Moms and kids ~ Page 11 din 11

Pregnancy and nursing, nutrition, dental care, toilet & urinary, vaccinations & contagious, skin care, common ailments, emergencies, safety & behaviour, mental & physical development, newborns, odds & ends

Removing the splinter

Is it better to dig out a splinter no matter how painful, or to leave it alone? What should I do if the splinter is from pressure-treated wood that won’t deteriorate? If you can get the splinter out, great! If you can’t, let it go. Even if the splinter doesn’t deteriorate, it won’t cause you any harm. Sometimes, splinters imbed themselves so deep in the …

Treating broken bones

My 8-year-old son broke the larger bone in his arm about four inches above his wrist. The bone fractured completely and displaced. The doctor set the bone without opening up the skin. However, a week later, the new X-ray showed the bones were about a quarter-inch offset in the bones not matching up exactly. The doctor indicated this was normal and that in an 8-year-old …

Identifying ringworm

Could you please tell me a little bit about ringworm? The term ringworm applies to a group of infections of the skin and scalp, commonly seen in children. It is not caused by worms, but by fungus. Ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis) occurs primarily in children who haven’t reached puberty (usually between 2 and 10 years of age), and more often in boys than …

How many ounces of fluid does my toddler need in summer?

My son is an active 17 months. I am really worried about dehydration at this time of the year. I know that toddlers don’t eat as much as infants do. But how do I determine whether or not he is getting enough fluids and food. The caloric needs of the healthy toddler are considerably lower than those of the infant, who normally triples his birthweight …

Cyclic vomiting syndrome

My son is now eight years old. Since he was three, he has had terrible bouts of vomiting. They happen only 2-3 times a year, but when it happens it really scares us. He can vomit up to every 15 minutes for a few days and by the end he throws up something that looks like blood. Also, he seems sort of “out of it” …

Bedwetting treatments

My daughter is five-and-a-half and cannot stay dry at night. Any suggestions, other than taking her to the bathroom, limiting drinks in the evening and rewarding her attempts to get up and go? Although most children stop wetting the bed between the ages of two and four, 10-15% of children are still wetting the bed after 4-5 years of age. Bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) is more …

Icky scalp problems

My daughter will be three on August 11. For three months now she has had yucky, crusty, hard, brown spots on her scalp. Her doctor said it’s cradle cap. I’ve been treating it three days a week with Neutrogena T-gel shampoo. But I don’t really see much of a change. It doesn’t seem to bother her, but it’s really bothering me! Could it be from …

When should a child drink whole milk?

At what age can my child start drinking whole milk? The ideal source of nutrition for healthy infants is human milk. Iron-fortified commercial infant formulas, created to closely resemble mother’s milk, are an acceptable alternative for mothers who cannot or choose not to breastfeed. Cow’s milk, while well-suited to calves, is not suited to infants; it has too much protein and phosphorus and too little …

Breast-feeding and medications

Should my wife stop taking Anaspaz (hyoscyamine sulfate), an anti-cramping medication, if she’s breast-feeding? A doctor told us that the drug may affect her breast milk. Our toddler is 2 years old, and nurses once or twice a day. No, your wife can still use Anaspaz. True, all medications enter breast milk to a certain degree. Some medications are so hazardous to the infant, that …