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INFANTS LOCAL PEDIATRICIAN DR. ASHRAF AFFAN ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS


My 11-month-old was outside in our yard and before I could stop her she was eating dog poop. I’m not sure how much she ate. Is there anything in dog poop that could make her sick?


If your dog has roundworms, hookworms, or whipworms and


your infant ate the poop your infant could have any of these worms now. Te best thing to do is take a sample of the stool you caught your infant eating and have it immediately tested that day by your local veterinarian. Also, wash your child’s mouth out thoroughly. Ten, wash their hands well with soap and water. If you are not able to get immediate test results make sure you monitor your child until you receive results. If she begins to have a fever, diarrhea or stomach pain, make an appointment to be seen by your pediatrician.


My daughter is now 9 months old and won’t crawl. When she wants to get somewhere she rolls. Is it possible for her to skip crawling and go straight to walking?


Some infants do not crawl until 10 months. Try to place your


child on her stomach during the day with a toy out in front of her so she has to move forward to get the object. Also, place your child on her arms and knees to encourage her to crawl. If she starts to walk and has not yet crawled don’t panic, some children skip crawling.


Dr. A. Affan is a Board Certified Pediatrician with more than 18 years


experience in different international as well as national settings. Dr. Affan had his pediatric training at the State University of New York in Long Island and served as a chief resident after finishing his residency.


Dr. Affan worked as a consultant for many international health


organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Africa.


Dr. Affan is the director of Angel Kids Pediatrics and has been providing services to kids and families in Jacksonville since 2003.


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