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Should I breastfeed if I have the rotavirus?

Should I breastfeed if I have the rotavirus?

Yes: Although rotavirus is contagious, you should not if possible stop nursing your baby. Important things to remember is to maintain yourself very well hydrated as you do not only loose water with diarrhea, and vomiting but electrolytes as well. Wash your hands with soap and water every time you go to the bathroom and before you touch either your breast or the baby. If taking any meds consult the dr. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Should I breastfeed if I have a fever?

Should I breastfeed if I have a fever?

Yes: In general, the most common cause of a fever in the mother is a viral syndrome such as a cold/flu. A breastfeeding mom should not stop breastfeeding just because she has a fever. The antibodies that she is creating to fight her own infection are pasedt through to her baby via the breastmilk. So, she is in fact also providing protection from infection while continuing to breastfeed. ...Read more

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What vaccines should I start with if I have never been vaccinated?

What vaccines should I start with if I have never been vaccinated?

CDC reference: The CDC website has lists of the recommended schedules based upon age and previous vaccination history. Check out the site below to find the schedule that most matches your situation. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/syndicate.html ...Read more

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Should I breastfeed if I have a cold?

Should I breastfeed if I have a cold?

Yes: There are very few reasons to stop breastfeeding. The common cold is not one of them. Even though you may have a cold, you are still providing your infant with precious immunity via your breast milk. I. ...Read more

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Should I breastfeed if I have ms?

Should I breastfeed if I have ms?

Yes: According to the aap there are very few true reasons not to breastfeed. Ms is not a reason to not breastfeed and i would encourage it. Most of the medications used to treat MS are too big to cross into breastmilk. You can see if your medications are compatible with breastfeeding at lactmed, a free database on medications and breastmilk. ...Read more

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What to do if i never had a flu shot and this year I have to have one. What should I expect?

What to do if i never had a flu shot and this year I have to have one. What should I expect?

Flu protection: The flu shot has inactivated virus- so it will not infect you with the flu. If you have reactions to the shot they usually resolve within one to two days. Side effects can include a low grade fever, aches & pain, and localized swelling, redness and pain at the shot site. Some people have had allergic reactions to the flu vaccine. ...Read more

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Should I breastfeed if I have food poisoning?

Should I breastfeed if I have food poisoning?

No: If you are ill and the possiblility exists that you might become dehydrated due to your symptoms it is probably impractical and draining for mom. Mimimize the risks to you and your baby and talk it over with your doctor. ...Read more

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Should I breastfeed if I have hepatitis c?

Should I breastfeed if I have hepatitis c?

Yes,: You may. Breastfed infants are not at higher risk to get infected by hepatitis c. In case nipples are cracked or bleeding, abstaining of breastfeeding should be considered. ...Read more

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Which vaccines should I take if I have never been vaccinated?

Which vaccines should I take if I have never been vaccinated?

Multiple vaccines: Measles-mumps-rubella, chicken pox, polio, hepatitis b, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, Meningococcal vaccine (if >age 11), possibly pneumococcus depending on age and risk factors, possibly hepatitis a. Consider human papillomavirus if you are less than 26. ...Read more

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How should I know if I should get the twinrix vaccine or not?

How should I know if I should get the twinrix vaccine or not?

Protection: Anyone can get the vaccination for protection against two serious diseases that are highly contagious and easy to get. The ultimate decision whether to get a vaccine is up to the individual. ...Read more

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What to do if I have coxsackievirus, its been four days that I have this but I forgot to ask my doctor if I can kiss still?

What to do if I have coxsackievirus, its been four days that I have this but I forgot to ask my doctor if I can kiss still?

Shedding for awhile: Viral shedding, or period of contagiousness, for these types of viruses can last several weeks, and are shed through the upper respiratory structures and the stool. However, since most of the shedding occurs during the time that the person is feeling very sick, kissing should be avoided. ...Read more

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Can I nurse if I have the flu?

Can I nurse if I have the flu?

Yes: Since flu (influenza) is transmitted through secretions from respiratory tract, not through breast milk, it is safe to breast feed. Using face mask while nursing or in close contact with infant would be prudent. Most of the over-the-counter fever reducers and painkillers are safe as well. ...Read more

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Do you think I should not be around baby if I have viral gastroenteritis?

Do you think I should not be around baby if I have viral gastroenteritis?

Avoid contact : Viral gastrointestinal infections can be very contagious. They usually resolve on own without any intervention but can cause significant fluid loss. In an adult it rarely causes much problem but a child can get dehydrated much easier and may require fluid replacement. Since they resolve quickly it is better to wait to interact with children. ...Read more

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I never have had allergies and I do not know if I currently have a head cold or if I have allergies? What should I take? Just moved to NorCal

I never have had allergies and I do not know if I currently have a head cold or if I have allergies? What should I take?  Just moved to NorCal

Universal treatment: Treating The symptoms will help you which ever one it is. You need to take oral decongestant like Sudafed or phenylephrine which is found in many medications like Coricidin D. If you feel it might be allergy you could use an allergy medication like Zyrtec. A saline nasal spray would make the nose feel better. If it is a cold it will clear soon if allergy it may stay around until allergen is gone. ...Read more

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I have fever and diarrhea can i continue breastfeeding.can my baby catch the virus if i hold her or if she breasfeed?

I have fever and diarrhea can i continue breastfeeding.can my baby catch the virus if i hold her or if she breasfeed?

Continue feeding her: One of the great advantages of breast feeding is that you are not just transferring nutritional components to your offspring but also passively antibodies that your mature immune system is generating against diseases. Your breast milk is sterile unless you have a mastitis in which case you should pump and discard the milk. ...Read more

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Do I need to call the doctor if I have bleeding after my baby is born?

Do I need to call the doctor if I have bleeding after my baby is born?

If it's a lot, yes: Bleeding after delivering a baby is normal. Moms who deliver in the hospital will usually have their blood count checked the day after delivery to make sure they have not lost too much blood. If, however, you pass a blood clot the size of a grapefruit or larger, or if bleeding is copious, or if you feel ill, contact your doctor. ...Read more

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I have irregular periods and usually get my menstrual twice a year for long periods of time. My fiancé and I have been trying t I have not taken a pregnancy test but that is because I do not know if I should or if i need to wait and how long I should wait

I have irregular periods and usually get my menstrual twice a year for long periods of time. My fiancé and I have been trying t I have not taken a pregnancy test but that is because I do not know if I should or if i need to wait and how long I should wait

If : If you have irregular periods, you are likely having irregular ovulation which could make it difficult for you to get pregnant. If you are not successfully pregnant within a year of trying, then it might be worth your time to see an ob/gyne doctor. That being said, maybe you are pregnant. You can either take a home pregnancy test as long as it has been 5- 6 weeks since your last normal period, or you can go see your doctor and they can test you. A home pregnancy test is 97% accurate if taken a week or more after the missed period. A blood test can tell if you are pregnant as soon as 7 days after conception and a doctor's urine pregnancy test can tell if you are pregnant around when you next period should come. If you have an irregular period, this can make the timing more difficult. If you take a home pregnancy test 4 weeks after you think you may have gotten pregnant, it should be pretty accurate. ...Read more

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I just suffered from viral meningitis and i want to get pregnant should I wait some time would it be safe for my baby ?

I just suffered from viral meningitis and i want to get pregnant should I wait some time would it be safe for my baby ?

Maybe wait till you: Have your energy level back, since many women experience fatigue the first few months of pregnancy. All women of child-bearing age should take folate (folic acid) .4-.5 milligrams daily for 3 months before conceiving to lower risk of neural tube defects. A follow-up visit with your doctor, checking your iron levels, etc. Might be a good idea. ...Read more

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I think I'm pregnant and I am RH- I have had a miscarriage before. When should go to the doctor to get that shot?

I think I'm pregnant and I am RH-   I have had a miscarriage before. When should go to the doctor to get that shot?

Prior to pregnancy: You should have received the Rh shot after the miscarriage. If you are positively pregnant, it may be too late for the Rh shot. ...Read more

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