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Do all kids have germs---or is there a particular age group that are more germy- for example, 0-3 years old vs. 3-5 year olds?

Do all kids have germs---or is there a particular age group that are more germy- for example, 0-3 years old vs. 3-5 year olds?

All kids & adults !!: Everyone at all ages has a coexistence with germs. People acquire a germ profile on their skin and in their upper airways & intestines within hours of birth & this continues through life. Young kids mouthing & touching behavior acquires new germs a bit faster than adults, but studies show adults put their fingers to their face/nose multiple times/waking hour. This brings germs to your body. ...Read more

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Are manufacturers of hygiene products like purell condemning our kids to a life with ids?

Are manufacturers of hygiene products like purell condemning our kids to a life with ids?

No. play with dirt.: Manufacturers do not have the purchase power and therefore cannot condemn. Hand sanitizer has a place in many situations and has been shown to be effective in situations where handwashing isn't available. It is true however that we have to encourage kids to exercise more, be outside more, play more & get dirty more instead of watching tv and playing inside video games. Engage with nature! ...Read more

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At parents house for 3 days. Town water treated with ammonia that pitted their copper pipes. 29 weeks pregnant. Harmful?

At parents house for 3 days. Town water treated with ammonia that pitted their copper pipes. 29 weeks pregnant. Harmful?

Not to worry...: There are thousands and thousands of things around us that are harmful if taken in large enough amounts, but we can't live a life of worry. Wouldn't worry about city water in america. ...Read more

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Do kids aged 13-18 have STD risks? Are kids aged 13-18 to young to go for a STD checkup?

Do kids aged 13-18 have STD risks? Are kids aged 13-18 to young to go for a STD checkup?

Children: In this age range may be sexually active - if that is so, then they are at risk for developing sexually transmitted diseases. Age 13 to 18 years old is not too young for std checkup if sexually active. ...Read more

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Should grandparents take over parenting for children whose biological parents cannot care for them? @drpam

Should grandparents take over parenting for children whose biological parents cannot care for them? @drpam

It depends: There are so many factors that may affect the decision. It depends on the health of the grandparents. If it happens, looking to get support from others in the family is very important. The age of the children may also be a factor. This is a long-term commitment. Many times the grandparents can be stressed. Making sure there is adequate financial support is also important. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take 10-20 billion live cultures for my gastrointestinal tract, and douche with a probiotic to maintain balance?

Is it ok to take 10-20 billion live cultures for my gastrointestinal tract, and douche with a probiotic to maintain balance?

No: Please don't use probiotics for your GI tract, in your vagina. The "good bacteria" strains in each area are not the same. There are specific vaginal suppositories which can be used, if desired and appropriate. Please talk with your ob-gyn doctor about this. ...Read more

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What resources are available for a 22 year old with moderate mental retardation that wants to live independently?

What resources are available for a 22 year old with moderate mental retardation that wants to live independently?

Check MHMR/The ARC: Many states like texas have programs run through regional centers like our mental health mental retardation center that provide training programs & services to kids & adults alike. The arc, formerly assn for retarded citizens, has many chapters throughout the country providing similar programs advice for families.Either group is a good starting place to find what's available. ...Read more

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What can we do for our 23 month old son, who has a throat infection?

What can we do for our 23 month old son, who has a throat infection?

Symptomatic Treatmen: Encourage fluids and add tylenol/motrin to help control discomfort. Cool fluids and popsicles can comfort. Strep infections are less common than viral (esp in this age) and rheumatic fever uncommon <2yo, but would require antibiotic therapy if present. If chld is not drinking well, monitor closely for signs of dehydration. ...Read more

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Should parents encourage kids to believe in fantasy characters like easter bunny?

Should parents encourage kids to believe in fantasy characters like easter bunny?

Yes: Imagination in children is a very important part of childhood. Santa claus and the easter bunny are "lovable" characters and as the child grows and discovers the truth, he finds it amusing usually. It is all part of the fun of a family growing togetherf in a loving lifestyle. ...Read more

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Is electronic toys helpful for kids mental health like rc helicopter?

Is electronic toys helpful for kids mental health like rc helicopter?

Ans: This is a very broad question. Certainly children okay is very important part of development. The kind of toys you mention are certainly more beneficial than the computer games which can lead to a false sense of reality. Children must develop a healthy imagination not a brainwashing. ...Read more

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What germs are harmful for kids?

What germs are harmful for kids?

To many to list: With only 400 characters to use i can not list all the germs that can be harmful to kids. Some are opportunists, can exist on your skin surface & not cause problems but if a cut opens the skin will cause an abscess or blood poisoning(staph, strep, others).Some are trouble if ever inhaled(anthrax spores) some can enter your brain thru your nasal skin(amoeba, meningitis)too many to say>. ...Read more

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Would you screen for TB two otherwise healthy children who live down the hall (in an apartment building) from a man recently found to have TB?

Would you screen for TB two otherwise healthy children who live down the hall (in an apartment building) from a man recently found to have TB?

TB Screening: If there is concern that children were exposed to someone with active TB, then TB screening (via PPD) would generally be indicated. ...Read more

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Is there a natural cure for mental retardation like learning to crawl again, etc?

No: With extremely rare exceptions, true mr is not something physicians currently can treat. Several disorders, if picked up early, can be treated to prevent mr, and mild mr caused by social deprivation or isolation should respond to an improved environment. The rest, the majority of unknown causes, are not responsive to available treatments. ...Read more

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Does eating sugar free yogurt and inserting some into ur vagina help with recurring bv's 4 kids always treated for beta strep always yeasy infections can't afford keep going to the docc

Does eating sugar free yogurt and inserting some into ur vagina help with recurring bv's 4 kids always treated for beta strep always yeasy infections can't afford keep going to the docc

First : First you need to know there is a difference between yeast infections and BV (bacterial vaginosis) and how they are treated. Also, beta strep is typically not treated unless causing symptoms. Many women are colonized with this bacteria and have no adverse effects. As far as your question goes, you are referring to the live active cultures in yogurt, namely lactobacillus, which helps maintain a normal vaginal ph and flora thus helping to prevent vaginal yeast infections (yeast more so than bv). There are much simpler and less messy ways to benefit from lactobacillus. Most health food or any store that sells vitamins and dietary supplements sell lactobacillus in pill or powder form for oral ingestion. In addition to this try not to wear tight fitting underware or underware made from any other material other than cotton. Keep your vagina clean and dry whenever possible. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Does nutrition affect a child's growing teeth, for normal kids in the u.S.?

Does nutrition affect a child's growing teeth, for normal kids in the u.S.?

Yes: Calcium and vitamin D absorption are especially important for strong healthy teeth. In adequate intake of either could affect teeth. Nutrition is also important for healthy gums and nerves which support the teeth. A well balanced diet is recommended. Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables also help to "brush" the teeth and are low is sugar. High sugar can lead to dental caries.- so diet matters. ...Read more

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Antimicrobial pillow for kids safe?

Antimicrobial pillow for kids safe?

No need: An alternative is to wash and dry your pillows every three months. Also use an hypoallergenic pillow cover and change bed linens weekly. ...Read more

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