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Child Apap Medication
Behavioral, medical: & developmental problems need to be assessed for proper diagnosis & treatment. Behaviors persist when reinforced by positive or negative attention. Consistent, immediate, correctly-done "time-outs" effectively extinguish (stop) a behavior after a "testing" period in which the child tries harder to elicit the "old"'parental attention. Medical & psychological evaluations define needed therapies. ...Read more
Through your doctor: Medications and factors (presumably blood clotting factors) are obtained by prescription through one's regular doctor or a specialist (either in the community or at a children's medical center). Each question to healthtap needs to have enough details on its own in order to get a helpful answer. Please send in another question to us. Thanks! ...Read more
Look at the kid..: Verbally or, more importantly non-verbally, your kid will communicate if in pain. Or take advice of the professional (doc, nurse practitioner, physician assistant) that knows your child the best, or has done the surgery. Then what medication, what dose, what frequency, what adverse affects to watch for are all guided by medical personnel, and generally should be written instructions. ...Read more
Maybe: The fact that you say medication didn't work makes me assume your child is in the nicu. In this setting the PDA usually has an impact on the baby's ability to breath so the PDA needs to be dealt with. In older children pda's can be closed non-surgically in the catheterization lab, but if your baby is very small this option is not available and tying off the PDA at bedside can usually be done. ...Read more
Long-term effects: Of stimulants on growth have been studied. With methylphenidate products, a 1/2" & 1/2 lb. & with amphetamines, 1" & 1lb difference from projected ht. & wt. Were seen. Suppressed appetite may occur early on, with the lowest point ~ 3rd mo. Of treatment. I follow bmi instead of ht & wt. The heaviest kids lose the most weight. 5th-85th%ile is normal, 25th-75th%ile is average., 85th-95th% overweight. ...Read more
Important Side Note: According 2dr lynn miller-psychologist/profssr @u of british columbia 85% of young children whose parents answer (ed yes 2these two q's will develop an anxiety disorder later in life: 1)"is ur child more shy or anxious than other children his/her age? ";& 2)"is ur child more worried than other children his/her age? " get kids help early! Help them recognize their anxiety & learn 2manage it effecively. ...Read more
Can a seven year old child take tablets with the same dosage (not halved) as its syrup medication?
Liquid vs tablet:
If the dose is the same for liquid or tablet, yes
if you still have questions, speak to the pharmacist at the store they can help you decide, you can always call his pediatrician as well. ...Read more
Should I be taking medication for p.C.O.S? I also would like to start trying for a child, any tips?
In general, can I give my child half of adult OTC medication recomendations? Or is that still too much?
I has MS and I take medicine for it. Would I be able to have a child if I wanted to and still be on medication?
NO PROBLEM: MS has no effect on pregnancy, labor, delivery, or limitations on becoming a mother, and furthermore, pregnancy is highly protective, especially the third trimester. Normally recommend stopping meds prior to pregnancy, yet, Copaxone (glatiramer) is the safest medication for women who become pregnant, and would not have any appreciable teratogenic risk. Would supplement folate & other prenatal vitamins. ...Read more
I have a daughter 8yrs old and would like another child how would my body cope with my health probs and would I have to come off all my medications?
Formal consult..: Not enough information to answer this question. Sorry. ...Read more
I am 33 years old female and planning for 2nd child since one year but not getting conceived. Kindly let me know how to plan or do I need medication.
Environment: Dust free environment, change pillow cases twice a week, no pets in bedroom, change bed sheets once a week, remove rugs in bedroom, ventilate bedroom clean air filters. Try slowing breathing rate down by blowing out like you blowing out a candle to lengthen time of exhaling air. Check with pediatrician. ...Read more
Behaviors in DS: 18-23% have behavioral, emotional or psychiatric problems. ~ 6% have extreme aggression; 73% disobedient; 65% argumentative; 50% demanding attention; 6-8% adhd. Of the 10% with autistic disorder, ~ half have late regression with loss of language ~ 5 yrs., by which age > 50% of kids with ds are overweight. Low doses of Risperdal are used for irritability or aggression, monitoring wt. Gain & labs. ...Read more
Childhood asthma: First consider non-medicine interventions (smoking, pets, carpets etc).Next for moderate to severe asthma there are a couple of mainstays:An inhaled steroid used twice daily-every day;an antihistamine like zyrtec or claritin.If your child is still requiring frequent use of their rescue medicine then your doc may suggest adding singulair (montelukast). Talk to your doc about seeing a peds pulmonologist. ...Read more
Tachyphalaxis: The tendency of meds to become less powerful after use is common to some pain meds but not allergy meds. More often, parents or patients get frustrated when congestion remains and blame the allergy med. However, allergy meds will never help irritant swelling or drainage caused by the simple irritant effect of air pollutants like smoke, dust, fumes etc. Other meds are available, but must be added. ...Read more
ADD kids: If the child is already properly diagnosed and not "mildly" affected...Add can severely affect the child immediately and his life in the future, if not treated properly. There is no time to waste to try otc. No doctor would suggest otc. Any of the parents have add or history of alcohol and drug use? And the elder generations? .. ...Read more
Constipation: If increasing fibe and water intake r in the diet is not helpful, MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) is a stool softener (not a laxative despite it's name) that is very helpful. I would start with 1/2 capful mixed in water or juice/day and increase the dose gradually every 3-4 days until a moderately soft stool every day or two is achieved. ...Read more
Question too vague: You need to be more specific with your questions. Provide background DX, age and type of procedure. Start over, questions are not linked on the site. ...Read more
No: There is no medical therapy to close an asd. ...Read more
Sometimes: Extended travel is difficult for children. Try to break up the trip and allow for 'wiggle time'. Distraction with new activities, games, and toys (even ones which have been put away for awhile prior to travel and now feel new again) can help. Some parents use diphendyramine, but be careful, in many children it has the reverse effect and causes wound-up irritable behavior. ...Read more
Are there any natural herbs to help a hyperactivity disorder rather than using medication in a child?
None: No natural remedy has been proven efficacious so far. Pharmacologic therapy utilizing stimulants plus behavior modification provides best results without significant side effects. Children who received stimulants for their adhd are not at higher risk to develop substance abuse later. ...Read more
If you used a nasty medication as a child that was spearmint flavored, would spearmint disgust you now?
Possibly: Blending two flavors, 1 pleasant & 1 not, can have a long term effect in the memory of a child. If the cover taste can cancel the other, things may go well later. If the effect is only partial, the brain may recall the unpleasant taste any time cover taste is is experienced & nausea or other rxns may occur. I couldn't stand the smell of chocolate for yrs after mom used it with my iron drops. ...Read more
If a child has been physically or emotionally abused are there any medications they can take to help heal things?
Depends: Sometimes various medical treatments can help. It depends on the individual case. Check with your doctor. ...Read more
My 2years old child is suddenly running high temperature. He started a malarial medication but it is not coming down, why?
Depends: This all depends on the child's specific situation. Some children do well on adhd meds, some do not. It is best to work with your pediatrician to try a combination of adhd drug trials and work with a mental health counselor or child psychiatrist to find a solution that works for you and your child. ...Read more