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

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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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How can I fall asleep and stay asleep at night on a regular schedule? #nqlu i'm a graduate student and under stress for deadlines and grades!

How can I fall asleep and stay asleep at night on a regular schedule? #nqlu i'm a graduate student and under stress for deadlines and grades!

Honestly : Honestly I do not have a simple answer for you. The first step to achieving a normal sleep pattern is to address and control your stress. I know that will be hard considering you are a graduate student, but you have to take time to care for yourself in order to be productive and do well in school. In addition if you want to try a nondrug approach, things such as sleeping on a regular schedule, regular exercise, avoiding caffeine(especially anytime after lunch) and avoiding daytime naps are a good start. If you are only dealing with this issue short term (i.e. During finals or before a presentation) or long term for that matter, and want to try medications then you should see your doctor and discuss sleep aides. Please consider the possibility that your doctor may perform a complete work up in order to rule out medical causes that could be the reason for your insomnia. Things such as allergies, sleep apnea, and reflux disease to name a few are potential causes. For your information common drugs prescribed that will help you fall asleep and stay asleep are lunesta, (eszopiclone) restoril, Ambien cr, and silenor. Your doctor will likely only prescribe these for a limited time and should work with you to get to sleep and stay asleep without the aid of medications. All the best. ...Read more

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My child shows fear of going to school.Age is 5.7years.Is not ready to leave classroom for pt and music lessons.No participation in oral sessions?Why?

My child shows fear of going to school.Age is 5.7years.Is not ready to leave classroom for pt and music lessons.No participation in oral sessions?Why?

Anxiety/A, Phobias/P: Part of normal development. 1.Social p: fear of contact with unfamiliar people, social isolation; desire of involvement w/family, familiar peers. 2.Separation a: unrealistic, persistent worries of possible harm befalling primary caregivers, persistent avoidance of being alone, complain distress. 3.School p. 4. Generalized a disorder: worries about future events. Encourage, talk; get counselling. ...Read more

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My 12 yr. Old son falls asleep doing schoolwork, homework, and chores; but is alert when watching t.V. Or playing video games, is this adhd?

My 12 yr. Old son falls asleep doing schoolwork, homework, and chores; but is alert when watching t.V. Or playing video games, is this adhd?

Maybe: Tv and video games are geared for a 4 second attention span. Most 2 year olds have longer attention spans than that. The 4 second attention span keeps your son alert via a neural reflex. It also lowers his attention span for the real world. Research states of those who watch 1 hour a day 9% will lower their attention span to add levels. 2 hours lowers 18% and 3 hrs 27%. Limit both to 45 min/day. ...Read more

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I get 7 hours of sleep/night but still find myself nodding off during the day, especially after lunch. Any tips on keeping myself alert w/o caffeine?

I get 7 hours of sleep/night but still find myself nodding off during the day, especially after lunch. Any tips on keeping myself alert w/o caffeine?

Quality sleep: Try to get 8-10 hours sleep per night. Go to sleep around the same time every night. Turn off all electronic devices including tv an hour before bedtime. Play soft music, take a walk around the block or take a warm bath. ...Read more

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How could ergonomics and requirements for rest periods during working time impact on productivity.?

How could ergonomics and requirements for rest periods during working time impact on productivity.?

Pros and cons: Ideally, those things would improve productivity by assuring that workers are in optimal physical condition for doing their work. Less errors and accidents. The arguments against might be penny wise and pound foolish - thinking of the additional costs and 'lost' time on the tasks. ...Read more

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Unable to sleep at night, keep walking during day & night time in and out of house. Unable to sit in door closed rooms, keep light on during night.

Unable to sleep at night, keep walking during day & night time in and out of house. Unable to sit in door closed rooms, keep light on during night.

See your doctor : See your doctor for an evaluation. It sounds like you have insomnia and anxiety symptoms. Your doctor can recommend treatment options to reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life. ...Read more

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Awake at 5:30 am, have a rigorous sport workouts , ap classes, don't get home till 7 every night. How to get more energy to keep from crashing at 10?

Awake at 5:30 am, have a rigorous sport workouts , ap classes, don't get home till 7 every night. How to get more energy to keep from crashing at 10?

Eat healthy diet: Eat good foods, try to get some catch up sleep on the weekends, try to find some time to take a break and do something relaxing and enjoyable. You might want to take a daily multivitamin and essential minerals also. Remember moderation in all things and avoid extremes. ...Read more

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Are there any ways to return to sleeping at night after waking up, while staying awake during the day and afternoon?

Are there any ways to return to sleeping at night after waking up, while staying awake during the day and afternoon?

Good sleep hygiene: 1. Considering you have no medical issues. Keep same sleep-wake cycle. 2. Avoid caffeine after lunch or minimize. 3.Slow deep breathing exercise prior going to sleep and after wake up till fall a sleep as tolerated. 4.Regular exercise & yoga 5. Try sleeping from 10pm to 6am. 6. Eat a good balance meal with lots of fruit, vegetables and high fiber. 7. Daily regular bowel movement. ...Read more

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School nurse needs advise on excusing girls from swimming during menses when student won't use tampons. Big pushback from PE staff.

School nurse needs advise on excusing girls from swimming during menses when student won't use tampons.  Big pushback from PE staff.

Oh my.....: Teaching staff absolutely cannot dictate a girl's choice in this matter. Humiliating a girl into wearing a tampon or bleeding everywhere is unacceptable. To deter abuse of the privilege by students, a good compromise may be not an excuse from PE, just from swimming. They can dress out in shorts/tee and sit poolside if needed to attend class.Forcible use of tampons is assault. Humiliation is abuse ...Read more

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How cold is too cold for children to participate in outdoor sports practice? Is 34 degrees safe? Any time restrictions or precautions?

How cold is too cold for children to participate in outdoor sports practice?  Is 34 degrees safe?  Any time restrictions or precautions?

Healthy outdoors!: A child in robust health is quite safe outdoors in that temperature. He should properly attired for the weather. There are medical conditions or instances of acute illness that may make it unwise. In cases of extreme adverse condition the general advisory will be a suitable guideline or anyone. ...Read more

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How to help a child lose weight while indoors during the winter?

How to help a child lose weight while indoors during the winter?

Easy: Stop all forms of sugar and sweeteners. That includes so-called diet drinks. Eat plenty fruit and vegetables. Sugar is the most dangerous commodity in the U.S. See my blog, "oxygen the spark of life" and look for the post entitled "sweet and dangerous". ...Read more

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Tips on how to stay fit and keep exercising during winter as i tend to put on weight in winter. Thank you?

Tips on how to stay fit and keep exercising during winter as i tend to put on weight in winter. Thank you?

Cold Weather: If cold weather prevents you from exercising outdoors, then consider indoor activities such as swimming in an indoor pool, indoor sports (basketball, soccer, etc), stationary bicycling, running on a treadmill, or fitness classes such as yoga, step aerobics, or pilates. As always, check with your physician before pursuing any vigorous exercise regimen. ...Read more

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Are there any safe/natural ways to keep my 18 month old baby calm during a 5 hour plane ride?

Are there any safe/natural ways to keep my 18 month old baby calm during a 5 hour plane ride?

Yes: Have the baby's favorite toys in carry on. Have child drink taking off and landing- pops the ears. Many children love to fly. And do well if entertained.Also consider Benadryl (diphenhydramine) before takeoff- it can make kids sleepy. If you do this try it a different day and before you get on the plane as some children are wired by Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and not calmer.... ...Read more