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My child was exposed to diarrhea at daycare; will she get sick?

My child was exposed to diarrhea at daycare; will she get sick?

Probably yes: A child who is exposed to diarrhea at daycare, will probably get sick because kids at daycare tend to pass germs to one another every day. If the child has protection against the diarrhea, either from having a vaccine (against that exact germ), or from having had the diarrhea illness (caused by the same exact germ) in the past, then the child may get just a mild illness or no illness at all. ...Read more

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If my child gets the MMR vaccine and my baby and myself aren't vaccinated, can we catch measles from her just getting vaccinated?

If my child gets the MMR vaccine and my baby and myself aren't vaccinated, can we catch measles from her just getting vaccinated?

No: MMR given to child will not risk you and baby from getting the clinical measles disease. If you have not gotten the vaccine before, should get it now to avoid disease. Baby to get it at appropriate age 12-15 months. ...Read more

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My mom won't let me get vaccinations. Alternatives to ensure I don't get sick?

My mom won't let me get vaccinations. Alternatives to ensure I don't get sick?

You decide: Anyone 18 years old or older has the right to decide for him or herself about getting vaccines. That said, the best ways to avoid illness are to wash your hands often and well, and avoid being around other people when they are sick. ...Read more

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Will my 10-month-old get sick if I give him formula and breastfeed him?

Will my 10-month-old get sick if I give him formula and breastfeed him?

Feeding: Most babies have no problems eating both breast milk and formula.At this age your baby should be eating a variety of solid foods so if you want to give some formula in addition to breast milk, there should be no problems. regular milk can be introduced at 12 months. ...Read more

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Doctors, can my newborn get sick if my dog doesn't have his shots?

Doctors, can my newborn get sick if my dog doesn't have his shots?

Unlikely to be pbm: Newborns are not at risk for the conditions dogs get shots for (except rabies). They are at risk for germs brought in on saliva or contaminating surfaces in the house.As long as you pay attention to hand washing around baby you are unlikely to have problems. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my infant had his tdap vaccine, can he still get pertussis?

What do you suggest if my infant had his tdap vaccine, can he still get pertussis?

Depends: The shot helps build immunity but has its limitations. If faced with a heavy exposure anyone can get pertussis at any age.Their intensity of symptoms would vary.The kids risk of dying with it is eliminated with a single dose, but the best protection requires the complete series and boosters as scheduled. Even immunized folks can become carriers in an epidemic.Get them all and you have done enough. ...Read more

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Should i continue to get my kids vaccinated?

Should i continue to get my kids vaccinated?

Deadly choice : Vaccines prevent illness & death.In spite of the misinformation put out by vaccine haters, they are safe & effective. Cases of whooping cough (pertussis) have increased in the us from ~2500 in the mid 90's to over 15000 per year due to increases in unvaccinated infants & children. This has resulted in > 30 preventable deaths, primarily in kids <6mo. Deaths attributed to dapt in the same period =0. ...Read more

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How do I get my mentally disabled 5 year old child to go to bed?

How do I get my mentally disabled 5 year old child to go to bed?

Not an easy task: Have you discussed this with your doctor and or a behavior therapist? I do not think there is a short answer to this....Understanding how your child sees things my help you find a strategy he/she can accept...Homeopathy and chinese medicine may also be very helpful by looking at the whole picture and finding the root cause. ...Read more

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My son 2yrs old was scratched by a cat. Our cat doesnt have the vaccine for rabies yet and she tend to lick her paws. Do i need to vaccinate him?

My son 2yrs old was scratched by a cat. Our cat doesnt have the vaccine for rabies yet and she tend to lick her paws. Do i need to vaccinate him?

Cat scratch: It is very unlikely to get rabies via a cat scratch, but it is possible. What is much more likely for your child is "cat scratch disease," which is a bacterial infection. It is a benign condition in most cases, but it sometimes needs to be treated with antibiotics. You should take your child to see his/her pediatrician, and you should also take your cat to the vet. ...Read more

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Should I get a flu vaccine for myself, to protect my baby girl?

Should I get a flu vaccine for myself, to protect my baby girl?

Yes, if...: Your baby is still under 6 months of age. Infants do not get flu vaccine until 6 months of age. ...Read more

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Will I get in trouble if I tell a kid his dad will spank him when he gets home and he doesn't want to?

Will I get in trouble if I tell a kid his dad will spank him when he gets home and he doesn't want to?

Wrong, many reasons: This needs big help, so we'll start from the beginning. Spanking is the least effective form of discipline. Your pediatrician can help with time-out techniques. Discipline should be consistent, and immediate. There should be effective discipline delivered now. Transferring the duty to dad means you have no authority. I would work with your doc and break this down to get good effective discipline. ...Read more

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In california how can I make sure my baby won't be vaccinated after birth?

In california how can I make sure my baby won't be vaccinated after birth?

.: If you dont want vaccinations, you can let the nurses know in the birthing center ahead of time. Usually they get your consent before vaccinations. But any specific reason you want to avoid vaccination? Vaccines prevent children from contracting harmful and life threatening illnesses. Avoiding vaccination will put your child and other children at risk of illnesses, few of which cannot be cured. ...Read more

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How can I help my child avoid infection if everyone at her school is sick?

How can I help my child avoid infection if everyone at her school is sick?

Hand washing: Teach your child the basics of infection control which includes frequent handwashing (especially before eating), and not sharing drinks or utensils. A multivitamin with zinc and Vitamin C during these times may be helpful in prevention of illness. Getting adequate sleep/rest is also important. ...Read more

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Neighbor is sick. My kid played with her kids outside. They didn't seem sick. What are the chances we will get the illness? 36wk pregnant avoiding colds

Neighbor is sick. My kid played with her kids outside. They didn't seem sick. What are the chances we will get the illness? 36wk pregnant avoiding colds

No guessing: You are asking for pure guessing. That is not how medicine works. It sounds like low risk but there are no guarantees when it comes to viral illnesses in a community. ...Read more

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I had my child vaccinated up to a year old then became skeptical. Is there a way you can help me feel unskeptical? I want to get him vaccinated

I had my child vaccinated up to a year old then became skeptical.  Is there a way you can help me feel unskeptical? I want to get him vaccinated

Delusional thought: The suspicion about vaccines predates the founding of our country.Ben franklin, knowledgeable & articulate, resisted that new smallpox vaccination.In his memoirs he expressed regrets after loosing a son to smallpox.Move the clock forward to today & some will always resist truth & many babies will die or be injured for their folly.The success of vaccines has left many people ignorant to the danger. ...Read more

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When must my child get immunized for school?

When must my child get immunized for school?

See below: The cdc web site has information on required immunizations, and administration schedules for parents. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child got the chicken pox vaccination can she still get chicken pox?

What do you suggest if my child got the chicken pox vaccination can she still get chicken pox?

Possibly: Introduced in the late 70's in japan, the current CP vaccine was not adopted in the us until the 90's. There are good data that one dose removes the risk of death with cp, but likely only 85% get protective immunity from 1 dose, with that improving to >95% after 2 doses given at least a month apart. Time will tell if future boosters are needed but with 30+ years of worldwide data it looks good. ...Read more

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After getting the shingles vaccine, my doctor said to stay away from my pregnant daughter and my grandchildren. Can you tell me why?

After getting the shingles vaccine, my doctor said to stay away from my pregnant daughter and my grandchildren. Can you tell me why?

The virus that causes shingles — varicella-zoster virus — is also the virus that causes chickenpox: Your doctor's concern about your daughter and grandchildren may stem from reports of rare cases in which people with no immunity to chickenpox — meaning they've never had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine — have caught varicella-zoster virus from children recently vaccinated with the chickenpox vaccine. However, there are no documented cases of the varicella-zoster virus being transmitted from adults vaccinated with the shingles vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Varicella-zoster vaccines are recommended for children age 12 months and older to prevent chickenpox and for adults age 60 and older to prevent shingles, but the formulations are different, and the vaccines are not interchangeable. According to the CDC, in normal circumstances it's unnecessary to avoid pregnant women and unvaccinated children after you get the shingles vaccine. However, if you develop a rash after you get the shingles vaccine, always take the precaution of keeping the rash covered until all the bumps crust over. To develop shingles, you have to catch chickenpox first, which typically happens in childhood. When you get over chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus stays in your body, but remains dormant, often for many years and possibly for life. As you age, though, there's an increasing risk that the virus will reactivate, resulting in shingles. ...Read more

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Can I get sick from my child's vaccinations?

Can I get sick from my child's vaccinations?

Not usually: Most vaccines are "killed"; as such one cannot get sick with the illness nor transmit it. A few vaccines are "live attenuated", such as mmr, varicella (chickenpox), and nasal influenza vaccine. One could potentially get sick if severely immunocompromised, such as aids, cancer on chemotherapy, or organ transplant. For most individuals, exposure to a recently vaccinated child poses no risk. ...Read more