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how do nightmares happen in children and adults?

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Nightmares: Dreams in general occur during REM sleep as a way for the mind to process the many stimuli that are experienced during the day. Nightmares can occur when there is stress, a major change or a death. In some people nightmares can be associated with drug use, lack of sleep and certain prescription medications. Depression and Anxiety disorders have also been linked to nightmares.
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 42 years experience
NIGHTMARES: We all dream every night & don't remember the dreams unless there is a very upsetting reason either because of physical illness or emotional problems. Have a physical exam by a Dr. to know if you have a physical illness. If cleared consult with a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in multiple types of psychotherapy to help you with ZOOM & a Psychiatrist for medication & possible sleep study.

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How can my eating habits during pregnancy affect my child?

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

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

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Dr. Christopher Abel
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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.
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What risks will my child with syncope have riding a bike?

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Looking for long term affects of fetal CMV in children?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Deafness, neurologic: 10% of affected fetuses are symptomatic at birth: small size for gestational age, hepatosplenomegaly, petechiae and purpura of the skin, and jaundice at birth. >2/3 of the newborns with symptomatic congenital CMV infection will have neurologic involvement, including microcephaly, seizures, abnormal neurologic examination, and feeding difficulties. Most have progressive deafness (sensorineural).

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