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My 6 year old son has started blinking a lot ? Is this a sign of vision problems or a tic?

My 6 year old son has started blinking a lot ? Is this a sign of vision problems or a tic?

Depends: Blinking is exceedingly common in 6 year old kids. Squinting is different. If your child is squinting, then she should see an ophthalmologist. If it's blinking, i would observe to see when it occurs, and if other symptoms are associated with it. Consult your pediatrician if you continue to be concerned. ...Read more

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My 6-year-old is coughing a lot and I don't know why. What should I do?

My 6-year-old is coughing a lot and I don't know why. What should I do?

Get it checked out: All young children will experience some run-of-the-mill coughs/colds, more common in children attending daycare etc...Often, otc such as Robitussin and antihistamine such as Claritin (loratadine) (dry out the postnasal drip) for a few days will do the job. If high fever or the child appears sick, get checked by doc. If on-going cough for weeks, he/she may have asthma etc..So, cosult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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6 year old son is coughing a lot and says his heart hurts.. I think his chest is hurting beacause his coughing so much and really hard, should I worry?

6 year old son is coughing a lot and says his heart hurts..  I think his chest is hurting beacause his coughing so much and really hard, should I worry?

To Pediatrician: If his cough is severe enough to be causing chest pains, then he definitely should be seen by his/a pediatrician, and soon. A similar complaint would chase most adults into the er, so don't dismiss it in a child, particularly at age may not have "enough words" to explain what he is feeling adequately. ...Read more

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My 6 year old son is complaining about pain when he pees. He also has pain in his lower back. He ran two fevers. I have given him fever reducer for children. Given him colder baths and lots of water to drink.

My 6 year old son is complaining about pain when he pees. He also has pain in his lower back. He ran two fevers. I have given him fever reducer for children. Given him colder baths and lots of water to drink.

The : The symptoms you describe could be a urinary tract infection, which is in general unusual for boys to develop, and this should be evaluated by his pediatrician. The more severe level of infection can involve the kidneys, and a kidney infection in a child could cause those issues you report, the fevers and back (or kidney/flank) pain. While it might be better with the cold baths and water, if he has an infection it should be treated with antibiotics. There might be anatomic variations that lead some children tio be at risk for developing a urinary or kidney infection, and ultimately that possibility might need to be assessed by a pediatric urologist. But initially, you should have your son examine for a possible infection, and his pediatrician can determine following that if any treatment or further examination is warranted. Importantly, kidney infections should be addressed with some urgency because repeated infections are recognized to lead to permanent injury and scarring of the kidneys, and they can lose function and suffer inrreversible damage otherwise. ...Read more

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6 year old's ear seems to have ruptured twice, or drained, since last night. He is still in a lot of pain and slightly dizzy. Options to help?

6 year old's ear seems to have ruptured twice, or drained, since last night.  He is still in a lot of pain and slightly dizzy.  Options to help?

Ear infection: Ruotured ear drums do occur when extreme pressure builds up from infection in the middle ear. The hole usually heals well. If pain persists it suggests that even though the pressure has be released something else is going on. Spread of infection to the mastoid bone behind the ear is a real possibility and it is definitely time to go to the doctor. ...Read more

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My 6 year old just had a nose bleed for no reason and quite a lot of bright red blood she has a hole in her hear and di george ?Should i go hospital

My 6 year old just had a nose bleed for no reason and quite a lot of bright red blood she has a hole in her hear and di george ?Should i go hospital

Did it stop?: Kids get nosebleeds all the time. It always looks like a lot of blood because the nasal passages are very vascular. Dry air makes the superficial vessels more likely to bleed. No reason to go to hospital for this if bleeding stopped regardless of digeorge. If she has symptoms of low calcium that would be a reason to go to the hospital, though shouldn't cause nose bleed. ...Read more

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How can I help make my child to stop him from holding his bowels? My six year old does not want to poop. He holds them for so long and then when he finally goes, theyre almost as big as baseballs in diameter with a lot of blood...By him doing this, his un

How can I help make my child to stop him from holding his bowels? My six year old does not want to poop. He holds them for so long and then when he finally goes, theyre almost as big as baseballs in diameter with a lot of blood...By him doing this, his un

Often, : Often, if there is a pattern of holding in of bowel movements, there is an identifiable source of pain or discomfort. One common cause is the presence of anal fissures (tears in the skin around the anus) which can hurt during bowel movements. In some cases, there can also be anatomical (structural) issues which cause the bowel movements to have a more difficult time passing. The best starting point would be an evaluation with his pediatrician to evaluate for the reason he is holding his bowels. Often, guidance will be for use of medication to loosen the stool to the point that pain is not derived and develop a pattern of comfort and trust in regular production of bowel movements. ...Read more

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My six year old is always complaining of stomach pain. He breaks wind a lot and sometimes his tummy appears swollen. He opens his bowels x2 /3 everyday?

My six year old is always complaining of stomach pain. He breaks wind a lot and sometimes his tummy appears swollen. He opens his bowels x2 /3 everyday?

Diet diary: There may be something in his diet that is giving him stomach pain and excess gas. Keep a diet diary and make an appointment with your pediatrician or pediatric gastro --enterologist for evaluation. ...Read more