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Child Chew With Extra C Medication
Should I be taking medication for p.C.O.S? I also would like to start trying for a child, any tips?
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
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
Weight loss, insomni: The most noticeable side effect is wt loss due to decrease appetite. I've also seen a lot of children being very angry and agressive as soon as the effect is gone. Usually around 4 pm, depending on the dose and medicine. This could be solved adding a short term stimulant, like plain Ritalin (methylphenidate) around 1 pm. Make sure to monitor bed time. Stimulants also cause insomnia. ...Read more
Maybe antibiotic: It really depends if the inflammation is viral or bacterial. If there is no fever measured by thermometer, and there is no white pathches on tonsils, probably rial. Give tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. If there is high fever, white patches, and inability to swallow, more likely bacterial and will need antibiotics. If child not better in three days, have a doc look at it. ...Read more
Ask pediatric nurse: Your pediatrician or one of the staff is the best source about what medication is safe and how to use it, where to store them, which ones to avoid. All aspects of treatment and otc med info; likewise, they'll gear how to give medicine according to child's ability, likes and dislikes--perhaps liquid form, crushing into powder, in a liquid drink, in apple sauce. Still need advice for particular med. ...Read more
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
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.
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
No clear info: The majority of oral antifungal agents are classified as having undetermined risk for pregnancy. There are either no studies on human fetal effect or some animal studies suggesting problems. Topical medications are less likely to be absorbed at a level wherer fetal effect could be seen. To minimize risk if truely needed, use oral after the first trimester. ...Read more
Good on meds: Bipolar disease is an inherited disorder that can present at any age. When symptoms occur in children, they can often be controlled with medication. It is likely that the child will require some form of medication during his/her lifetime; however, on medication, the child can be symptom free. ...Read more
Pulmicort is good: If your child has asthma symptoms 2 or more times per week then the asthma should be treated not only with a bronchodilator, rescue medication, such as albuterol, but also wiith an anti-inflammatory medication, such as Budesonide (pulmicort). This medication is used a lot with children because it is safe and comes in a solution which can be given by nebulizer via a mask. ...Read more
Better questions...: Ask your child: in what position do you feel better/ worse? What is the quality of pain--sharp, stabbing, pressure, bloating, gassiness? Where in your abdomen (right, mid, left) do you experience discomfort? Duration pain lasts? Is pain deep or superficial? Have you seen blood with stool or change in bowels? Concentrate on finding cause ; cure, not just symptom control--get him/her to doctor. ...Read more
No meds?: Phosphatidylserine, gaba.Alphalinoleic acid, leucine, kava, ginko, picnogenol.Zinc, magnesium, omega3 fa, vitamin b6, dmae among other have been studied with inconclusive results, although there are case reports of some improvement noted. Regulation and quality control of these otc meds is poor. Weigh your risks vs benefits and discuss with your md to avoid possible drug interactions. ...Read more
Not usually: This is a big "it depends" type question. If the child is simply having a straight- up problem letting go, transitioning, and bonding with others, then no. It's a matter of conditioning, and likely play therapy. If there's a co-morbid condition such as anxiety, ptsd, or autistic tendencies, then sometimes meds can aid in a comprehensive therapy. Consult with your doctor to see if something's amiss. ...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