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My two year old son seems to have a stiff neck, no fever presently and although he is not lethargic, he doesn't seem himself. Could this be serious?

My two year old son seems to have a stiff neck, no fever presently and although he is not lethargic, he doesn't seem himself. Could this be serious?

Stiff neck: He may have a wry neck from sleeping in a wrong position. If it doesn't clear up in a day or two, consult your pediatrician another possibility are swollen lymph nodes following an upper respiratory infection.

Dr. Michael Rothman
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My two year old is having neck pain, fever, chills, lethargic. What do I do?

My two year old is having neck pain, fever, chills, lethargic. What do I do?

Go to ER.: Meningitis is the big worry here. Lethargy is one of those words that says emergency. As inconvenient as it may seem, you will be in a place where you can get help and treatment if something wrong; and reassurance if all is ok. Go to lebonheur.

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My 2 year old is having neck pain, and fever is having chills, and she is really lethargic. Should I take her to a doctor or wait it out?

My 2 year old is having neck pain, and fever is having chills, and she is really lethargic. Should I take her to a doctor or wait it out?

If your daughter has: A stiff neck & is truly lethargic (not just listless), is not taking fluids well & has fever & chills, by all means go to a pediatric er (not a quick-care clinic) now, as these may be signs & symptoms of meningitis.

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My 2 year old has 104 temp under arm and very lethargic, no other symptoms however, and doctor checked ears nose and lungs. What could cause this?

My 2 year old has 104 temp under arm and very lethargic, no other symptoms however, and doctor checked ears nose and lungs. What could cause this?

104 temp: If your 2 year old has received all of their meningitis immunizations that should make bacterial blood infection less likely, but baby girls with very high fever sometimes have urinary infections so a urine test would be helpful. If your child does not look better after giving fever reducer then a blood test might also be necessary. When did your dr. Check your child?

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My 2 year old child has passed two large 5-8cm pale white/pink nematode worms in its faeces. Where will they have come from?

My 2 year old child has passed two large 5-8cm pale white/pink nematode worms in its faeces. Where will they have come from?

Worms: Most worms are passed as eggs from feces to mouth and through the body to pass out in the feces as worms. See your doctor for medication to treat these. Practice good handwashing to prevent recurrence of the infections.

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2year old vomited (not just reflux) 4 times today. No fever or other symptoms. Looks healthy. Wet diapers. But very lethargic, quiet, clingy. Virus?

2year old vomited (not just reflux) 4 times today. No fever or other symptoms. Looks healthy. Wet diapers. But very lethargic, quiet, clingy. Virus?

Vomiting: Most of the time vomiting and or diarrhea are caused by viruses such as influenza type b. It usually lasts from one to two days to a week. If sufficient fluids can be kept down then the immune system will rid the body of the infection. If fluids are a problem or if the vomiting is persistent or yellow or night time only vomiting then it is time to see the doctor. Pain is also a concern.

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2yr old temp up to 39.4 up, and down for 4 days, gp said teething. Vomiting couple of times, day4 bit of diarrhoea, very lethargic, drinking plenty, no ras?

2yr old temp up to 39.4 up, and down for 4 days, gp said teething. Vomiting couple of times, day4 bit of diarrhoea, very lethargic, drinking plenty, no ras?

Fever in 2yo: This is not due to teething. It does not produce nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and a fever of 39.4 is much too high to try and attribute it to teething. You need a second opinion from a pediatrician.

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My 2yr old has had a runny nose x3days... The drainage is clear. Doctor says viral. Now he has fever/sore throat/vomiting/lethargy. Is it bacterial?

My 2yr old has had a runny nose x3days... The drainage is clear. Doctor says viral. Now he has fever/sore throat/vomiting/lethargy. Is it bacterial?

Probably not: Clear mucus is not a typical finding in bacterial infection. The symptoms are more suggestive of a viral illness. If the fever persists see your doctor.

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Do you know any good remedies for constipation in a two year old child?

Do you know any good remedies for constipation in a two year old child?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is an excellent and safe treatment for children. 1/2 cap full of the powder added to water or juice every day will get his/her bowels back on track. He or she should have one soft bm daily. Soft like oatmeal is preferable to formed stool.

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Would you recommend giving a two-year -old melatonin to sleep I've seen Dr Oz and he said it's unsafe to give a child melatonin what do you guys think?

Would you recommend giving a two-year -old melatonin to sleep I've seen Dr Oz and he said it's unsafe to give a child melatonin what do you guys think?

Melatonin: This is a very controversial topic. Your child should be assessed for any medical or behavioral disorder. A bedtime routine should be in place. At the end of the day the solution may be melatonin. The appropriate dose has not been shown to be harmful. All the best.

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Two year old child does not speak or point to objects. Only grunts?

Two year old child does not speak or point to objects. Only grunts?

Needs a full eval: By 2yo a kid should have dozens of simple words that are understood by strangers at least half the time. A basic evaluation of the child's speech & hearing along with a general developmental evaluation should be done to identify treatable issues. This is often available through child development centers affiliated with children's hospitals or university centers.

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Is it safe for a two year old child to use prophylaxis malaria pills?

Is it safe for a two year old child to use prophylaxis malaria pills?

Depends.: There are areas where it is certainly safer to prophylax than risk getting malaria.

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What might cause a two year old child to throw up and run a temperature 6 hours after lunch?

What might cause a two year old child to throw up and run a temperature 6 hours after lunch?

Many, many things: It could be something he ate. It could be a virus he caught from someone. It could be some other kind of infection that happens to be causing fever and vomiting. The bottom line in a child with fever and vomiting is that he need to stay hydrated. Give very small sips of liquid (1-2 teaspoons) frequently (every 5-10 minutes). This way, even if he vomits, some of that liquid will be absorbed.

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After a head injury to a two year old, how do you know if your child's nose is running or if its the clear fluid that your told to watch for?

After a head injury to a two year old, how do you know if your child's nose is running or if its the clear fluid that your told to watch for?

Talk to MD: When in doubt consult a physician. The chemical makeup of cerebro-spinal fluid is different from that of nose dripping. The physician can evaluate your child and figure out what is causing the problem.

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My two year old recently Had the stomach flu. How many days (after symptoms have stopped) can I send him to child care?

My two year old recently Had the stomach flu. How many days (after symptoms have stopped) can I send him to child care?

When he wakes up: In the morning feeling pretty well, tolerating bananas, rice, applesauce, etc., & having no liquid stool running out of his diaper, take him back to daycare. I'm sure the daycare workers follow universal precautions to attempt to prevent transmission of infectious diseases, but 2-year-olds just don't follow the same precautions. Be nice & take him back when his poop will stay in his diaper.

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Is liquid melatonin safe for a two year old autistic child who has problems going to sleep? I want to use an herbal treatment, this was recommended by a pediatrician, but have read articles stating not to do so....

Is liquid melatonin safe for a two year old autistic child who has problems going to sleep? I want to use an herbal treatment, this was recommended by a pediatrician, but have read articles stating not to do so....

Melatonin: Liquid melatonin is safe for kids and a great idea for kids with sleep onset problems (kids who cannot fall asleep). Dose can be anywhere from 3-10mg. Some kids need it an hour before bed, some kids need it up to three hours before bed. There are also teas with melatonin if your child doesn't like the liquid.

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I have a two year old baby. Is it time to take her to the dentist for the first time?

I have a two year old baby. Is it time to take her to the dentist for the first time?

Yes: It is advisable to learn how you can help to keep your baby cavity free. Also it is important to get your baby used to the dentist at an early age. I like to see babies introduced to a kind gentle dentist very early on.

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