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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.

Please do not use this service for anything other than basic health issues. 

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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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