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what can cause slow or poor coordination in an otherwise healthy, bright child?

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Dr. Mason Gomberg
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Poor coordination: In a healthy child , who has been thoroughly tested , and has no past medical history to suggest a cause, poor coordination is usually related to low muscle tone, genetics and can be helped by an early intervention program that includes occupational therapy and /or physical therapy. Remember there are all degrees of athletic success and not every child will become a major league baseball player.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What could potentially cause slow or poor coordination in an otherwise healthy and bright child?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Specific impairment: Observation of individual variations has brought us to understand the complexities of development & movement. Some kids seem to lack position signals from their joints & extremities & must focus full attention on movements that others do smoothly.This yields awkward movements. This may occur with other motor issues or occur alone. Like dyslexia, the cause is unknown and progress is variable.
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How can my eating habits during pregnancy affect my child?

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Dr. Samuel Sadow
Bariatrics 48 years experience
Starts with desire!: See your primary care doctor first to get a check-up. Then, follow the mediterranean diet, daily physical activity 300 minutes per week for life. Reduce alcohol intake to 1 glass of wine 3-4 times per week. Avoid unsaturated fats, eat lots of good fats, eat and drink well in moderation. Eat protein at all meals and do not skip meals!
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it normal for my childs confidence to drop when a teenager?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Difficult teens: The teen years are not just a problem for parents. Teens go through puberty at differing rates which triggers a lot of "am i normal" thoughts. They become self conscious about weight, clothing, hair, sexuality, money etc as their brain matures & they see the diversity in their friends.Significant anxiety occurs in up to half & many need third party counseling thru the rough spots.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Must I deny my child have energy drinks or sports drinks?

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Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: There is no reason for a child to drink energy drinks. Sports drinks are unnecessary most of the time and typically have too much sugar.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What risks will my child with syncope have riding a bike?

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Dr. Theodore Ritota
Dentistry 9 years experience
Be very careful: Not recommended to ride bike with history of syncope. One accident could be disasterous. Check with the doctor that diagnosed the syncope.

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