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Doctor insights on: What Is The Illness Called When A Parent Purposely Makes A Child Sick

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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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What happens if a child swallows a coin while I am babysitting? Should I call the parents or er?

What happens if a child swallows a coin while I am babysitting? Should I call the parents or er?

ER ASAP: A child swallowing a coin needs to be dealt with immediately, regardless of how the child is acting. It needs be xray'd to ensure it is not stuck in the in the esophagus or even worse in the airway. This can be seen on a lateral xray. If it is a battery, it needs to be removed immediately! so if it happens, call the parents asap and if the child is having trouble breathing call 911 first. ...Read more

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What is it called when a hospital refuses to put a tracheotomy tube into this child's trachea so the parents can take the child home?

What is it called when a hospital refuses to put a tracheotomy tube into this child's trachea so the parents can take the child home?

Need more information: We can't answer this question without more detailed information about the case. But since there seems to be a disagreement between the doctors taking care of the child and the parents, this service is probably not a good place to get a second opinion. If you question the decision of the care providers, you may need to involve an ethic committee to review the case or request a second opinion from another specialist. Good luck, I hope the child eventually recovers! ...Read more

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Which is the genetic cancer called that you can catch from your parents?

Which is the genetic cancer called that you can catch from your parents?

There are many: The cancer family syndromes feature increased risk, in parent and child, for one of more cancers. Best-known are the hereditary breast cancer (brca1, brca2) genes which are very common. There are several colon cancer family syndromes. Neurofibromatosis, von hippel lindau, multiple endocrine neoplasia, tuberous sclerosis. A few are recessives (parents both carriers). This will get you started. ...Read more

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Poked in the eye playing basketball. Should I call parents of kid who did it?

Poked in the eye playing basketball. Should I call parents of kid who did it?

No but seek care: Sounds like an accidental injury so i don't know why you would call the parents? More importantly, the eye that was poked could have been injured and should be checked out by an ophthalmologist. There may be an internal eye injury or a scratched cornea. ...Read more

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I understand my parents are trying to help my lose weight but how can I tell them to not call me fat?

I understand my parents are trying to help my lose weight but how can I tell them to not call me fat?

Seek other support: Let them know your respect that they are concerned about your weight and that they should respect you enough not to be derogatory. If you yourself want to lose weight try to see your physician for support. Giving them the benefit of the doubt they are trying to help but we both know they are not. Those kind of comments would cause many of my patients to possibly eat more for comfort. ...Read more

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I have an appointment set for tomorrow at planned parenthood but I'm 16 and I don't know if I need my parent can you call them for me?/:

I have an appointment set for tomorrow at planned parenthood but I'm 16 and I don't know if I need my parent can you call them for me?/:

Usually not required: Usually, a teen does not need to go with a parent to Planned Parenthood. The goal of most state laws is to prevent STD's and prevent unwanted pregnancies. Thus, STD testing and the use of birth control (various types) can be done without parents knowing... although most parents will gladly help their kids prevent sex, STD's, and pregnancies. Show up at your appointment and ask for their help. ...Read more

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I have a rare genetic condition called galactosemia. I have been blaming my parents?

I have a rare genetic condition called galactosemia. I have been blaming my parents?

Inherited: Galactosemia is a autosomal recessive condition that you inherit which causes you to metabolise galactose and other sugars incorrectly or differently. Autosomal recessive conditions usually come from both parent's--usually as carriers but not expresing the disease. No sense blaming them -- you may pass it on to your children. ...Read more

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I have a drop wart (thats what my parents call them) on my neck. Only thing that bothers me is its location rubs on necklaces and it itches. Treatment?

I have a drop wart (thats what my parents call them) on my neck. Only thing that bothers me is its location rubs on necklaces and it itches. Treatment?

Skin Tags: This extra skin is not, in reality, a wart caused by hpv-the wart virus. But, it is extra skin caused by friction of clothing, skin or jewelry. Many of us in the primary care setting freeze these with liquid nitrogen as a simple way to shrink or remove them. ...Read more