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5 Year Old
So he's not hungry: This seems obvious but it can be difficult, especially if they are being picky. A healthy 5 y/o won't starve, so if he's just occasionally picky, it's fine. There should be a small amount of meat, a decent amount of fruits and veggies during the day (about 1/2 cup or so at each meal), and some bread product, but not too much. If you're still not sure, or he's losing weight, discuss with your ped. ...Read more
Depends on eating: Blood sugar (a test for diabetes) can be measured at various times. A fasting blood sugar should be less than 100 mg/dl, and a blood sugar taken randomly should not exceed 200 mg/dl. Blood sugar 2 hours after a meal should be less than 140. If you think you have high blood sugar, you should see your doctor for a blood draw. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe-Maybe Not: All depends upon if your your child gets the infection and whether their immune system is able to control the effects. The answer is a resounding-"it depends". ...Read more
with gentle soap and warm water and tell your Pediatrician about this rather unusual complaint!
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Call pediatrician: Headaches in 5 year olds are not terribly common. I'd call your pediatrician. In the meantime, try to keep a headache diary-when they happen, what was going on when it started, how long it lasted, what made it better or worse. Also, take note of any other symptoms at the time of the headache-nausea, vision change, light/noise sensitivity, nasal symptoms. ...Read more
60-100: But very fit people often are below the 60 beats per minute. ...Read more
Visual symptoms my five year old daughter says she sees black outlines around everything, what is that?
See an eye doctor: How long have the symptoms been going? It it sounds like she is getting restricive visual fields. I would advise her to see an ophthalmologist! ...Read more
My five year old daughter has coughing fits at night. She caughs a little during the day but it's worse at night. It's been going on for about 2 weeks?
Post nasal drip: Her cough is probably due to a post nasal drip. During the day she can handle the secretions by sneezing or blowing her nose. At night she is lying flat in bed and the mucus drips down and iritates her respiratory tree. Elevate her mattress so she is sleeping on an angle and uses vaporizer for her. ...Read more
Not age based: The dose is not based on age, but on weight and condition being treated. Some conditions require a small dose of just 25mg/kg of body weight, while others require 90mg/kg of body weight. You should not be self dosing a 5 year old. That's what your pediatrician is for - their expertise determines what dose your child needs for their specific condition and body weight. ...Read more
Depends/spiro: This depends on the child and the symptoms. Many five year olds are able to perform lung function testing called spirometry. Please check with your pediatrician. Peak flow meters may be used to track the peak flow at home and in the office. If your child has asthma, ask your doctor to write an asthma action plan. ...Read more
My five year old slipped and hit the back of her head and has been having headaches since. Should i take her in?
Need more info...: Without any other info, it's hard to say, but if it's just MILD headache and nothing else (NO loss of consciousness, confusion, acting strangely, nausea, vomiting, gait changes, vision or hearing changes), then it's likely normal response to hitting one's head on the ground and not serious. BUT if you're worried, OR HER SYMPTOMS CHANGE, definitely call your doc or go to the ER right away! ...Read more
My five year old has suddenly developed 2 tiny black dots on the back of her leg. Is this a cause for worry? Thanks
As long as they are: not actually small ticks, you do not have to worry. If she has been playing outside you may want to look with a magnifying glass to be sure. If they are ticks, they need to be removed. If not, they may be new moles which would be nothing to worry about. To be sure, have her pediatrician take a look. ...Read more
My five year old has some small bumps a cluster of them that some times itch they are offten the color of skin but sometimes get a pink color?
My five year old still wets the bed every night (enurises). He has never had a dry night. He is still wet mornings if we take him to wee at 22:30. What can I do (Cape Town based) to investigate. We follow good practice in terms of foods and liquids?
Some basics: This is not uncommon & often also affected one parent. These kids tend to have smaller bladders. About 10%/yr become dry with no help. A baseline urine test is usually done but rarely abnormal. There are meds that reduce urine formation at night, but I never use them. The most consistent help is attained using wetting alarms that wake the kid when the starts to pee. These can be bought on line. ...Read more
What is the most effective way to discipline my five year old? I feel as if I am completely losing control of my five year old daughter. She has always been pretty rambunctious, but lately it is getting to be a very big problem. I have always used time-
Clear, firm, calm: Most parents get into trouble because they become upset with the child and frantic. You should be trying to teach her how to control herself. You know what is good behavior and you are going to teach her how to behave well. Offer her approval when see does not and calm punishments like "times out" when you need to interrupt a behavior. Firmness, not anger. No spanking or anything like that. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer