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Doctor insights on: Activities For Keeping Kids On Task During Summer Vacation

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How can I keep my kids healthy during the summer?

How can I keep my kids healthy during the summer?

Food and play: Most children are healthier during the summer because they are out of school, relaxed, and playing. Diet is #1. Feeding as much fresh food as you can. As much organic as you can afford. Fruits and berries help boost the immune system as well. Elderberry twice a week is a good preventative. Drinking water to stay hydrated. Also have their vit d levels checked. Level of 50-70 is desired. ...Read more

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Why are kids not doing enough exercise during the summers?

Why are kids not doing enough exercise during the summers?

Agree with Dr. Yoder: I would add, though, that many of our kids are not doing enough exercise during the other three seasons either! i tell my patients that they need some exercise daily, and that the only day they are allowed to not exercise at all is the day of their funeral (which, i add, i hope won't come for a hundred years or so). ...Read more

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What temperature should I have my thermostat at for air conditioning during the summer for child with asthma?

What temperature should I have my thermostat at for air conditioning during the summer for child with asthma?

Comfortable: Whatever temperature everyone is comfortable at (65-75 usually). Asthma can be triggered by cold, dry air ... But also by dust and mold. Keep your system's filter clean and dust free. ...Read more

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Is it bad to only give children ADHD meds during the school year and not during summer vacation?

Is it bad to only give children ADHD meds during the school year and not during summer vacation?

It is not optimal: Every day is a day for learning - be it academic learning in a classroom or social learning amongst peers and family members. It is ideal to be as free from distraction and impulsivity as possible in all settings, every day. ...Read more

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Should an 9 year old child be taken off Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) during summer vacation?

Should an 9 year old child be taken off Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) during summer vacation?

ADD medication: I recommend stopping add medications(except straterra)on weekends and vacations unless there is an activity that requires it. This allows the return of a normal appetite to offset the dinished appetite so commonly caused by these medications on school days. This allows for a more balanced and adequate diet over the long term. ...Read more

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I am having cold during summer.What does that mean?

I am having cold during summer.What does that mean?

That means you're...: You're not alone. Colds are caused by viruses passed from one person to another. If one person catches a cold, then somebody else around him must have had a cold too. It's not unusual to catch a cold in the summer, although it is more common in the winter. Strep throat can have symptoms similar to cold symptoms. A doctor can do a throat swab to check for strep throat (treatable with amoxicillin). ...Read more

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How to protect ourself from getting tan during hot summers?

How to protect ourself from getting tan during hot summers?

Stay out of the sun!: Every possible way you can think of to avoid or block sunlight is the only way. Use sunscreen (including make-up) daily, wear big hats, sit under umbrellas, walk on the shady side of the street, etc. Be prepared, though, to take plenty of grief from friends & family. So many people don't get the importance of avoiding sun exposure & the cancers that come with them that they will not support you! ...Read more

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Should my child be present in preschool whilst recovering from herpeticum?

Should my child be present in preschool whilst recovering from herpeticum?

Eczema herpeticum?: With correct and successful treatment of both herpes and eczema the child should resume normal schooling. If the scabs are healed and the child is no longer scratching, a normal life is desirable. You neglected to include the full diagnosis or any of the exact treatment or how long. ...Read more