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FAQs – My Baby is Sick and Can’t Breathe!

December 19, 2012 Leave a comment

my baby is sick and can't breathe

Top 5 frequently asked questions in Happy Baby USA.

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I Found a Tick on my Child!!!

June 4, 2012 5 comments

 

I found a tick on my child!!!  What should I do?  First of all, take a deep breath and do not panic.  Staying in control of the situation will prevent further stress to your child.  It is important to remove the tick as soon as possible.   Afterwards you can determine whether your child has contracted any diseases associated with ticks such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

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Babies and Infection – Why does my baby keep getting sick?

November 9, 2011 1 comment

Why does my baby keep getting sick!

Is there something wrong with my baby?  Should I be concerned?  Are there any ways to prevent this?  These are just a few of the many questions this article will attempt to explain.

Let us start with a little background on the immune system.

Simply speaking, the immune system is your body’s defense mechanism against foreign and infectious agents.  The immune system comprises of two main components – innate and adaptive.  Innate immunity can be thought of typically as your first line of defense, like the skin, mucous membranes and specific cells of the body such as neutrophils and macrophages.  Adaptive immunity can be compared to an elite group of special forces – lymphocytes (B and T cells), plasma cells and antigen presenting cells.  Plasma cells and B cells create antibodies for the immune system.  Innate and adaptive immunity together work hand in hand to protect the body from foreign and infectious agents. Read more…

Babies and Infection – My Baby has a Fever! (Part 2)

October 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Part 1 of My Baby has a Fever discussed the definition, causes and the mechanism of fever. Specific age groups doctors use to assess a baby with a fever was also addressed.  Part 2 of the series will now discuss how to evaluate a child who requires a doctor and discuss the management of fever.

It is important to know when a child with fever should be taken to the doctor’s office.  The table above serve as a small guideline to determine whether the child needs to be taken to the hospital immediately or not.  Read more…

Babies and Infection – My Baby has a Fever! (Part 1)

September 17, 2011 Leave a comment

My baby has a fever!  What should I do?  The first article in a two-part series will define what a fever is, discuss the mechanism of a fever and provide a small insight to a doctors perspective on fever according to age groups.

What is a Fever

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Babies and Infection – My Baby has a Cold and can’t Breathe!

September 1, 2011 2 comments

My baby has a cold and can’t breathe!  All parents have dealt with colds that seem to all of a sudden start to crop up after 4~6 months of age.  Unfortunately most parents have also experienced helplessness when they see their child struggling to breathe.  It is especially distressing during this period because your newborn does not quite have the capacity to breathe comfortably through his/her mouth – thus the term obligate nose breathers.

At the time of birth, your baby is blessed with immune help from the mother – antibodies, in the form of IgG is transferred directly from the mother to the baby during the time in the womb.  Babies can also receive additional immune help from the immunoglobulin IgA which is only present in the mother’s breast milk and not formula milk.  (Although IgG is a wonderful protectant to the baby, IgG is less effective in fighting some bacteria namely Gram-negative bacteria.)

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Do you Chew Food for your Baby?

August 30, 2011 4 comments

Do you chew food for your baby?  All mothers and fathers mean well and want what’s best for their babies…

Mother bird feeding babies.

As for humans, please do not chew the food and feed it to your baby.  This action has been seen quite a number of times in public and some are surprisingly even promoted on other articles and websites.  While all intentions are out of love, it really is not that good for the baby.  What one is essentially doing is transferring bacteria in the adult’s mouth and into the baby.  This type of action will bring more cavities down the road for the little ones along with other infections which can occur – bacterial, viral and even fungal.

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