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Child Medical Alert Bracelet
Definitely: There are many excellent places to obtain medical alert bracelets. Lauren's hope makes very good and sturdy products. Other than bracelets, there are necklaces, identifications that go on belts, etc. They are available for women, men, boys and girls. It is well worth it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the medical definition of a child and between what ages is one medically considered a child?
Under 18 years old: The definition goes along with the legal age of adulthood. However, from a purely medical standpoint, there is little meaning to defining a child as under 18 and an adult as 18, because absolutely nothing changes from a medical standpoint, between the week before one's 18th birthday and the week after one's 18th birthday. ...Read more
Is there any medical condition where a child/teenager has a more higher mental age of maturity/personal development than his actual age would suggest?
Gifted?: Having an iq > 2 standard deviations above the mean (>130) is actually not typical development. Iq is a function of genetics + environment. Some gifted kids have social skills difficulties. Taking on adult roles is usually from environmental issues. Read the drama of the gifted child. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you referred a child for phycological advice is that your medical decison not the phycologists?
Confusing question: I often send kids to see a specialist when it is evident that they need their specialty care. Whether this is a bone doctor or a psychologist, it is a decision based on my recognition from my training that that is what they need. Whether you split hairs & call this a medical decision or a psychological one is not the point.I use the training & experience I have as a physician to make that decision. ...Read more
Your child has tears: I've actually been asked this question before. You have tear glands above your eye and a tear duct in the corner by your nose. Every time you blink, a tear washes across your eye. If you can't make tears, the surface of your eye will dry up and cloud over in a matter of hours. No tears equals no vision. If your child can see, s/he makes tears, whether you see them or not. ...Read more
Vulnerable groups: Recent cases in Houston and Ohio have been traced to cases brought in by international travelers. Unvaccinated infants and some that had only one dose are most vulnerable to the disease, which can produce death or disability. The surge in vaccine deniers makes the possibility of community outbreaks more likely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Open/confidential: Use of an adoption agency or voluntary adoption registeries helps with issue of confidentiality. Try this website, adoption.Org for needed information. Your healthcare provider can also, help but more with anticipatory guidance on health and emotional issues inherent with adoption . Records from international adoptional may not always be reliable so be prudent with information provided. ...Read more
My child is going on vacation with his grandparents. How do I give her authority to sign for medical purposes?
Write a consent: In most states, you may be able to just write a statement saying that she has permission to get medical care for the child if needed. You may or may not need to have it notarized. Also, list any medication allergies, the names of any medicines your child takes, and any major medical problems. This can help if your child needs to be seen by a doctor while on vacation. ...Read more
What is the medical term for when a child understands that things and events continue to exist even though one can't see or hear them?
Psychological term: "object permanence" is the concept that confuses infants when their primary caretakers leave the room . Their crying marks the fear they no longer exist. As they enter their 2nd year they begin to understand this but remain fascinated with the idea well into the early school years. Infants smile to Peek a boo games and play hide and seek in the pree school years. ...Read more
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