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How Does A 12 Year Old Get Shots If She Is Scared To Death Of Needles
Planning: Children can learn to overcome fear of needles. Teaching relaxing techniques and practicing at home with pretend needles can help the child master the relaxation needed. Ask you doctor for a prescription for topical numbing cream- it has to be applied 1 hour ahead of time. Patient staff who do not rush also help. Your child-life specialist at your local children's hospital can give ideas too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
< 1 in a Million: Breast cancer is very rare in women under 30 and increases in incidence the older you get. The statistical probabibility of having breast cancer at 12 is less than the probability of winning a million dollars in the lottery. A breast lump in a 12-yr old girl is most likely a benign fibroadenoma, which can be confirmed by ultrasound +/- biopsy. ...Read more
Rare if ever: The more common issue at 12 in either males (50%) or females (all) is the appearance of nipple or breast tissue, often on one side weeks or months before the other.Spongy tissue just below the nipple separates this normal event from abnormal masses than appear at other locations. In males this may disappear over 6m to a year while in females further progression of breast development occurs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Low but not impossib: Less than 1%Get a more detailed answer ›
So extremely rare: I am not going to say "never", but the incidence is close to that. Anytime there is breast tissue present, there is a theoretical risk of breast cancer. However, lumpy breast tissue is an early adolescent is so much likely to be something else - most commonly fibrous breast tissue. If there is extreme worry a simple ultrasound could set mind at ease, but it is probably overdoing it! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If a 12 year old's appendix ruptured, how long would it take for peritonitis to set in and if unable to get help, how long would the child have left?
Ruptured appendix: Go to ER immediately. Call 911Get a more detailed answer ›
Several basics: Find an activity that keeps them outside & active and share it with them if it takes it. Remove the tv or computer from their room if there is one. Limit tv+non school computer time to 2hrs/day & have tv off during mealtime. Don't allow eating during tv viewing or computer work. Serve nutritious meals & don't let them skip any. Assure kid has ample time for sleep, preferably 8-9hr/d. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 12 year old cousin is 8st 5lb and wants to get to 6st 5lb. What do you suggest she does in order to lose this weight?
Combination: Make a mental choice to be healthier. To lose weight, you must burn more calories than you eat. Eating the right calories including the proper amount of protein is very important. Exercise will burn additional calories. However, strength training with elastic bands or weights builds muscle, which burns more calories at rest and also keeps metabolism up. No easy or fast fix. Work hard good luck. ...Read more
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