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 What's the best (and least painful) way to draw out a splinter deep in the skin?
I tried soaking it, but it doesn't seem to be helping....

 personal stories wanted!?
i am doing something for school and i wanted to ask everyone out there to share a personal story about how they ended up in the hospital! i need details and how it happened whether you were sick or ...

 what do you do for a bee sting?
i just got stung when i woke up from a ...

 how do i get rid of an ingrown toenail?
i have an ingrown toenail and i have had it for about 4 months it will not go away, i have tried soaking it in water with and without ebsom salt, i have tried the V thing, sticking cotton in it and ...

 My B/F got stung by a sting ray what should we do??

 how can i get rid of louses from hair?

 I have extreme leg pain at night that wakes me. What can I take to ease thePain?
I have gone to the doctor but, in Canada the doctor's don't listen anymore. I have thought arthritis but, I don't have swelling and I've heard of restless leg syndrome. Has anyone ...

 i bite people??????????????
i bite people to show anger and my teeth to make them be scared of me
im sick of this please ...

 Does it hurt when the doc removes stitches?
I have 5 stitches in my head that were used to close up an incision, the area is very sensitive, how will they remove it?

will they just rip out the stitch from my head?...

 My child finger had got slammed in the door and the whole nail came off what i need to do for healing?
Fingernail fall ...

 Is there a 'better' time to take vitamins? For example: day, night, with food, after food...?

 What is the best method to get a person to stop smoking?

 My ear piercing is infected. Yellow pus comes out, but it's not very goey.?
I didn't realize i put on a earring that gave me problems before. So again it got infected. Now yellow liquids are coming out. It isn't goey, because it can drip from my ear onto my chin in ...

 i have to take a cpr class. what exactly will i have to do there?

Additional Details
i have to get my certificate to work in a kids ...

 I bite my cheeks, how do i break this habit?
I don't do it that often, but I've done it ever since 1st grade. (i'm a sophmore in highschool)
I mostly do it when I'm anxious, excited, or stressed out. I tried chewing gum ...

 Have deep self inflected wounds. help?
I have these self inflicted wounds on my upper ams. I don't do this anymore but its been almost two years and they still haven't healed very much there like one and a halve to 2 in a half ...

 THIS IS NOT A JOKE! I've had diahreah (or however you spell it) for a week straight.?
Im very far from home (and my M.D.) and ive had this problem for a week now. I have no idea whats going on, and its very very annoying. I dont feel sick other the whats going on down there. And i ...

 How to reduce swelling?
I had a sprain two weeks ago, the ankle got really swallen.Now,ofcourse,I can walk and everything but swelling is STILL quite big with bruises.I don't know what to do.I used to keep it elevated ...

 Why do I have occasional spells in which I have trouble seeing clearly?
There is a bright, out of focus rim around my line of vison that makes is difficult to focus on anything. It makes me have a headache. It doesn't seem to have any cause, but it only happens ...

 Does anyone know of any physical damage to the brain of shaving off all or most of a young persons hair??
God gave us hair on the head for a reason. Ive noticed that bald-headed kids tend to be dumber or less able to learn well than other kids.Is this just my imagination?Does not the hair on our head ...

How safe is it for a 4 year old to "go under" for an operation? (anesthesia)?
My 4 year old is having a tonsillectomy in about two weeks. I had heard that it is more difficult for a small child to come out of the anesthsia than for an older child. I wanted to know how true this is and what to expect.

My son is two year old and has had two operations, the youngest at 5 months. The anesthetist told me that the anaesthetic risk was the same as for adults. If your child has no other medical problems then there should be minimal risk. You should discuss this also with the anesthetist prior to the operation.
It is very daunting on the day but I am sure that your child will be fine. Maybe sleepy after wards but this is normal and nothing to worry about.

"Sure Darla!"
I have had my son "go under" for tubes in his ears, twice! He was 3 1/2 years old with the first surgery and 4 1/2 y/o with the second surgery...
He didn't have any problems coming out of the anesthetic aftermath.
You will be O.K. Your child will be fine.
Surgeons these days can do about anything with success!
Just say a prayer and you will feel better.
As always, Popsicles will do the trick, too. :)

The good news is that it is routine surgery, when its routine surgery the chances of anything bad happening is slim.

A lot of thought goes into medicating the elderly and the VERY young. Anesthesia is given base on height and weight. During surgery the child is well monitored. Dozens of children have this surgery every day without any problem, yours should not be any different, But you are a mother that is your job to worry. Gods' protection will be on your child, this is the prayer I will pray your young one. No need to say good luck. Everything will be well.

Anesthesia is a bit more complicated for youngsters. They often "com out of it" differently than adults do. However, all this should be well explained to you by your anesthesiologist. Dont be afraid to ask questions.

My four year old has been under the knife five times. He woke up confused and disoriented and wanted to be held. He was held and rocked (when possible) and he did just fine after a while. Mom/Dads voice and a soothing touch can do wonders.

Dont be afraid, be informed

My daughter had general anesthesia at age 4 for a procedure. It was much easier than I thought. They did not give her an IV until she was "under". They did this via a mask. They gave her a pill about 30 minutes before the surgery that made her "giddy and giggly". In fact, when they went to take her to the operating room, she jumped right into the red wagon, and off she went with the nurse without paying any attention to me! When she woke up, I was there in recovery with her. She was a bit frightened and disoriented and she cried a bit. I got to hold her and calm her. She did have nausea for a bit, but it passed quickly. Well, this was just my experience. Here is what some of the experts say:

Here is a study that was done:

Patients The study population comprised 269 children and adolescents ranging in age from 2 months to 18 years (881 procedures performed by 6 pediatric dermatologic and laser surgeons).
Results The risk of general anesthesia in elective pediatric dermatologic procedures was low: 90% of patients experienced no clinically relevant complications. The most common clinically relevant adverse effect of general anesthesia was perioperative nausea and emesis, which was noted in 4% of patients. There were no serious life-threatening events noted, and the mortality rate was 0%.

Conclusion The use of general anesthesia for dermatologic procedures in a children’s hospital setting appears safe, with a low rate of complications. http://archderm.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/141/5/573

How safe is the anesthesia for my child?
Anesthesia is very safe today. The anesthetic risks depend on your child's medical history, and we will discuss them with you before your child's surgery.

Complications from anesthesia have declined dramatically over the last 25 years. Since 1970, the number of anesthesiologists has more than doubled and, at the same time and at virtually the same rate, patient outcomes have improved. In just the last decade, estimates for the number of deaths attributed to anesthesia have dropped 25-fold from 1 in 10,000 anesthetics to 1 in 250,000 today. Indeed, the risk of "routine" anesthesia is many times smaller than the risk of riding in a car. http://www.ntcadocs.com/parent-f.htm

I used to work in an OR. If you're concerned; check the credentials & direct your question to the anesthesiologist who'll be in the OR with your daughter.
I've seen younger children undergo this surgery with no problems. Just know it is a very bloody process. They'll suction out both her nose & her tummy, but she should be fine.
Like I said, check with the anesthesiologist.

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