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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 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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Can treating a child as if they were sick cause them to act sick or create symptoms that are not real?

Can treating a child as if they were sick cause them to act sick or create symptoms that are not real?

Yes: We all will often act the way someone expects if we want their attention. The answer to your question is yes, especially if repeated exams and tests indicate there is nothing wrong. Adopt a positive attitude and change the outlook by expecting wellness. Depression can also be a clue when someone is acting sick a lot. ...Read more

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What might cause a child to have very big tonsils even when not ill?

What might cause a child to have very big tonsils even when not ill?

Normal exposures: One primary exposure portal of the body is the mouth. The tonsils sit is close proximity too all the ingested material, including germs, triggering the production of natural antibodies and release of preformed antibodies to germs. Tonsils grow faster than the kids (exposures) until 7-8 when they stabilize & the kids grow more, making the tonsils seem smaller.Many exposures don't make u ill. ...Read more

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Hi! I frequently got croup as child, could it have cause scarring in my lungs or trachea? Whenever I get sick my breathing feels constricted.

Hi! I frequently got croup as child, could it have cause scarring in my lungs or trachea? Whenever I get sick my breathing feels constricted.

No: The process involves only the superficial linings of the lung major airways that are renewed/replaces constantly over your lifetime.Such an injury would not happen that way. ...Read more

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What causes a young baby's eyes to be teary and have some mucus, when he isn't looking ill?

What causes a young baby's eyes to be teary and have some mucus, when he isn't looking ill?

Usually tear ducts: There can be many causes for tearing and mucus in a baby's eyes. If those are the only symptoms/signs then a common cause are tear ducts that have not fully opened to allow drainage. Usually we recommend massage of the tear ducts and observation. If a conjunctivitis develops then the patient may require antibiotic drops or ointment. Your pediatrician should be able to examine and advise you. ...Read more

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If u don't take prenatal cause any kind make u sick and told doctor would baby still be healthy?

If u don't take prenatal cause any kind make u sick and told doctor would baby still be healthy?

Not likely: The prenatal tablets provide both iron and folic acid supplements. Without ingesting them during the pregnancy especially early on, the risk for neural tube defects (spina bifida, etc.) can occur as folic acid helps to prevent them. Anemia is more likely for you, the pregnant mother, so talk to your OB MD and find a prenatal liquid or tablet that is tolerable. ...Read more

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My baby of three months has just been sick a mustard coloured bile... Is this a cause for concern??

My baby of three months has just been sick a mustard coloured bile... Is this a cause for concern??

Confusing post: We don't see bile unless someone has an intestinal blockage and throws up.That is an emergency issue.If you are asking about stool color it is not.Please start over and clarify what you are talking about. ...Read more

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My mother in law claims that it is unhealthy for me to breast feed when i become angry or upset that it makes the baby sick & can cause her death... ?

My mother in law claims that it is unhealthy for me to breast feed when i become angry or upset that it makes the baby sick & can cause her death... ?

Myth: Sounds like your mother in law either doesn't respect your decision to breastfeed or is generally misinformed.Either way she is wrong. There has never been a better feed that a mothers milk for her own baby. ...Read more

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What can cause a child's toes to overlap?

What can cause a child's toes to overlap?

Several possibilits: The most common cause would be compression during the later stages of pregnancy. There is little compression around 12 wks but as the pregnancy progresses, less room is available and the feet and hands are occasionally placed in odd positions that would include overlap.Another would relate to chromosome defects or syndrome features. ...Read more

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What can cause a child to have panic attacks?

What can cause a child to have panic attacks?

Multiple factors: We do not fully understand panic attacks. We believe it is an interplay between a genetic or familial susceptibility to anxiety and some external trigger. The trigger can be a real or imagined event which produces the biologic response of extreme fearfulness. Panic attacks are treatable. Discuss treatment options with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause a child to not respond to multiple vaccines?

Is there anything that can cause a child to not respond to multiple vaccines?

Two basic issues: The kid could have an altered immune system with poor response to normal potent vaccines. Or the vaccines themselves could have been mis -handled some where in the pathway from manufacture to injection where the vaccines were rendered ineffective (improper storage, transport, refrigeration, preparation). ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what can cause a child's toe to overlap?

Can anyone tell me what can cause a child's toe to overlap?

Genetics, injury.: An overlapping toe in a child is usually genetic, if there is no history of injury. You should take your child to a podiatrist for an evaluation. He/she may order x-rays to determine the cause. In most cases, if there is no pain, no treatment is necessary. ...Read more

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