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How to answer my toddler’s questions about genitals

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October 21, 2017 | 5:22 31    By oohs N coos     Comments

Swollen labia after vaginal delivery

Why is my labia swollen after vaginal delivery

It is normal for your labia to be swollen and sore  after vaginal delivery. The process of giving birth traumatizes the tissues in the vaginal area.  However the body has the ability to miraculously bounce back.

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The postpartum treatment you are already giving your perineum with includes ice pack for the first 12 to 24 hours  and warm sitz  baths after that will help with your swollen  labia.

The swelling and soreness of the labia will begin to subside  a few days to a week after childbirth. By two weeks , the labia should be restored. If you do not notice any improvement around this time, let your doctor know.

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October 21, 2017 | 5:22 31    By oohs N coos     Comments

Nighttime coughing

Why do children cough at night

If your child coughs or chokes frequently during sleep, the child may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea  is a sleep disorder caused by large tonsils and adenoids blocking the upper airways during the night. This makes it difficult to breathe . This condition peaks between 3 to 6 years  when the child’s tonsils and adenoids are large compared to the size of the child’s airways.

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A cough can also be a symptom  of asthma, allergies or a cold or another illness especially when it is painful and persistent. Give your pediatrician a call if the cough makes it difficult for your child to breathe, lasts  longer than a week or  comes on suddenly accompanied by fever or after the child chokes on something.

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October 21, 2017 | 5:22 31    By oohs N coos     Comments

What you should do when a child gets a bump on the head

If your child hits his head from a major collision or a fall from any serious distance such as falling from the stairs or getting hit with a bat, call your doctor right away. She will want to know about the details of the accident. She will also like to know if the child is :

  •   unconscious
  • crying excessively or irritable
  • vomiting
  • lethargic

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Depending on what is going on, she may ask you to  bring the child to the office or take him  to the emergency room immediately .

If your child just has a little bump and not showing any of the above signs, you may just have to keep an eye on the child for a while.

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October 21, 2017 | 5:22 31    By oohs N coos     Comments

Is my child’s sneezing caused by allergies ?

Sneezing and allergies

Sneezing is often associated with allergies also known as hay fever or allergy rhinitis.  Other symptoms that may accompany allergies include the  following :

  • watery/itchy eyes
  • runny nose
  • nasal congestion
  • itchy nose

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Sometimes allergies trigger coughing and wheezing in a child with asthma. All these symptoms may also be seen with common cold. However a cold can cause fever which is not seen in allergies.

If symptoms occur during the fall season, it may indicate an allergy to ragweed or other weed pollens. Depending on where you live in the United States, the pollen season varies but typically weeds pollinate in late summer and early fall. Vegetation, rotting wood and outdoor mold spores found in the soil as well as rotting wood can cause allergy symptoms.

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October 21, 2017 | 5:22 31    By oohs N coos     Comments

Do breastfeeding babies need to burp ?

Breastfeeding babies and burping

It depends on how well the baby nurses. Breastfeeding babies do not usually need to be burped as often as bottle fed babies. Some babies who nurse efficiently rarely need burping.

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It is normal for you to pat the baby on the back a couple of times when switching from one breast to another. However if the baby is comfortable in-between and after feeding, there is no need to pat until the baby burps.

Many breastfed babies don’t swallow as much air as bottle fed babies. As a result they don’t need to burp.

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October 21, 2017 | 5:22 31    By oohs N coos     Comments

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