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was wondering how much sodium can a child consume a day?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Sodium requirement: Americans on average eat about 1 to 3 teaspoons of salt a day (adding up to between 2, 300 and 6, 900 mg of sodium). The average daily sodium requirement is much less, ranging from 1, 200 g of sodium for 4- to 8-year-old children to 1, 500 g for 9- to 18-year-olds. This amounts to about half a teaspoon of salt a day.

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What might cause random breakouts of rashes throughout the day?

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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I kno some: Vasomotor causes as a reaction to stress embarasment. Sun can cause them in some on certain drugs. Also some have a disease called pyphoria. )not sure of the sp). Some mild, some cases are serious.
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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 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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A 18-year-old male asked:

My sister got her period last week and it came back 4 days later what could it be?

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Need Gynecology Eval: Vaginal bleeding is not always your menstrual peiod. Sometimes women get miscarriages that happen about the time that they expect their periods. Also, there are a lot of conditions that can develop in the uterus that can cause bleeding such as fibroids, uterine polyps, cancer, infections, etc. Your sister should go and see her pcp or a gynecologist for an evaluation of her vaginal bleeding.

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