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How to check for head lice on a 9 year old boy?

How to check for head lice on a 9 year old boy?

Get him to sit still: The biggest problem with 9 y/o boys is getting them to stop moving for a second so you can get a good look. Fortunately, most of them have short hair (justin bieber notwithstanding). Lice don't like short hair, they like to hide, so taking a flat stick (like a clean popsicle stick), go through section by section looking for either lice or small nits attached to the base of the hair follicles. ...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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How to cure a ringworm spot on a 7 year old child's face in 3 days?

How to cure a ringworm spot on a 7 year old child's face in 3 days?

Ringworm: Topical application of Clotrimazole (lotrimin af sold in foot care section of most grocery stores) 2-3x's per day till the lesion is totally resolved works very well. Lamisil (terbinafine) works well also. Lesions usually clear slowly over a week or two if well established. Hair/nail involvement willl not respond to topical therapy. ...Read more

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My son looks pretty old for a 14 year old and he wants to get a nose job what's the youngest age he can do it at?

My son looks pretty old for a 14 year old and he wants to get a nose job what's the youngest age he can do it at?

Good Question: You are going to get many opinions on this controversial topic. The goal of your doctor is to do no harm: operating too early can disrupt the growth plate and stunt your son's normal nasal growth. Since individual maturity is highly variable, you are best to consult a rhinoplasty expert in person. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter medicine can I use for ringworm on the scalp on a 7 year old child?

What over-the-counter medicine can I use for ringworm on the scalp on a 7 year old child?

Won't fix it: When the scalp is invaded by the germ of ringworm it gets into the root system of the hair, far too deep for superficial creams or lotions to kill it all. They can attack the exposed fungus, but the root associated germ just replaces what is affected by the creams. See your doc for proper diagnosis. This commonly takes a month or more of oral anti-fungal meds. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm a 16 year old boy with head lice, help please?

What to do if I'm a 16 year old boy with head lice, help please?

Tell your parents.: Treatment of lice requires accurate identification of nits & / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- OTC like Nix (permethrin) or RID or prescription meds like lindane or malathion. Work carefully through hair & remove individual nits. Purchase a special lice nit comb to aid you. Check for nits & remove as seen over the next 7 to 10 days. If there are nits after 7 to 10 days – a 2nd pediculicide tx may be ...Read more

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What time should a 13 year old girl go to bed?

What time should a 13 year old girl go to bed?

Varies: As long as the kid can get 9 or more hours of sleep /night the starting point can vary. Those facing an early wake up to meet a bus or ride must go to bed earlier than those that can wake later. ...Read more

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How long after my seven year old daughter hit her head hard enough to cause a goose egg can she go to sleep?

How long after my seven year old daughter hit her head hard enough to cause a goose egg can she go to sleep?

Depends on variables: Did she pass out or express confusion after the injury ? Has she started vomiting repeatedly ? If either i would have her seen.If neither, let her sleep on her normal schedule.Do not wake her but check her every few hours for change of status.Kids awaken to vomit and complain of headache if problems occur. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of lice on a 1 year old ?

How can I get rid of lice on a 1 year old ?

Lice: There is great information on the cdc web page: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html there is also a cetaphil lotion treatment that works well and is very safe. http://www.ehow.com/how_2123367_treat-head-lice-cetaphil.html. ...Read more

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If a child 3 years old bumps his forehead, how long should the lump take to go away?

If a child 3 years old bumps his forehead, how long should the lump take to go away?

Weeks to months: Some "goose egg"bumps clear in a matter of weeks and others take months to go away. Depends on the child and the bump. ...Read more

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My 9 months old son has eczema, what is the best solution for me to use on him?

My 9 months old son has eczema, what is the best solution for me to use on him?

See below: Eczema is in the same family of conditions as allergies and asthma. It can't be cured but usually can be controlled. It is best managed by using a sensitive skin cleanser, avoiding bathing in very hot water, and using a sensitive skin lotion several times daily, even when the rash isn't there. If doing this doesn't help enough, please see his doctor for additional management. ...Read more

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How to fix a scalp laceration on a two year old?

How to fix a scalp laceration on a two year old?

Depends on the situa: Shallow or short cuts may not need anything more than a good wash out and antibiotic ointment.Deeper cuts that gape open likely need closure.Local instillation of anesthetic followed by staples or sutures is routine, complex deeper lesions may require an anesthetic, a good washout with saline & deep sutures followed by a surfaces closure.Most can be done in a pediatricians office or urgent care ctr. ...Read more

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Best medicine for pimple for the age of 12 year kid?

Best medicine for pimple for the age of 12 year kid?

None: Once you have a pimple, there is no medicine to make it go away any quicker. The treatment of acne is all about prevention of the next break-out or to reduce the number of pimples with the next break-out. A good first medication is benzyl peroxide which is available over the counter. It comes in different strengths as irritating. Prevention. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm a 15 year old boy at about 5'6" and am only growing an inch a year. Will i grow any taller?

Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more

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How to treat a red swollen penis on a 3 year old?

How to treat a red swollen penis on a 3 year old?

See pediatrician: is he circumsized or not? This makes a huge difference.Best advice is to see your doctor ...Read more

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Planning to take my 1 year old baby to a hill station..is it safe for her?

Planning to take my 1 year old baby to a hill station..is it safe for her?

??????????????: We can better assess a question if you provide more background information. Forgive my ignorance but what do you mean by "hill station" and why would it be a concern? ...Read more

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A 17 yr old boy has what appears to be a hernia on his right side of his pubic bone. How can we know for sure?

A 17 yr old boy has what appears to be a hernia on his right side of his pubic bone. How can we know for sure?

Physician exam!: Any new bulge in the groin of a 17yo boy should be evaluated by a physician. Hernia is but one possibility, and a hernia can develop complications such as incarceration. Others can include swollen lymph node, hydrocele, undescended testicle, or tumor. This is not for on-line diagnosis--see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what the weight should be for a ten Year old girl measuring 4 feet 9 inches?

Can you tell me what the weight should be for a ten
Year old girl measuring  4 feet 9 inches?

Healthy weight: The RANGE for acceptable "healthy" weight for a girl of 4'9" is 62-87 pounds. The more important details are: is she maintaining a healthy life-style? Is her diet healthy? Does she get regular, consistent physical activity? Instead of focusing on a number, focus on eating well as a family and doing physical activities together (hiking, biking, walking etc). ...Read more

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Head Lice (Definition)

A condition in which hair gets infested with tiny parasites that feed on blood ...Read more


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Pediculosis (Definition)

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