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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?

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

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How many days can a sick child go without eating?

How many days can a sick child go without eating?

A few days...: ....Providing s/he is drinking well, staying well hydrated and making urine. Sick kids often don't feel like eating, but they make up for it when they feel better. ...Read more

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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

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

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Are parents allowed to hide a diagnosis of cancer from a sick child?

Are parents allowed to hide a diagnosis of cancer from a sick child?

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

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Should I give my sick child a bath especially if she's running a fever?

Should I give my sick child a bath especially if she's running a fever?

Bathe as needed: I would be sure to use warm, not hot or cold water in the process. Cold water can trigger shivering & end up pushing the fever higher. If the kid is soiled or stinky, a good cleaning is therapeutic for everybody involved. ...Read more

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Do you give a sick child tylenol (acetaminophen) before taking her to the doctor?

Do you give a sick child tylenol (acetaminophen) before taking her to the doctor?

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

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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??

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??

Mgt: The culture will be finalized, and then the need for antibiotics better determined. Do you have a sore throat, thick nasal drainage or fever?
In the meantime, nasal saline rinses may be used. If there is prolonged cough, a follow up is advised. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Can I get sick from my child's vaccinations?

Can I get sick from my child's vaccinations?

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

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I'm just wondering, if you get sick as a child does it affect your immune system?

I'm just wondering, if you get sick as a child does it affect your immune system?

Doubtful: There is some suggestion that early use of antibiotics and frequent use of tylenol (acetaminophen) may increase the risk for asthma. Overall, your childhood illnesses are unlikely to affect your immune system in adulthood. ...Read more

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Will expired apple juice make child sick?

Will expired apple juice make child sick?

Yes: That is why you need to check expiration date. ...Read more

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What is the illness called when a parent deliberately makes his child sick?

Munchausen: Munchausen syndrome describes a condition where the patient creates an illness to get attention from the medical profession. When a parent deliberately makes a child sick, the condition is called munchausen by proxy. ...Read more

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Are parents allowed to ride in the ambulance with their sick or injured child?

Yes: I know of no ambulance folks that will not allow a parent to accompany thier child! ...Read more

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What is a good cough syrup or cold medicine to take when you are sick? And with child.

What is a good cough syrup or cold medicine to take when you are sick? And with child.

Cough syrup: In general, pediatric varieties are safe and contain very little alcohol, if any. Avoid those with ephedrine, (ephedrine sulfate) Pseudoephedrine they can elevate your blood pressure. Avoid those with ibuprofen, other nsaids as they can have harmful fetal effects. ...Read more

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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.

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

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If your child is sick, is it best to keep them home from school?

If your child is sick, is it best to keep them home from school?

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

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When should I bring my 18-24 month old child to the doctors if I suspect that my child is sick?

When should I bring my 18-24 month old child to the doctors if I suspect that my child is sick?

Four signs: If your baby 1) is fretful or irritable for more than 24 hours, 2) has fever that is lasting more than 48 hours, 3) has temperature higher than 103.5 degrees rectally, or 4) screams and cannot be calmed down in 3 hours. ...Read more

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If a child were to accidentally eat a poisonous spider would the child get sick from the venom?

If a child were to accidentally eat a poisonous spider would the child get sick from the venom?

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

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If my child is sick, should I put off vaccinations?

If my child is sick, should I put off vaccinations?

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

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Will my child get sick from drinking out of a moldy cup?

Could: The "moldy" cup may have other microorganisms as well and intake of an excessive amount of these bugs may be harmful, e.g., h. Pylori can cause gastritis. You need to be particularly careful if the baby has immune deficiency or another inter-current infection. ...Read more

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Will your child get sick if you take them outside with Vicks vapourub on their chest?

No: No, the vaporub will have no affect on children getting sick. Kids (and adults) will get sick if they catch a virus or come down with a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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When should I bring my 2-3 year old child to the doctors if I suspect that my child is sick?

When should I bring my 2-3 year old child to the doctors if I suspect that my child is sick?

Agree: I would add 5) if your child is difficult to arouse (by this I mean hard to wake up, not lying on the couch like a lump because he doesn't feel well), and 6) if something specific hurts (like an ear or throat), or 7) he refuses to drink or hasn't passed urine in many hours. ...Read more

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When should I bring my 15-18 month old child to the doctors if I suspect that my child is sick?

When should I bring my 15-18 month old child to the doctors if I suspect that my child is sick?

Four signs: If your baby 1) is fretful or irritable for more than 24 hours, 2) has fever that is lasting more than 48 hours, 3) has temperature higher than 103.5 degrees rectally, or 4) screams and cannot be calmed down in 3 hours. ...Read more

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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 six to nine month old child to the doctors if I suspect that my child is sick

Four signs: If your baby 1) is fretful or irritable for more than 24 hours, 2) has fever that is lasting more than 48 hours, 3) has temperature higher than 103.5 degrees rectally, or 4) screams and cannot be calmed down in 3 hours. ...Read more

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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 two to four month old child to the doctors if I suspect that my child is sick?

Four signs: If your baby 1) is fretful or irritable for more than 24 hours, 2) has fever that is lasting more than 48 hours, 3) has temperature higher than 103.5 degrees rectally, or 4) screams and cannot be calmed down in 3 hours. ...Read more

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When should I bring my four to six 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?

Four signs: If your baby 1) is fretful or irritable for more than 24 hours, 2) has fever that is lasting more than 48 hours, 3) has temperature higher than 103.5 degrees rectally, or 4) screams and cannot be calmed down in 3 hours. ...Read more

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Can black mold make a child very sick?

Can black mold make a child very sick?

Mold and health: Mold can cause adverse effects on any body's health. It can trigger asthma ort lung problems in people even if htey have no asthma. Get it cleaned asap. ...Read more