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Published on: 06 Oct 2016 by jennings

Write For Us: Your Child's Health

1. OUR three-year-old son has the unpleasant habit of banging his head when he is in bed. Is this anything to worry about and could the damage his head?

In an otherwise normal child this is just a habit which he will grow out of - usually by the time he is four. However, it may be wise to pad the cot sides so that he can't injure himself.

2. FOR THREE months my son of 12 has complained of pain in his left knee, especially after he plays sport. Is this part of growing up or should I take him to the doctor?

First of all stop him doing sport until he has been thoroughly checked by a doctor. This may be, as you say, a part of growing up but an X-ray of the knee is necessary to rule out any possible problem which might need treatment. When all possibilities of bone disease or cartilage injury have been ruled out then normal activities can be resumed.

3. RECENTLY I was told about hand, foot and mouth disease which affects children. How would I recognize it and should I bring the child to you?

There is a definite disease caused by a virus which is called hand, foot and mouth disease. It is recognized by painful ulcers in the mouth, usually on the tongue which make it difficult for the child to eat. There are also blisters on hands and feet, particularly on the sides of the feet, which are painless. There is no treatment and the child recovers reasonably quickly. However, it is wiser to see your doctor so that he can make certain of the diagnosis.

4. ANTIHISTAMINES just haven't helped our eight-year-old child who suffers severely with hay fever. Do you think there is any other treatment which might help, Doctor?

Hay fever results from sensitivity to particular pollens to which the child is exposed. Usually antihistamines offer some relief. However in your child's case you should see your doctor because there is a relatively new medication which is inhaled up each nostril three or four times a day. This gives a good control of hay fever in the majority of cases.

5. MY THIRD baby is due soon. Doctor, and my previous two had thrush as babies. I wondered whether there was anything I could do to prevent the new baby from getting thrush too?

Thrush is a fungal infection and is found sometimes in the mouths of newborn babies and young bottle-fed babies. It is relatively uncommon in breast-fed babies. Control and prevention is best done in the case of a bottle-fed baby by adequately sterilizing all feeding bottles and teats before use. Good sterilization techniques are very likely to prevent thrush infection in your new baby.

6. WHAT should I do about a hairy mole on my nine-year-old daughter's face?

It is wise to seek medical advice about moles, especially if they are dark in color. The doctor will decide whether a mole needs treatment. The usual advice is to have the mole removed under local anesthetic.

7. MY FRIEND says that my little baby has cradle cap. Just what is it and does it need medical treatment?

This is a form of dermatitis which affects the scalp and is diagnosed by seeing hard crusted yellow plaques on the scalp. It is not associated with itching but may become infected with bacteria or thrush. A visit to your doctor will supply you with the appropriate treatment.

You can write for us (Baby Care Blog) on topics related to baby care tips, baby diseases, or anything that is related to babycare and pregnancy.

Sources:

http://baby.stayhealthyblog.com/

https://umc.ua.edu/files/2010/03/Newborn-Care-Manual-English.pdf

https://www.med.unc.edu/pedclerk/schedules/clerkship-at-unc/newborn-nursery/caring-for-yourself-and-your-baby-a-guide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLnVNIx2nkw

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