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My 21 month old hit head she fell while strapped in her booster seat her chair tipped over and fell back...Pretty sure she hit her head?

My 21 month old hit head she fell while strapped in her booster seat her chair tipped over and fell back...Pretty sure she hit her head?

See below: If see a large bruise of bump, especially over the back or side of head, child has vomiting, or lost consciousness, is inconsolable of unresponsive ( lethargic), is wobbly on feet, has clear drainage from nose or ears, or just doesn't look right to you, - get seen asap. ...Read more

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When should my child receive his dtap shots?

When should my child receive his dtap shots?

2, 4, 6, 15 months: The usual schedule for dtap shots in normal babies is at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and a booster at 12-18 months. Another booster is at 4-5 years, and then the tdap booster is at 11 years. ...Read more

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My 8 month old baby fell off a king sized bed about 3 feet tall. He cried for about 2-3 minutes. Is he ok?

My 8 month old baby fell off a king sized bed about 3 feet tall.  He cried for about 2-3 minutes.  Is he ok?

Quick cry, prob OK: Babies can move and fall in the most amazing ways- that is why people get so frantic about child-'proofing' things. If your baby fell, especially onto carpet or a rug, cried immediately, and then was normal in behavior, then all is probably ok. However, if you are unsure if he is acting normally, please see a dr for an exam. Ed worthy: baby very sleepy, vomiting, bruising around eyes, or worry! ...Read more

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My son is 17 should he get a bacterial meningitis booster before graduating high school?

My son is 17 should he get a bacterial meningitis booster before graduating high school?

Yes: If he is going to college, camp, the armed services or any other group setting, he is in a high risk group and should have a booster. ...Read more

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Child. Age 3.5yrs. Mass law. 41.4 lbs how much until she's out of a car seat and in a booster seat in back?

Child. Age 3.5yrs. Mass law.   41.4 lbs  how much until she's out of a car seat and in a booster seat in back?

Booster seats: You can safely switch your child to a booster seat if she's at least 4 years old and she weighs 40 pounds or more or has grown too tall for her car seat (when her shoulders are higher than the top set of harness-strap slots in the car seat's back). ...Read more

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My one year old son was sitting on a ride-on toy and fell forward (from less than his height up) onto his forehead on our concrete floor. He has a welt/bruise forming but was consolable. Does he need medical attention immediately?

My one year old son was sitting on a ride-on toy and fell forward (from less than his height up) onto his forehead on our concrete floor. He has a welt/bruise forming but was consolable. Does he need medical attention immediately?

Depends: Any 1yo that is knocked out by a fall should probably be evaluated. It is common to get a bump, vomit x1, & get a headache.If the kid did not loose consciousness& does not start vomiting repeatedly, you can safely monitor him at home.Let him nap/sleep on a normal schedule & check him out occasionally for signs he vomited in his sleep.Go to the er if something happens that spooks u. ...Read more

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Sat at our dinner table in hard wood chairs for 3.5 hours last night without getting up. Butt fell asleep. 37 weeks pregnant. Issue for baby?

Sat at our dinner table in hard wood chairs for 3.5 hours last night without getting up. Butt fell asleep. 37 weeks pregnant. Issue for baby?

No: The baby is quite protected from the afflictions you suffer from external nerve compression. Baby just hangs around it that protected sac sucking up nutrients through the umbilical cord.As long as nothing interferes with that flow, baby will be fine. ...Read more

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My 5 mo old stepped on a slightly protruding carpet tack while jumping in his jump seat and pricked his toe, drawing blood. Should i be concerned?

My 5 mo old stepped on a slightly protruding carpet tack while jumping in his jump seat and pricked his toe, drawing blood. Should i be concerned?

Depends : If you cleaned the wound & he has started his immunizations which include tetanus, i don't think i would worry. Monitor the area for redness or swelling that might occur if an infection set in, if not, the issue will pass without further problems. ...Read more

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6mo Baby rolled from crawling to back and hit head w/hardwood floor and possibly door frame. Cried a bit, played, fed, fell asleep. Reason to go to ER?

6mo Baby rolled from crawling to back and hit head w/hardwood floor and possibly door frame. Cried a bit, played, fed, fell asleep. Reason to go to ER?

Head: No, especially if the baby is acting fine. Watch for extreme irritability, vomiting in the first 4-12 hrs after any potential injury, and if so then ER. But if the baby was on the floor and rolled and hit head, that mechanism of injury shouldn't be severe. If fell off bed onto hardwood floor, then different story. ...Read more

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Can rusty old school scissors cause tetanus?

Can rusty old school scissors cause tetanus?

Any skin opening: An untreated foot laceration that clogged thru the swamp, mud ; dirt would be the prime illustration of tetanus risk. Yet, a simple shallow opening in the skin, contaminated by tetanus spores ( that are all around us but predominantly outside in dirt) could give you tetanus. You put yourself at risk every time you let your system weaken ; the booster is simple ; readily available. ...Read more

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My mom teaches the kindergarten kids and she wears heels in her legs at school.is it ok?

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My mom teaches the kindergarten kids and she wears heels in her legs at school.is it ok?

What is the problem: in wearing high heals while teaching KG kids, unless you are worried about your mother's posture and back if she has back problems/disease, if so better avoid high healed footwear and put on comfortable ones ...Read more

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Is an exersaucer toy harmful to 5 months old supported sitter baby?

Is an exersaucer toy harmful to  5 months old supported sitter baby?

No: If your 5 month old has some abdominal strength and ability to sit up a little then it would be a great idea to start using the exersaucer. ...Read more

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26 mo old son at same daycare since 3 mo old, new room every 6 mo. Teacher says he doesn't talk. He's talkative at home. Problem? Suggestion?

Normal,Probably: Toddlers are often overwhelmed in what is to them new or strange situations.The changes may bother him. Thus they are quiet, withdrawn or very quiet. Once they warm up and are comfortable, they then become more outgoing. This is very normal and no cause for worry. ...Read more

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My 3 mth old baby had to get his hepatitis b; polio; dtap shots over again, why?

My 3 mth old baby had to get his hepatitis b; polio; dtap shots over again, why?

Building immunity: The infant has a weak immune memory, leaving the protection from single vaccines to a duration of months rather than years unless they receive booster doses. After the boosters are given, and the kid gets older, the protection can last years.Even then, some will require boosting (tetanus) well into old age to maintain a protective level. ...Read more

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3yr kid throws up after dinner?

3yr kid throws up after dinner?

Soewing toddler: On the face of it, not an uncommon occurence. However, if it is projectile, happens frequently after meals, contains blood, or associated with weight loss,fever, or pain, then you should see your family doc or pediatrician. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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My daughter is 2-1/2 years old she is very healthy kid ,her pediatrist dosent recommended flu shot for her ,tell me please is flu shot for every kid ?

My daughter is 2-1/2 years old she is very healthy kid ,her pediatrist dosent recommended flu shot for her ,tell me please is  flu shot for every kid ?

Yes: Every child 6 months and older should get a flu shot to help prevent influenza. Complications of influenza include ear infections, sinusitis, wheezing, pneumonia, hospitalization, and yes, even death. If a parent can decrease the chances of those complications by one or two little shots, the shots would be a good idea. Kids who have contact with many other kids will have more chances to catch flu. ...Read more

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Today, my 4 yr old fell asleep on way to school (AM).Teachers couldn't wake her up. Brought her home, lay in bed for 3 hrs, then acted normal.Ideas?

Today, my 4 yr old fell asleep on way to school (AM).Teachers couldn't wake her up. Brought her home, lay in bed for 3 hrs, then acted normal.Ideas?

Mgt: Sometimes drowsiness may occur after a fall or bump to the head. I would advise checking for any bruises on the skin and scalp. I would advise a check up with her doctor and checking her temperature. Sometimes sleep patterns vary at this age. ...Read more

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My 4yr old is 3ft tall but only 26 pounds, is it safe for her to sit forward facing in a car seat or should I keep her rear facing until she gains wgt?

My 4yr old is 3ft tall but only 26 pounds, is it safe for her to sit forward facing in a car seat or should I keep her rear facing until she gains wgt?

REAR FACE: After 3+decades as a pedi and 16 years as a certified Child Passenger Safety Tech, I wish more parents like you asked the question.The seat absorbs more energy in a rear facing position that would otherwise throw the babies head forward and risk spinal cord injury.The best practice is to rear face until the RF weight limit of your seat.Most convertible seats now have 40-50 lb RF limit. ...Read more

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My toddler recieved influenza vaccine in February this year booster in March. Does she need this years new influenza vaccine now?

My toddler recieved influenza vaccine in February this year booster in March. Does she need this years new influenza vaccine now?

Yes: The vaccine she received in February was formulated to cover the strains that were predicted/seen for the Winter 2013-2014 season. This Winter 2014-2015 may have different strains present thus a completely different vaccine is formulated so receiving the new influenza vaccine is recommended. ...Read more

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When is it safe for a child to stop using a booster seat in car? He is 8yrs old 77pounds

When is it safe for a child to stop using a booster seat in car? He is 8yrs old 77pounds

It is safe: Laws vary by state. I believe in Texas, children over the age of 8 can ride legally without a booster. In California the current laws is: ?Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat. Children who are 8 years of age OR have reached 57" in height, may ride in the back with a seat belt. ...Read more

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What is the height and weight for a child to go from an infant seat into a high back booster seat?

What is the height and weight for a child to go from an infant seat into a high back booster seat?

Depends: Each restraint system has a sticker on the body that details the ht &weight range for the seat. Kids should rear face until @ least 2y or longer to protect their neck from spinal cord injury. Boosters with improved integrated 5 pt harness are available up to 60-85 lb which remain the best protection in a roll over or t bone crash. You never get to pick your type of crash. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if i refuse to get a booster shot for my child upon entering school?

Could you tell me what happens if i refuse to get a booster shot for my child upon entering school?

Depends : In some states you must vaccinate or face the childs exclusion from day care or state funded school systems. There is often a method of obtaining a waver based on personal or religious beliefs, but you should have it in hand at registration. Check with the special services section of the school system. ...Read more

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If a child received 5 DTap doses (instead of the recommended 4) before age 3, do they require a booster at age 4-6?

If a child received 5 DTap doses (instead of the recommended 4) before age 3, do they require a booster at age 4-6?

Yes: You can consider the extra dose early just that, an extra dose. The development of immunity in the human system depends both on doses and the time interval for boosters. Depending on the age when given, some have a stronger response than others. Most infants have poor retained immunity for DTaP so it is given several times early on, with boosters beginning to spread out as they age. ...Read more

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Child safety harness with booster seat - is it better to use or not to use?

Child safety harness with booster seat - is it better to use or not to use?

Pick your crash ??: The 5 point restraint belts are now available in safety seats up to 80+ pounds from some sources. These systems offer the broadest range of protection from rollover, side impact, front or rear impact crashes. Simple boosters offer little protection during rollover or side impact events. I go for the best possible protection, since no one can pick their crash. ...Read more

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Child due for MMR booster next yr but I have measles should she get booster now?

Child due for MMR booster next yr but I have measles should she get booster now?

Can give early: You can give the measles shot portion of the MMR as young as 6 months if there is a high risk of the disease. See your doctor or health department. Your doctor may not carry just the measles shot. The child would still need the MMR at 1 year of age and a booster at 4-6 years. ...Read more

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Child. Age 3.5yrs. Mass law. 41.4 lbs how much until she's out of a car seat and in a booster seat in back?

Booster seats: You can safely switch your child to a booster seat if she's at least 4 years old and she weighs 40 pounds or more or has grown too tall for her car seat (when her shoulders are higher than the top set of harness-strap slots in the car seat's back). ...Read more

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What is the best Vitamin booster for toddlers in nursery school?

What is the best Vitamin booster for toddlers in nursery school?

Vitamin : Vitamin boosters are not necessariy for toddlers. The best thing is a good all round diet with if you like a good all round vitamin for children ...Read more

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Is it possible that getting a MMR booster shot for my autistic child possibly cause her autism to be more severe?

Is it possible that getting a MMR booster shot for my autistic child possibly cause her autism to be more severe?

No connection: There is no evidence that vaccines cause or worsen autism. The one paper that implicated vaccines was retracted and the lead physician lost his medical license due to various improprieties. Millions of dollars have been spent looking at vaccines and autims, and there has never been any link found. ...Read more

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My 21 month old hit head she fell while strapped in her booster seat her chair tipped over and fell back...Pretty sure she hit her head?

See below: If see a large bruise of bump, especially over the back or side of head, child has vomiting, or lost consciousness, is inconsolable of unresponsive ( lethargic), is wobbly on feet, has clear drainage from nose or ears, or just doesn't look right to you, - get seen asap. ...Read more

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Mmr booster my child arm is swollen and large red area is this normal where injection was given thanks?

Mmr booster my child arm is swollen and large red area is this normal where injection was given thanks?

Local reaction: Local reactions at the injection site with redness and swelling are the most common side effects. If it persists or worsens, despite local care (ice to area, tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin, etc) then seek medical attention for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I am med student, I had hep b vaccine as a child 20 years ago now my AB titer is below 10, do I have to take a booster or start a whole new series ?

I am med student, I had hep b vaccine as a child 20 years ago now my AB titer is below 10, do I have to take a booster or start a whole new series ?

Up to you & doctor: Years ago, the recommendation was 1 booster shot. Now it is 1 booster series (3 shots). The idea is to raise the antibody level, and then it will come down over the years (and one can retest in the future). One shot won't raise the level as high as 3 shots will, meaning one may retest sooner after 1 shot than after 3 shots. It's not an exact science. Each person's antibody responses are different. ...Read more

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Do adults need boosters for rubella? I had a rubella vaccine as a child, but am traveling to an area of the world where it’s prevalent. Do i need some sort of booster, or am i still immune? .

Do adults need boosters for rubella? I had a rubella vaccine as a child, but am traveling to an area of the world where
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Maybe: Vaccines produce long term immunity to many viral illnesses but some like the rubella, may not hold at a protective level. The MMR which is the main rubella vaccine in the US since the late 70's, did not get a childhood booster dose routinely until the 90's, after clusters of cases on college campuses.Now OB's routinely check rubella antibodies on women to make sure their level is okay.Get a test. ...Read more

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My two year old toddler has hit his head so many times since he was a baby. He's fallen of chairs and sofa while playing, can it cause brain tumors?

My two year old toddler has hit his head so many times since he was a baby. He's fallen of chairs and sofa while playing, can it cause brain tumors?

No: We do have a lot of experience with toddlers falling.The most significant association I find is the cut under the chin from hitting some stationary object.There is no association of these common events with brain tumors. ...Read more