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Child Laryngo Malasia
Depends: or most infants, laryngomalacia is not a serious condition — they have noisy breathing, but are able to eat and grow. For these infants, laryngomalacia will resolve without surgery by the time they are 18 to 20 months old. However, a small percentage of babies with laryngomalacia do struggle with breathing, eating and gaining weight. These symptoms require prompt attention. ...Read more
See your doctor: Your pediatrician will plot your child's height and weight during each well child exam. Ask how your child's height compares to her same age peers, if her growth velocity is normal, and what stage of puberty that she's in. These answers will determine if she should be referred to an endocrinologist, or if she is growing normally. ...Read more
Worth monitoring: Gianotti-crosti was first linked with hepatitis & is now known to be associates with several varied viral infections. Most are more cosmetic issues with a rash lasting 3- 8 wks. Some suggest obtaining liver functions. Most resolve without problems in 2-3 wks. Steroid creams should be avoided as they do not help the rash. ...Read more
Adopt or unprotected: . . . Sex. In other words, if you want a child, consider adopting or engaging in unprotected sex with partner.If you're going along pregnancy route, make sure she's taking a daily pre-natal vitamin before ttc in order to lower risk of spinal tube defects. Improve your odds of impregnating her by getting as healthy as possible, preferably via eating right & regular exercise. ...Read more
No iron clad answer: but there is enough from studies to believe that it derives from a problem in the genes. The severity may depend on the variability of the genes being expressed and to a degree other environmental factors. Knowledge of autism is incomplete at this time so be selective about the quality of information you get. It is best to discuss any questions with your PCP who has access to evidence based info. ...Read more
Rule out underlying: If you think your child has RLS (actually more common than you think), you probably have - this is genetic in many cases. Ask child to describe and of note, symptoms will only be in evening at rest as opposed to some "other diagnoses" like growing pains or musculoskeletal issues. See physician to rule out underlying medical issues or medications that are causing and then try the behavioral treat. ...Read more
Any age: You can get headaches at any age, the problem with babies and toddlers is they can not verbalize to you. Sometimes they are just cranky, may have episodes of throwing up, shy away from bright lights of become less active. In any event triggers include being over tired, not enough sleep and certain foods to mention a few. If you suspect you child may have migranes, consult a pediatric neurologist. ...Read more
No, it's not: Thanks to recent events, there's a huge backlash against parents who are foolish enough to refuse immunization for their children. This is something you need to do as much for your neighbors as for your own child. Much of these folks' rhetoric boils down to, "I don't care of MY kid makes YOUR kid sick." ...Read more
Won't help: The liquid med begins to break down as soon as water is added but holds its strength for 10-14 days if refrigerated. After expiration it is basically tasty protein shake, with little if any benefit. The same goes for pill products. After expiration any strength of the product is below standards or may be zero. ...Read more
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Dumb luck: Except for a few genetic / family syndromes, the vast majority of children's cancers are the result of dumb luck -- random genetic mutations that just happened to be unlucky. None of the statistical blips (power lines, pollution) have held up on real scrutiny, and anyone who blames a parent for their child's cancer is a cruel charlatan. I hope things go well for you, best twishes. ...Read more
Many: Not completely known but genetics appears to present an underlying predisposition and then biological factors (such as infections and other illnesses) and environmental factors (changes in the child's world including relationship issues, abuse, school issues) may trigger or worsen ocd. ...Read more
A rule-of-thumb is : To put a tbsp. Of each nutritious food/ year-of-age on her plate & offer more if she's still hungry. Discontinue bottles. Limit milk & milk products to 16-21 oz./ day & juice to 0-4 oz./day , from a two-handled, open-mouthed cup. Have 3 sit-down family meals & 2 snacks/day. Model good eating habits. If she's healthy & developmentally normal, she'll eat what she needs if you don't push her. ...Read more
Pediatric cancer ctr: If your child has acute leukemia, the must be treated at a center which 1) has a major focus on pediatrics 2) which extends to pediatric oncology 3) and which participate in cooperative clinical trials. These are usually academic centers but there are a few community hospitals which have these specialties and participate in children's oncology group (cog) and nih sponsored trials.This is important. ...Read more
Most anything.: An 8 month old should not have whole cow's milk due to a risk of intestinal blood loss and anemia. He should not have anything that he could choke on, really anything that requires chewing. We used to think that it was better to wait until a child was older to give more allergenic foods like eggs, peanut butter, or fish, but we now believe that allergies are more common if you wait. ...Read more
To save their life: Prior to vaccinations, thousands of children died each year from infections. Vaccines were developed to enable children (and adults) to develop protection against these illnesses. Except for smallpox, all of the vaccine-preventable diseases are still present somewhere. All it takes is for an unimmunized child to come in contact with someone with the disease to contract that illness. ...Read more
It depends: If your child has a fever, is very young, or can't keep down any fluids, call your doctor. If no fever, start with small amts of clear fluids (pedialyte, diluted gatorade) 1/2 oz at first, then increase gradually every 1/2 hour. Offer small amts of light food (brat- bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) once she keeps down fluids only for 2-3 hours. Continue for several days. Call doctor if not better. ...Read more
You do not mention the age, but in any instance , try to figure out why he is cursing.
Establish rules in your home for language and what is not tolerated.
Younger kids sometimes do not have the malice to curse and they simply repeat words without really not knowing what it means.
Consequences should be at the time of the infraction, and never by demeaning the child, take privileges away. ...Read more
Yes: Sure, they probably have their minds on something funner. Children don't have a long attention span, and would rather listen to fun things than instructions, anyway. If you want their attention, get at their eye level, gently square their shoulders to yours, and speak to them eye to eye. They may not like it, but they will learn that when you talk they should listen...At least until teenage years. ...Read more