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What are the pros and cons of a chicken-pox party vs immunization?

Growing up in the US, most kids I knew (myself included) were exposed to Chicken Pox through Chicken-Pox parties where kids were allowed to play with a child who already had the Chicken Pox. Now that ...
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My child has chickenpox, am I infectious?

My 3-year-old has had chickenpox for about 2-3 days, but a close friend has just had a baby and I want to go and help. Is it possible that I am infectious, despite not having the illness? I had it as ...
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Can contact with cat feces be harmful for pregnant women?

Is it true that coming into contact with cat feces can harm the unborn baby of pregnant women, whether by a mishap handling kitty litter or gardening in an area where cats may have relieved themselves?...
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How can I support my friends who have just had a child diagnosed with 9P Syndrome?

My wife and I are good friends with another couple who has two kids (ages 4 and 1). Our kids are similar in age and best friends with theirs. The one year old, after a long string of medical issues, ...
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Is it healthy for toddlers to play outside when it is cold?

Assuming the child is dressed properly and it isn't extremely cold (I'm thinking high 50ºF or 10ºC with wind). Their hands and face will be exposed and they may be sweaty from running around, but ...
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My toddler has dandruff in her hair, and we've found tiny insects on her scalp

My two year old daughter has tiny insects in her hair, and now her mom is crying. I decided to write this story here for your solutions. Today, after her bath, her mother saw what we believe to be ...
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What is the recommendation for treating a feverish child?

When her young children became feverish, my sister would undress them and try to bring their temperature down. However my mother is adamant that the right treatment is the exact opposite- Wrap them ...
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Is it safe to travel by car without A/C when it's hot outside?

My in-laws want to take my kids soon on a day where the outside temp is supposed to be close to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32°C); unfortunately, their car does not have Air Conditioning. We live in the ...
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Basic guidelines for supporting psychological health of a sick 3-year-old?

My 3-year-old son has become ill over the last few days - his white blood cell count is low and the diagnosis is immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). The prognosis is good - he should get better ...
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How often is it okay for a kid to become ill in kindergarten?

My son, age 4 (in two weeks) went to kindergarten this year. Not even a month has passed, and he's been ill twice. The first week was fine, the second - he was coughing a lot and had a runny nose. A ...
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How can I get renewed medical attention for my child's undiagnosed sickness?

My son is 6 1/2 years old and we are in the process of seeing an Infectious Disease specialist and a Neurologist. My son has had an MRI, a CAT Scan, Ultrasounds, and the pediatricians have run every ...
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Is it normal for a 3.5-year-old child to get sick every month?

My son is now 3.5 years old and had recently started going to play school. Ever since, he had been getting sick approximately at a rate of once every 4-5 weeks. Each time it is the same story, he gets ...
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What are the significant risks of taking children on a Caribbean cruise?

What would be the significant risks of taking children between the ages of one and seven on a 4 night cruise to Cozumel (an island off the coast of Mexico) if the children have never left the U.S.?
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20m Old Baby Is Insanely Cranky + Clingy + Not Leaving Her Mom, We Are At Our Wits End!

My first question here, and here's the situation: 20 month old baby girl. Had a bout of the rainy stomach bug 5 days ago, she was down with a bad fever for 2 days, recovered from the fever on the 3rd ...
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Does too much or too little exposure to infection affect long-term immune health?

Every time our children spend time with a group of other kids, there's at least one with the sniffles or worse. It's tempting to shield them from such sources of infection, but (leaving aside the non-...
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Intentional infection with Toxoplasmosis before getting pregnant?

Toxoplasmosis is a disease which seems to be, most of the time, not serious for humans (according to Wikipedia, up to a third of the world’s human population is estimated to be infected). After being ...
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What to do when daycare doesn't allow ill children during winter?

Our 2.5-year-old daughter started her nursery in October. However, the problem with her is that she would have a cold for half of the winter months (so 6+ weeks), and the nursery obviously doesn't ...
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Should I be concerned that my infant holds her sneeze in?

My ten-month-old daughter just got stick (seems like cold/flu). What's really strange for me is that she holds her sneezes in. In fact, sometimes she's almost shaking from the exertion of holding her ...
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When do children's immune systems become as effective as adults?

Various places/things carry warnings that you should be careful around "children, elderly, and others with weak immune systems." At what age does a child not fall under this category?
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How can I help a ten year old girl not to be frightened of feeling sick?

My daughter was quite recently ill with a virus, which caused vomiting and lengthy periods of feeling very sick. This seems to have made her frightened of the sickness feelings. Now when she has a ...
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Properly suctioning mouth of infant with bulb syringe

My 5 month old is having a horrible time with a cold currently. He's been progressively producing a large amount of phlegm - now to the point that he's coughing almost continuously and having a hard ...
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How to explain to my children their mother's cancer?

My wife is surviving (so far) an aggressive form of cancer called leiomyosarcoma. She's just had a second test after sugery removed the tumour, and we are waiting to find out whether the cancer is re-...
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What are some symptoms of an ear infection?

My 6-month-old was upset today, and I couldn't figure out why, but she kept rubbing one of her ears. I'm wondering if she might have an ear infection, and what other symptoms to look out for if this ...
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How to help my 4-year-old son who has a stuffy nose but doesn't understand yet how to blow his nose?

My 4-year-old son just started to get sick and he has lot of snot in his nose. He doesn't quite understand how to blow his nose yet, but when he tries he gags. Is there anything that I can do for him ...
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Will a road trip (travel) make an infant weaker and more prone to illness?

Our family hasn't been on any long vacations in over a year (mostly because my wife became pregnant with our third last year). Now I am trying to convince my wife to go on one which entails a 7 hour ...
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Why is my 9-year-old making up new illnesses/injuries every day?

My 9-year-old daughter is a sweet, talkative little girl who has a tendency to exaggerate things, but within the past two years her claims of different illnesses and injuries have steadily increased ...
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Stomach damage/sickness long after pregnancy? [closed]

My wife had quite a tough time during pregnancy. She had morning sickness all the way through, vomiting regularly, although not enough to put her in hospital or require treatment. She also had severe ...
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My MIL is traveling to Paraguay. How long do you suggest having her wait to visit my 8 month old son once returning?

My MIL is traveling to paraguay. How long do you think she should wait to visit my 8 month old son once returning? There is currently the outbreak of the Zika virus there. Any input would be ...
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How to keep a sick infant fed and hydrated?

Our infant does not appear to be well. Based on spots around her mouth, hands and feet, we suspect hand, foot and mouth disease. We also think that she has a sore throat because suddenly she doesn't ...
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How do you disinfect toys? [duplicate]

My mom bought some toys from a woman with a very sick son. They had yet to find out what was wrong with him. The toys have sat in an unheated detached garage for more than 2 months. Will they be safe ...
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My baby is having cough and making wheezing sound [closed]

My baby is 3 and half months old and she is having cough and making wheezing sound while breathing. She had attack of Pneumonia 20 days back and had to be admitted to hospital, her Ped says that she ...
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How to remove phlegm from baby/toddler?

My child (currently 9 months old) has gotten his fair share of colds so far, and I expect more to come. Sometimes, he coughs and I can hear the phlegm come up in his throat. Aside from the fact that ...
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Adult has chickenpox, children are vaccinated. Avoid contact none the less?

My brother in law has chickenpox, however, my sister and their children don't. My child is vaccinated. Is it safe to have contact with my sister and her children?