Ask the Doctor: Circumcise my baby boy?

Q: How should I decide whether or not to circumcise our baby boy?A: This has been a hotly debated topic this year, with 18 states no longer funding Medicaid reimbursement for the procedure. Ultimately, whether or not to circumcise is a very personal decision that is up to the parents.  It’s …

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Ask the Doctor: Will my past “bad habits” endanger my baby?

Q. I am starting to think about pregnancy and am now worried that my wild teen years could come back to haunt me. Could the drugs and alcohol I used in the past hurt my chances of getting pregnant now? What about my husband’s habits?A. Since men are often an afterthought when it comes to …

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Ask the Doctor: Overweight and Pregnant?

Q: Does being overweight increase risk of stillborn birth?  How can I diet and make sure my baby is getting enough nutrients? A: The actual number of stillbirth's in the US attributed to being overweight or obese is not certain. It does appear that although the total rate for stillborns …

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Ask the Doctor: Fear of Immunizations?

Q: I'm scared of immunizations for my new baby. What are the chances there will be a bad reaction resulting in injury or death?A: Immunizations shouldn’t be feared. They play a crucial role in keeping kids healthy and save lives. The risk of not immunizing your newborn far exceeds any theoretical …

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Foods to naturally ease morning sickness?

Q. What are good foods to naturally ease morning sickness?A. If you are part of the nearly 70 percent of pregnant women who suffer from nausea, vomiting, or both, sometime during your pregnancy, you already know that "morning sickness" is a misleading term. The condition that can instantly turn …

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Ask the Doctor: Inducing labor raises risk of Cesarean?

Q: Does inducing labor increase the chance of a Cesarean Section at birth or in future births?A: No. Inducing labor does not increase the risk of an emergency C-section for births occurring in Week 39 or later. However, if induction is required before a full 39 Weeks, the risk does increase. …

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Worst environmental hazard in house for new baby?

Q: What is the worst environmental hazard in the house for a new baby? A: For a baby, who spends about 94% of his or her time in a house and/or daycare center, one of the most hazardous environmental issues is chemical exposure. More than 80,000 chemicals are used to make the products that we use …

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Mentally ill baby?

Q: How early in my baby's life can I determine if there are signs of mental illness? Or is a fussy baby a sign of potential mental illness?A: Babies are different. Some come into the world screaming then settle down quickly once they arrive. Others keep screaming and fussing for months. Some babies …

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Ask the Doctor: Most common food allergies for babies?

Q: What are the most common food allergies among babies and children?A: Babies and toddlers are most likely to be allergic to egg whites, milk or peanuts when tested, according to a very large study by Quest Diagnostics. Specifically, 37% of infants and toddlers tested were sensitive to egg …

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Ask the Doctor: Food allergies a Life Sentence for My Baby?

Q: Are food allergies a life sentence for my child?A: While many children eventually outgrow their food allergies, others go on to develop other allergies, such as to ragweed, mold and pet dander. This progression of sensitivity to different allergens is called the “allergy march,” and can …

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