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News from Baby Medical Q&A, Issue #052
January 01, 2011

New Questions and Answers

Question:My 10 month old grandaughter has been having very loose nappies for all of November. She has been to the doctor several times and to an out of hours at the local hospital. They tested her stool and found nothing. Now she will not eat but is drinking. Her last visit to the doctors was yesterday 29/11. She now has a cold and runny nose and her ears are sore. She has been given antibiotics. My concern is the loos nappies and the not eating. They just keep saying is she drinking and seems happy in her self. She is not, she has gone for a happy healthy eating and sleeping through and thriving baby to a baby who will not eat and crys through the night or has very restless sleep. What advise an you give please.

Answer: It sounds as if your grand-daughter is have frequent viral infections - click here for more information.

Give her a probiotic, like Lactobacillus or Acidophilus. You can get them from a health food store or just give yoghurt with live cultures (look for bio yoghurt). This often settles the gut after infections, so can really help diarrhoea.


Question: My 1 year old nephew doesn't react to pain. For example his older sister who is 4 was playing with him on the trampoline and he fell awkwardly and bit down hard on his tongue and made it bleed. He must have bitten it very hard as you could still see the marks several hours later. All he did was sit there. No cry or squeal or anything. Same as when he was bitten on the arm by his sister and got a nasty scratch from a kitten. Why could this be? It is scary because it is hard to tell if he has hurt himself and if so how badly. Please help my sister in law and I know what to do about this.

Answer:Some children do have very high pain thresholds - sometimes it is a tendency that runs in families.

Pain is a protective mechanism that prevents us from further tissue damage when it occurs. What you and your sister-in-law can do is make sure you check your nephew after incidences that could cause damage, like falls from high up. You will also get other clues to damage other than crying - for example, your nephew would be limping if there was a fracture.

Some children seem to have high pain thresholds when young and then then later on have normal pain thresholds.


Question: I would like to see more info on what a white patch (irregular circle of approx 2cm X 2xm) could mean? My 5 month old baby has a white patch that has appeared on the back of her leg in the last five days. No rash, no irritation, it just looks like it's lost pigmentation. I can't find information anywhere and I have a 4 month wait to see my Paed.

Answer: The white patch may be a few things depending on what else is going on.

1. If your baby has eczema, it's not uncommon for the skin to become hypopigmented (so look white). This returns to the normal colour within months usually.

2. A very white patch is vitiligo and this is permanent.

3. There are some other rashes that usually improve with age.

See Diagnose My skin rash for more information.


Question:

I have noticed that sometimes my 1yr old girl enjoys to lay down on the floor and push objects to the area of her diaper between her legs. This is also happening when we put her in the car seat she is pushing the unit where the belts are locked. Is that a problem?

Answer:It's not unusual for infants to do this. If you are concerned that someone might have interfered with your daughter in some way, see your doctor. If you are sure she has been safe, then don't be concerned as she will grow out of this habit.


News and Updates

Drop-sde Cribs Now Outlawed

Following several deaths in infants related to drop-side cribs. Although it makes it easier for parents to remove their infants from cribs if the sides drop down, there have been cases of the side malfunctioning and becoming detached and then the infant getting trapped and suffocating. If you have a drop-side crib, make sure it is in good working order.

Reference:Google News

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