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A 38-year-old member asked:

how come we let children use toothpaste with fluoride?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mike Moore
Cosmetic Dentistry 43 years experience
Flouride ?: You obviously do not have to do that, as a parent you have the ability to avoid Fluoride for what ever reason you wish. That being said, we in the dental profession believe its use in a very small amount improves the ability of teeth to resist the bacteria which causes tooth decay. We have significant research to demonstrate that is correct, and toothpaste is a good way to administer it.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Because it works: We avoid using fluoride pastes with kids before they can be taught to spit it out (swallowing it can be toxic) , but do when they can and older. It is one of the great advances in healthcare of the 20th century.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Cavities : The alternative is cavities. As long as your child can effectively spit and rinse, use only a pea-sized portion of toothpaste. If children are 1 year old or older, should be seeing General Dentist or preferably Pediatric Dental Specialist every 6 months. Extremely important that you floss children daily. Also talk to Dentist about sealants.

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Do children in emerging nations need multivitamins?

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Dr. Prakash Bhoopalam
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May be: It does not depend on where they live in general but on their diet. If they are consuming a balanced diet that includes but not limited to fruits, vegetables, cereal, and milk products they don't need any multivitamins.
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How can I feed children healthy foods on the go?

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Plan ahead: Plan meals a day in advance. Grab fruits & vegetables that can travel (mini carrots, celery, oranges, apples, bananas). Nuts and nut butters come in individual serving size packages that travel well and are easy to keep on hand or in car. Have a good supply of healthy snacks such as granola bars or other meal bars that your kids enjoy. Be sure to read nutritional labels and select wisely.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How can I get my child to eat breakfast if still sleepy and early?

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Dr. Samuel Sadow
Bariatrics 48 years experience
Outsmart them!: To bed earlier. Try variety! eat with them! give them what tastes good like home made protein smoothies with fresh fruit juices and whey protein powder. Almond butter with toast. Avoid breakfast out of a box! make some turkey bacon. Play some upbeat music and get them going. Good luck!
A 42-year-old member asked:

How might an emergency room doctor treat a child's nosebleed?

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Dr. Mark Tosca
Urgent Care 20 years experience
Several ways: It's not any different then how it would be treated in an adult. Compression is the first thing. If that doesn't work a topical vasoconstricter (like afrin) is used. Cauterization may be attempted with an electrocautery or topical chemical cautery (ex. Silver nitrate, floseal). Nasal packing would be the last thing - but it's uncommon to have to do that with children.
A 43-year-old member asked:

When must I get professional help for my child if he has stranger anxiety?

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Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
When it's a problem.: Some anxiety (shyness) with strangers is normal and good. You want your child to be cautious with strangers. Honor the child's discomfort with anyone being too intimate. But if the anxiety is causing problems or distress in the child's life, talk to a professional as soon as possible to help decide what needs to be done. The sooner the issue is addressed, the easier it is to resolve.

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