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Doctor insights on: Should I Be Worried That My Toddler Trips Often

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Should I be worried that my toddler trips often?

Should I be worried that my toddler trips often?

Depends: Toddlers tend to trip a lot, especially as they are beginning to walk and run. Any uneven surface presents a challenge to them. Tripping at these times is not concerning. However if your child begins to trip more often than usual or during activities that they used to do without trouble see your doctor for an evaluation. Its normal for toddlers to trip, but suddenly regressing is not normal. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my one-year-old child has black stool? My son has had charcoal black bowl movements over the past twelve hours. It does not have the usual odor associated. He seems to be acting fine. Should i be concerned?

Should i be concerned if my one-year-old child has black stool? My son has had charcoal black bowl movements over the past twelve hours. It does not have the usual odor associated. He seems to be acting fine. Should i be concerned?

Good : Good for you for knowing that black-colored stool can mean that there may be bleeding in the stomach or small intestine. Now that being said, that is not the only reason for a black stool - it's just the most concerning. Benign causes of black stool to rule out first before seeking care are: black licorice or other black foods, blueberries or other dark blue foods, iron supplements or multivitamins with iron, or pepto-bismal. All of these can cause black stool. Another reason for your child to have black stool caused by blood, but of less concern is if he had a nosebleed a few hours before the black stool. Children (and adults) sometimes swallow a lot of blood with a nosebleed and that can also affect stool color. If your child has not been exposed to any of these and has continued to have black stool, he should be seen by his doctor. His doctor may want you to bring a stool sample to the appointment for testing to look for blood and/or other causes. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more

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Headaches can be caused by a lot of things but what are they call when they are stressed related? I worry so much about my children especially when my son was in afghanistan, I have a daughter that doesn't listen but is very nieve, my youngest son hangs a

Headaches can be caused by a lot of things but what are they call when they are stressed related? I worry so much about my children especially when my son was in afghanistan, I have a daughter that doesn't listen but is very nieve, my youngest son hangs a

It : It sounds like you are right -- stress is taking its toll on you and you need to use this as a wake up call to focus on yourself too -- you deserve it! if you aren't healthy, you aren't going to be able to help those that you love around you. Of course you should also see a neurologist to ensure that you aren't actually suffering from something else. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned that my daughter is getting colds repeatedly?

Should I be concerned that my daughter is getting colds repeatedly?

Yes: Several issues of concern will need to be addressed; age of your child, environmental exposures to include daycare attendance and secondary smoke, growth and development, and your child's ability to ward off infections. A visit with your pcp will allow a thorough assessment to determine the cause and consequently the appropriate management to promote your child's health. ...Read more

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I work in a home where someone has found out they have MRSA should I be concerned is it very contagious as I am worried and im trying to have a baby?

I work in a home where someone has found out they have MRSA should I be concerned is it very contagious as I am worried and im trying to have a baby?

Worry doesn't help.: Good hand washing and avoiding skin contact with actively infected persons is the best way to prevent infection. But, MRSA can be on your skin and not cause a skin infection. It simply lives on our skin and in our nasal passages. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my son is 2 mos. Old, he pass gas a lot and have stomach disorder, what should I do about it?

Should i be concerned if my son is 2 mos. Old, he pass gas a lot and have stomach disorder, what should I do about it?

Examination: Have your son checked by your pediatrician. What you see as a problem may be normal. Or he may have one of many gastric problems such as lactose intolerance. Only your pediatrician can determine if a problem exists and if treatment is necessary. Please call for an appointment. ...Read more

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I am 20 weeks. My baby bump doesnt seem to be growing and baby movements are VERY sporadic at best. Should I be concerned?

I am 20 weeks. My baby bump doesnt seem to be growing and baby movements are VERY sporadic at best. Should I be concerned?

Fetal movements: First detection of fetal movement ranges from 13 to 25 weeks. It may not be felt until 18 to 20 weeks in some first time mothers but might be felt as early as 13 to 16 weeks in some. Some women are just starting to have quickening at 20 weeks. So, I wouldn't be so concerned this early on. Your physician would let you know if there was a problem with growth. Congratulations and stay well. ...Read more

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My boyfriend is worried that it's not normal for me to be having such bad migraines that i lose sight to my right eye should I be worried or concerned?

My boyfriend is worried that it's not normal for me to be having such bad migraines that i lose sight to my right eye should I be worried or concerned?

Not very concerned.: If you have been evaluated for migraines with transient visual loss and this seems to be your stable headache pattern, I am afraid your boyfriend is wrong. Sometimes migraines can be this bad (or even worse). If your headache doctor was not concerned I am not concerned either. ...Read more

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I normally have BP of 115/70 and today after Mri went up to 153/108 can this be dangerous? When should I be concerned

I normally have BP of 115/70 and today after Mri went up to 153/108 can this be dangerous?  When should I be concerned

Yes: those type of BP numbers are dangerous, i would see your doctor for this. it would be helpful in your case to have BP from home from a reputable cuff and take it at home between now and your doctor visit so the physician has more than one reading to go on. ...Read more

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Im pregnant and have a warrant for running away and possivly a probabtiob vio. Ill be arrested when I have my baby. Ill be 17. Im really worried. Can you tell me anything and everything.

Im pregnant and have a warrant for running away and possivly a probabtiob vio. Ill be arrested when I have my baby. Ill be 17. Im really worried. Can you tell me anything and everything.

Accept help: Your case will likely be referred to Child and family Services because the state will want to monitor your suitability as a parent. If drugs are found in babies system ( they will likely look) it may go to foster care while you work through your legal issues. If you can pull things together (family support, school,job,etc.) the kid would likely be returned.There is help out there if you cooperate. ...Read more

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Sometimes I have white pieces in my stools. What could they be and should I be worried?

Sometimes I have white pieces in my stools. What could they be and should I be worried?

Mucous?: Your intestine produces its own secretions to lubricate and protect. Unless you are eating something with non digestible white pieces, it may be mucous. Best not to over analyze the appearance of your stools. ...Read more