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One of the children I’m (female, 18) babysitting (male, 11 years) flipped and hit his head on the street. He couldn’t stand at first and I literally had to hold him up and carry him so he could lay in the car. He eventually was able to stumble to the house and put ice on his head. It’s been awhile and he still has to hold onto things to walk. He says his getting worse but the nausea he was feeling is a hit better but is still there. Only one pupil dilates when light is flashed in eyes. Does this means he has a concussion and if so what should I do?

Anyone with suspected intracranial trauma should be taken to the hospital immediately. The injury to the child you are babysitting qualifies as intracranial trauma. The injury is serious because of his inability to stand at first. In addition, the symptom of only one pupil dilating is suggestive of far more than intracranial trauma – inability . . . → Read More: One of the children I’m (female, 18) babysitting (male, 11 years) flipped and hit his head on the street. He couldn’t stand at first and I literally had to hold him up and carry him so he could lay in the car. He eventually was able to stumble to the house and put ice on his head. It’s been awhile and he still has to hold onto things to walk. He says his getting worse but the nausea he was feeling is a hit better but is still there. Only one pupil dilates when light is flashed in eyes. Does this means he has a concussion and if so what should I do?

My 8 year old daughter was playing in the woods. She found an insulin syringe. She pricked her finger and scraped the side of her hand, drawing blood. We washed with antibacterial soap, perioxide and used clorox wipes. We went immediately to the dr and they administred blood tests. What are the chances she can get HIV?

HIV is known to be very sensitive to fluctuations in temperature and moisture. Typically, the virus can only survive outside of the body for a few hours. CDC studies show that drying even high concentrations of the virus can virtually eliminate any infectious particles within hours. In addition, insulin syringes are not typically used to . . . → Read More: My 8 year old daughter was playing in the woods. She found an insulin syringe. She pricked her finger and scraped the side of her hand, drawing blood. We washed with antibacterial soap, perioxide and used clorox wipes. We went immediately to the dr and they administred blood tests. What are the chances she can get HIV?

My son is 4 weeks old and cant poop on his own. I’ve tried karo and it hasn’t helped. his poop is soft and right there at the edge of his rectum and he strains and pushes his heart out but nothing comes out unless I use a qtip. Could there be something wrong with his bowels?

Your son’s inability to pass stool at four weeks old could be a sign of an underlying medical condition. An evaluation by his pediatrician is warranted for further workup.

A common cause of chronic constipation presenting early in life is an anal stricture. Strictures are a benign fibrous circumferential band of tissue that prevents the . . . → Read More: My son is 4 weeks old and cant poop on his own. I’ve tried karo and it hasn’t helped. his poop is soft and right there at the edge of his rectum and he strains and pushes his heart out but nothing comes out unless I use a qtip. Could there be something wrong with his bowels?

I am concerned my daughter (3 years old) has symptoms of ADHD. We live in Thailand currently, and I took her to a doctor there (not a specialist in ADHD) who stated she is ‘normal’. She more often than not refuses to do as she is told and will even not aknowledge you despite being called about five times. She often has a tantrum, throwing an item violently onto the floor. She has on two occasions taken money from her grandmothers purse within her handbag. Despite being told on numerous occasions that she is not allowed a treat from a shop without going in with money, she enters shops (including her aunties) and selects sweets, leaving without paying. She has slapped her mother’s face several times. Two days ago at her nursery she slipped out of the classroom and was found on the road outside by the security guard. I fear for my daughters future and feel that she needs help and/or medical assistance.

The symptoms you are describing could be compatible with the diagnosis of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) but a physical exam is needed.

Patients with ADHD are easily distracted, have difficulty focusing, forgetful, and frequently jump from one task to another. In addition, they may exhibit impulsive behavior such as nonstop talking and have . . . → Read More: I am concerned my daughter (3 years old) has symptoms of ADHD. We live in Thailand currently, and I took her to a doctor there (not a specialist in ADHD) who stated she is ‘normal’. She more often than not refuses to do as she is told and will even not aknowledge you despite being called about five times. She often has a tantrum, throwing an item violently onto the floor. She has on two occasions taken money from her grandmothers purse within her handbag. Despite being told on numerous occasions that she is not allowed a treat from a shop without going in with money, she enters shops (including her aunties) and selects sweets, leaving without paying. She has slapped her mother’s face several times. Two days ago at her nursery she slipped out of the classroom and was found on the road outside by the security guard. I fear for my daughters future and feel that she needs help and/or medical assistance.

I have a rib cage question. My rib cage seems to be kinda cock eyed or tilted. my left side is sticking out about 3 inches and my right seems to be diviting in. I went to a x-ray center and they said that I may have cartilage built up on my right or could be some kinda genetic thing. Me and my brother are the only ones in the family to show this issue

The most common reason for a rib cage abnormality is scoliosis. Twisting of the thoracic spine may make one side of your rib cage appear to be asymmetric.

Another common chest wall abnormality is pectus excavatum which is a congenital abnormality that produces a caved in appearance to the chest. Some doctors believe there . . . → Read More: I have a rib cage question. My rib cage seems to be kinda cock eyed or tilted. my left side is sticking out about 3 inches and my right seems to be diviting in. I went to a x-ray center and they said that I may have cartilage built up on my right or could be some kinda genetic thing. Me and my brother are the only ones in the family to show this issue