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News from Baby Medical Q&A, Issue #020
May 01, 2008

New Questions and Answers

Question: My 3 year old son has started stuttering about 5 days ago. He doesn't do it everytime he speaks, but does it alot. This is totally out of character for him. What would cause this? He takes no meds and has not had any type of injury.

Answer: I wouldn't worry about the stuttering. Your son has probably noticed it causes attention and it may become a habit. The best way to deal with it is to ignore it, but when he does speak well without stuttering, tell him well he's speaking then.

See Understanding Toddler Behavior

Question: 18 month fell from chair onto concrete floor. Was stunned for a couple seconds and then started to cry. Cried hard and then quit breathing. Became somewhat limp. Mother blew in childs face and he started to breath again. Face quite pale no swelling or any lumps. He is sleepy(probably from crying so Hard) Should we allow to sleep now or keep awake?

Answer: Your 18 month old most likely had an reflex anoxic seizure (or white breath holding attack) - see Breath holding attacks.

Your son didn't have loss of consciousness with the fall so is probably fine - you should be able to rouse him easily - if not, you need to see a doctor.

Question: I have a 12 week old grandson. He had a small blood spot in soiled nappy and then next nappy was wet with urine with a pink tinge to it. He has not been unwell- no high temp, breastfed feeding well and very happy. Very worried. Any advice or ideas of what it could be would be appreciated as do not have a great amount of faith sometimes with medical opinions from previous experience.

Answer: See Blood in baby's diaper. THe blood was most likely from an cracked nipple as he is breast-feeding, even if you can't see anything on the nipple. It's nothing to worry about. The pink tinge may be urate crystals -again nothing to worry about.

Question: Hi there, I was just wondering what the term to "CAST" or CASTING is please sorry it's probably obvious but i'm not to sure... Thankyou I look forward to your response..


Casting is when an infant holds an object above his/her head and then uses a casting action to release it - it's not a true throw because there is no backward motion.

News and Updates

Should I give my child with chronic cough antihistamines?

A new systematic review in the Cochrane Library has reviewed the evidence for anti-histamines in children with chronic cough. It concludes that there is no benefit fromm giving these medications to children with chronic cough and there may be side effects, so don't give them.

Reference: Chang AB, Peake J, McElrea MS. Anti-histamines for prolonged non-specific cough in children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD005604. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005604.pub3.

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