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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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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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I suspect that my child may have rls. Is this possible?

I suspect that my child may have rls. Is this possible?

Yes: Not as uncommon as you think. Usually children with RLS have parents that are affected. ...Read more

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I suspect that my child may have rls

I suspect that my child may have rls

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

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Can teething cause my child to become ill?

Can teething cause my child to become ill?

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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Does a child have to be terminally ill to do make-a-wish?

Does a child have to be terminally ill to do make-a-wish?

Not sure: I have done make a wish personally for some of my patient's families. Sadly, each were terminal. I have seen children being treated to their dream events with disabilities. I am not sure if they were make a wish. ...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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Can you tell me when could we suspect if a child has aspiration?

Can you tell me when could we suspect if a child has aspiration?

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

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Why is my child's jra worse when she is sick or not feeling well?

Why is my child's jra worse when she is sick or not feeling well?

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

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How can I keep my child from getting sick during a flight overseas?

How can I keep my child from getting sick during a flight overseas?

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

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How can I help a child's mbl level in his blood? He is always sick

How can I help a child's mbl level in his blood? He is always sick

Nothing: A low mbl (mannose binding lectin protein) may contribute to immune problems. Many healthy, normal persons have a low level. Experts are unsure of the clinical significance and treatment of a low mbl level in the blood. See a pediatric immunologist for evaluation.. ...Read more

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I heard a child could get sick from holding a pet lizard. Is this true?

I heard a child could get sick from holding a pet lizard. Is this true?

Yes: Reptiles can pass salmonella, an organism that can cause serious diarrhea. The salmonella can be passed in feces from the reptile, so good hand washing is imperative after handling the animal. ...Read more

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How would I best prepare my sitters for emergencies with my chronically ill child?

How would I best prepare my sitters for emergencies with my chronically ill child?

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

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My child has been sick with a cold and a cough for over a week and can't get any better?

My child has been sick with a cold and a cough for over a week and can't get any better?

It is not unusual: To get cough and cold combination this time of year from allergies. Just be sure there is no wheezing as this is treated differently. See pediatrician if with fever, not eating, sleepless/ restless or labored breathing. ...Read more

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What do you do when a 2 year old child vomits everything just once, but doesn't look sick?

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

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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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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 nine to twelve month old child to the doctors if I suspect that my child is s

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 twelve to fifteen month old child to the doctors if I suspect that my child I

When should I bring my twelve to fifteen month old child to the doctors if I suspect that my child I

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 smoking in a car with a child in the front next to you can you makd them ill and a risk of them dying?

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

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What causes a child to become sick literally all of a sudden?

What causes a child to become sick literally all of a sudden?

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

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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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What might a child catch to get sick from a puppy?

What might a child catch to get sick from a puppy?

Dog to human disease: Most diseases that affect dogs or humans are not transferable between the two species. However, there are some exceptions:
rabies, parasites such as hookworms, tapeworms and roundworms, fleas and ticks, and leotospirosis which is a bacterial infection. ...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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When would you suspect your child has lead poisoning?

When would you suspect your child has lead poisoning?

Pica: If a child is noted to ingest paint chips from peeling paint, or ingesting non food substances, they should have a lead blood test. Abdominal pain and headache are common signs of high lead levels. Speak to your pediatrician to have a blood lead level done. ...Read more

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