cold sore: If he has never had this before then I would suggest you get it checked out as nine month olds do not often get cold sores ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Nine month old head size 97 percentile, is that bad?

Nine month old head size 97 percentile, is that bad?

Depends: If it has changed from the 10% to the 97% since birth, I would be more concerned than if it was big all along. If his height and weight are on the larger side it would be more consistent with a normal variant. It didn't bother me much in life, except when looking for a helmet that would fit. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my nine month old's head is in the 97th percentile?

What does it mean when my nine month old's head is in the 97th percentile?

He has a big head: At least 3% of the normal population will have a head of this size or more, and usually one or other parent does too. There are some medical conditions where this is worrisome, but the doc will look into that. For most, it is just hard to find a hat that fits. It doesn't bother me at all. ...Read more

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People allowing my nine month old to put her hands in there mouth, is this safe?

People allowing my nine month old to put her hands in there mouth, is this safe?

Not really: Everybody's mouth has germs. Your baby putting her hands in their mouth, and then, quite naturally, putting them in her own mouth, passes germs. Your baby is exposed to a lot of germs (bacteria and viruses) every day, but there is no need to increase that with other people's mouth germs! There is research to show that this can also increase the risk of dental cavities in children. ...Read more

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Why is my 9-month-old shaking his head randomly?

Why is my 9-month-old shaking his head randomly?

Various reasons: Odd movements in young children can be due to several things - may just enjoy the sensation to something more concerning. Video the behavior and make appointment with your Pediatrician to review your concerns and to have a good exam to make sure it's not a symptom of something needing more attention. ...Read more

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Are helmets the only way to reshape a 9 month old head? She has flat head that is noticeable.

Are helmets the only way to reshape a 9 month old head? She has flat head that is noticeable.

Pretty much: This is our standard of care for a baby to reshape head. Keep in mind she's up and around much more than she used to be so this may continue to improve on its own. What does your pediatrician say about it? Are her fontanelles still open? A plastics referral may be in order. ...Read more

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My 9 month old is trying to walk and she has fell over from a standing position twice today and hit her head and face on the carpet? Should I worry?

My 9 month old is trying to walk and she has fell over from a standing position twice today and hit her head and face on the carpet? Should I worry?

Not usually: The head is proportionally larger on small children, so they commonly hit their head when they fall. Luckily, the skull is thick and these falls rarely lead to injury. Be concerned if, after a fall, your child has vomiting, a seizure, passes out, or seems very different to you. Normally, they cry briefly, pick themselves up, and are off playing again. ...Read more

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9 month old still has indentation/depression on top of head, behind forehead. Is that normal?

9 month old still has indentation/depression on top of head, behind forehead. Is that normal?

Anterior fontanelle: The indentation/depression you are referring to is called the anterior fontanelle. It is a membranous structure that allows for expansion of the skull as the head grows. The anterior fontanelle usually closes between 18 to 24 months of age. Normal to have an open anterior fontanelle at age 9 months. ...Read more

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How do you know if baby head bump is serious and should be checked out? 9 month old fell off bed.

How do you know if baby head bump is serious and should be checked out? 9 month old fell off bed.

Several cues: The kid with a skull defect you feel needs evaluation. The kid who is not knocked out, disoriented or confused @ the time of the injury is probably fine. Repeated episodes of vomiting in the hours after trauma deserve a look over by the dr. Kids under 8 can be allowed to nap on their regular schedule, with you checking in on occasion. Cold compresses can reduce the swelling, if the kid will let you. ...Read more

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My 9 month old son keeps grabbing his head like an adult would who has a headache, should I be concerned or is this normal?

Pain?: If he has been doing this a long time and doesn't seem to be in pain than I would not worry about it. However, if this is a new behavior I would at the very least have it checked out. It could be an ear infection or he could really have a headache. Also if he has other symptoms with it, such as head tilt, ocular changes, etc I would have it check out immediately.
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My 9 month old son has what looks like a freckle on the roof of his mouth. Should I be concerned? He eats and drinks fine

My 9 month old son has what looks like a freckle on the roof of his mouth. Should I be concerned? He eats and drinks fine

New finding?: Pigmented spots on the skin are for the most part harmless, as long as the 'freckle' does not change in color or shape over time, I wouldn't be concerned. Make sure it is checked regularly, and let your doctor know its there also ...Read more

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My 9 month old baby will not sleep or be put down. He's had a cold for 10 days but now he's just holding his head and crying. What could be wrong?

My 9 month old baby will not sleep or be put down. He's had a cold for 10 days but now he's just holding his head and crying. What could be wrong?

? Ear infection: Possible ear infection after 10 days with a cold. Need to followup with child's doctor for an exam, diagnosis and treatment. In the interim can treat pain with infant tylenol or ibuprofen. ...Read more

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My 9 month old has like a dent on the back of her head next to the top, what is this?

Skull molding: This is called skull molding. It is usually from the fact that we lay babies on their back to sleep. The back of the skull flattens. The skull will most likely remold over time. Mention it to your pediatrician if you are worried about it. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My 9 month old son's weight and height is in the 18th percentile but his head is in the 67th. Should I be concerned that his head is so much larger?

My 9 month old son's weight and height is in the 18th percentile but his head is in the 67th. Should I be concerned that his head is so much larger?

Yes & no: The most common reason for a big head size is it is inherited as a dominant trait from a parent. If your kids developmental progress is normal & the head has always been on the large side i'd just watch it. If the head is growing faster than the body & increased from lower to higher percentiles i'd have a study done. ...Read more

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My 9 month old has two lumps behind his ear that the health visitor told me not to worry about. However he has now come out with scabs on his head?

My 9 month old has two lumps behind his ear that the health visitor told me not to worry about. However he has now come out with scabs on his head?

I would recommend: That you have him examined to check those scabs. He may have impetigo, which is a bacterial infection that needs to be treated. The lumps behind his ears are probably inflamed lymph nodes that may or may not be related to the scalp lesions. ...Read more

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My 9 month old baby is very crank his fists and head r warm. And the rest of his body os cool he kept crying the whole night. What could be the reason?

My 9 month old baby is very crank his fists and head r warm. And the rest of his body os cool he kept crying the whole night. What could be the reason?

Cranky: Yor baby is probably teething. You can give him Ibuprofen before bed to help him sleep. Also give him cold things to eat like a frozen bagel half for him to nibble on. He can also suck on a cold damp cloth. As a last resort you can get oragel to put on his gums. ...Read more

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9 month old got hives around mouth after eating lentil beans. They went away after we wiped his face off. What else is in same food family to avoid?

9 month old got hives around mouth after eating lentil beans. They went away after we wiped his face off. What else is in same food family to avoid?

Lentils are in the: Legume family, which includes chick-peas, peas, peanuts, beans, & soy. Lentil allergy is #4 among spanish children & #5 among those from india. Peanut allergy more common in the us. Several sites noted that lentils must be boiled at least 15 minutes to destroy harmful toxins in their skins. Others noted white beans, green beans, & soy generally well tolerated by those allergic to other legumes. ...Read more

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My 9 month old has hand foot mouth disease and has large blister looking spots all over his hands/fingers. Is there anything I can do?

My 9 month old has hand foot mouth disease and has large blister looking spots all over his hands/fingers. Is there anything I can do?

Keep 'em clean: This is tough - I hope your baby feels better soon.

Don't break the blisters. You may want to try to keep gloves on his/her hands. If the blisters break, don't pull off the skin - it will help protect the raw skin underneath. If there is any sign of infection (redness, pus, pain), see your pediatric care physician. ...Read more

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9-month-old granddaughter has always been at 50th percentile for ht & wt but, at 9-mo check-up, fell to 5th for ht & wt. How common is this?

9-month-old granddaughter has always been at 50th percentile for ht & wt but, at 9-mo check-up, fell to 5th for ht & wt. How common is this?

Not uncommon: At this age, children are changing from milk to foods as their main source of nutrition. In that process, they may not eat as many calories as they were for a while. Just keep offering healthy meals and snacks (if needed). Recheck her weight and height at the 12 month well check, and see if she is catching back up again. If not, discuss with her doctor. ...Read more

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My 9 months old son holds breath, shakes head and raises shoulder up and down--why does he do this?

My 9 months old son holds breath, shakes head and raises shoulder up and down--why does he do this?

Hard tosay: If this lasts a few seconds and passes, it could be as simple as a shudder attack, an odd episodic movement pattern of little significance. If he's holding his breath for more than a minute, looking at you and mad about something, it could be a breath-holding spell. Sorting this out will take a bit of history, exam and review. Catch an event on your phone and have your doc review it. ...Read more

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My 9 months old son has several wormian bones do I have to be extra careful of him bumping his head now he is active and trying to walk?

My 9 months old son has several wormian bones do I have to be extra careful of him bumping his head now he is active and trying to walk?

These occur, but-: -R not of great concern. They R bones that occur within the natural sutures of the cranium, all sutures remain open for growth. Usually found in the parietal sutures. If Ur pedi said U have 2 protect him ask him/her why & if so what type of protection is required. ...Read more

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9m old baby boy. Head sweating while sleeping. It is there from inital months. What could be the reason. He is feesing and playing normallysometime snores?

9m old baby boy. Head sweating while sleeping. It is there from inital months. What could be the reason. He is feesing and playing normallysometime snores?

Normal: Many babies perspire while they sleep and it is a normal finding. If your baby is otherwise active, eating well and reaching developmental milestones, then don't worry about the sleeptime "sweatiness ...Read more

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My 9 mo old's doctor says he has a "big head." it is 47cm, I believe. Is this a problem? He is in good health.

Not a problem if he: It is big head but not a problem if rest of his growth and development is normal according to youe babys pediatrician. ...Read more

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My infant 9 m old head most of the time sweats while sleeping in night. Is it normal? What r the possible reasons

My infant 9 m old head most of the time sweats while sleeping in night. Is it normal? What r the possible reasons

Sweaty infant: Many babies are over bundled due to fear of the child getting cold. This can cause overheating and increase the risk of SIDS. Your infant should wear the same amount of clothes as you. Monitor baby carefully for blue and cold fingers and toes. Don't use too many blankets. Here's a good hand-out: http://www. Nih. Gov/news/health/nov2010/nichd-02.htm (If that doesn't solve it, see your pediatrician). ...Read more

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9 m old shaking head side to side, stops for a bit and does it again & again. Also, randomly shivers (like a chill) for a sec or 2. Call doc?

9 m old shaking head side to side, stops for a bit and does it again & again. Also, randomly shivers (like a chill) for a sec or 2. Call doc?

Video: Take a video and see his/her doctor. Between the video and an exam your doctor will know how to diagnose and manage the problem. If the baby is unconscious during these episodes this may be a type of seizure. Is your baby developing normally? ...Read more

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9m old boy eyes twitches or tics while eating sometimes. Also jerks occasionally and sometimes while playing rolls head up and down. Possible causes?

9m old boy eyes twitches or tics while eating sometimes. Also jerks occasionally and sometimes while playing rolls head up and down. Possible causes?

Tic disorder: Abnormal and repeated involuntary motor movements can indicate a primary tic disorder or other neurological disorders such as Tourette's or PANDAS. A pediatric neurologist can help you sort this out. ...Read more