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Does Sucking on a pacifier at naptime and bedtime reduce the risk of SIDS? How so ?

Does Sucking on a pacifier at naptime and bedtime reduce the risk of SIDS? How so ?

Pacifiers: Pacifiers do reduce the risk of SIDS, although the mechanism is unclear. ...Read more

Dr. Holly Maes
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Sids (Definition)

SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It defines as a group sudden death to newborns up to one year of age without an identifiable cause. If a cause of death can be identified, this cannot be defined as SIDS. Certain factors in the US are believed to contribute to a decreased rate Of SIDS, including sleeping on the back instead of the stomach, breast feeding, ...Read more


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Does sleep-sharing increase or reduce the risk of sids?

Does sleep-sharing increase or reduce the risk of sids?

Yes: A young baby sleeping face-up in a crib without fluffy blankets nor pillows around, without dangerous cords or strings nearby, will be safe there. His chances getting sids are low (998.5-999 out of 1000 babies won't have sids). Sleeping in a bed with an adult adds the risks of suffocation from blankets & pillows, from trapping the head at the mattress' edge, and from being squashed by the adult. ...Read more

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Why does baby aspirin reduce risk of toxemia?

Why does baby aspirin reduce risk of toxemia?

Not clear...: It seems to work better in early pregnancy - in studies, Aspirin reduced risk when started before 16 weeks - so it probably helps the placenta to form properly. ...Read more

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Does breastfeeding lower risk of sids?

Does breastfeeding lower risk of sids?

Possibly: There is strong suggestion that it does, but no clear explanation why. http://www.medpagetoday.com/pediatrics/generalpediatrics/27019. ...Read more

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Does aspirin use decrease risk of pulmonary embolism? I take two, 325mg aspirin every day for headaches. Does this reduce the likelihood of developing an embolism?

Does aspirin use decrease risk of pulmonary embolism? I take two, 325mg aspirin every day for headaches. Does this reduce the likelihood of developing an embolism?

We think of: Asa as providing more protection on the arterial side, but there was a recent study supporting lower risk for recurrent DVT and therefore potentially pe. ...Read more

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Is there a birth control I can use that will increase sex drive and breast size while not giving me the side effect of acne?

Is there a birth control I can use that will increase sex drive and breast size while not giving me the side effect of acne?

Where to begin?: Some birth control pills make acne better, some make it worse. While hormone factors are there, almost all libido is determined by mental attitudes. Beware of what you wish for. The surest way to larger breasts is obesity and/or pregnancy. Go to the girls' shower or to a topless beach and decide who looks better. Big, droopy breasts are annoying and not sexy. ...Read more

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Why does smoking put me at higher risk for heart disease? I smoke half a pack of cigarettes a day. I keep hearing it puts me at a higher risk of getting heart disease. Why does smoking increase my risk? .

Why does smoking put me at higher risk for heart disease? I smoke half a pack of cigarettes a day. I keep hearing it puts me at a higher risk of getting heart disease. Why does smoking increase my risk?

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Many reasons: Nicotine itself is toxic to the heart, and elevates heart rate, which makes the heart work harder. It lowers the oxygen level in blood, raises carbon monoxide levels (which further steals oxygen from our cells), adds poisons such as formaldehyde into the body), and anything that damages the lungs will damage the heart as well. You don't need to know why, you need to know it does, and to stop! ...Read more

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What is the health risk of using chewing tobacco occasionally?

What is the health risk of using chewing tobacco occasionally?

Oral Cancer: Even using chewing tobacco occasionally increases your risk for oral cancer. It can also cause periodontal disease, stained teeth, bad breath, altered taste and dry mouth, which can lead to increased tooth decay. Don, t use this product is you wish to stay healthy. ...Read more

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What are the risk of smoking marijuana and breastfeeding my baby?

What are the risk of smoking marijuana and breastfeeding my baby?

Why risk the harm?: Not enough is known as this would not be an ethical study to expose infants to a potentially harmful drug. I thank you for asking, and hope if you are the one considering using marijuana, that you visit with your doctor for an alternative "treatment" that is better known / more likley to be safe for you both. ...Read more

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How can I lessen the risk of sids?

How can I lessen the risk of sids?

Sleep on the back: It is safest to sleep your baby on his or her back. That is the best position as babies who sleep on their stomachs are at the highest risk of developing sids. Also, avoid exposure to second-hand smoke as this is also a risk factor. ...Read more

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Can I use quick trim while breastfeeding ... Are their any risk towards my baby?

Can I use quick trim while breastfeeding ... Are their any risk towards my baby?

Maybe: Quicktrim products—which range from pills to powdered drink mixes—are designed to "detoxify and clean" the body by eliminating extra water weight and bloating, in large part because of the laxatives they include, according to the company. Found this on their website i would not recommend it for a breastfeeding mom. There are better products out there. And you need the water for making breast milk. ...Read more

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While pregnant, if the mother smokes marijuana does it increase the chances of baby having autism, or any type of disabilities?

While pregnant, if the mother smokes marijuana does it increase the chances of baby having autism, or any type of disabilities?

In a way, yes: Some of the toxins you inhale with every cigarette will enter your blood and travel thru the umbilical cord to baby.It is well documented that the newborn of a marijuana smoker will have a smaller skull volume & the question of related learning problems has been difficult to sort out. Reliable data based on single agent exposure is not readily available. ...Read more

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Can smoking marijuana. Decrease the the effectiveness of claravis/isotreitnion will it stop claravis from working or is it ok . Medical purposes use.

Can smoking marijuana. Decrease the the effectiveness of claravis/isotreitnion will it stop claravis from working or is it ok . Medical purposes use.

No known interaction: However, cigarette smoking has been shown to increase the intensity of acne in some people, and if you also smoke cigarettes, you should strongly consider quitting (whether it is related or not, you should consider it anyway). Not sure if smoking other substances has the same effects on skin, and perhaps your dermatologist could assist you in this. There aren't however any known interactions. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a male under 20 who smokes pot daily lungs collapsing? How much does pot increase the chance of this happening?

What are the chances of a male under 20 who smokes pot daily lungs collapsing? How much does pot increase the chance of this happening?

Higher: Population age adjusted rate for primary spontaneous pneumothorax (psp) is 7-18/100, 000. Estimated 80-90% of psp cases occur in smokers or former smokers. Males that smoke have 7-100+ times higher rate depending on how much they smoke. The risk factors for psp and secondary sp includes smoking (both tobacco & marijuana). ...Read more

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Liquor amni decreased significantly (3.4) in pregnancy 22 week please let me know is their any risk and how can we handle this risk?

Liquor amni decreased significantly (3.4) in pregnancy 22 week please let me know is their any risk and how can we handle this risk?

Depends. : Depends what measurement is done. If this is a dvp then this value is normal. If it is an afi then afi is not normally used at 22wks and a dvp should be assessed. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Katz
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Sudden Infant Death (Definition)

SIDS is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. SIDS is sometimes known as crib death because the infants often die in their cribs. To prevent it babies should sleep on their back, no blankets, bumpers or pillow, no stuffed animals in cribs, avoid second hand-smoking, avoid co-sleeping in ...Read more


Pacifier (Definition)

Pacifier use is associated with a significantly ...Read more