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Should Toddlers Eat Pickles
Are there any foods that toddlers can't eat or shouldn't eat because of the possibility of allergies?
No: For every study suggesting that a food should be delayed, there's another showing that there is no reason to delay it. At the most recent world allergy congress where all of these data worldwide were presented, the consensus is that there is no consensus; the only reliable recommendation that could be made is that food allergy is less likely to develop in infants who are breastfed for 6-9 months. ...Read more
Is it normal for toddlers to be really hungry one day and not want to eat barely anything the next day?
Yea: I always tell my patients to see what they eat in a week rather tha day to day. ...Read more
Is it true that toddlers can get a heart attack if they eat chocolate, or even a small piece of chocolate cake?
Who told you that bit of misinformation? This is untrue.
Think about it - if it were true, how many millions of kids would be having heart attacks every year? ...Read more
For infants, toddlers and kids, should formula milk or any milk be limited? Normal food which v eat is preferable? Our doc told to limit milk? Reason?
Confusing question: Bovine milk in high quantities can cause small amounts of intestinal bleeding. Kids who develop an unhealthy pattern of excessive bovine milk consumption can become anemic enough to need a blood transfusion. Most recommend no > 16-20 oz/day, which seems well tolerated. Any food/formula consumed in excess of need can cause problems. You can work out the age related specifics with your doc. ...Read more
How long does it usually take for fluid to drain in a toddlers eat after an ear infection is already gone?
4-6 wks: After a true middle ear infection with infected mucous debris, it can take 4-6 weeks for the fluid itself to clear in the absence of repeat infection. Some kids < 1yo can have fluid for up to 3 months with no sign of infection that will also resolve eventually. ...Read more
Is it normal for toddlers not to eat pretty much any solid food but just milk for 3 to 4 days during sore throat, cold, diarhea etc?
Yes, that can: Happen. If the child hasn't seen a doctor at this point in the illness, I would recommend you take him/her to see if there is anything that can be treated. The milk may exacerbate the diarrhea, but if not, it's a decent source of fluids. Keep trying, though, to give some solids for a little more nutrition. ...Read more
Yes: Shouldn't be an issueGet a more detailed answer ›
Follow the following: Exercise most days of the week (aerobic work), eat fruits and vegetables liberally, limit saturated fats, increase fish and fish oil intake, have fiber with each meal, keep your weight in check, don't smoke at all or drink excessively (one or two drinks weekly). The lower the better on LDL and the higher the better on HDL. You have to eat, just keep it healthy and you'll be fine. ...Read more
Of course: Or at any time when you're hungry. Life's difficult enough without troubling yourself over subscientific, made-up rules about what's supposed to be unhealthy. Enjoy your sandwiches, eat wisely, and stay fit. ...Read more
No need...: You don't need to worry about this in most toddlers. There are very few reasons for children to avoid eating to the point of poor growth. Ask your doctor to see your child's growth curve. If they are gaining weight well, then why are you worried? Truly, for toddlers, if they eat five solid meals a week and then little bits here and there, you have done your job. If food is available, kids are fine. ...Read more
The BRAT Diet:
All over the world mothers use the brat diet when their babies are ill and have diarrhea.
This is good even for young adults and adults.
r=rice or rice waer
a= applesause or peeled apples
This is a great place to start to add nutrition back into a diet. It helps bind one up. And, it is safe. ...Read more
What's in the neb?: It depends what medication you are administering in the neb. If it is albuterol, which has stimulatory effects it may cause an increase in the heart rate, agitation, sweating, hyperactivity. If it is an inhaled steroid like budesonide, you should not see any acute side effects, however different studies show long term use may effect growth temporarily. ...Read more
Eating too much?: I do not believe there is any medical or scientific reason to limit your almond use. But, I would ask questions about how many calories these represent; if you are hydrating enough with this large fat and protein diet; if you are constipated or having other bowel issues because of your large intake of almonds. ...Read more
Diverticulitus: Diverticulitis means an active infection of small pouches of the colon that needs treatment with antibiotics. With an active infection, foods should be small and very light, liquids & a few sift foods until the infection has resolved. Then later your doctor would start you on high fiber foods after infection has fully resolved. ...Read more
Illness, injury, death: If you want to turn back the clock to the 1700's we can certainly witness the return of whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria and polio within ten years. The frequency of bacterial meningitis will skyrocket along with the brain damage seen even with treatment. Ben franklin was initially skeptical of that newfangled cowpox vaccine but regretted not giving it to his son who died of smallpox. ...Read more