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Doctor insights on: Should Young Babies And Children Wear Masks When The Smog Is Bad In The City

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Should young babies and children wear masks when the smog is bad in the city?

Should young babies and children wear masks when the smog is bad in the city?

No: It is not practical to try to keep a mask properly fitted on a baby or young child. If a child is sensitive to bad air, keep his room (or the whole house, if possible) air clean by not having dusty items (fabric furniture, carpets, etc.). On bad air days, stay indoors and run the hepa filter. Invest in a car with a hepa filter, for when driving is needed. When traveling, bring a hepa filter along. ...Read more

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Do all retinoblastomas occur in babies and young children?

Do all retinoblastomas occur in babies and young children?

Most of the time: The most common age is 18-24 months, but it could also present in neonates and older kids . I had one patient last year that was 7 years old. ...Read more

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Could lifting (eg babies and young children) affect an hiatus hernia?

Could lifting (eg babies and young children) affect an hiatus hernia?

Hiatal hernia: Many people with reflux have a hiatal hernia. Not all people with hiatal hernias have reflux. The symptoms of hiatal hernia may be subtle, or none at all. Lifting babies and/or children can cause an increase in intrabdominal pressure. This could affect reflux and increase pressure on a hiatal hernia. But, so too would sneezing, coughing, or any straining. It is safe to do so no need to worry. ...Read more

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When do people usually get vaccinated against measles? Is safe to vaccinate babies and young children?

When do people usually get vaccinated against measles? Is safe to vaccinate babies and young children?

According : According to the schedule from the center for disease control and the academy of pediatrics, the first measles vaccination (along with mumps and rubella) is given between 12 and 15 months of age. The second vaccination is given around ages 4-6. Extensive research has been done to look into the claims that the MMR vaccine causes autism and this has been found to be not true. I attached a website discussing the safety of the MMR vaccine below. My daughter will be getting her MMR vaccine next week when she turns 1. ...Read more

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Is there a brand of bug spray that's safe for babies or young children? Or is it safe to use ordinary bug spray?

Is there a brand of bug spray that's safe for babies or young children? Or is it safe to use ordinary bug spray?

DEET: Up to 20% DEET can be put on the skin as long as it's not on longer than 4-6 hours and you wash it off with soap and water at the end of the day. 100% DEET can be put on clothing as a repellent. There are also now wrist repellents that kids can wear, although might be a bit big for a baby or toddler. Light weight long pants and sleeves also helpful. If any skin irritation, stop use. ...Read more

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What to do if i want to work with babies/ young children that have turner syndrome. What kind of doctor or nurse, or specialist would that be.?

What to do if i want to work with babies/ young children that have turner syndrome. What kind of doctor or nurse, or specialist would that be.?

Hard to define: These kids need primary care doctors, geneticists, endocrinologists (hormone docs) and people who work with learning disabilities. You will find their numbers are not great in a given town at any one time, so if you are planning a field of study that would help them, you will need to broaden your scope to include many other diagnoses. ...Read more

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Is smog especially bad for people with COPD or emphysema?

Is smog especially bad for people with COPD or emphysema?

Definitely: Smog is air pollution. It increases risk of flare ups, likelihood of hospitalization, and causes increased use of medications. ...Read more

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If I have my babies young, will my health be better or worse later?

If I have my babies young, will my health be better or worse later?

Too many factors: There is no "one size fits all" answer to that question. P{regnancies in the very young (before 18) and the later in life (after 32) are frought with many health issues that may adversely affect the infant and the mother. ...Read more

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How can cats affect small babies ? What is their bad effect on babies especially female babies?

How can cats affect small babies ? What is their bad effect on babies especially female babies?

Cats and Babies: Cats should not affect babies any more than any other animal, regardless of gender. Infants should be monitored closely around any animal. The disruption of routine due to a new baby in the home can cause behavioral changes (usually temporary, some good and some not so good) in any of our family pets. ...Read more

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Prunes for babies, good or bad?

Prunes for babies, good or bad?

Yes: You can feed a baby prunes. They are a laxative and you will need to be careful not to give enough to cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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