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My home was built before 1950. Could my baby be exposed to lead?

My home was built before 1950. Could my baby be exposed to lead?

Yes: Houses built before 1970 may contain lead based paint. Paints now do not contain lead and many of these old houses have now been repainted, however the lead underneath still may pose a risk to children. There are kits you can buy to test the paint on your walls for lead exposure. Test any paint chips you see or parts of the pain flaking off as these are what babies may put in their mouths. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Lead Exposure (Definition)

Refers to exposure to lead. Lead can be found in peeling paint chips in buildings built prior to 1978, contaminated soil and water. Soil can be contaminated due to peeling paint and leaded gasoline. Lead in water comes from lead pipes. Lead can be found in Mexican candies and Kohl eye products from India and Middle East. Lead can ...Read more


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Just moved to a new house which was built in 1908. We had one molding sanded and I didn't know that an underneath layer had lead. I didn't sand it, but I was in the house right after it was done and I'm 9 months pregnant. Will my baby be okay?

Just moved to a new house which was built in 1908. We had one molding sanded and I didn't know that an 
underneath layer had lead. I didn't sand it, but I was in the house right after it was done and I'm 9 months pregnant. Will my baby be okay?

Doubt it: At this point baby's finished forming and just gaining weight. The potential exposure you cite is minimal, but your OB could run a blood lead test if You are going crazy. Low level exposures are not very significant.Chronic exposure is the real problem. ...Read more

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Was pregnant 4months water came rushing out my vagina had a miscarriage what can be wrong will i be able to keep a baby in my womb?

Was pregnant 4months water came rushing out my vagina had a miscarriage what can be wrong will i be able to keep a baby in my womb?

Absolutely: Although you may have had a bad outcome the first time, that does not mean that it has to be the same way the next time. You should definitely see a high risk OBGYNbefore you become pregnant again to determine whether or not you might need medications to support your pregnancy or a cerclage to keep your pregnancy in for a longer period. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Did some minor touch up paint on holes in the wall and allowed 5 hours for it to dry before my pregnant wife came home. Should I be concerned?

Did some minor touch up paint on holes in the wall and allowed 5 hours for it to dry before my pregnant wife came home. Should I be concerned?

Depends: If you used latex paint, there would be no problem because it is water based and does not contain any solvents that could affect an unborn baby. If you used an oil based enamel paint, even with good ventilation, your wife should avoid the area while there are still fumes in the air. ...Read more

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I'm a healthcare worker and my snot dripped into my babies mouth. If MRSA were to be living I my nose what will happen to the baby? She's 7 weeks.

I'm a healthcare worker and my snot dripped into my babies mouth. If MRSA were to be living I my nose what will happen to the baby? She's 7 weeks.

Digestion is great: Chances are the enzymes in babies saliva will begin neutralizing the material and it will be destroyed by acid when it gets to the stomach. MRSA doesn't survive the transit into the distal GI tract. I would be more concerned if you dripped it into her nose. Plan to modify your practices when dealing with baby.Wash hands well and ware a mask if you think you might carry something home from work. ...Read more

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I received a food delivery back today and opened it with my three-year-old son. When it opened the dry ice came floating in our face. I didn't realize it could be dangerous. Should I be concerned?

I received a food delivery back today and opened it with my three-year-old son. When it opened the dry ice came floating in our face. I didn't realize it could be dangerous. Should I be concerned?

No: I guess that dry ice did not stay in touch with face for long but only momentarily ,then it should not cause any damage to the facial skin. There is nothing to worry or concerned still you can watch for any changes on your facial skin and if see your doctor . ...Read more

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Was painting an antique piece in the garage. My kids were out there and I didn't realize until after that it had lead paint. Should I be concerned?

Was painting an antique piece in the garage. My kids were out there and I didn't realize until after that it had lead paint. Should I be concerned?

Lead poisoning: Visit your pediatrician and check their serum lead level. Old painting probably contain lead in its paint. There is a possibility that your children inhaled some of it with a dust. Better to check. There are some treatment depending on the level. ...Read more

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If i'm in early labor (3cm) and baby hasn't dropped yet could a reason be that he is to big to fit through my pelvis because i was checked today and the nurse said he is high up?

If i'm in early labor (3cm) and baby hasn't dropped yet could a reason be that he is to big to fit through my pelvis  because i was checked today and the nurse said he is high up?

May not be in pelvis: The OB provider who did the exam knows not only dilatation and effacement (thinness) of the cervix but also station of the presenting part. It might be that the fetal part is not even in the pelvis yet so concerns about size might not be warranted. It could be rather that the baby is in some position other than head first. A patient should ask for input after an ultrasound or exam by OB physician. ...Read more

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My 5 and 6 y.o. Came home last weekend with a stomach virus, they started back up again today. Is it possible to be re contaminated?

My 5 and 6 y.o. Came home last weekend with a stomach virus, they started back up again today. Is it possible to be re contaminated?

Recurrent GI bug: The immune system 'should have' registered a specific response to the first illness, so it's unlikely it's the same exact virus as before. I think in your children's environment there are probably many different viruses (germs) circulating -and they must have acquired a new but slightly different infection. Either that, or they had so much exposure to the former virus, their system was overwhelmed ...Read more

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Paint chipped off weight set and my husband vacuumed it. Afraid that there may have been lead in paint. 29 weeks pregnant. Something to worry about?

Paint chipped off weight set and my husband vacuumed it. Afraid that there may have been lead in paint. 29 weeks pregnant. Something to worry about?

Unlikely: Lead paint has been banned from anything that might be residential in nature. If these weights are 40+ years old, it is theoretically possible. That said, vacuuming should have collected much if not all of the paint. You can have it analyzed to tell, but it is unlikely to affect your pregnancy in any event. ...Read more

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Had a baby 3 months ago vaginal delivery now when I pass gas it seems to come from the anus but follow through the vagina what could be causing this?

Had a baby  3 months ago vaginal delivery now when I pass gas it seems to come from the anus but follow through the vagina what could be causing this?

Possible: Rectovaginal fistula secondary to an episiotomy or tear during delivery, or poor healing/infection of the repair made after surgery. Sometimes the vagina can trap air and when you relax to pass rectal gas, gas trapped in the vagina will also pass. The latter is normal. The former requires surgery to fix. See a colorectal surgeon for the former. ...Read more

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I had wisdom teeth removed 1 month ago. Recently i got an infection. I bit into some jerkey and heard a loud crack like somethring broke. The x-rays came back clean, so they cleaned out the 17 site and sent me home. What was the crack and could there be p

3 things?: The "crack" could have been from a hard substance in the jerky, a jaw joint noise, or another tooth. Unfortunately without actually being able to examine you at the time of your complaint, there isn't much more information that we can give you. Follow up with your own dentist(s) until everything is healing and normal. ...Read more

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My daughter is 9 months, I had csection w/ her due to her being a breech baby. Can I try vbac? There might be a possibility that I might be pregnant.

My daughter is 9 months, I had csection w/ her due to her being a breech baby. Can I try vbac? There might be a possibility that I might be pregnant.

You can try,: I would recommend waiting until your daughter's first birthday to attempt future pregnancies. You should talk to your obstetrician about trial of labor after cesarean section (tolac), taking into account that the risks associated with it can only be offset by future pregnancies. If you want only one more pregnancy i would recommend repeat cesarean section and bilateral tubal ligation (btl). ...Read more

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I am 31 and I have 2 daughters i got birth in C-section and i want to be pregnant again but the sperm goes out the moment it entered into my ?

I am 31 and I have 2 daughters i got birth in C-section  and i want to be pregnant again but the sperm goes out the moment  it entered into my ?

Suggestion: After he ejaculates, have him stay inside for several minutes, even if he loses his erection. See your OB to find out why you are expelling ejaculate after intercourse. Remember to always empty your bladder before sex so you don't have the urge to run to the bathroom after sex. It will also reduce your risk for a uti. ...Read more

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I'm 18 weeks pregnant and today I was at a place where very loud fire alarms went off. It hurt my ears. Could this have harmed my baby?

I'm 18 weeks pregnant and today I was at a place where very loud fire alarms went off. It hurt my ears. Could this have harmed my baby?

Acoustic trauma: No. If that was the case, there would be a lot of birth defects due to loud noise that billions of pregnant women have been exposed to throughout history. Be more concerned about what you put in or on your body than what your ears are exposed to. Having said that, you can sustain nerve damage from repeated acoustic trauma which should be avoided for your health. ...Read more

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Am 11 weeks preg. I still toss and turn at night with force. That can't cause miscarriage, can it? Worried since baby would be bigger now.

Am 11 weeks preg. I still toss and turn at night with force. That can't cause miscarriage, can it? Worried since baby would be bigger now.

Fetus is safe: Your fetus is well protected inside your uterus by chorioamniotic membranes, amniotic fluid, the muscular wall of your uterus, your abdominal muscles, tissues and skin. Therefore "tossing and turning at night with force" will not cause a miscarriage or harm your fetus now or later. ...Read more

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I got Brazilian blowout done to my hair. I was given a mask so i could be protected against the fumes. Can i get any long term illness from doing this?

I got Brazilian blowout done to my hair. I was given a mask so i could be protected against the fumes. Can i get any long term illness from doing this?

Yes you can: The brazilian blowout exposes you to formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. The fda chastised the company for misbranding products containing deleterious substances. Some lawsuits have been settled in ca over this: http://www.Womensvoices.Org/2012/02/01/toxic-hair-treatments-lawsuits-settled-on-brazilian-blowout-california-attorney-general-suit-forces-hazard-warning/ i suggest steering clear. ...Read more