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Are there any good ways to get your children to brush? Our eight year old son always "forgets" to brush his teeth. Are there any good techniques to make sure he follows through with this? Do i just have to sit there and watch him?
Children : Children are easily distracted (some adults, too !) and they sometimes need the gentle prodding of a watchful parent. Some children easily make it part of their bedtime routine, some will need guidance. Have him get into a certain routine every night and maybe he won't forget as much. Not to rush the maturity of your son, and on a personal note, when my son hit puberty and took an interest in girls, his personal grooming habits became very important. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How many hours a week do children 6-10 years old have to spend in the sun, without shirts or sunscreen, to get enough vitamin d?
At most 1/2 hour: The skin rapidly produces sufficient vitamin d on sun exposure. In 1/2 hour you have made 10, 000 units of vitamin d3, quite adequate for any known needs. After than you run the risk of sunburn, skin changes and possibly cancer later in light (if done often) although you might tan with repeated exposure (if that is one of your goals). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are computer games harmful to a child's development, or do they help train him for a future in computers?
Some are: Many computer games involve killing and maiming and seem to me to teach that violence is O.K. Others, like e.g. Snow boarding, teach dexterity and computer savvy. Like everything in life, it should be balanced by thoughtful restriction. I believe that the constant use of electronic gadgets is harming kids because it is surprisingly addictive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Significant ones: CF is a multisystem disease. Lungs can lose function and be infected without doing the right things. Nutrition and liver function can be affected if your child does not eat well or take his supplements and enzymes. You will need to make sure you are consistent with the care that your child's specialists and doctors recommend. This can lead to better health and less hospitalization for your child. ...Read more
How to make a seven year old brush and floss? Our son is definitely old enough to be doing this himself, but it's incredibly tiring watching to make sure he does this every morning and night. Are there any techniques or methods out there that can get chil
Your : Your son is actually not old enough to brush his teeth himself. He will not possess the necessary manual dexterity for another couple of years. As a parent of similarly aged children, i brush their teeth personally every night, and then they give it a go. This is the only way for me to know that hygiene is proper. I encourage you to do the same. Make sure that the toothpaste used taste good to him, and make it a set routine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In-laws vacation to sit at the dinner table and both adults burp aloud as they eat. Do not try to suppress the sound. No beer. How can I deal with it?
Use a trainer: Weightlifting like many sports activities can be beneficial if done right & can produce significant injury if done wrong. Any pre-teen/teen should be supervised by a professional, preferably one certified in the area.Early training focuses on technique & low intensity weights. Power lifting & body building are not recommended until the kid reaches skeletal maturity (final height, b.O., shaves). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
At a consistent bed-: time, feed the baby, then wipe out her mouth with a soft cloth. In low light, read to her, cuddle, the put her to bed on her back in her crib in her own room, when she is drowsy, but awake. Allow her to self-calm to sleep without bottle or pacifier to consolidate sleep by 4 -5 mos. & avoid night-waking problems at 5-6 mos., as she'll go back to sleep on her own. ...Read more
As a caregiver for my 80 year old mom, what are 5 things I need to do daily and or weekly to extend her ability to live in her home alone?
Keep her company: Make sure she has food available and eats. Put out her medicines and remind her to take them. Pick up clutter so she doesn't trip. Do the yard work. ...Read more
Is there any lifestyle choices i can do to make my fetus not turn out to be a fussy/irritable infant? He's very active at 27 weeks. Anything i can do to calm and ease him?
No: The only cause and effect evidenced by medical study that causes a fussy/irritable baby is the effect of drugs like cocaine, heroin and caffeine. Even a stressed out mom does not cause a stressed out baby since the physiological effects of maternal stress are transient. The good news; active infants at 27 weeks gestation do not predict actual infant behaviou after birth. Good luck! stay happy. ...Read more
Can wearing ankle/wrist 1lb weights all day make me get used to more weight and make me faster/stronger or will it have consequences?
Can anyone help me to get my seven year old to start flossing his teeth? I feel like he's certainly ready to begin flossing on his own, but he refuses to try. Is there anything that can be done to make learning how to floss on their own more enjoyable for
I : I had a couple of thoughts in addition to dr. Mcleod's recommendations. There is a book called "brush, floss and rinse" for preschool to grade 1. That might help to stimulate his interest. Play doh now has a "doctor drill n fill playset" that allows the child to play dentist. It looks very fun and might help soften his views on not helping with his own oral care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ABA Therapy provided: by Board Certified Behavioral Analysts really helps children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder +/- ADHD if parents learn & consistently use the behavioral techniques. Ask your son's Special Education teacher about www.autismspeaks.org/resource/kids-korner-autism-center. Also, see a Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician to look for genetic & other medical causes & manage medical & behavioral issues. ...Read more
Yes: It's more than a few exercises, though, and they are combined into an approach called early intervention. ...Read more
Anesthetic and children? What should a parent do to be prepared for when their child has to get anesthesia? For the parent? For the child?
Inform yourself: Preparing your child for anesthesia involves informing yourself on what to expect for the surgery. If possible, try to speak with your anesthesiologist in advance. He or she will be the best source of information on what to expect. Talk to your child and give him or her an age appropriate amount of information. Follow instructed fasting guidelines, typically no food or drink for 8 hours before. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the best way to teach a 3yo child to sleep in his bed and not to move to parents bed every night?
Persistence: A 3 year old can wear a parent out on anything - they have nothing better to do with their life, so if they want something (to sleep in your bed) they usually have much more persistance and stamina to hold out than you do. When you decide enough is enough, you have to commit to never letting them come into your bed - even if it means you have to get up 100 times a night to put them back in theirs! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a person live on nutritional drinks such as ensure for few months while having jaw/teeth surgery? Want to make sure I am getting enough nutrition
Yes, but...: Unfortunately, the marketers neglect to warn the consumers about the huge risk to the patient's dental health. These products are loaded with sugar. In my elderly patients and those on mouth-drying meds, it is not uncommon to see new root cavities after routine use of these "nutritional supplements." moderation means variation--no one food/item is a panacea, and everything comes at with a risk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it fair for elderly to be placed in skilled nursing because her daughters cannot lift or help hold her up at 92?
No: Body weight is but one risk factor for sleep apnea. A significant number of people with sleep apnea have a normal bmi. The risk of sleep apnea increases with age regardless of weight. In brief, your chances are better if you stay slim, but you are far from certain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My 2y/o is being difficult when it comes to bedtime. Refuses to take naps. What are some tips to make bedtime easier? He fights us to go to sleep.
Don't fight, ignore: his delaying tactics. Read "Little People" by Dr. Christopherson. . At a consistent bedtime, brush teeth, read, cuddle, then put him to bed in his own room, drowsy but awake, without bottle or pacifier, to learn to self-calm to sleep. Calmly walk him back to bed without making eye contact, talking to him or getting angry. His behaviors will 1st worsen, then stop, if you consistently ignore them. ...Read more
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