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cystic fibrous-how do you get a child to swallow the enzymes?

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Dr. David Escobar
Dr. David Escobaranswered
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Age Appropriate: That is a great question, because i know how big those enzyme supplement pills are! unfortunately, the answer to your question depends on the age of the child. It is best to devise an age-appropriate approach. I would also encourage you to reach out to other parents of CF kids, and see what they do! the CF foundation has an extensive list of local groups. Your pediatrician can also help!
Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
Pediatric Pulmonology 22 years experience
Trcks: Various tricks exist, and some enzymes come in the form of capsules that can be opened and the beads inside can be given instead of the entire capsule. It really depends on the age of the child. Your CF center should be able to assist with ideas. Do not ignore enzymes, juts because they may be difficult to administer. Good nutrition is key in cystic fibrosis.

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Do children in emerging nations need multivitamins?

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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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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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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.
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How can I get my child to eat breakfast if still sleepy and early?

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Dr. Samuel Sadow
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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
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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.
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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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