Not all forms of communication can be heard which is why pain is difficult to spot in children. Young infants cannot say, "Hey mom, my head hurts." Toddlers may not have learned the word for pain yet. And teenagers may not be speaking to you at all. If complaints of pain cannot be heard, a caregiver for children must be on the lookout for other signs that pain is affecting the lives of young people.
How young is pain felt or perceived by the developing brain? Pain becomes a signal in the brain before a newborn is born. Preterm neonates react to painful stimuli of a venous puncture . This reaction can be seen by special brain mapping techniques that measure changes in blood flow and oxygenation. Hospital staff in neonatal intensive care units must be on the lookout for pain. They know that when the potential for pain is present, the lack of a reliable form of communication becomes problematic.
When are other times that pain can be felt by children besides in the hospital f...
Serum herpes simplex antibodies is a blood test that looks for antibodies to the herpes simplex virus.
See also: Herpes viral culture of lesion
How the test is performed
Blood is drawn from a vein, usually from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. The site is cleaned with germ-killing medicine (antiseptic). The health care provider wraps an elastic band around the upper arm to apply pressure to the area and make the vein swell with blood.
Next, the health care provider gently inserts a needle into the vein. The blood collects into an airtight vial or tube attached to the needle. The elastic band is removed from your arm.
Once the blood has been collected, the needle is removed, and the puncture site is covered to stop any bleeding.
In infants or young children, a sharp tool called a lancet may be used to puncture the skin and make it bleed. The blood collects into a small glass tube ca...
I'd like to use this week's SharePost as
a way to start an open discussion about issues relating to my last
SharePost. Although the comments I
received last week were negative, I'm happy that I generated a response from a
couple of readers and would like to keep that momentum going.
To sum up, in my last SharePost I
discussed the issue of casual sex and in it I disclosed that there are occasions,
although certainly not frequent, when I don't feel the need to tell my sexual
partner that I have herpes. I also
admitted to never having used a dental dam.
This does not mean I'm intentionally spreading the herpes virus. I have spent hours and hours (really!)
researching herpes and examining my own body and symptoms. I'm always very careful (besides the
aforementioned absence of a dental dam...I'm sorry but does anyone use those
things?), I'm never even remotely intimate during or shortly after an outbreak,
and I'm very aware of my body and risk lev...
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