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Please give advice on how to get children to eat?

Please give advice on how to get children to eat?

Don't push: A healthy child eats what he needs, even if not all at one meal. Urging a child to eat gives him great control; meals should be relaxed, at the table, with adults modeling healthy eating & conversing @ anything but what/ how much he's eating. A tbsp. Of each food/year of age is plenty. When a meal is over, calmly state that food/ juice/ milk will be offered again @ the next meal & follow through. ...Read more

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Should kids tell their parents to not drink?

Should kids tell their parents to not drink?

Yes: If in excess, absolutely.There is nothing wrong with a mature child complaining about drinking or smoking parents. What's good for the goose.... ...Read more

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Anyone who wants to offer their input on how to get special needs child to school?

Anyone who wants to offer their input on how to get special needs child to school?

Call the school: Public school systems that receive subsidies from the state & feds are requires to look for, assess & try to meet the special needs of children 3 & up. This includes providing transportation assistance when necessary.Private schools and or charter academies are not.Call the special services department of your local school system & arrange to meet with them & explain your needs. ...Read more

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How do pediatricains talk to the childs parents?

How do pediatricains talk to the childs parents?

Aprents and pediatri: The way to connect with parents is to talk from the heart. The md needs to understand what the aprents are concerned about even if they cannot vocalise theri fers or questions. It takes practice i guess, to know the unspoken words frorm the parents. I try to bring up issues that i feel the parnts want to discuss and once the conversation starts the parents will speak ehat is on their mind. ...Read more

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Any advice as to how to help a shy child?

Any advice as to how to help a shy child?

Make her feel safe.: Kids are normally shy when they are young. You do not mention your child´s age, but being shy is part of a personality trait and not a disease. Most people, adults and children alike feel shy when they are around strangers or large gatherings, not to mention when they have to give a presentation at school. Let her know it is ok to be shy and avoid pushing her. She will blossom when it is right. ...Read more

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Do moms who give up custody to the dad have a right to see their child?

Depends: Depends on the legal agreement you signed. Losing custody does not necessarily mean you lose visitation. ...Read more

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How do you teach kids proper ear care?

How do you teach kids proper ear care?

O-tips: I think one of the most important ideas that you can teach your children is that wax in the ear is healthy and should not be compulsively cleaned with instruments such as a q-tip. The use of q-tips is one of the most common causes of impacted wax and is not easy to remove unless it is softened with hydrogen peroxide. Wax is anti-bacterial and lubricates the skin of the outer ear canal. ...Read more

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How can I teach him to behave and follow rules to an adhd 8 year old with some autism.

How can I teach him to behave and follow rules to an adhd 8 year old with some autism.

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

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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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Can you advise for potty training my babies?

Can you advise for potty training my babies?

Be patient: Babies have different responses to potty training. Some are so self sufficient, independent, that they will resist anything that is n ot their idea. Others will allow you to provide direction and comply with your requests. Methods will vary depending of the personality of the child. Try not to make a big issue of it, set an example, reward successful use of the potty, do not punish failure. A great resource is a DVD called Baby Songs by Hap Palmer, the vignette “today I took my diapers off” motivates many an independent minded child to take charge of the process. Available online at Babysongs.com, the original one. ...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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Would appreciate some expert advice on how to get my newborn to latch?

Would appreciate some expert advice on how to get my newborn to latch?

Get a consult: I wish we could virtual consult this one. If his mouth is small or he's not opening up you can try to gently stroke the bottom of his feet, his cheek, etc. The mouth has to be sufficiently open to achieve a good latch. Sometimes problems with latch are related to the tongue. Have his mouth and tongue evaluated by your pediatrician. If all else fails, La Leche League is a great resource. ...Read more

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Can you offer some advice for telling parents you're depressed?

Can you offer some advice for telling parents you're depressed?

Directly: Get a quiet, private time with your parents and simply share with them what you're feeling -- along with your plans for getting help. At 41, you can get started with treatment. If they understand that you're not asking them to "fix it, " they'll be more able to be supportive of you as you get care for yourself. Some people are fearful of mental health issues and care, so do not be dismayed. ...Read more

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Please explain what food to give to children with autism?

Please explain what food to give to children with autism?

It depends,,,: First of all kids need to eat and grow so they need to consume food. But autistic kids have very restricted diets, and often crave the very food that is not good for them. The restricted diets are often not nutritionally complete. Different diets: gluten free, casein free, soy free, gaps, and feingold, have all been reported to help some, but not all. I would find a maps doctor to help you sort. ...Read more

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How can I convince my parents to encourage our family to eat better?

How can I convince my parents to encourage our family to eat better?

Good luck: It is always good to encourage people to live healthier lives including a healthy diet and exercise. Unfortunately, I have found that most folks are pretty set in their ways. I encourage you to continue to plug away. You may not be able to perform miracles, but even slight positive change can make a difference. ...Read more

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How do you get a child to want to brush his teeth?

How do you get a child to want to brush his teeth?

Depends on child: There is no universal answer as every child is an individual with particular fears, motivations, values, and understanding that effect his/her responses. As the parent, you know your child better than anyone else (or at least you should) and can best determine how to motivate him/her. What motivates him/her to want to do other things? Why is (s)he resistant to brushing now? ...Read more

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How do kids who are homeschooled get to interact with kids their age?

How do kids who are homeschooled get to interact with kids their age?

Easy: Some home schooling is done in as groups, so they have social interaction within the group plus friends in neighborhood and activities such as sports etc. ...Read more