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Doctor insights on: Paper Plate Activities For Kids

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If I order a product online packed in plastic or paper sealed package and the item was touched by someone with MRSA, what are my chances of acquiring?

If I order a product online packed in plastic or paper sealed package and the item was touched by someone with MRSA, what are my chances of acquiring?

Same as if you didn't: MRSA colonization happens all over the world. The first documented isolate of MRSA was in 1955 - about 5 yrs after Penicillin / Methicillin was introduced. By 1990s, it spread across the globe. You can pick it up from soil, door handles, railings, anything. So blaming a package handled by an unnamed worker is foolhardy. Worry instead about cuts & sores which let MRSA into the body & cause infectio ...Read more

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How long does ecoli live on paper or plastic? Hard plastic, Not garbage bags. I may have to wash his comforter depending on the answer : (

How long does ecoli live on paper or plastic? Hard plastic, Not garbage bags. I may have to wash his comforter depending on the answer : (

Wash the comforter!: E-coli can live for many days on surfaces like plastic - even steel. It is just a bad decision to cut corners and end up quite ill. Don't be lazy - or hire someone to do it after telling them the situation and paying their price. Or throw away the comforter in as safe a manner as possible. Smile - it's not the hardest task in the world. And you can feel really proud of yourself afterward. ...Read more

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I touched a piece of plastic paper that had contained raw meat. I threw the plastic away and put fingers in mouth. What's my risk of toxo?

I touched a piece of plastic paper that had contained raw meat. I threw the plastic away and put fingers in mouth. What's my risk of toxo?

Food: Humans touch raw meat all the time. They wash the meat; they prepare the meal. One just washes their hands when this happens with soap and water. ...Read more

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Labeled vitamins with pen on paper and put in plastic bag. Ink seems to have run. 25 weeks pregnant. Problem?

Labeled vitamins with pen on paper and put in plastic bag. Ink seems to have run. 25 weeks pregnant. Problem?

Throw them away: The fetus is vulnerable to toxins. Markers are loaded with toluene and xylene, two chemicals that are cancer causing. Not worth the risk. ...Read more

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Piece of plastic hit me in the eye, it feels like a paper cut. Eye burn and is run. Only hurt when open eyes wash with water & refresh for eyes

Piece of plastic hit me in the eye, it feels like a paper cut. Eye burn and is run. Only hurt when open eyes wash with water & refresh for eyes

It: It sounds like a corneal abrasion. It is a very painful condition but fortunately resolves quickly. Corneal abrasion expose your cornea to infection so you should be treated with an antibiotic as a prophylaxis. You should be seen by an ophthalmologist to make sure that there is no ruptured globe and to make sure that all foreign material is removed. ...Read more

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Will having a plastic bed cover only encourage my child to wet the bed more?

Will having a plastic bed cover only encourage my child to wet the bed more?

No: No normal child likes to wet their bed. Very few children wet their bed because of "laziness". Also very few children "couldn't care less", although they might give this impression. It is part of a natural defense mechanism, just as denying that bedwetting is a problem. A plastic cover will protect the matress and removal of the bed cover can be an additional goal for the child to acheive control. ...Read more

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What are the worst toxins from plastic for kids?

What are the worst toxins from plastic for kids?

#3: The rhyme "5, 4, 1, 2--all the rest are bad for you" helps keep them straight. The chemicals in group 3 are the most toxic when in containers for fluids/foods. ...Read more

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What is best for a kid, glass, stainless, plastic bottle?

What is best for a kid, glass, stainless, plastic bottle?

Probably all: Glass and stainless are no problem at all. Some plastics contain plasticizers that a few consider toxic to some degree. Certification is now available to allow you to purchase safe plastics. The risk, if any, is small and so far not proven. But you are totally safe with stainless and glass. ...Read more

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Are there any harmful chemicals in plastic water jugs that might hurt a child?

Are there any harmful chemicals in plastic water jugs that might hurt a child?

Yes: Plastic water bottles, and many other stiff plastic bottles, often contain a chemical called bpa which can leach into the water and can be pretty toxic. Recent media attention has led many of the manufacturers of this plastic to replace those bottles with others that are bpa free. There is increasing information that the replacements might not be much better. Filter your own water to be safe. ...Read more

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My child swallowed a small plastic tine from a plastic fork! Do I need to worry!?

My child swallowed a small plastic tine from a plastic fork! Do I need to worry!?

Probably no worry: If he didn't choke on it and he just swallowed it than it should just pass without worry. ...Read more

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Can there be a medical reason my child would start eating paper?

PICA: Pica refers to a perverted appetite for substances not fit as food, such as clay or paper products. Various forms of pica have been associated with iron deficiency, including pica for clay or dirt, starch, or raw rice. The child needs evaluation to diagnose this. ...Read more

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As a child I used to smoke paper without any tobacco did this do anything to my body?

Yes: If your exposure was limited to drawing in smoke, you did the equivalent of cooking over an open fire & inhaling smoke. Your body has the to clean up your lungs over time, so a year or more after you quit polluting your lungs they had already returned to a near normal state. This is the same self healing that smokers can gain if they just quit, although some damage for them may persist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms to look out for if my kid inhaled small piece of plastic / nylon bag? I'm not sure if he did

What are the symptoms to look out for if my kid inhaled small piece of plastic / nylon bag? I'm not sure if he did

Aspiration: Aspiration pneumonia can occur after inhaling liquids or small foreign bodies. Symptoms would include persistent cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, wheezing, abnormal sputum, etc. Presence of these symptoms should prompt a visit to a doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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What could cause a child to eat... What could cause a child to want to eat paper & also pick on a blanket and eat the blanket?

What could cause a child to eat... What could cause a child to want to eat paper & also pick on a blanket and eat the blanket?

Pica: Your child has a condition known as pica. With pica a child has a desire to eat anything from dirt to lead paint chips. We don't know the cause but we believe these children are usually anemic. Therefore you might as your doctor to check your child's hemoglobin. ...Read more

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What number of kids get plastic surgery every year?

What number of kids get plastic surgery every year?

Plastic surgery- kid: Many children need plastic surgery for congenital issues or functional problems. Examples are cleft palate surgery and craniofacial surgery. ...Read more

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How to help hypo plastic left heart syndrome children?

How to help hypo plastic left heart syndrome children?

Team approach: Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a serious congenital heart defect with lifelong consequences. The best care is delivered at centers that have adopted a team based approach with the pediatric cardiologists and congenital heart surgeons work in concert with a team of physicians, nurses, therapists, and other professionals to support all of the needs of the children with this important problem. ...Read more

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Can you pass down your features after plastic surgery to your kids?

Can you pass down your features after plastic surgery to your kids?

No: You will not “pass down” any acquired features; these include any changes that occur after plastic surgical procedures. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Bottled water safety; are the plastic bottles safe for kids to drink from?

Bottled water safety; are the plastic bottles safe for kids to drink from?

Safe? Yes needed? No: Plastic bottles from deer park or aquafina are fine for single use. However, there is nothing inherently safer about bottled water that you can't get from your tap. Especially if you have a refrigerator filter or a faucet filter like brita. It's much more economical for you and the environment to have a special stainless steel thermos they can use, or bpa free plastic one. ...Read more