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Ask Doctor Cory FOR PARENTS AND TEACHER.

AVOID EATING RAW SPROUTS

This continues to be the recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), especially if you are immunocompromised, elderly, or under the age of five. Raw sprouts have been found to carry foodborne diseases ranging from mild to serious caused by E. coli and Salmonella bacteria. The bacteria may have contaminated the seeds so the bacteria grows as the sprouts germinate. Therefore, washing the sprouts or growing the seeds in your own home under clean conditions does not eliminate the problem. This precaution includes not only alfalfa sprouts but mung bean, soybean, wheat, red clover, and other sprouts as well.

Sun Protection in a Laundry Product

The Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation has been given to Rit Sun Guard, a laundry product made by Bestfoods Speciality Products that can wash sun protection into your clothes. Studies show that washing a T-shirt in this new product increases its UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating from UPF 5 to UPF 30. The active ingredient, Tinosorb, lasts through more than 20 additional washings.

Dear Dr. Cory:

Occasionally when my son is tired or coming down with a cold, I notice a slight jaundice color in his eyes. What could cause this? Do you think I should take him to a specialist?

Jeanne Colvin Houston, Texas

Dear Ms. Colvin:

Bilirubin is a product of the breakdown of red blood cells. An excess amount of bilirubin in the bloodstream is the only cause of jaundice.

There are some blood conditions, such as hemolytic anemias, that can cause an increase in red blood cell destruction. This in turn can cause an increase in the bilirubin level and then jaundice.

There are other benign conditions that make the tint of the skin turn yellowish, such as eating frequent quantities of yellow and red vegetables, but this is not a serious medical condition.

Then there are conditions, such as hepatitis and gallbladder disease, that make bilirubin build up because of the body's inability to filter bilirubin from the blood. This also causes jaundice.

The next time you notice this jaundice color in your son's eyes, check the color of his stools and urine, and see your pediatrician right away. The doctor may want to check your son's bilirubin level and test for urobilinogen in his urine. The stool color becomes light if bile is not being processed properly.

You should follow up on a regular basis with your pediatrician, who will monitor your son's height, weight, and physical development. If these or other factors are inconsistent for your child's normal developmental pattern, then you should consider a visit to a specialist.

Sincerely, Cory SerVaas, M.D.

Doy you have a question about your child's health? Sent it to: "Ask Doctor Cory" Humpty Dumpty's Magazine P.O. Box 567 Indianapolis, IN 46206 Or e-mail your questions to: askdrcory@humptydumptymag.org

This column is not intended to replace the advice of your physician.
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Date:Jul 1, 2001
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