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Why are kids under 5 and adults over 60 at risk for diphtheria?

Why are kids under 5 and adults over 60 at risk for diphtheria?

Diphtheria: Children under the age of 5 , most specifically less than 6 months are most vulnerable due to lack of antibodies to counteract the disease. This is the most important reason why these infants should start receiving the vaccine as early as 6 weeks of age.. The risk for diphtheria in adults over 60 is due to waning immunity. This is why receiving regular boosters every 10 years is important. ...Read more

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I'm wondering are families typically effective when both parents work & kids grow up in day care?

I'm wondering are families typically effective when both parents work & kids grow up in day care?

Not especially: From the phrasing of your question, it sounds to me like you have lots of guilt about working full time. This is very natural. There is no substitute for parents spending time with their children as much as possible. But you also need to do what you can to provide for your family, that is also important! Parenting is like a war. Consider one parent going part time if possible! ...Read more

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I work with preschoolers and have observed parents feeding their kids coffee. Is this ok?

I work with preschoolers and have observed parents feeding their kids coffee.  Is this ok?

Not recommended: Children don't really need caffeinated beverages of any type. It's best to avoid coffee, caffeinated tea, sodas, etc. It can cause jitteriness, trouble sleeping, irritability, dehydration, and increased heart rate and blood pressure. ...Read more

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How can adults keep using illegal drugs with kids around?

How can adults keep using illegal drugs with kids around?

Family disease: Adults who have grown up with addiction in their families may not have a model for protecting their children any more than they are able to protect themselves. ...Read more

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How many nightmares do toddlers usually have on average? 2 y/o with normal active life with no known stresses she does watch age appropriate tv

How many nightmares do toddlers usually have on average? 2 y/o with normal active life with no known stresses she does watch age appropriate tv

Scary, but harmless: Tiddlers usually have night terrors, a sleep disorder during transition from stage 3 non-REM sleep to stage 4 non-REM sleep, 1 1/2 -3 hours hours after sleep onset. A regular bedtime, adequate sleep & not being awakened during an episode help; stress & fatigue ^ them. See http://m.kidshealth.org/parent/medical/sleep/terrors.html. Kids 2 & > can have a maximum total "screen time" of 2 hours/ day. ...Read more

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Is there an addiction or disorder for people who watch anime excessively or play video games frequently? Watching free stream anime online 6-12 hours every day even digging into hentai for the absence of intimacy. And online using video games for social n

Is there an addiction or disorder for people who watch anime excessively or play video games frequently? Watching free stream anime online 6-12 hours every day even digging into hentai for the absence of intimacy. And online using video games for social n

Yes: Online addictions, whether for action games, online porn, chatrooms or many other activities can be serious and damaging to quality of life. Many addiction programs have now started special programs for those with these kinds of problems (called 'process' addictions). They sometimes reflect another underlying psychiatric problem, sometimes not. See an addiction specialist (aaap.Org or asam.Org). ...Read more

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How helpful are free sporting activities for children, in cutting obesity?

How helpful are free sporting activities for children, in cutting obesity?

Incredibly helpful: Any physical activity is helpful for a healthy lifestyle. Sporting activities aren't for every child but many children find them more fun than other forms of exercise. If you can find free sporting activities then please take advantage of them. What children eat and drink are also critical, but exercise is a huge part of a healthy weight. ...Read more

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Are sports a healthy alternative to all those passive hours kids spend watching tv?

Are sports a healthy alternative to all those passive hours kids spend watching tv?

Absolutely: More then 2 hours of screen time computer games, text, tv, etc during school year is detrimental. Sports are the best way to go for healthy mind and body, gets kids to build cardiovascular and muscle tone at crucial ages. If not into sports walk, run, bottom line is move ur body. ...Read more

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What are good sports or activities for children with adhd?

What are good sports or activities for children with adhd?

No bad ones: Any activity that encourages the child to move, use his/her imagination and laugh is beneficial to his/her health.Exercise has been approved by the aap as adjunct therapy for adhd.Get a proper assessment by a knowledgeable professional, provide proper guidance, discuss meds and other options with your doctor.Avoid fads and unsupported treatments that could possibly delay or worsen outcome. ...Read more

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How will kids with add act in class?

How will kids with add act in class?

Multiple ways: It depends on the age and the type of adhd that they have. Some of the possible ways are: daydreaming, not staying on task, not focusing, not paying attention, easily distracted, making noises, disturbing others, out of their seat, talking too much, not waiting turn, interrupting others, being loud, missing assignments, having trouble with authority, not completing schoolwork, disorganized, etc. ...Read more

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Can my 5 year old stepdaughter be autistic, add or adhd?

Can my 5 year old stepdaughter be autistic, add or adhd?

Confusing question: Certainly these diagnoses have been applied to kids of that age. You provide no background information on which to base an opinion about a specific issue. If you have a specific question, start over and provide enough background information to support your question.The site is not a chat room and questions are not linked. ...Read more

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Pediatrics: when should a parent get their child tested for oppositional defiant disorder (odd)? My 4 year old has been acting provocative and oppositional to adults which is beyond our control. The child frequently tantrums, constantly questions rules an

Pediatrics: when should a parent get their child tested for oppositional defiant disorder (odd)? My 4 year old has been acting provocative and oppositional to adults which is beyond our control. The child frequently tantrums, constantly questions rules an

Your's : Your's child's behavior is obviously disrupting his life as well as yours. It sounds like you have tried some behvior modification techniques and haven't been successful. The first place to start is with your pediatrician to help guide you to resources in your area for child psychologists or developmental/ behavioral pediatric specialists. These specialist can help determine if this is a simple behavioral problem that can be managed with behavioral techniques or if there he has a disorder such as odd, adhd. It sounds like it's time to ask for help. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old son has very low patients. Doestnt play with others. Only interested car or trucks OCD about routine doesn't sleep well has sever meltdown?

My 3 yr old son has very low patients. Doestnt play with others. Only interested car or trucks  OCD about routine doesn't sleep well has sever meltdown?

Developmental screen: Your pediatrician can do a developmental screening to assess whether your son's behavior is normal or whether it might point to a condition such as autism. ...Read more

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Some adult diapers seem to work better than others. Any recommendations for nighttime for 115 lb formerly 5'5" thin frame lady. Sleeping thru night 92?

Some adult diapers seem to work better than others. Any recommendations for nighttime for 115 lb formerly 5'5" thin frame lady. Sleeping thru night 92?

Adjustable depends: You are indeed on the slender side--should be proud to have such figure in these days and age. Anyhow, adult diapers are not one-size fits all. You should you look for the ones that are adjustable to allow better fitting/wrapping around your body/frame to minimize leakage. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What amount exercise should children, teens and adults be getting each day?

What amount exercise should children, teens and adults be getting each day?

Excersize: These are the recommendations of The American Academy of Pediatrics. It is a very comprehensive overview. I hope this is helpful. I always recommend the aap sire for parents. https://brightfutures.aap.org/pdfs/Guidelines_PDF/7-Promoting_Physical_Activity.pdf ...Read more

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My 5 y/o starts a non-profit to allow kids design/make their own tatoos, ea w/ a healthy msg. Can he bring it to hospital/clinic w/o regulatory issue?

My 5 y/o starts a non-profit to allow kids design/make their own tatoos, ea w/ a healthy msg. Can he bring it to hospital/clinic w/o regulatory issue?

Maybe: In the U.S., one would not want to put colors or inks onto children's skin unless the materials are already proven to be nontoxic. It may be better to try out the idea at community fairs or other events, because hospitals and clinics have stricter rules on the kinds of activities allowed. ...Read more

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Any suggestions, concerned grandparent have a 16 yo g-son weighing approx 365lbs, 6'1", (autism spectrum disorder, add, etc) does mixed martial arts w/wrestling m-w-f equalling 5 hours wkly, also plays soccer t-thu with warm up excerise plays game for app

Any suggestions, concerned grandparent have a 16 yo g-son weighing approx 365lbs, 6'1", (autism spectrum disorder, add, etc) does mixed martial arts w/wrestling m-w-f equalling 5 hours wkly, also plays soccer t-thu with warm up excerise plays game for app

Nutrient dense foods: Eat foods that are nutrient dense (like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, low starch vegatables and water) avoid foods that are not nutrient dense (like starches and sugars, including fruit) nutrient dense foods will increase your basal metabolic rate. On the other hand, starches and sugars impair thyroid metabolism via affects on your liver (which helps activate thyroid hormone). ...Read more

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Why are older children and young adults at such a high risk for the h1n1 flu?

Why are older children and young adults at such a high risk for the h1n1 flu?

See below: They are not at higher risk for complications, unless they have underlying problems (heart and lung, cancer), they may be at more risk for catching the illness due to crowding, such as dorms, and sports, and not being vaccinated. It is the very young and very old that have most of the complications. ...Read more

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