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Doctor insights on: Lower Crib Mattress Signs

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My 4 month old sleeps in her car seat instead of her crib due to cleft palate complications. No blanket. Is she at risk for sids?

My 4 month old sleeps in her car seat instead of her crib due to cleft palate complications. No blanket. Is she at risk for sids?

Equal: No more or less so than child without cleft. Recommend having your child evaluated by cleft palate team at the closest children's hospital. May be a bit of a trip, but worth it for the expertise and the team (pediatrician, pediatric dentist, orthodontist, speech therapist, plastic surgeon, oral surgeon, psychiatrist, nutritionist, etc) approach. ...Read more

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Chronic pericarditis. SLE. Sleep sitting up.Overnight trip w no recliner had to prop w pillows at much lower angle. Severe pain x12h. When better?

Chronic pericarditis. SLE. Sleep sitting up.Overnight trip w no recliner had to prop w pillows at much lower angle. Severe pain x12h. When better?

Please see a doctor: what you described is worrisome, you might be used to, but unabated severe pain for 12 hours shouldn't be ignored, especially with your history, seek help now ...Read more

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19 months, low fever for 2 days now, drooling, rubbing the back of his ear and cheeks, crying and whining excessively when lying flat in crib.

19 months, low fever for 2 days now, drooling, rubbing the back of his ear and cheeks, crying and whining excessively when lying flat in crib.

Vague symptoms: This could be as simple as a cold/congestion that will pass in a week or so.It could also be an evolving ear infection that would need an evaluation.You must come up with a decision on when to check it out or just monitor at home. ...Read more

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4 month old baby started rolling on stomach in sleep and is sleeping more comfortably. Will he turn head to side? Sometimes hes face down in matress.

4 month old baby started rolling on stomach in sleep and is sleeping more comfortably. Will he turn head to side? Sometimes hes face down in matress.

Two issues: First, I never worry about whether a baby shifts their position at night when they have the physical ability to role. Second, since SIDS is associated with belly sleeping, I don't put them down on their belly for the first year. Yes they can turn their head, and we belly slept babies up until 1992 when the back to sleep movement began. Since then we have seen a 40% decline in SIDS ...Read more

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Slept across 2 seats on bus. 24 hours later severe back pain radiating to side and abdomen. Worse when lying down. Is this related to bus trip? Help!

Slept across 2 seats on bus. 24 hours later severe back pain radiating to side and abdomen. Worse when lying down.  Is this related to bus trip? Help!

Back pain.: Sounds very uncomfortable. It could certainly be due to sleeping in such a position, but also other more worrisome causes of back pain. If it doesn't improve within a week, best to see a physician. Back strain/sprain is very painful. ...Read more

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10 week old arches back, stiffens legs to stand, flares and has rigid movements, zones out, and pushes body up off head. Had high jaundice as a baby?

10 week old arches back, stiffens legs to stand, flares and has rigid movements, zones out, and pushes body up off head. Had high jaundice as a baby?

Effect of jaundice?: Abnormally high bilirubin in this age group can cause the kind of symptoms described, due to the effect of bilirubin on brain function. An urgent assessment of your baby is imperative, for confirmation and for intervention. Take care. ...Read more

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4 month old has head lag but hold head up steady when sitting upright with support and on tummy. Doesn't use arms during tummy time. Is this normal?

4 month old has head lag but hold head up steady when sitting upright with support and on tummy. Doesn't use arms during tummy time. Is this normal?

Yes: get a copy of the Denver Developmental Screening Test and insstructions on how to use it. It has a bunch of rectangles on it. The key takeaway is that there are a wide range of ages at which perfectly normal children accomplish certain milestones. A child can even be "delayed" in one area and still be considered normal. ...Read more

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Mom, 58yo, has numb aching legs. diagnosed of bulging disc at her waist. One dr recommended her to rest in bed strictly for 6 weeks. Sounds right?

Mom, 58yo, has numb aching legs. diagnosed of bulging disc at her waist. One dr recommended her to rest in bed strictly for 6 weeks. Sounds right?

Prolonged bed rest: Without examination, we can't diagnose your mother's condition, but prolonged bed rest can put her at risk for deconditioning, muscle atrophy and blood clots (deep vein thrombosis or DVT). ...Read more

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Cause shin, back of thigh, bum dull pain, on/off area changes with position, worse sitting, driving, could c-sec or carry baby chair partly to blame?

Cause shin, back of thigh, bum dull pain, on/off area changes with position, worse sitting, driving, could c-sec or carry baby chair partly to blame?

Radiculopathy: This symptom is suggestive of a disc or vertebral spur pressing on a nerve root in the lower spine, in your case causing sciatica. This may resolve in a month or two,but if it doesn't see a neurologist who will most likely order an mri of your lumbosacral spine for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Why does sleeping position in the bed cause sids?

Why does sleeping position in the bed cause sids?

Not known: The exact cause of sids is not known; however, there are risks now known. One of these is body position in bed. The idea behind back sleeping is that neck muscles and trunk muscles are not entirely formed so airway compromise can be more likely to occur and unlike in grown child or adult, babies cannot turn themselves over. ...Read more

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Autistic 3-year-old wakes up very early (around 5:30 a.m.) and wanders around the house. How can I keep him safe? He sleeps in a crib but climbs out.

Autistic 3-year-old wakes up very early (around 5:30 a.m.) and wanders around the house.  How can I keep him safe? He sleeps in a crib but climbs out.

Safeguard all doors: Autistic children often show signs of distraction and high activity levels.Getting out of their beds and walking around the house is very common. Door stop alarms will alert you if the child got out of his crib by producing a loud,shrilling noise when the door is attempted to be opened. ...Read more

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15y son 140lb 170cm concaved chest crowded teeth no high arch mouth face a looks normal 2 stretch marks on back no other symptoms Marfan syndrome?

15y son 140lb 170cm concaved chest crowded teeth no high arch mouth face  a looks normal 2 stretch marks on back no other symptoms Marfan syndrome?

Diagnosis ?: Are you asking us to give you a firm diagnosis for your son's symptoms over the internet? You need to have your son be seen by your own primary care physician who can refer you to a specialist if necessary. Also need to have your son be seen by a local dentist to evaluate any dental abnormalities. ...Read more

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Feel itching at night while sleeping at pelvic region, legs, hips between thighs etc no infection?

Feel itching at night while sleeping at pelvic region, legs, hips between thighs etc no infection?

Need more info: Have you changed the materials with which you wash your sheets? Is there a rash along with the itching? Are you overheated during the night and sweating excessively? Many other questions too numerous for here, but think about this and repeat the question. ...Read more

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4 yr old child, 3.5 lb premie.Since birth while sleeping or napping, wakes up with spasms of the body, arms, and legs, jerking and screaming.Then she re?

4 yr old child, 3.5 lb premie.Since birth while sleeping or napping, wakes up with spasms of the body, arms, and legs, jerking and screaming.Then she re?

Having Seizures: What you describe sounds like epileptic seizures. You need to have your child evaluated by a pediatric neurologist. Seizures can be controlled with medication, but left untreated can cause permanent brain damage. ...Read more