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what are the signs of alcohol abuse in a teen?

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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine 43 years experience
Underage drinking: Technically, ingestion of any illegal substance constitutes abuse. Teens may not legally drink alcohol. Therefore a teen who is drinking alcohol is suffering from alcohol abuse.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Functioning: Impairment of functioning in all major life areas are signs of substance abuse. These include problems in the family, with friends, with work and school. Also, a change in a person from their usual levels of functioning may point to a substance abuse problem.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Various: Safe use is far far less for a teen especially younger teens. Abuse has significant social, health or other impact on functioning. Frequent binges, missing school, withdrawal symptoms, intoxication, mood changes are all trouble. See http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/talking%20to%20your%20adolescent%20who%20drinks.Mht for more help on talking to your teen abut drinking.

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Can I drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
No: In general, it is best not to consume alcohol while breastfeeding as alcohol can get into your bloodstream and then into your breastmilk. That being said, the alcohol does not stay there indefinitely. If you care to consume alcohol, a reasonable alternative would be to feed with expressed breastmilk and "pump and dump" the milk that you make for a couple of hours after drinking to be cautious.
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What medications should I take for juvenile arthritis?

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Dr. Geoffrey Tyson
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Arthritis medication: There are a number of different classes of medication that might be effective. I would suggest seeing a rheumatologist experienced in seeing pediatric patients for their recommendations.
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A 30-year-old male asked:

If someone is seizure free on a low level of Dilantin 3.1 for 15 years since teen what are the chances of another seizure are chances low ?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Very low-unlikely: Your Dilantin level is known as a homeopathic dose-not likely to be preventing any seizure activity if you truly have an ongoing epilepsy.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What are some acne treatments for teens besides proactive?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Ones that work: Being a teen is hard enough without acne, and a teen has a right to something that works better than slick-packaged benzoyl peroxide. I start teens on topical Clindamycin with or without retinoic acid, and move to stronger stuff, including a systemic antibiotic, if it fails. For the really hard cases, dermatologist have the big guns. Junior deserves the best. Good luck.
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What causes a teen to have low white blood cell count?

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Dr. Jay Park
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
Viral infection: Leukopenia, low white cell count, is most often caused by viral infection. A number of different conditions or infections have to be considered as well.

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