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Peeling finger tips of a 10 month old baby..

Peeling finger tips of a 10 month old baby..

Sounds OK: Usually caused by a virus or from finger/thumb sucking. In rare cases it can be from a serious bacteria illness but that would accompany fever or other symptoms. If it's peeling alone, probably not a problem. ...Read more

Dr. David May
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Thumbsucking (Definition)

Dentists generally call these, digit habits, fingers thumb, finger nails. If the person seems to have their fingers in their mouth after the initial eruption of the primary teeth they may have developed the habit. It can be a soothing reflex but can cause growth alterations in the eruption of the ...Read more


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My 10 year old girl snores is that normal?

My 10 year old girl snores is that normal?

Tonsils OSA: She may have large tonsils causing some narrowing of the airway and thus snoring at hight. I am more concerned if she is overweight, because that can cause another level of obstruction. As she's breathing at night, check for "pauses" of her breathing, even count with a second hand on your watch. Any pause of more than 20 seconds is definitely not normal.Is there a " snap" as the airway opens? ...Read more

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Average height for a 10 year old boy?

Average height for a 10 year old boy?

54 inches: 54 in (50th percentile) normal range (5th to 95th percentile) is 51 - 59 inches. ...Read more

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Could a 15 yr old boy grow 1 inch per yr until age 21 yrs old?

Could a 15 yr old boy grow 1 inch per yr until age 21 yrs old?

Unlikely to happen: Most 15 yo are near the end of their linear growth and can expect about 2 more inches. If they entered puberty later than their friends, they may finish later, but most are done at 17.An xray of the wrist and hand can show if more growth is likely by showing open growth centers. ...Read more

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Can my 3 yr old (37 months) old little boy be autistic?

Can my 3 yr old (37 months) old little boy be autistic?

Maybe,maybe not : You provided no information for a real analysis, but a 3 year old can be autistic. ...Read more

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Why is my 10 yr old daughter crying the time?

Why is my 10 yr old daughter crying the time?

See Your Doctor: Your 10 yr old daughter is "crying the time". Excessive crying at this age signals emotional distress however finding the cause can be challenging and multiple factors may be contributing. The early adolescent stage involves rapid body changes and emerging concepts of body image and self-esteem. Effective parental intervention will require the guidance of your child's doctor. Schedule soon. ...Read more

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What's a healthy weight for a 22 year old girl who is 4 feet 10 inches?

What's a healthy weight for a 22 year old girl who is 4 feet 10 inches?

84-111 pounds: According the national institutes of health (usa) the normal range of weight for a 22 year old female, height 4' 10" is 84-111 pounds. ...Read more

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Can 13 year old boy be with a 5 year old girl sexually?

Can 13 year old boy be with a 5 year old girl sexually?

Define sex: There are many instances where teens or adults have used children of either gender as sexual objects. The methods and activities varied, but all are sexual abuse and exploitation. As sick as this is, it does happen in cultures around the world.Often the perpitrators were victims of such abuse in some form as kids. ...Read more

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My 10 month old son is constantly throwing up?

My 10 month old son is constantly throwing up?

See your doctor: The list of things can be anything from over feeding to twisted gut (which is fatal if untreated). See your doctor quickly to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What amount should a 5'0 (155cm) 10 year old girl weigh?

What amount should a 5'0 (155cm) 10 year old girl weigh?

See growth Chart: You can use the Center For Disease Control Growth Charts to check height, weight, BMI & head circumference for child’s age and gender. http://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/clinical_charts.htm. ...Read more

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Belly pain in my 10 year old daughter

Belly pain in my 10 year old daughter

ABDOMINAL PAIN: There are many causes of belly pain in a 10 years old. It can be acute abdomen r/o appendicitis, just pain due to hunger or gastritis, it can accompany other illnesses. ...Read more

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3 year old son does hand flapping when excited.

3 year old son does hand flapping when excited.

Normal Behavior: Not to worry. As long as his growth and development, behavior are age appropriate, he is fine. ...Read more

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Why 2 years old boy finger nails always crack?

Why 2 years old boy finger nails always crack?

Rash?: This can be associated with eczema or psoriasis, or rarer skin conditions. Are there any signs of skin problems any where else on the body? If there are no othe skin problems this can be associated with certain deficiencies such as zinc. See pediatrician for exam and approriate blood tests. Topical treament which can help if there is no underlying issue is dermanial. ...Read more

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My 12 year old is growing her adult teeth behind some baby teeth?

My 12 year old is growing her adult teeth behind some baby teeth?

Crowding: Usually when permanent teeth erupt behind the baby teeth, it is due to not enough space for the tooth to erupt into the mouth. Should be evaluated by a dentist or orthodontist. ...Read more

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How do I stop a 4 year old child from sucking her thumb?

How do I stop a 4 year old child from sucking her thumb?

Options.: See when she does it. Is it when she feels scared, tired or bored? Address the feeling. Also you may start by setting expectations on where she is allowed to do it, thus reducing the "thumb time", other options are having her look in a mirror when she does it, to see if she likes what she sees. And lastly you can try some commercially available nail polishes that taste icky. Don´t overwhelm her. ...Read more

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Boy 13 years old still. Suck baby bottle is that. Normal?

Boy 13 years old  still. Suck baby bottle is that. Normal?

No, ma'am: Individual psychotherapy with family participation is needed to determine what stresses him & why he is allowed to self-calm with a bottle. Assessment includes family history for psychiatric disorders, parent-child interactions since birth, child's iq, academic & social abilities, teacher reports & a dental exam. Therapists teach more age-appropriate coping skills before ditching the bottle. ...Read more

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Can a 10 year old boy take 1mg melatonin ?

Can a 10 year old boy take 1mg melatonin ?

Yes but why?: Melatonin can help with sleep for some and is useful for jet lag. A 10 year old should be able to sleep without artificial aids and it is a good idea not to get him into the habit of using such assistance. ...Read more

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What is a healthy BMI for a 10 yr. old girl, 4ft. 11in. tall, 101.4 lbs. ?

What is a healthy BMI for a 10 yr. old girl, 4ft. 11in. tall, 101.4  lbs. ?

Lifestyle Changes: "10 yr old girl, 4'11", 101.4 lbs...healthy BMI? The Body mass Index is a tool to assess fat levels. Additionally, children must have their Ht & Wt assessed using standard growth charts. Your child's Ht, Wt, and BMI are at the 95th % for age. A BMI over 85th % falls into over-weight category. See your doctor for guidance to incorporate exercise & dietary changes into your child's daily routine. ...Read more