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Help a nervous parent with advice about talking to kids about sex?

Help a nervous parent with advice about talking to kids about sex?

Discuss open: I would suggest first thing to ask the childrens what is their understanding of sexual life. All depends on their level of understanding. Dont be afraid to ask for help, a primary care doctor can be really helpfull in helping counseling the childrens in this area. ...Read more

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Good resources for talking to my child about puberty?

Good resources for talking to my child about puberty?

Books for Teens: Many of my parents have found great help in a series of books by lynda madaras. There is a "what's happening to my body" for boys & a separate one for girls. They cover the issues from different perspectives but cover it all. It should be available thru your bookstore or at e-mail sales@newmarketpress.Com. ...Read more

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Any websites for teenage girls to talk about problems?

Any websites for teenage girls to talk about problems?

Teenhelp.org: Try teenhelp.Org it has information and forums for teens to discuss multiple topics. ...Read more

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What do other doctors think about gp's taking on pediatric patients? Should kids see pediatricians?

What do other doctors think about gp's taking on pediatric patients?  Should kids see pediatricians?

Pediatrics vs. GP: I'm biased being a pediatrician, gps get about a year of peds, pediatricians get three years all peds. If you are going to take your child to your gp (so one doctor sees the whole family which is great) you might just want to make sure that the gp has a pediatrician that he/she trusts to run things by when he/she isn't sure. The most important quality in any doc is knowing what he/she doesn't know. ...Read more

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Should parents ask their teens to tell them about kids with dangerous behavior, drugs, weapons? Should they alert authorities or kids' parents? @drpam

Should parents ask their teens to tell them about kids with dangerous behavior, drugs, weapons? Should they alert authorities or kids' parents? @drpam

Teach: We need to teach our teens that alerting responsible people about dangerous potential is the responsible, safe thing to do.And is not "ratting" on your friends.This is a change to generations of teenage behavior. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about post-vaccination detox for children?

Can you tell me about post-vaccination detox for children?

No such thing: there is no such thing - do not waste time and money and effort on useless non-scientific fads ...Read more

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Worried about my son who has osgood schlatter's syndrome, advice please?

Worried about my son who has osgood schlatter's syndrome, advice please?

Don't worry: This is a "disease" of growing bone in which areas of the bone do not have a good blood supply and become inflammed and swollen--your child will grow out of this - there are no long-term effects---it's not really a disease--it's treated with rest, antiinflammatory medicines and ice and will flare up from time to time at worst. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions about adult circumcision?

Can you give me suggestions about adult circumcision?

Maybe required or no: Men should always have phimosis (tight foreskin) corrected for acceptable penile hygiene. Foreskin needs to be loose to keep penis clean ; remove smegma. Can often be corrected by applications of prescription strength steroid cream. Failing that preputioplasty for some ; frenulotomy for others can take care of problem without need to remove foreskin. Otherwise circumcision required as an adult. ...Read more

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Any advice for parents with a gastroschisis baby?

Any advice for parents with a gastroschisis baby?

Be patient and hope.: Most infants >90%) survive their gastroschisis, but some have long-term health problems such as short bowel syndrome and malabsorption. Anticipate long initial stay at the nursery and some re-admissions after that, however most affected individuals lead normal and productive lives. Patience and optimism are essential; keep all your medical appointments. ...Read more

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This kids have no respect for doctors. Please help?

This kids have no respect for doctors. Please help?

Parents help: Usually this is seen when the parents bias the kids in a negative way.. Parents need to positively reinforce theirr experience with doctors. ...Read more

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Should parents confront kids about cross-dressing?

Should parents confront kids about cross-dressing?

Confront - No.: I would not recommend confronting them as that will put the kids in a defensive posture. An open conversation would be the better approach. ...Read more

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What must I ask my child's pediatrician about medical tests?

What must I ask my child's pediatrician about medical tests?

See below: What the tests are, why they are needed, how will the results influence your child's care, and any other options. ...Read more

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Can you give me information about pediatric oncology?

Can you give me information about pediatric oncology?

Kids Cancers: Not sure if this is what you are asking, but these are pediatricians who specialize in a fellowship to treat pediatric cancers and hematologic problems. Look for board certification and training. We can direct you to a referral here on Healthtap if necessary. ...Read more

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What are the real facts about vaccinations for children?

What are the real facts about vaccinations for children?

Get Them: Vaccines are one of the most researched areas of healthcare and time and again have been shown to be safe. The benefits of vaccines greatly exceed the risks and, barring very rare medical contraindications, children should be vaccinated according to the recommended schedules. ...Read more

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Do doctors have to tell parents about their kids' self harm scars?

Do doctors have to tell parents about their kids' self harm scars?

I do: Teens have some legal protection that prevents doctors from telling parents about sex and drugs. If the patient is a danger to themselves or others then the protection doesn't apply. It is left to the judgement of the doctor to decide. ...Read more

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Should grandparents take over parenting for children whose biological parents cannot care for them? @drpam

It depends: There are so many factors that may affect the decision. It depends on the health of the grandparents. If it happens, looking to get support from others in the family is very important. The age of the children may also be a factor. This is a long-term commitment. Many times the grandparents can be stressed. Making sure there is adequate financial support is also important. ...Read more

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What advice do you have for parents with kids who have cerebral palsy?

What advice do you have for parents with kids who have cerebral palsy?

Love them dearly: Cerebral palsy is a static dysfunction of motor abilities. It can affect just one half of the body, just lower body, or can affect entire body. It can be associated with epilepsy and with mental retardation, but can occur with no other complication. Most children learn to lead near normal lives but need special therapy and equipment. Excellent services are available through schools. ...Read more

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Please tell me about adult circumcision complications?

Most are preventable: They are post-operative pain, bleeding, bruising or hematoma formation. Uneven removal of skin, too much or too little skin removed, rarely infection, allergic reaction to suture material ; meatal stenosis in infants. ...Read more