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Average Weight Of A 9 Year Old Child
How is the dosage of Voltaren suppositories calculated for a 9 year old child? Is a dosage of 100mg for a 9yr old who weights 35kg too high?
Bit high: It is calculated at 2-3 mg/ kg / day, divided twice a day to 4 times a day, and not to exceed 150 mg / day, so if you give him a 100 mg now, you won't be able to give a similar dose later during the day, you may want to cut it in half if you can, or get another form, as syrup to calculate the dose easier, wish you both wellness ...Read more
Eat healthy&exercise: I generally avoid having parents focus on having their child lose weight at this age (unless significantly obese). It's best to avoid weight gain (as your child is still growing, s/he can get more "lean" by just not gaining weight)! best to eat right & fill the plate half-full with fruits/veggies. Limit carbs (rice, bread, pasta, juice, chips). Get plenty of exercise- sports are great at this age! ...Read more
No: I would not recommend this.Get a more detailed answer ›
Hunger.: No food or snacks or sweetened drinks for long enough, and they will become much more open to the idea of a new food. ...Read more
Structure/consistent: You don't indicate if this is new or longstanding, which is quite important. If new, learning why it is happening it key and warrants an assessment. If it is longstanding but worse now because of age and size, a number of books might be a place to start. Ross greene has several related to the explosive child that are excellent. Keys are clarity, consistency, and structure with a positve tone. ...Read more
I know why bad breath occurs after a tonsellectomy, but is there anything that can be done to help treat it for a 9 year old child?
Halitosis: Bad breath can be caused by many different factors, including sinus infections, periodontal problems, cavities, acid reflux, and diet. Address all of these possibilities with your child's dentist and physician, and I'm confident that their problem will at least be minimized, and hopefully eradicated. ...Read more
No.: Actually, "hell, no! ".Get a more detailed answer ›
Milia: Milk bumps most likely. Avoid trying to open them. They will likely pass. While a resident, I was trained to "ask the grandmother" if you don't know the rash. There is a lot of truth here. ...Read more
Varies: The body is a terrific self regulator (termed homeostasis). The amount of water and milk needed will vary with activity, sex, size and season. Your child will be hungry when he needs more calories and nutrition and will be thirsty when he needs fluids. A strict "so many glasses" per day is not needed. ...Read more
See Below: Psychotherapy with someone who specializes in treating children; creating positive and structured environment -- structure brings stability and predictability which helps with anxiety. If your child cannot function, then the medication option should be entertained. There are psychiatrists who specialize in treating children. Taking care of your own self --to help you cope with child's anxiety. ...Read more
Codeine: I think the best cough syrup for a nine year old whose cough is a post nasal drip and interfering with sleep, both the nine year olds and his parents, is something like Robitussin with Codeine which is available as a generic and though it does not taste very good is usually very effective. I would start with a teaspoon of honey first for milder cases before the codeine. ...Read more
Flaxseed oil: There is no official recommended dose of flaxseed oil in children.Generally 1tsp is given to toddlers, 2 tspns to school age children and 1 tablespoon (3 tspns) once a child is over 75 lbs. However, as always it is very important to discuss alternative meds and dietary supplements with your md, before using them. Flaxseed could interfere with absorption of medications. ...Read more
My 9 year old child is sick with a fever, and he vomited once yesterday afternoon. Should we wait or see a doctor?
Depends: It could be a virus. Could be strep throat. Could be what is passing around school. If you are concerned see your doctor. If he can drink and keep fluids down and you are not worried and are comfortable waiting then do so. Moms have that sixth sense and know when their child needs to see the doctor. ...Read more
EPISTAXIS: Unless associated with any other problems, nose bleeding is caused by irritation of the blood vessels (littles area) inside the nose by dryness, congestion or picking the nose. If not controlled by pressure (pinching) active bleeders can be cauterized with agno3. ...Read more
Should an 9 year old child be taken off Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) during summer vacation?
ADD medication: I recommend stopping add medications (except straterra)on weekends and vacations unless there is an activity that requires it. This allows the return of a normal appetite to offset the dinished appetite so commonly caused by these medications on school days. This allows for a more balanced and adequate diet over the long term. ...Read more
9 year old child been blinking eyes a lot and had a large soft mushy bowel movement in her sleep didn't wake up?
Correlation unlikely: Excessive blinking can be forceful, a tic like condition or non forceful due to weakness of the eye muscle resp. For elevating the upper eyelid. Loss of bowel control may not be related to the eye symptoms but both conditions require a very careful evaluation to rule out other underlying causes. I will recommend an evaluation by your PCP who will determine if a neuro consult is necessary ...Read more
Dr. Can check throat: Infections of the tonsils, throat, neck lymph nodes, or sinuses, can cause sore throat, and neck ache or headache. For some people, ear pressure or ear pain can also cause sore throat, and neck ache or headache. A primary care doctor can check to see if it is a routine problem such as strep throat, which needs antibiotics. For pain, there is Tylenol, (acetaminophen) Motrin, and other OTC cold medicines. ...Read more
See his doctor.: It sounds like he needs to be examined by his doctor. Even though he doesn't have fever, and this may be a viral illness, he should be seen to rule out strep or other treatable illness. Meanwhile you can give him ibuprofen or acetaminophen for the pain, if he has no medical contraindication to doing so. Also, make sure he is drinking fluids. ...Read more
My child is the typical picky 9 year old eater. But she loves cakes and cookies. What's an easy fix?
Healthy choices: Keep cakes and cookies for a special treat for holidays and birthdays. Give your child a variety of healthy choices, including healthy snacks. Let your child help prepare meals- some kids will eat foods they helped cook. Let your child go to the grocery with you and pick out a healthy treat. ...Read more
My 9 year old son was diagnosed with ADD a year ago. He was moved up to 70mg Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR dose this week. Is this too high for 52" 65lb child?
Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) dose: Your son's dose seems high. However, determining the best Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) dose should weigh benefits, eg, improved focus, concentration, less impulsive vs. Side effects, eg, dazed looking, insomnia, no appetite, weight loss, etc. Suggest you ask prescribing doc if a lower dose can be tried. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more
We now assess a child's weight by using their bmi - body mass index. You need to know your child's height. Search online for a 'childhood bmi calculator' and enter her data - height, weight, age and gender. It will also tell you what percentile that calculated bmi number puts her in. If her bmi is over the 85th percentile then she would be considered overweight. If her bmi is over the 95th percentile then she is considered obese. Higher percentiles in childhood are correlated with higher risks of high blood pressure and diabetes in adulthood.
I applaud you for being concerned. Start in childhood to develop good eating habits and exercise. She will have a hard time later breaking all her learned habits from childhood if she is overweight. Set a good example for your child by having a household that has healthy eating habits. Children most often eat just like their parents. Choosemyplate. Gov is a great site for assessing your child's weight and bmi. ...Read more
My 9 year old son eats all day long and gains weight but is kind of active, is something wrong and how do I get him to loose weight?
Make him eat only at: Certain time. #-4 times a day.Get a more detailed answer ›
My 8 year old daughter is overweight but my 9 year old daughter isn't. Why does my youngest gain so much weight and yet eats the same food as her sis?
If both of your daughters eat the same diet and one is very overweight, that child may have a medical problem leading to weight gain. I am assuming that in addition to similar diets they have similar levels of activity and sleep.
Have your younger child checked by her doctor for medical conditions that can contribute to weight gain. If none, consider emotional concerns, stress etc. ...Read more
I have an 9 year old who weighs 135. He sneaks food sohe won't get in trouble for eating between meals. How do I get him to eat healthy and lose weight
May be unmanageable: There are illnesses such as prader-willi in which nothing anybody can do will stop the kid from doing this -- it is compulsive and only a new experimental treatment based on the profound brain / hormonal disturbance alters (abolishes) this behavior. If your doc's advice & maybe meds have failed, perhaps this is the wrong battle & instead you can focus on other ways to help jr to gain useful skills. ...Read more
My 9 year old lost a baby molar and a canine early causing ashifting. It was recommended that she gets phase 1 braces. I read studies that have shown that it is not benegicial. Should I get her phase 1 braces or wait for full braces later?
Depends: You can read anything about this issue, most info on the net is dangerous and may have a subtext or agenda. Phase I orthodontics has a definite place in therapy. The loss of a baby molar or canine by itself is not enough information. Other skeletal or severe dental problems should be what decides for early intervention. Have a certified orthodontic specialist consult. ...Read more
My 9 year old son who is 4'5" weighs 105 pounds. Can I supplement his breakfasts with a protein shake to help him lose weight and if so what brand?
Healthy diet: You are right, protein at breakfast can help with feeling full. I would suggest an egg, or peanut butter, or yogurt for their added nutrients. A 9 year old should not need protein supplements to lose weight - try to use very simple, very natural foods. Consider meeting with a nutritionist, eliminating sweetened drinks and fruit juices, and adding raw vegetables and fruit as snacks. ...Read more
Good evening, I'm busy baby sitting my 9 year old nephew and he was at the doctors today as he burst eardrum. Lots of blood leaking. Is this normal?
Burst eardrum: Yes. This can be normal. If he is in significant pain then he may need re examined ...Read more
I'm having my baby next week. Grandparents, great grandparents, 9 year old step-son and husband will be around the baby for the first month. Should we all get the whooping cough vaccine?
Yes: All the adults may get the pertussis vaccine. If the 9 ys old had his vaccine done before, ie at 5 yrs of age, he does not need again. ...Read more
My son's right chest muscle hasn't developed. He's nine years old and is starting to notice his body. He's keeps asking why??
Poland sequence?: There is a known anomaly called the Poland sequence that occurs in ~1/20000 births where a pectoralis (chest muscle) does not develop. It affects males more than females & about 10% have some knit fingers on the same side. The cause is unknown but some speculate poor development of the subclavian artery that supports the muscle is the issue. I would consult with a medical geneticist for confirmat ...Read more
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