The baby page


This page will be in constant revision as I add new findings of what seems important clinically in pediatric medicine.

Stay away from during pregnancy:

  1. Cat litter box. The organism is called Toxoplasma gondii found in cat feces/urine. It crosses the placenta (if the mother was not previously exposed) and causes chorioretinitis, intracranical calcifications, and hydrocephalus that looks asymptomatic at birth.
  2. Unpasteurized milk/cheese and deli meats.  The organism is called Listeria monocytogenes can cause amnionitis (infection of amnion), septicemia, spontaneous abortions; granulatosis infantiseptica (neonatal septicemia with granulomas), neonatal meningitis (affects baby’s brain).

Don’t give to babies:

  1. Honey.   Reason is because there are bacterial spores in honey (Clostriudium botulinum) that inhibits Acetylcholine neurotransmitter release causing the baby to have flaccid paralysis also known as “Floppy Baby Syndrome”.
  2. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). Reason is because this is excitotoxin could damage the neuronal cells in brain and make baby grow up less smart.

Baby eczema

This could run in the family if there is history of atopic dermatitis. Some things to avoid excess external irritation:

  • invigorous scrubbing or exfoliating of baby as strips away natural body emolient on skin
  • soap & water  (try to use oatmeal baths)
  • medicated baby oils
  • local infections and irritating secretions aggravate the problem
  • (some UV light may help but avoid over radiation in light tone skin, leading to skin cancer)
  • scratching

Down Syndrome

According to Kaplan reviews 1 in 2,000 live births for women under 30 could be a Down Syndrome child. This incidence increases with maternal age. It is 1 in 50 babies for women 45+ years old.

Strep infection

How to tell that strep is going around. If it is Streptococcus pneumonia expect some sputum yellow, green, rusty-sputum color coming via cough with fever, night sweats, muscle aches, ear pain (otitis media in children or anyone). Avoidance of cough medicine will help bring out this sputum. Using cough medicine keeps it inside the trachea and bronchioles infecting the lungs.  Strep pneumo is actually scary of the immunocompromised since it can be a cause of pneumonia and meningitis (injure the brain meninges). Get antibiotics to clear them from the doctor. Otherwise, the body can clear it but will take very long.

Streptococcus pyogenes is another type of Strep bug would have fever, sore throat, lymph nodes swelling on neck, but lack of cough.

Last revised: May 4, 2012

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