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When Should I Take My Baby To The Doctor
It depends: If your baby is less than 3 months with a fever of 100.4 or greater, than yes. If your baby's cold is causing increased work of breathing, than yes. If your baby is having trouble keeping hydrated, than yes. Most "colds" involve a runny nose and cough which do not necessarily need a doctor's attention unless accompanied by other worrisome symptoms. ...Read more
Depends: Fever suggests the infant is ill but is not all that reliable in predicting the severity or danger of an illness. A better symptom to use to gauge the need for a visit is how the infant is acting. One bothersome symptom is unusual lethargy and being difficult to arouse. This requires a visit regardless of fever. By the way fever is generally defined as a rectal temperature of 100.4f or greater. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Baby teeth- how important are baby teeth? Can rotten baby teeth affect babies? When should I take baby to the doctor?
Yes. Peds dentist: Rotten baby teeth can reflect more than poor hygiene, and can sometimes be a sign of a nutritional or systemic disorder. Although they will be replaced by adult teeth, rotten teeth and associated bacteria in the mouth have been linked to heart disease in adults. Get your baby to a pediatric dentist as soon as you can. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Hi. When my 20 month baby cries/ screams he holds his head as if he is in pain. Is this just an attention thing or should I take him to the doctors?
Attention vs pain?: Toddlers around a year will do a variety of odd behaviors to get your attention, however, if you feel like his head positioning is pain related, you are probably right. This could be teething, an ear ache, sore throat, or possibly something more serious. Definitely have him examined to sort it out! Best of luck and thanks for trusting healthtap! ...Read more
My seven months old baby vomits almost frequently as he takes in drugs or food. What could be wrong? We have seen a doctor but he says its malaria
Cannot diagnose: If you are having your baby seen by a competent pediatrician and they have made a diagnosis of malaria would suggest that your baby be treated appropriately. If not satisfied with the diagnosis then suggest that you get a second opinion. This cannot be diagnosed long distance. Hope the baby is better soon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 4mth baby has a cold and just wants to sleep when she's awake she screaming. Should I take her to the doctors to get checked out?
Yes, see a doctor: No normal baby is "tired all the time". Baby humans, like baby animals, are active, happy, and excitable little guys. If a young baby seems always tired, have a doctor evaluate because there may be a problem with anemia, heart defects, chemical/salt imbalances, blood sugar, hormones, toxins/poisoning, a neurological problem, or even an infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You did not say how: Old the infant is or describe the burn. Babies should not be out in the sun unless they are well protected from solar injury. Without knowing more about this, i would err on the side of caution and have your baby seen. ...Read more
How do you care for the baby 's stuff with a plastibel on? Does the doctor take it off right after the procedure?
The plastic remains: The plastibell method employs a grooved plastic ring that will sit at the base of the glans penis after a circumcision.The heavy string binder in this groove makes sure there is no bleeding after the foreskin is cut back.It will stay in place until the skin edges underneath it heals & the plastic separates. There is often some dried serum that looks worrisome. Clean with thin soapy water. ...Read more
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