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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 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?
Rule out underlying: If you think your child has RLS (actually more common than you think), you probably have - this is genetic in many cases. Ask child to describe and of note, symptoms will only be in evening at rest as opposed to some "other diagnoses" like growing pains or musculoskeletal issues. See physician to rule out underlying medical issues or medications that are causing and then try the behavioral treat. ...Read more
No: Children experience continuous tooth eruption, on average, between six months and thirty-two months of age. Coincidentally, they lose maternal antibody protection and begin to socialize at this same time. So, it's no wonder that signs of illness, and in particular fever, runny nose, diarrhea and rashes spawned the teething myths of yore. But, don't argue with your grandmother about it. .. ...Read more
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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
Constant cough: A child that has aspirated a foreign object or mucous will initially have a constant cough, that usually stops only when exhausted. Cycles if coughing may occur with brief periods of rest. After a period the kid may develop fever and shallow rapid breathing. A history of eating material such as popcorn, nuts or other foods that can form particles is often common. ...Read more
Yes: Infections are a prime cause of flares of jia/jra (and many other autoimmune diseases as well). Activating or "turning on" the immune system during many infections results in the production of chemical signalling molecules in the body that likely also cause the bad or "confused" white blood cells to become more active and attack the joints. Stress can also alter immune function and trigger flares. ...Read more
Fly when less people:
Make sure your child is healthy prior to the flight.
Consider flights that are in the middle of the week or off season when planes are less crowded.
Consider giving vitamin c if not already taking multivitamins.
Flying does not equate with becoming ill, but for some kids ear pain can be a problem. Chat with your child´s doc for the possibility of getting a script for ear pain drops. ...Read more
Emergencies: Specific instructions about your child's illness and what to look out for. Make sure they are CPR - certified. Have a video monitor in your child's room installed if you are really worried about oversight. ...Read more
Once in awhile is OK: If a child vomits one time, once in a while, yet doesn't appear or act ill, distressed, or in pain, I usually tell my parents it is just one of those things that a child might do from time to time that may not have a specific medical reason. I don't recommend any specific treatment. If it's happens more often than once a month or so, keep track of the pattern, and talk about it with your doctor. ...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
When should I bring my nine to twelve month old child to the doctors if I suspect that my child is s
When should I bring my twelve to fifteen month old child to the doctors if I suspect that my child I
If smoking in a car with a child in the front next to you can you makd them ill and a risk of them dying?
Yes and No: Smoking in a car, next to a child, can make a child ill in several ways: eye irritant/allergic symptoms, nose irritant/allergic symptoms, ear infections, middle ear fluid (temporarily dulls hearing), throat irritation/pain, lung asthma (decreases exercise abilities and prolongs colds and flus), etc... The risk of the child dying from second hand smoke is small, but why take any risk at all? ...Read more
PATTERN OF ILLNESS: Many childhood illnesses go through an incubation phase. The germs they were exposed to are replicating in their system, but few if any signs are evident. When the germ load reaches a certain point, the germ itself (virus) or chemicals generated by germs enter the blood and fever rises and other signs are seen. Many are not as aware of their body or verbal enough to tell you early when ill. ...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
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