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My 70 year old mother is recovering from surgery to fix a broken hip. How can I help her become independent again?

My 70 year old mother is recovering from surgery to fix a broken hip. How can I help her become independent again?

Encouragement: You can help by keeping her spirits up and encourage her to move and to walk. However, this will take time (sometimes 12 months) and the number of patients who will regain functional independence is usually about 50% with most patients losing one grade of activity (i.e. If prior to fracture, she was a community ambulator, she will likely be a home or limited community ambulator). ...Read more

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Help please? How much should a 17 year old female weigh, if her height is in between 5"5-5"7?

Help please? How much should a 17 year old female weigh, if her height is in between 5"5-5"7?

She decides: A person's best weight, at any age, is whatever looks and feels best to him/her while he/she is able to take part successfully in whatever sports he/she prefers. A sprinter and a linebacker may be the same height but differ by over 100 lb with each at his best weight. The stuff about 'bmi' has all elite strength athletes 'overweight' / 'obese' and elite triathletes 'underweight.' common sense. ...Read more

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How old is too old to take a child's temperature in the rectum?

How old is too old to take a child's temperature in the rectum?

None: Although uncomfortable and there are other accurate ways to measure body temperature as one gets older, it can always be done. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the ideal weight for a 5'3 13 year old girl?

Can you tell me what is the ideal weight for a 5'3 13 year old girl?

Ideal weight: The ideal weight for 5'3' height should be between 104.5 pounds - 140.5 pounds ( bmi 18.5-24.9). ...Read more

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What is the best way for a chubby 9 year old child to want to loose some weight?

What is the best way for a chubby 9 year old child to want to loose some weight?

Eat healthy&exercise: I generally avoid having parents focus on having their child lose weight at this age (unless significantly obese). It's best to avoid weight gain (as your child is still growing, s/he can get more "lean" by just not gaining weight)! best to eat right & fill the plate half-full with fruits/veggies. Limit carbs (rice, bread, pasta, juice, chips). Get plenty of exercise- sports are great at this age! ...Read more

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How much is a "5'1" eleven year old supposed to weigh?

How much is a "5'1" eleven year old supposed to weigh?

Depends: There is a wide range of normal weights for pre-teens. The most important thing is to look at the growth chart and see how she's been growing over the years. If she is growing consistently, and has a normal bmi (body mass index), the weight may be normal for her. A yearly well check is the best way to make sure your child's growth is good. ...Read more

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How much should a 15 year old girl that is around 5'7" weight?

How much should a 15 year old girl that is around 5'7" weight?

Weight: 155-140 pounds is the ideal weight range for someone that height or age. ...Read more

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Isnt being online constantly a danger to my 13 year old child? Why does fb want to drop the age limit?

Isnt being online constantly a danger to my 13 year old child? Why does fb want to drop the age limit?

Danger?: Being online constantly is dangerous if you are not monitoring her activity, who her friends are. Etc. Children should not have more than 2 hrs a day total for all media time. This may be adjusted for homework that is on the computer. I would be concerned as she is not interacting with real people and learning age appropriate social interactions. ...Read more

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My 13 year old son wants to be a pediatrician, what are ways to get a early grasp about the job?

My 13 year old son wants to be a pediatrician, what are ways  to get a early grasp  about the job?

Work at MD office: Volunteer work at community center rather than hospital. Talk to his doctor . Maybe he can shadow him for a day. ...Read more

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I have a 13 year old daughter who is interested in going to the gym to lift weights. Is it safe for her to work out with me?

I have a 13 year old daughter who is interested in going to the gym to lift weights.  Is  it safe for her to work out with me?

Weight Training: Nope. Until her growing is over, weight training is strongly discouraged by all pediatric experts. Cardiovascular and other forms of exercise are fine. Minor strength training is fine, but not lifting weights. There is a lot about exercise and our youth online. ...Read more

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How does a counselor know how to treat a teenager without talking to the mother? Is it common for a counselor not to discuss anything with the parents when a 14 year old is in counseling? The 14 has not seen her father since she was 2 years old. The court

How does a counselor know how to treat a teenager without talking to the mother? Is it common for a counselor not to discuss anything with the parents when a 14 year old is in counseling? The 14 has not seen her father since she was 2 years old. The court

Hello : Hello writer from bothell, wa, from the emails you have sent in recently, it is clear that you don't agree with how the court system is handling your family's situation. It isn't clear from your submissions if the counselor is authorized to discuss your daughter's case with you. As a therapist i try to look at the dynamics of the family to get an idea of what approach is best for the patient. With some cases, i also have to take into account legal directives from a judge. If you believe that there are some very pertinent pieces of information that the therapist is not aware of, you can ask your legal counsel about what vehicle can be used to transmit that information. ...Read more

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What is the average weight for a 14 year old 5'1" female, and a dancer? Also what is the healthiest, best and quickest way to get abs at my age?

What is the average weight for a 14 year old 5'1" female, and a dancer? 
Also what is the healthiest, best and quickest way to get abs at my age?

Average 110 pounds: Average weight in the US for a 5'1" 14-year-old girl is 110 pounds. Many dancers try to keep their weight too low. Please avoid this as it can cause serious long-term health problems that will interfere with your dancing and other important things in your life. The only safe and effective way to increase definition of muscle is by exercising the muscles. Supplements and gadgets aren't helpful. ...Read more

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Is 5'7 too tall for a 17 year old female? And what should the average weight be for that height ?

Is 5'7 too tall for a 17 year old female? And what should the average weight be for that height ?

Just right : 5 ft 7 is in the 80% percentile for a woman in the U.S. So you are taller than 80% of women. Weight in the range of 125 to 160 is about right for your height. This puts you into a normal BMI range of 20 to 25. ...Read more

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What is the average height ,and how tall should I be for a 17 year old teen guy

What is the average height ,and how tall should I be for a 17 year old teen guy

Depends: Average height depends on genetics. Certain peoples are taller than others (Scandinavians vs Asians) for example. If you had regular exams through childhood, your doc will have charted your growth and noted where it ranges in comparison with other guys. Final height depends on the height of your parents, and your nutrition during childhood. ...Read more

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How old is too old to have a kidney transplanted?

How old is too old to have a kidney transplanted?

No precise age: The question is perhaps best answered when the risks of the procedure outweigh the benefits. This occurs at different ages for different patients. It can be a vexing problem if patients are unrealistic about their rehabilitation potential and their goals. It is not common for a kidney transplant to be done over age 75 but a few are done each year, even for healthy octogenarians. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a 9 year old autistic granddaughter, is it normal for autistic adults to be put in a group home?

What to do if I have a 9 year old autistic granddaughter, is it normal for autistic adults to be put in a group home?

Not really.: Some families take care of their own autistic children but when the family are incapable of the demands required for their autistic children or grandchildren, they refer them to group homes although they will continue to be involved. ...Read more

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What the average weight for a 15 year old female? My daughter is 193lbs., and we know she is overweight, but how much would she have to lose in order

What the average weight for a 15 year old female? My daughter is 193lbs., and we know she is overweight, but how much would she have to lose in order

Need height: Calculate your daughters BMI ( https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm) and compare it to where she is on this graph: https://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/data/set1clinical/cj41l024.pdf Then play around with the numbers to bring her between the 90th to 10th percentile ...Read more

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Hey I am 17 year old male and my height is 5'11" and I want to know how to grow more cause my moms height is 5'3" and my father is 6'0"?

Hey I am 17 year old male and my height is 5'11" and I want to know how to grow more cause my moms height is 5'3" and my father is 6'0"?

Can't do much: At 17 years old, you are pretty close to your final adult height. If you were to reference the CDC's growth charts, you would see that you may indeed reach 6'0''. Genetics play a large role (i.e. your height is very much "pre-determined" right from the start). After puberty, there isn't much you can do to "grow more". Just eat healthy and don't take any unproven supplements or hormones. ...Read more

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I'm in trouble in my relationship at 39. Please tell me how old is too old to have a baby?

I'm in trouble in my relationship at 39. Please tell me how old is too old to have a baby?

Risks /age: The answer is a difficult one as so many issues can be overlooked & facts are a bit dry. All pregnancies face a 4% risk of some unexpected outcome.Additional risks must be added that factor age and family tree.A woman goes from ~1/100 risk of down syndrome at 40 to 1/12 at 49. There are options that include donor eggs & assisted pregnancy that have been done by women up into their 50, s and beyond. ...Read more