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Is a tanned child healthier than a pale child?

Is a tanned child healthier than a pale child?

See below: As long as the pale child is not anemic, there is no health benefit to having a tan. ...Read more

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My 2 year old child has passed two large 5-8cm pale white/pink nematode worms in its faeces. Where will they have come from?

My 2 year old child has passed two large 5-8cm pale white/pink nematode worms in its faeces. Where will they have come from?

Worms: Most worms are passed as eggs from feces to mouth and through the body to pass out in the feces as worms. See your doctor for medication to treat these. Practice good handwashing to prevent recurrence of the infections. ...Read more

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If a child is pale, coughing, cannot keep their eyes open and shivering sometimes what illness do they have? Can they pass it onto adults?

If a child is pale, coughing, cannot keep their eyes open and shivering sometimes what illness do they have? Can they pass it onto adults?

Hard to say: This is a collection of problems that should be evaluated today by your doc. It could be quite serious and may be contagious. ...Read more

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What illness does a child have if they are pale, coughing, shivering occasionally and cannot seem to keep their eyes open? Only about 4 years old

What illness does a child have if they are pale, coughing, shivering occasionally and cannot seem to keep their eyes open? Only about 4 years old

Poss serious infxn: The symptoms you have listed are concerning enough for the possibility of serious infection that I would recommend you have the child evaluated in-person by a physician right away. ...Read more

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Is it likely a child has leukemia if they have a lot of the symptoms, fatigue, body aches, pale, abdo pains etc but have NO fever?

Is it likely a child has leukemia if they have a lot of the symptoms, fatigue, body aches, pale, abdo pains etc but have NO fever?

No: Common things are common, like ineffective sleep habits or other minor medical issues. Uncommon things like leukemia do happen, but a proper evaluation can confirm or exclude it. ...Read more

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7 year old child listless yesterday, this morning won't drink anything, & continually vomiting bright yellow. He's pale, still cannot drink.

7 year old child listless yesterday, this morning won't drink anything, & continually vomiting bright yellow. He's pale, still cannot drink.

Vomiting: In a child can be caused by many things: acute infections, toxin from food poisoning, bowel obstruction and appendicitis, to name of few. Most common is a viral gastroenteritis which often starts with vomiting and then may progress to acute diarrhea. If vomiting persists more than 12 hours, he should be evaluated by his doctor or urgent care. ...Read more

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Child has morning vomits sometimes headaches blurred vision pale nightmares night sweats sleep walks confusion when having episode shaky what is it?

Child has morning vomits sometimes headaches blurred vision pale nightmares night sweats sleep walks confusion when having episode shaky what is it?

Concerning symptoms: These symptoms are very concerning and point to a process in the brain, possibly infection, mass, lesion. Suggested immediately evaluation by PCP/neurologist, probably needs imaging and labwork. ...Read more

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How long for a child to eat again after pot gastroenteritis? Still not after a week, says sick feeling in throat, lethargic and pale, doc gave antacid

How long for a child to eat again after pot gastroenteritis? Still not after a week, says sick feeling in throat, lethargic and pale, doc gave antacid

Re-evaluation: Please take your daughter to the hospital again, she needs to be re-evaluated given your description, meanwhile push more oral fluids till seen, good luck ...Read more

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Child with visible blue veins on legs, chest and feet, pale, dark eye circles, swollen lymph nodes, inflammation on heart, lungs and GI tract, tired, asthma?

Child with visible blue veins on legs, chest and feet, pale, dark eye circles, swollen lymph nodes, inflammation on heart, lungs and GI tract, tired, asthma?

Have your child seen: By their pediatrician right away. You don't say the child's age, but something serious sounds likely. I hope it's not serious. ...Read more

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My 3 month old baby is very hot but pale faced & weak. How do we treat this?

My 3 month old baby is very hot but pale faced & weak. How do we treat this?

See your doctor.: This can be caused by many things, some of which can be serious...please call your baby's doctor and have him/her seen. ...Read more

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The front of my baby's eyes are fine but the back the nerve is detached they said pale and thin can this be fixed they said a a word but not sure what?

The front of my baby's eyes are fine but the back the nerve is detached they said pale and thin can this be fixed they said a a word but not sure what?

Need evaluation: Your baby needs a thorough evaluation by a pediatric ophthalmologist in conjunction with a pediatrician. Also you need to talk to the doctors and get a better understanding of this problem. ...Read more

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Baby looks pale. When is time to test for anemia?

Baby looks pale. When is time to test for anemia?

Call his doctor: Typical signs of anemia in babies are pale skin and tiredness as well as irritability and loss of appetite. Many babies have no symptoms. Risks for developing iron-deficiency anemia are premature/low-birth weight babies, formula without iron fortification or breast feeding without iron-fortified foods after 4 months. Call his doctor to discuss; a test may be recommended now. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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My 4month baby has a optics nerves detached from both eyes thin and pale they said can this be fixed?

My 4month baby has a optics nerves detached from both eyes thin and pale they said can this be fixed?

Not possible: I am sorry to say that this is a congenital failure of optic nerve development and cannot be improved. I am sure that the nerve is not detached; it probably is maldeveloped and atrophic. The residual vision depends upon how much of the nerve remains and whether the eye is normally developed at the end of the nerve. ...Read more

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What SPF number is best for my very pale 6 week old? Is aveeno (oatmeal) baby SPF 55 ok to use? I've heard if the # is too high it can burn their skin.

What SPF number is best for my very pale 6 week old? Is aveeno (oatmeal) baby SPF 55 ok to use? I've heard if the # is too high it can burn their skin.

Sunscreen: You can use sunscreen on an infant less than 6m of age. Although it is recommended to keep your infant out of the sun. As they have very sensitive skin and can burn very easily. Spf of 30 ok. But keep baby covered. Shade. Long sleeves' long bottoms, hat. ...Read more

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My 28 days baby is having pale green poop? Is this normal?

My 28 days baby is having pale green poop? Is this normal?

Pretty common: The greenish color in stool is the breakdown product of the bile when it has not been in the gut long enough to go through a change to yellowish or brown. It is normal as is the loose consistency. Some digested material will take on a darker tint than others & the germs in the gut will also impact the final product. If whitish, I would have baby checked. ...Read more

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My baby throws up violently after eating sweet potatoes and has done it 3 times so far 2 times went to ER for fluids she was weak and pale what is it?

My baby throws up violently after eating sweet potatoes and has done it 3 times so far 2 times went to ER for fluids she was weak and pale what is it?

FPIES: This could represent Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES). Classic symptoms include profound vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration. These symptoms can lead to severe lethargy, change in body temperature and blood pressure.
Most often there are specific triggering foods. Do not give sweet potatoes, and I would suggest introducing 1 new food every 5 days to determine if other triggers ...Read more

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I have very pale skin, and my greater saphenous vein has always been prominent. After my second baby, it now bulges a bit. Is this a varicose vein?

I have very pale skin, and my greater saphenous vein has always been prominent. After my second baby, it now bulges a bit. Is this a varicose vein?

See vein specialist.: There is a high association of varicose veins with pregnancies. If your vein is bulging it most likely is a varicose vein due to saphenous vein reflux. You should see a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation including a venous reflux ultrasound. ...Read more

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I'm always pale, why?

I'm always pale, why?

Skin complexion: It may be your skin complexion if it has always been like this. Otherwise anemia would be probably the most common condition causing skin pallor. ...Read more

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How can I stay pale during summer?

How can I stay pale during summer?

Use a high: SPF sunscreen, protective clothing to include hat and sunglasses. Seek shade. ...Read more