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There seems to be a link (as one would expect) between areas with a higher concentration of unvaccinated individuals and disease outbreaks (see this article and the source data map). The recent (2015) measles outbreaks in California are a good example: at least 70-80% of those infected were unvaccinated (including a number of newborns too young to be ...


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If you are immunized, there is of course less risk of you contracting a given disease through contagion from an of an unvaccinated carrier. However, if your child is young enough (e.g. < 6 months old as in the question here), your child is unlikely to have had the full range of recommended vaccinations yet. (The American Academy of Pediatrics has a list ...


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DaveL already covered the Zika aspects, so I'll just add this. Microcephaly is a birth defect that happens to developing fetuses, not children. Your children were safe from microcephaly the day they were born without it. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/microcephaly.html


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Pre-Update: Your question is misleading in two regards: The title head of the question, combined with the tag, assumes that there's some age limit to who can receive this virus. There is currently no proven age limit for contracting the zika virus. http://www.cdc.gov/zika/disease-qa.html It's transmittable through mosquitoes and sex. http://wwwnc.cdc....


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Breast milk is known to provide many benefits to the newborn and developing infant. According to 'Bioactive Proteins in Human Milk: Health, Nutrition, and Implications to Infant Formulas.’: Several proteins in breast milk, including lactoferrin, α-lactalbumin, milk fat globule membrane proteins, and osteopontin, have been shown to have bioactivities ...


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It would appear that breast feeding allows the infant gut flora to rapidly normalize after the course of antibiotics whereas this can be a problem for artificially fed infants who can suffer with post antibiotic diarrhoea. Savino et al., (2011) studied the gut bacteria of exclusively-breastfed infants, with an average age of 4 months, who were admitted to ...


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Introduction First of all, the study should not be trusted too much. Thirty six test subjects does not seem very much to me in order to make such a claim. However, &AtlLED's opinion in the comment differs from this. From the abstract (emphasis mine): Thirty-six infants were studied during diving exercises in infant swimming. [...] Although the ...


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If the cord is the only reason that prevents the baby to start breathing spontaneously and the baby is otherwise healthy then the situation could resolve as you assumed. Two breaths could suffice, because they are needed only to initiate natural breathing and not to overcome any underlying disorder. Various resuscitation guideliness recommend 2 or 5 breaths ...


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Like the other answer, in part I am sure it is literally that amniotic fluid is not water. Your hands will not wrinkle in all fluids, they do in some fluids. I also don't even know if they would absorb water that early even if exposed. You are covered in vernix at birth, and it's waxy & protective. That alone would likely act as a water barrier. You ...


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Wrinkling of wet skin is triggered by an increased concentration of water in the outer layers of the skin. This happens because water tends to move from areas of low dissolved substances (eg. a bucket of tap water) to areas of high dissolved substances (eg. your body). Amniotic fluid is isotonic: that is, it has the same concentration of dissolved ...


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Your GP clearly has no understanding of Physics, nor of Anthropology. Firstly as the other answer points out, millions of people carry their babies like this in tropical climates and have done for hundreds of thousands of years. It's fairly insulting to presume that they must have been so stupid as to suffer great harm coming to their babies without doing ...


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No. medscape.com Infants' and children’s higher body water content, along with their higher metabolic rates and increased body surface area to mass index, contribute to their higher turnover of fluids and solute. Therefore, infants and children require proportionally greater volumes of water than adults to maintain their fluid equilibrium and are ...


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This is basically a physics question, actually. Let's assume father and infant both start out at 37C core temperatures. The baby is placed against father's chest. Due to their size differences, about 40% of the baby's skin surface is in contact with the father while only about 10% of the father's body is in contact with the baby (estimated using Rule of ...


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The WHO recommended duration of breastfeeding is not six months, but a minimum of six months. The paper you link to does not say whether the breastfeeding mothers had low serum iron and ferritin or not. Low serum iron and ferritin will certainly result in low breastmilk iron. To answer your question: no, iron deficiency anemia "per se" is not a serious ...


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My nephew had FPIES, he is also IgA deficient & has general food sensitivities & my looking into seems to indicate that these things are linked simply meaning that having FPIES does have some influence on an increase in having other food sensitivities (as well as being IgA deficient). You may want to have your child tested for IgA deficiency if that ...


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