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Ask a Doctor is a free question-and-answer service about basic health issues affecting children, from babies to teens. If you have a question, please fill out the online form. Selected questions will be answered on the site every week. Before submitting your question, please search the existing topics to see if your question has already been answered.

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Important note

This service is not intended to provide medical advice concerning specific care or treatment. Questions should be general and generic; we will not be able to post answers to questions that are potentially sensitive, highly specific to your child’s unique medical conditions, which involve a lot of medical history, or are conditions that are already under the care of another provider.

The answers posted cannot be used as a substitute for a consultation with your doctor or other healthcare provider. Seeing your own medical provider is always important in getting your needs and questions addressed.  If you don’t have a medical provider for your child, you can find pediatricians near you.

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Milk allergy
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Dr. Renee Szafir answers a question about what to give a baby suffering from a milk allergy.
Can you offer any advice to help our two-year-old with bedtime?
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Dr. Matt Nersesian offers advice to a parent who has trouble getting her two-year-old to bed.
Is it okay to give my six-week-old rice cereal?
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Dr. Emilee Yamdagni answers a question about when to feed rice cereal to babies.

What should I avoid if my son has a tree nut allergy?
April 29, 2016
Dr. Denise Dunlap answers a parent's question about what to avoid if her son has a tree nut allergy.
How serious is the risk if my child is allergic to dogs?
April 27, 2016
Dr. Lisa Joerres answers a parent's question about the risk of her child's dog allergy.
Should I be concerned about my son's nosebleeds?
April 26, 2016
Dr. Matt Nersesian answers a parent's question about her son's nosebleeds.
Should I take my two-week-old to the doctor or the ER for a cold?
April 21, 2016
Dr. Emilee Yamdagni answers a parent's question about whether cold symptoms in a two-week-old merit going to the doctor or the ER.
When it is okay to start my baby on solid food?
April 14, 2016
Dr. Renee Szafir answers a parent's question about when to start her baby on solid food.
April 13, 2016
Dr. Alecia Huettl answers a question about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
April 11, 2016
Dr. Michael O'Reilly answers a parent's question about reflux.