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If my baby has a cold, how long should I keep him home from daycare?

If my baby has a cold, how long should I keep him home from daycare?

Tough answer: Most children in daycare are susceptible to frequent infections because they seem to pass viruses to each other through contact. It's probably best to keep them away if you think they have more serious symptoms like high fevers or a productive cough or they have a known bacterial infection. Once they have been treated by a pediatrician with antibiotic for a day or two, they should be ok. ...Read more

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Caring for my dad during chemo and I have a cold. Should i stay away or is it okay?

Caring for my dad during chemo and I have a cold. Should i stay away or is it okay?

Wear a mask: Most forms of chemotherapy weakens the immune system so if you have a cold it will be easier for your dad to catch your cold. You can check with his doctor but i would recommend wearing a mask when around him to help him stay healthy. Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene. ...Read more

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I'm a breastfeeding mom and have cold. Will my baby also get cold if I breastfeed her?

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I'm a breastfeeding mom and have cold. Will my baby also get cold if I breastfeed her?

Perhaps: Colds and viral respiratory infections are common, but does not mean a nursing mother has to stop nursing. Some mothers use masks during feeding if they are coughing a great deal. Others pump and have other family members bottle feed. In all cases wash your hands! hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean an infant (1~12 month)? What I do now is take off her clothes first, then dip into a baby tub filled with warm water.

What is the best way to clean an infant (1~12 month)?  What I do now is take off her  clothes first, then dip into a baby tub filled with warm water.

Bath time can be fun: You can put her in a partially reclining baby tub or other baby bath device (some even come with safety belts!), and using a baby or sensitive skin cleanser and a washcloth, bathe her all over, then rinse all over. Babies do fine with only a few baths each week. Make bath time fun by talking or singing to her entertaining her with bath toys. ...Read more

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If my child has a temperature of a 102 should I take him to hospital?

If my child has a temperature of a 102 should I take him to hospital?

Other symptoms...: What age? If < 3 months old, call doc now. If toddler, fever of 102 is not dangerous. I would get more concerned if the child had other symptoms like: breathing difficulty, extreme tiredness (lethargy), dehydration (lots of vomiting and diarrhea without being able to drink), or very stiff neck. If not ill appearing, treating with Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen ok. If still unsure, call pediatrician. ...Read more

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My baby is 3 months wit a cold is their anything i can give or do to help her cold go away?

My baby is 3 months wit a cold is their anything i can give or do to help her cold go away?

Supportive care: Thank you for your question. If you baby has had a fever, which is 100.4 or higher, and not responding to tylenol (acetaminophen) or other fever control than i recommend going to see your pediatrician. That being said, most minor upper respiratory infections are viral. The best treatment in this case is continued hydration, humidifier, fever control and time. ...Read more

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After i stay at a room with air-conditioner on for a period, my both hands start to sweat. Why?

After i stay at a room with air-conditioner on for a period, my both hands start to sweat. Why?

It: Is an unusual sympathetic nerve response to cold air. It does happen to some people and has to do with dermis response and blood flow shunting in capillaries. ...Read more

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If my 15 month old baby has a sinus infection, should I not take him up into the mountains?

If my 15 month old baby has a sinus infection, should I not take him up into the mountains?

Probably OK: The sinus spaces in a 15 month old are very small. Changes in altitude associated with going up into mountains should have a minimal effect. The bigger question is if he is feeling well enough to travel. ...Read more

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I am pregnant and work in a nursing home with folks that have shingles. Will it harm my unborn baby?

I am pregnant and work in a nursing home with folks that have shingles.  Will it harm my unborn baby?

Most likely not: Shingles is caused by a reactivation of dormant chicken pox virus. As long as you had chicken pox (or the vaccine), your baby will be fine because you have antibodies to the virus already and will fight it off. If you did not have chicken pox, then you are at risk, and so is your baby. If you are not sure, you should get a blood test to see if you do have antibodies or not. ...Read more

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When do you decide for your 16 month old baby to stay at home or to go to chreche? Is a runny nose and a cough good enough reason?

When do you decide for your 16 month old baby to stay at home or to go to chreche? Is a runny nose and a cough good enough reason?

Runny nose: If the child is not febrile and fussy then a cough and runny nose does not have to keep you in. Just make sure he/she is eating/ drinking appropriately and otherwise behaving normally. ...Read more

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If my 9 month old has a fever but is already on antibiotics should I let her sleep in just a diaper? With or with out blanket

If my 9 month old has a fever but is already on antibiotics should I let her sleep in just a diaper? With or with out blanket

Onezie: A 9mo should sleep in a diaper & onezie with a t-shirt & cap if chilly. They should not have a blanket as many infants suffocate tied up in their bed linen.Fever can actually go up if an ill child is left uncovered as the body senses the chilly room & pushes the fever up. ...Read more

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My 6 week old son seems to be breathing somewhat labored with a stuffy nose. Please advise? House is very warm, it is hot in my home however I have removed all clothing excdept diaper and kept him hydrated, please advise, thank you.

My 6 week old son seems to be breathing somewhat labored with a stuffy nose. Please advise? House is very warm, it is hot in my home however I have removed all clothing excdept diaper and kept him hydrated, please advise, thank you.

Little noses: Irritants like perfume & dust can make the nose swell inside & the mucous they make may rattle. As the swelling increases the work of breathing increases & breathing becomes more noticeable. If babies activity or feeding is pretty normal, simple nasal wash out with saline can improve things. If babies activity changes & they seem fussy, tired or not interested in feeding, it's time for a visit. ...Read more

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Toddler has a thrush infection, is it a bad idea to keep letting her use pacifier and bottle only at night, and should I boil them after each use?

Toddler has a thrush infection, is it a bad idea to keep letting her use pacifier and bottle only at night, and should I boil them after each use?

See answer. : A 2 year old shd be off bottle and pacifier. Bottle feeding in this age group can cause ear infections& lots of dental problems. Discuss with your pediatrician the best ways to get her off both. Meanwhile u shd boil bottles & pacifiers till u achieve both. Pacifiers only at night may be temporarily ok if the child has no recurrent oral infections and has great difficulty getting off to sleep. ...Read more

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What precautions can I take if I have a cold sore and am nursing and looking after my 1.5 month old infant? Worried she will catch it from me :(

What precautions can I take if I have a cold sore and am nursing and looking after my 1.5 month old infant? Worried she will catch it from me :(

Cold Sore-: There is no contraindication to breast feeding if you have a cold sore. It may rather help the baby to get immunity from you through breast milk. Just maintain personal hygiene, cover the sore on your lip or face with petrolatum jelly or similar, clean yourself, wash hands before nursing. ...Read more

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My duahgter just spilled very hot soup on her lap, and now has a quarter sized blister on her thigh... Should i take her to an e.R. Or is there something i can use at home to make it feel a little better?

My duahgter just spilled very hot soup on her lap, and now has a quarter sized blister on her thigh... Should i take her to an e.R. Or is there something i can use at home to make it feel a little better?

Simple is best: A blister is when the body reacts to trauma (burn, friction, etc) by creating a water filled cushion to protect the area. This is natural response and should be protected with a simple dressing. Change it every other day and as needed. Gentle cleansing. Because the skin is intact, risk of infection is zero. If it pops, cover with a simple dressing to protect underlying tissues. It will heal fine. ...Read more

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Hubby has a cold sore. I have a 8wk old baby. Can he still sleep in the same bed with me n help feed baby? Would it hel if he wore a mask?

Hubby has a cold sore. I have a 8wk old baby. Can he still sleep in the same bed with me n help feed baby? Would it hel if he wore a mask?

"cold sore"?: an ordinary cold sore starts as a vesicle, containing clear fluid. Most of us have had herpes simplex type I. It is unlikely that he has type II--genital herpes. You likely had type I and passed antibodies to your infant before birth. If he has an ulceration in the mucosa of the mouth without first having a fluid-filled papule, it is not a cold sore, but an aphthous ulcer (non-infectious) ...Read more