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I am in my 20s but my bf is in his late 30s early 40s I am pregnant with his child but is there a chance I might have a sick child becuz he is over 35?
Family practice: It's not related to men's age women over the age of 40 have a higher risk of having a downs syndrome baby but its not related to men's age. ...Read more
How many days can a sick child go without eating? My 3 Year old has not eaten in almost 7 days she says she cannot swallow I have had her to her pedi
7 days is too long: If your child cannot eat she needs to be seen again. There are many causes of an inability to eat but the only way to assure it is not serious is to examine her and possibly do some testing. I am assuming she can take in liquids or she would have become seriously dehydrated by now. Please take her back to her doctor or to the nearest urgent care clinic for an examination. ...Read more
Notification: Parents are generally "allowed" to do whatever they feel is in the best interest of their child. This only changes when they do something that is overtly harmful to their child. Assuming the cancer is treatable (as many childhood cancers are), I'm not sure why a parent wouldn't tell the child about their illness. That would certainly make it easier to understand why they're undergoing treatment. ...Read more
Yes: I view acetomenophen as a comfort med & moms are free to use it as they want to see if a fussy, sickly or febrile baby can feel better as a result, it does not interfere with my evaluation if you should choose to bring the kid in for an exam. Sometimes if you call the office, the nursing staff can help you decide what things you can do for baby on your own & when to come in. ...Read more
Exposed to sick child, cold symptoms, but feel better. My nose culture, "rare gram positive cocci" and "few gram positive bacilli". Do I need meds??
How is that there are at least 3 different forms of epilespy in my family? Diangosis grandmal as teenager... Never outgrown. Diangosis hereditary but sick as child.
This is a puzzle: Very interesting story. I would have to say that it is likely that there is some kind of link through your family for epilepsy/seizure disorder, regardless of type. It is not impossible for a person in a family with such a link to see different types of seizure disorder in other family members. ...Read more
Not usually: Most vaccines are "killed"; as such one cannot get sick with the illness nor transmit it. A few vaccines are "live attenuated", such as mmr, varicella (chickenpox), and nasal influenza vaccine. One could potentially get sick if severely immunocompromised, such as aids, cancer on chemotherapy, or organ transplant. For most individuals, exposure to a recently vaccinated child poses no risk. ...Read more
Munchausens: This can be extremely difficult to prove. ...Read more
Child sick for 3 days. Vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. Now a sudden rash has developed on arms/legs. What could it be? She is 3. The rash is red.
Enterovirus: There is a large family of viruses that tend to like attacking the stomach and intestines causing vomiting & diarrhea. Toward the end of their process they often have a final phase marked by a speckled red rash on the body. As long as the kis stays hydrated, most of these can be monitored at home and self heal. The rash will likely fade in a few days to a week. ...Read more
Generally yes: It kind of depends on what you mean by "sick". Active fever -yes! Vomiting, diarrhea -yes. Runny nose without other symptoms -no. Cough that has been there for a week -no. Tummy aches without fever, vomiting or diarrhea. Only complained about in the morning before school - no. When in doubt, see your pediatrician for evaluation and advice. ...Read more
Probably NOT: Kids can accidentally swallow tiny spiders while playing outdoors. The amount of venom in a tiny bug should not be a problem if swallowed and digested, or if rolled around in the mouth and spit out. A big poisonous spider biting a kid inside his mouth would be bad. If a kid chomped on a spider, it's possible that venom could be absorbed in the mouth; but in the stomach, acid should disable venom. ...Read more
No: Mild illnesses, like a cold, have no effect on vaccines--side effects or effectiveness. Your doctor might delay for a high fever of 103 or 104 since vaccines can cause a fever. In general, infants and young children catch so many colds and ear infections their 1st few winters, they might get way behind in vaccines if we delay with each minor illness, placing them at risk for serious illness. ...Read more
When should I bring my six to nine month old child to the doctors if I suspect that my child is sick
When should I bring my two to four month old child to the doctors if I suspect that my child is sick?
When should I bring my four to six month old child to the doctors if I suspect that my child is sick?
If your child is sick, how many days should you make them stay home from school so they don't infect other children?
Varies: The time at home, if any, depends on the specific disease. ...Read more