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First of all, you state: I realize that vaccines are a controversial topic, That is not exactly correct in a legitimate sense. The only "controversy" is manufactured. Most, if not all, the things said about vaccines by the anti-vax pro-disease folks are lies. Competent and ethical practitioners of medicine all support vaccines. To specifically ...


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You may be carrying the virus You may not show any symptoms, but if you've had chicken pox already, you most likely have the virus in your system even without being exposed to the virus recently. This virus, the varicella-zoster virus, remains dormant in your system, and can become active later in life, causing shingles. While shingles can't be ...


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Some people believe that obtaining the virus naturally provides better levels of immunization than you would get from the vaccine, as evidenced by the requirement for a second "booster" shot if you opt for the vaccine, or the possibility of still catching the disease even after receiving the vaccine (it is worth noting that infection after immunization is ...


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There are several ways you can tackle this: There are over-the-counter treatments for head lice that you can get at most local pharmacies and grocery stores. You can also get a lice comb and pick out the nits and eggs by hand. However, you have to be VERY thorough; one missed egg can mean an re-infestation. Depending on where you're located, there are ...


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Per http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5184405 Pediatrician Lynn Wegner says, in this instance, the science seems to be on his side. "A winter virus is not caused by going out in the cold air," says Wegner. "It's viral transmission." In other words, colds are caught by coming into physical contact with someone who already has a ...


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Yes, it's uncomfortable. No, it's not a concern. My personal experience (having traveled many thousands of km/miles in the summertime as a child) is that high temperatures while driving is not a serious concern. When you don't have A/C, then your best defense against heat is to be smart: Passengers will be thirsty. Bring lots of drinking water, but avoid ...


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My seven year-old has cerebral palsy, so I've been on the other side of the coin. Mostly what I remember about those difficult first few months was that a lot of people started thinking they had to either make grand gestures or none at all. They planned special birthday parties for us in the hospital, just for us, but then didn't invite us to their ...


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My original answer (below) was correctly pointed out by beofett not to answer the OP's question. I made a different logical consstruction, which I stand by, and was critical of the lack of decision making in leaving the child not vaccinated, but I missed the actual question. So, I will answer it directly. Question: vaccinate or deliberately expose? Answer: ...


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No! While symptoms may be mild or nonexistent at onset, the existence of antibodies may be a contributor to a whole host of psychological and nervous conditions. Authors of an article titled Latent Toxoplasmosis and Humans (retrieved from the National Institute of Health database) review 42 studies of latent toxoplasmosis (asymptomatic), which established ...


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Once you've had chicken pox, it never actually leaves your body and can re-emerge years later to cause shingles. The virus that causes both chicken pox and shingles is related to the herpes virus, and like herpes it lies dormant in your nerve cells between outbreaks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herpes_zoster So simply having it as a child in no way means ...


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So, chicken pox parties, eh? Pro: You get to stay home from work for a week to care for a sick child. Oh, and you and your kid get to go to a party. And no scary needles are involved. Con: Your child will feel like shit and itch like crazy for a week.


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Just be there. Share their pain. Don't run away. Love them and their children. This is a tragic situation, and they need people around them. They don't need to feel isolated, and people are going to shy away. Don't do so yourself. With limited info at my disposal, the most obvious thing I can suggest for practical help is to offer to watch the other ...


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Not entirely on topic but still relevant. My wife contracted Toxoplasmosis while she was pregnant with our 3rd child. It all ended well but it was one heck of a cliffhanger and could easily have resulted in our daughter being severely handicapped or dead. We have no idea how my wife contracted it. So a few pointers may be helpful for others: Get yourself ...


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In addition to the all ready fabulous suggestions given above, I just wanted to add this: Whatever tests are run, scans are taken, etc., make sure you get copies for yourself and keep them in an organized place (like a notebook), and anytime you visit a new doctor (or even an old one), take them with you. Shuffling information and data between doctors ...


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Seek alternate specialists If you've lost confidence in your health care professionals, or if they've dismissed you despite clear signs of a health issue, I'd advise you to seek another health care professional. Get a second, third, or a fourth opinion. There is little else you can do - if a doctor has ran every test, done everything he believes he can to ...


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Monica Cellio's answer already mentions recommendations if you own a cat and most of all that you're much more likely to contract toxoplasmosis through undercooked meat (most of the contamination cases) and gardening — you may add insufficiently washed legums and fruits. There are much more informations on the CDC website. I feel it's also important to ...


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There was a report recently that chicken pox vaccine sharply reduced deaths from chicken pox in US. We think that chicken pox is not dangerous but before the vaccine there were around 100 deaths and 11,000 hospitalizations per year. This seems to be pretty convincing.


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I will add to Mary Jo Finch's excellent answer that toxoplasmosis can make you quite miserable if you get it. It is one of the three known viruses that cause symptoms that we know as mononucleosis. And as you probably know, the older you are, the longer the immune reaction (i.e. horrible tiredness) is likely to last. From the wiki page: Enlarged lymph ...


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As Torben mentioned, you do not want to bundle them up and risk raising the fever. However, the opposite extreme is not helpful, either. Undressing the child, cold baths, ice, or alcohol rubs can lower the skin temperature without lowering the fever. This can cause hivering, which can actually raise the core temperature further. Do NOT bundle up ...


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Most nurseries don't kick kids out for a cold or cough as long as the child does not have a fever, however if your nursery is you can take your daughter to the doctor and get a note saying she is okay to go to school. Most doctors will write a note for a child with a cold, as colds don't go away for a long time.


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This is not medical advice; I am not a doctor and I have no medical training. http://www.nhs.uk/Planners/birthtofive/Pages/Childhoodillnesses.aspx They often follow a cold and sometimes cause a temperature. A child may pull or rub at an ear, but babies can’t always tell where pain is coming from and may just cry and seem uncomfortable. If your ...


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Your friends are facing the process of grieving the loss of their "normal" child and their expectations of the future. Understanding the 5 stages of grief will prepare you to walk through this process with them and assist them on their path to acceptance. Know that in the denial and isolation stage they may withdraw socially. Unrealistic anger at ...


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I'm an adult who has never had Chicken Pox. I'm also vaccination-resistant, as I found out when I had my daughter, and discovered that not only was I now susceptible to chicken pox, but also to measles, mumps, rubella, and polio. While pregnant, I couldn't get any boosters, so I was dependent on crowd immunity. If your child got chicken pox, and you weren't ...


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Ask them; they know what they need or what isn't helpful. Try and offer specific help. "Come over next week for a cup of tea" or "let's organise a playdate" (when that's appropriate). Offer to go to support groups with them - although "Alfi's Syndrome" is quite rare, so there might not be any in your area.


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PRO: NO SHINGLES According to the CDC, Almost 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster. There are an estimated 1 million cases each year in this country. Anyone who has recovered from chickenpox may develop shingles; even children can get shingles. However the risk of disease ...


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When I read the title I thought you were talking about temperatures below freezing, but even then my answer would've been the same. I believe that going outside as much as possible, even when it is cold, improves immunity and reduces susceptibility to the colds, it is also important for mental health and overall development. Some of benefits of spending time ...


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Tugging at an ear is sometimes a symptom of ear pain; however, this behavior can also be related to teething or a blocked eustachian tube. A blocked eustachian tube may cause sensations similar to those felt when flying or traveling in mountains. The eustachian tube connects the middle ear to the mouth and can be blocked by inflammation, allergies, colds, ...


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Besides the other answers of being a solid friend, you can also read up on what it is, only so that you know when your friends want to talk about it. A quick Google search turned up several useful sources including a support group and a short WebMD page with more support addresses. Sadly, the Wikipedia entry is very brief.


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It might just be an interesting experience to her. She might have copied it from someone (many adults do that) and she wants to try it out. Holding a sneeze in can be uncomfortable but I know several people who prefer that because they feel it's less uncomfortable than the alternative. To each their own. At her age, it's unlikely that you can deliberately ...



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