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At what age can I leave my child alone with my pet?

At what age can I leave my child alone with my pet?

No uniform answer: Are we referring to a caged parakeet or a free-roaming great dane?! obviously there is no universally accepted age due to the wide variations of what are considered "pets". Once your child thoroughly understands right and wrong, predictably demonstrating responsible behavior, and respectful of property and rules--only then would it be suitable for your child to remain alone with the family pet. ...Read more

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I'm 21 yrs old and still having to lie to my mom about sleeing over at my boyfriends, how can I get her to be okay with it?

I'm 21 yrs old and still having to lie to my mom about sleeing over at my boyfriends, how can I get her to be okay with it?

Agree to disagree: This may be one of those areas where you have to agree to disagree, because it's impossible to force someone to agree with you. The more important question is why you feel you "have to lie" about your actions, when legally you're an adult? If you aren't yet living on your own, there may be house rules you need to follow out of respect; if you're on your own, your decisions are yours and your bf's. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has MRSA and I am wondering what to wash his linens with to kill the bacteria? Also if they're letting him out of the hospital do you think it is okay for me and my 3 year old to spend the night at his house or are we still at risk?

My boyfriend has MRSA and I am wondering what to wash his linens with to kill the bacteria? Also if they're letting him out of the hospital do you think it is okay for me and my 3 year old to spend the night at his house or are we still at risk?

It's not EBOLA: MRSA is a common bacteria that can be found almost anywhere. It is on floors, door handles, shopping carts, etc. It is found in 70% of the pustules or abscesses treated as outpatients.Perhaps knowing he had an infection with it will remind you to wash your hands more. You are at risk of MRSA every day. Try not to treat him like an EBOLA carrier. Good regular hand washing should be enough. ...Read more

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What can I do if my mom is 88 years old and starting to sleep all the time, what can I do?

What can I do if my mom is 88 years old and starting to sleep all the time, what can I do?

See details: Have her see her doctor and find out if there is an underlying medical condition or if one of your mother's medications could be causing it. ...Read more

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Why does my 5 month old daughter scratch at her neck all the time? And what can I do for it?

Why does my 5 month old daughter scratch at her neck all the time? And what can I do for it?

ITCHING BACK 5MTHS B: Check the back to see if there is any rash or irritation, you may try o.5 to 1% Hydrocortisone and see if it will stop.If not see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What can I do to make my kid more social. My child is three and has been going to daycare facility for a year. At school i find her playing alone.

What can I do to make my kid more social. My child is three  and has been going to daycare facility for a year. At school i find her playing alone.

Start small: Some kids are very intimidated by bigger, group social situations, such as one would find in a day care center and can feel overwhelmed. They then isolate themselves. It might be much better to start with one playmate at your home and keep it short - maybe an hour of playtime once or twice a week. Let the child get used to social interaction more slowly this way if they are so inclined! ...Read more

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My autistic 7 year old is in school . What can I do at home to help him? How do I get him to dress and bath , himself and talk more?

Autism: Complicated answer but best i can give you is to seek a therapist who provides aba or applied behavior analysis. This should help you a great deal! ...Read more

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Good day Dr. I have a 22days old baby boy with a pink spot at the back of his head neck, so I would like to know what must I do to remove it,?

Good day Dr. I have a 22days old baby boy with a pink spot at the back of his head neck, so I would like to know what must I do to remove it,?

Nothing: Without seeing the spot in person it's difficult to provide a certain diagnosis. Many babies are born with "stork bites" -red/salmon colored areas - on the back of their necks/heads. It is a birthmark and nothing to worry about and will fade over time on it's own. If you are still concerned please have a pediatrician evaluate it before subjecting your baby to unnecessary and potentially harmful tx ...Read more

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I'm in love with my best friend but he doesn't know it. The problem is, when I go around to his house and meet up with him I feel very nervous. How can I control this anxiety and tell him as a 20 year old guy?

I'm in love with my best friend but he doesn't know it. The problem is, when I go around to his house and meet up with him I feel very nervous. How can I control this anxiety and tell him as a 20 year old guy?

Complex: This is a difficult situation occurring at a complex time of development. Being concerned about such a deep emotional at any time is not ''unhealthy''. My concern is the combination of your age and your anxiety surely deserve discussion with a trusted and trained physician. ...Read more

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What can I do to help my 8 yr old son not be scared of the dentist?

What can I do to help my 8 yr old son not be scared of the dentist?

Hollywood!!: Kids (and adults) are not born afraid of the dentist. It is a learned behavior typically either from class mates, friends or most likely movies. In very rare cases it is from an actual bad experience at the dentist. While positive reinforcement is very important, your awareness of these other factors is vital. ...Read more

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At what age can I start covering my child with a blanket in her crib?

At what age can I start covering my child with a blanket in her crib?

When they can stand: The sad truth is we loose babies every year who suffocate in their blankets or with their nose trapped against a soft bumper.When they can reliably move to shift out of such a position when half asleep, blankets are okay.I wait until they can stand. A well insulated sleeper outfit satisfies all of babies needs. Blankets are not necessary. ...Read more

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My four year old will not go to sleep when i put her in bed. She is up all day with no nap what can I do for her?

My four year old will not go to sleep when i put her in bed. She is up all day with no nap what can I do for her?

Sleeping Challenges: Unfortunately there is no simple answer to your question. This is a common problem in children but i would need more info to be specific. Children need a schedule and routine before bed (bath, story, and time to connect emotionally etc). She should sleep in her own bed and possible her own room. Does she have night mares? Do you have any other concerns about her behavior, if so see your peds. ...Read more

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How do I get my dad to play with his grandson early in the morning?

How early is early ?: If your son awakens before you want to be up, use age-appropriate behavior techniques like ignoring his early AM waking rather than expecting your Dad to get up & reinforce your son's behavior. If you need your Dad to care-take your son while you get ready for work, ask him to do so directly & politely. If he declines, ask him if anything would change his mind, but accept his answer as final. ...Read more

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Can i take my 10 year old for laser hair removal? She is having kids at school make fun of her and i don't want it to influence her self esteem!

Can i take my 10 year old for laser hair removal? She is having kids at school make fun of her and i don't want it to influence her self esteem!

Generally no: Laser hair removal is usually only done after 18 years old. The skin and hair is too immature for proper laser safety and effect at ten years old. Instead, try bleaching or waxing the hair until she's old enough for laser therapy. ...Read more

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What can I do with a 4 year old child who bites other children, pushes them and cries all the time over the smallest things? I really need help!

What can I do with a 4 year old child who bites other children, pushes them and cries all the time over the smallest things? I really need help!

Behavior therapist: This is normal for this age, but can get your child into a lot of trouble in school. I suggest going to a behavior therapist to work with the child on these aspects and behaviors. ...Read more

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My son is 2 years and 4 months old. He will repeat words but does not talk on his own. What age can I expect him to start talking?

My son is 2 years and 4 months old. He will repeat words but does not talk on his own. What age can I expect him to start talking?

Evaluation: have you discussed this with your pediatrician? Schedule an appointment with your pediatrician to go over speech expectations and then have a referral to speech therapy and audiologist as needed. How does your son communicate his wants/needs to you? (Pointing, making noises, etc) ...Read more

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My sister has depression and i don't want to leave her alone. What can I do for her even when i'm away?

My sister has depression and i don't want to leave her alone. What can I do for her even when i'm away?

Focus your fears: So much depends on the details of your sister's history and current condition. I suggest starting by reflecting carefully on the specific concerns you have about leaving her for various lengths of time. That helps identify the specific types of support that may be important, i.e., won't eat, won't take her meds, will hurt herself, etc., and may suggest people or realistic options that could help. ...Read more

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Not medical question but kind of developmental.. wondering if my baby will forget I'm his mom cuz I hafta go to work and leave him with grandma:(?

Not medical question but kind of developmental.. wondering if my baby will forget I'm his mom cuz I hafta go to work and leave him with grandma:(?

No: What a great question. So many parents worry about this! Your baby will love to get to know his grandma, but he will never forget his mother! Lots of parents feel guilty about working also. As long as you spend plenty of time with baby once you are home, you will continue to bond and have a loving relationship! ...Read more

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When i give birth can we just put my friends names on their and not mine seeing the baby is for them? My friend is trying to have a baby but can't carry or drop eggs so i told her i can be the one to carry and she can use my egg and her husband's sperm. W

When i give birth can we just put my friends names on their and not mine seeing the baby is for them? My friend is trying to have a baby but can't carry or drop eggs so i told her i can be the one to carry and she can use my egg and her husband's sperm. W

Yes: In 44 states being a gestational carrier is legal and you can have a contract and payment. In the remaining 6 states it is illegal so there can be no contract but the gc can be paid "reasonable" expenses. Most states do a pre-birth order rather than an adoption. It is easier and the genetic parents sign the birth certificate. Hope this helps and what a wonderful thing you are doing. ...Read more

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