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Do I need to take my child out of school if they have lice?

Do I need to take my child out of school if they have lice?

Most Likely: Most schools want children with lice to be fully treated and lice free before returning to school. ...Read more

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Body Lice (Definition)

Similar to head lice, these tiny parasitic insects live on clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, ...Read more


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I think my child might have chickenpox. Do I have to take them to the doctor?

I think my child might have chickenpox. Do I have to take them to the doctor?

Call the office 1st: Some pcp's wouldn't want your kid in their waiting room exposing other kids & may be willing to counsel you over the phone. Others may wish to see the kid & rule out a copy cat process. I would call during regular office hours & ask. ...Read more

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My wife and i are leaving on a cruise. What documents do we need to leave with the grandparents if they need medical attention?

My wife and i are leaving on a cruise. What documents do we need to leave with the grandparents if they need medical attention?

See below: You need to leave your contact information, a list of their docotrs, health conditions, allergies, and current medications. If they have a power of attorney---you need to leave behind documentation regarding as well as if they are dnr. If they do have medic alerts id/bracelets consider getting. Have someone to check in on them frequently while you are away. ...Read more

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I think my child may have eaten some foam off of a ball.Will he pass it or do I need to take him to the hospital?

I think my child may have eaten some foam off of a ball.Will he pass it or do I need to take him to the hospital?

I'd ignore it: If the kid can drink fluids without problems, the foam made it to his stomach and will pass eventually without extra help. ...Read more

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My son has adhd and I don't want to put him on meds. What are some other things that I can do. I can't get him to do his homework or even go to bed ?

My son has adhd and I don't want to put him on meds. What are some other things that I can do. I can't get him to do his homework or even go to bed ?

Many behavioral opts: The list of behavioral interventions for ADD symptom improvement is way too long to put into 400 characters. The are literally hundreds of behavioral and environmental adjustments that can help n improvement of ADD symptoms. Go to the AAP website on ADHD or the CHADD website and then look at the sections on non-medication interventions. Also, get a copy of the book "ADD For Parents" by the AAP ...Read more

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My child got bit by another kid at school, breaking the skin. What do I need to do about this, medically?

My child got bit by another kid at school, breaking the skin.  What do I need to do about this, medically?

Human bites...: ...Can be significant, depending on how deeply he was bit and how "dirty" the other kid's mouth was. First, if he hasn't had a tetanus shot in the last 5 years, he needs one. Then the wound needs to be cleaned thoroughly and watched carefully for development of infection. I'd recommend getting your doctor involved early, so he or she can act quickly if an infection develops. ...Read more

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If I go to an ENT specialist and tell them I want my tonsils out after having stones 6times in a yr will he take them out?

If I go to an ENT specialist and tell them I want my tonsils out after having stones 6times in a yr will he take them out?

Sounds like: you need a tonsillectomy. I cannot be sure what your specialist will say, but I think you should follow the advice of a specialist. ...Read more

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Do you think I should have to take meds when going to camp for kids with adhd?

Do you think I should have to take meds when going to camp for kids with adhd?

Adhd kids and camp: If you are the kid with adhd going to a camp for kids with adhd i would advise thinking about how you are on and off meds and which would allow you to have a more successful camp experience. Do you tend to get in trouble off meds because of impulse issues or other behavior problems. Is there a time in camp that requires you to pay attention to something (like learning to sail or water safety)? ...Read more

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I go to my pediatrician every couple of months for ADHD med checks. When I go to college, do i still have to go to those appts but with another doc?

ADHD: I commend you for follow up of your condition, ADHD diagnosis should be re-evaluated as stresses causing Anxiety can have the symptoms of ADHD. ADHD medications can have many side effects affecting school, relationships with parents, siblings and friends. See a Psychiatrist for diagnosis, Therapy for unresolved emotional conflicts, self-esteem, and identity issues, with regular follow up. ...Read more

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If I go to the ER for suicidal thoughts (not urges) will they inform my parents? I will not go if they do. What if I give them a fake name and number?

If I go to the ER for suicidal thoughts (not urges) will they inform my parents? I will not go if they do. What if I give them a fake name and number?

Laws vary: As you are a minor, I'd not want to promise you about the laws, rules and regulations in your State - but being safe and cared for is the most important thing. No one will advise you to lie - but it is up to you. Clearly you fear your parents knowing and that may well be part of why you are so unhappy. Get yourself help. Once you are feeling better you can decide how to handle the family problems. ...Read more

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How do I tell my parents that i might have overdosed on acetaminophen and i need to go to the hospital?

How do I tell my parents that i might have overdosed on acetaminophen and i need to go to the hospital?

Frankly: An acetominophen overdose can be very dangerous. Tell your parents immediately and candidly so that you can be transported to an emergency room now. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have to go to work after 2 years to stay with my child? I feel like i'm not prepared to stay without my child 10h/day.

What can I do if I have to go to work after 2 years to stay with my child? I feel like i'm not prepared to stay without my child 10h/day.

Back to work: Can you work part time? One of the best ways to ease your mind is to find a good day care center where your child will receive appropriate attention. It will take a bit time for you to become accustomed to being away from your child but you will adjust. ...Read more

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I'm currently waiting for insurance to kick in and I have broken out 9 boiling i never had them before what can I do to get rid of them?

I'm currently waiting for insurance to kick in and I have broken out 9 boiling i never had them before what can I do to get rid of them?

Boils: Please re-phrase question. Are you breaking out in boils? If so, where are they, how big are they and are they filled with pus or draining? Do you have diabetes or other illnesses? Have you had boils before? Are you on medications? Do you work around people with infections? Are you over weight or sick in any way? If you are getting worse then find a way to see a doctor at least once. ...Read more

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Yes, if I take cytotec and have any complications to where I need to go to the hospital can I tell them I think I am having a miscarriage or will they be able to detect the drug in my system or the baby if they want to do any testing to figure out the cau

Yes, if I take cytotec and have any complications to where I need to go to the hospital can I tell them I think I am having a miscarriage or will they be able to detect the drug in my system or the baby if they want to do any testing to figure out the cau

Big life decisions: Are you happy when you are lied to? Do keep that in mind if you lie to your doctor or to other people. In the US, we are a free people living in a free society, which means there is no reason to lie about pregnancy or abortion. Plan life so that unexpected pregnancies do not happen. But if they do, a couple can decide with the doctor whether or not to get rid of their baby fetus, but avoid lying. ...Read more

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What to do if I have epilepsy and aspergers and have no job andwill they go easy on me?

What to do if I have epilepsy and aspergers and have no job andwill they go easy on me?

Social skills group: Will help you learn emotional cues and social habits that can make it easier to get a job, start there. Also, therapy can help with your fears. Be well ...Read more

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If i wanted to go to a phyciatrist, or get some bipolar testing done how would I do it without my parents concent?

If i wanted to go to a phyciatrist, or get some bipolar testing done how would I do it without my parents concent?

If you are 16 years: Old i would encourage you to sit down with your parents and explain what your concerns are. Medical evaluations to include psychological testing can be very expensive. Medications if indicated can also be costly. Many people cover these costs (or part of them with insurance). Family involvement is usually part of the treatment plan. ...Read more

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Both of my kids have had a minor head injury at some point and im sure not their last. How do I know when to treat at home and when to go to the doc?

Both of my kids have had a minor head injury at some point and im sure not their last. How do I know when to treat at home and when to go to the doc?

Vomiting & LOC=worry: Loss of consciousness (loc) from the head blow or subsequent vomiting warrants a call to your pediatrician, or a visit to your local emergency department. While worrisome, a knot on the head rarely amounts to serious injury except in the very young infant. Another more difficult sign to check--but very useful--is to check the pupils. If the pupils are unequal in size, this is most concerning. ...Read more

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If I would soon get acupuncture for my nose problems, can I still go to school during them? I am in the ninth grade and I do need to learn.

If I would soon get acupuncture for my nose problems, can I still go to school during them? I am in the ninth grade and I do need to learn.

Agree w Dr. Baker: You can be fully functioning after acupuncture treatments. Auricular (ear) acupuncture done with semi-permanent needles can remain in place for 1 to 7 days with continual treatment. However you wouldn't be so likely to have regular needles in place during classes. I usually tell my patients not to exercise for at least 4 hours before or after a treatment. ...Read more

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I need to get a prescription for my ADHD. My insurance is going to run out before I can get back to the dr office . And I can't pay all that money to go see them and then go get a prescription filled. What do I do?

I need to get a prescription for my ADHD. My insurance is going to run out before I can get back to the dr office . And I can't pay all that money to go see them and then go get a prescription filled. What do I do?

Mental health #'s: In KY, you may consider calling the state's hotline for mental health. You can be directed to local resources for mental health treatment that take into account your income level. It is also worthwhile to ask your doctor if you could make payment arrangements. Here is the list of clinics in KY for uninsured and underinsured. http://www.needymeds.org/free_clinics.taf?_function=list&state=KY ...Read more

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I had found two children that go to the daycare center that have head lice can I get it and if they are not to cloes to me?

I had found two children that go to the daycare center that have head lice can I get it and if they are not to cloes to me?

Avoid transfer agent: Living lice are somewhat stealth in their activities.They are hard to see and often get hung up in brushes, combs, scarves and hats and transfer to others who may borrow them.In a day care setting, any bedding that may be used for naps may be contaminated, so inspect and avoid them.Tossing them in a dryer for a cycle will kill them. ...Read more

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Pediculosis (Definition)

Refers to infestation with lice. Pediculosis can include head lice, body ...Read more