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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes!: Yes! the only danger is if the pieces are so small a child could inhale them accidentally. Usually by age five it isn't so much a concern but if you are worried, just mash them. ...Read more
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
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
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
How do I best help my baby with teething? I've tried using children's ibuprofen, teething rings, and other similar things, but it's bad. Is there anything out there that i'm not thinking of that might help?
Teeth : Teeth that are erupting are inside a small balloon of fluid that is pressing on the gum above and stretching it. This hurts, and as long as there is pressure in the bag pushing up on the sore gum the place where the tooth is coming up will be uncomfortable. I don't like giving kids pills and medicines but i can tell you what worked for me and my three children. So here is dr, . Mcleod's old scottish remedy: "take an egg cup and turn it upside down, fill the shallow depression in the bottom with whisky, preferably single malt. Dip the tip of your pinkie in the medicine and then introduce that tip into your child's mouth right over the sore spot on the gum, (it can look smooth and shiny and bluish) now press hard. You will hear expressions of disapproval, but on finishing you will discover relief just tip up the rest of the contents of the egg cup. You will get a night's sleep and so will your child." how come? Well the pressure you apply to the eruption crypt stretches the thin tender gum membrane over the tooth and once it is stretched it will not be so sore until the next day. Repeat as necessary! dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
I'm 4 weeks pregnant & i had a really bad cold & sore throat, i took children's alcohol/aspirin/ & ibuprofen free triaminic syrup, will my baby be ok?
Yes: There is no evidence of any problems with the ingredients in triaminic, which is listed as a class b drug. Class a drugs are those few where major amounts of research have showed no harm, but class b drugs are considered to be very safe. However, it is a good idea in the future to discuss use of otc drugs in advance with your OB provider. Am glad you are so concerned, good luck with pregnancy. ...Read more
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