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I need help. What should I do as child of single parent who is very ill?

I need help. What should I do as child of single parent who is very ill?

Thru your physician: If your parent is severely ill and getting care thru a physician, hospital, or clinic--these clinicians often have connections to social workers or counselors who can give you advice, for instance if you your parent needs hospice care or if you qualify for in home help. Many caretakers find help thru internet groups who share their experiences about specific illnesses. ...Read more

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What do you do when you have a bi polar child who is very smart but the school is singling him out as trouble?

What do you do when you have a bi polar child who is very smart but the school is singling him out as trouble?

Get an IEP or 504: If your child has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder then he has by definition a medical illness and requires special help in school. You need to request that the school obtain an evaluation for special services, including an iep or 504 plan. Iep stands for individual educational plan and entitles your son to get special services as set by meetings with his teachers. Either way you need to ask. ...Read more

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This has nothing to do with medical but i need help. I have bad ADHD and don't know the definition of someone who is pansexual?

This has nothing to do with medical but i need help. I have bad ADHD and don't know the definition of someone who is pansexual?

Pansexual: Pansexual means romantic or erotic attraction to persons of all gender identities and biological sexes. It differs from bisexuality because it includes those who might identify with a different gender than their physical genitalia indicate. ...Read more

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Why do I have a bipolar child who is very smart but the school is singling him out as trouble?

Why do I have a bipolar child who is very smart but the school is singling him out as trouble?

Problem child: Unfortunately, intelligence is no measure of compliance to rules and boundaries that are set by the classroom teacher. A child who disrupts the teaching process in the classroom is often singled out a a "problem". Your child's issues ought to be discussed in conference with the educators, medical personnel, and family. ...Read more

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What should I do when I see someone getting bullied at school? Please don't give the bad advice of "tell an adult". As a teen, I know that NEVER works

What should I do when I see someone getting bullied at school? Please don't give the bad advice of "tell an adult". As a teen, I know that NEVER works

Telling an adult can: help tremendously. Also if a several people stand up to the bully as a group the bully will back down. Most bullies are cowards and if a group of kids stands up to them they will back down. ...Read more

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What are appropriate toys for children with epilepsy? My 8 month-old nephew has epilepsy, which causes him to have seizures. I would like to get him some toys for christmas, but i don't know what would be appropriate or safe.

What are appropriate toys for children with epilepsy? My 8 month-old nephew has epilepsy, which causes him to have seizures. I would like to get him some toys for christmas, but i don't know what would be appropriate or safe.

Same as other 8mo.: The regular toys for infants in this age group are the same. Most 8mo do not do not have the motor skills or control to use the type of toys an older kid with epilepsy might get into trouble with. (bicycles, skateboards, etc.). ...Read more

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I have a son who is getting treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. I want to plan for a second child but am afraid if he also gets the same ?????

I have a son who is getting treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. I want to plan for a second child but am afraid if he also gets the same ?????

ALL in sibling: There is an increased risk of a sibling developing ALL. I would discuss everything with a geneticist and allow them to give you specific numbers. Also, the positive side is that a sibling creates a close possible bone marrow (stem cell) match. Be sure if you do go ahead with a second pregnancy, to harvest stem cells. ...Read more

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I need to know some things about borderline personality disorder. I have a girlfriend who has BPD and I need some advise. I really don't understand how the triggers work. Is there any possibility that she will like get completely alright??

I need to know some things about borderline personality disorder. I have a girlfriend who has BPD and I need some advise. I really don't understand how the triggers work. Is there any possibility that she will like get completely alright??

Not a disease: BPD is a personality style, not an illness. It may combine w/ things we call mental illnesses, but it's more te way she is. It's possible to change by degrees w/ understanding and courage and good therapy to correct early bad experiences. She'd need to really want to. Still, it could be on and off. Best wishes to both of you. ...Read more

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Who is qualified to decide whether someone really needs a nose job? I have a friend who is really obsessed about his nose shape. I keep telling him that is it not so bad. I meet people with much more serious problems. I think it is more of a psychological

Who is qualified to decide whether someone really needs a nose job? I have a friend who is really obsessed about his nose shape. I keep telling him that is it not so bad. I meet people with much more serious problems. I think it is more of a psychological

Your : Your question is actually quite complex and the answer is not always an easy one. The process of finding a physician to perform nose surgery is a personal one. What one person sees as a problem may not be obvious to anyone else but a trained professional so it is important not to superimpose your own feelings on someone elses situation or motivation. With that said, every board certified (american board of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery) facial plastic surgeon is trained to identify patients with body dysmorphic syndrome, unrealistic expectations or personality traits that may lead to poor outcomes for both physician and patient. Remember that most patients seeking changes to their appearance do so for self esteem enhancement...Not vanity... They are making changes for themselves... Not to please others. The physician develops a relationship with the patient and understands the motivation behind the surgery as part of the surgical work up... If there is a real anatomical issue and good motivation then the procedure usually proceeds but there are many times when a physician may not feel that the desired surgical goals of the patient are warranted or realistic and surgery is declined... I hope this helps -bwc. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a cousin who is 5 and has epilepsyi am wondering if any of you know where a good website is that I can see what type of epilepsy he has?

What to do if I have a cousin who is 5 and has epilepsyi am wondering if any of you know where a good website is that I can see what type of epilepsy he has?

WebMD is a good : site to start. About.com also educates about illnesses and how to cope as the family/friend member. Ask his doctor/specialist what kind he has. ...Read more

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What do you do for a child with pyridoxine dependent seziures?

What do you do for a child with pyridoxine dependent seziures?

Seizures: Pyridoxine or vitamin b6 is used to treat these seizures. This is an unusual form of seizure in an infant that is difficult to control. The hallmark is that the seizures do not respond to anti-seizure medications, but both clinically and by monitoring electrical activity in the brain, they respond to pyridoxine. ...Read more

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What do I need to talk to my doctor about as a parent of a disabled child?

What do I need to talk to my doctor about as a parent of a disabled child?

Everything: Parents of a disabled child are going to know way more about medicine than they should. They are also going to have a myriad of questions and concerns about things that may never even occur to the doctor to bring up, but might be extremely important, like logistics, mainstreaming in school, iep's, social issues, behavior training, potty training, and much more. Nothing, nothing, is off limits. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I am 19 yrs old had a fever of 108f. My skills are onnly with combat he also said fevers are hardder on you the older you get. That true?

What do you suggest if I am 19 yrs old had a fever of 108f. My skills are onnly with combat he also said fevers are hardder on you the older you get. That true?

No way: A fever of 108 F would kill you - your body's cells cannot sustain any function at that high of a body temperature. So check thermometer or how to read it, was it really 100.8? Anyway, fever is just a symptom and don't need to be "combated". All you NEED to do is look for cause of fever and then deal with that. Always drink plenty of water with fevers so you don't dehydrate. ...Read more

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Hi i wanted to know if it is possible to consult a doctor that works with genetics. I am interested in someone who i know has fs fshd and i wanted to know if I have kids if there is any way to do tests ahead of time and make sure that they are not disable

Hi i wanted to know if it is possible to consult a doctor that works with genetics. I am interested in someone who i know has fs fshd and i wanted to know if I have kids if there is any way to do tests ahead of time and make sure that they are not disable

There : There are geneticists that can be counseled prior to becoming pregnant. Both you and your partner will be interviewed and based on history genetic testing for certain disease can be done. On the other hand you can wait until you are pregnant and have your doctor schedule a visit with a prenatal genetic counselors. They will be able to determine your baby's chances of having a genetic disorder or birth defect. The role of the counselor is to make sure you understand all the medical and technical information, and to help you navigate through your feelings so that you can make an informed choice if it comes to that. Good luck. ...Read more

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My wife and I have chosen not to have our children vaccinated. My son is attending a new school this year and we are required to get a note from a doctor confirming that we known the risks associated with not vaccinating. Can you help with this?

My wife and I have chosen not to have our children vaccinated. My son is attending a new school this year and we are required to get a note from a doctor confirming that we known the risks associated with not vaccinating. Can you help with this?

Taking risks: If you've indeed chosen this path for your kids -I hope you know all about infectious diseases. For ex., in measles, 1 in 1000 cases could result in encephalitis- that means brain infection and severe consequences. Mumps could leave your child sterile. These diseases are creeping back slowly as more folks buck the vaccines. I think it's playing w/ fire. Vaccines are safer than junk food, soda, etc ...Read more

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My dad is an obsessive psychopath. I wanna know how to help him and also i'm scared to be one too. How do you know if your a psychopath?

You can't help him: Antisocial personality can't be treated, and especially not by family members. If he is as you have described, he's incapable of caring about the legitimate rights of others. If you have emancipated, keep a safe distance and do not antagonize him; you may need to pretend to love him. The very fact that you're concerned you may be like him tells me that you are not. ...Read more

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What is the best method to ensure that i become pregnant with a boy? My husband and I have two beautiful girls. We are ready to have a third child, but we really would like to have a boy. After much discussion, we decided it could be worth the cost and ef

What is the best method to ensure that i become pregnant with a boy? My husband and I have two beautiful girls. We are ready to have a third child, but we really would like to have a boy. After much discussion, we decided it could be worth the cost and ef

There : There are no proven and approved methods to reliably select only male sperm. There is a procedure called "microsort" which has been under investigation for many years but has not yet received fda approval. The study is closed so no new patients can be enrolled in the study. The technology exists to biopsy embryos that were created with invitro fertilization and test the cells obtained to see if the embryo is a boy or a girl. This is like a very, very early amniocentesis. The use of this procedure to select the sex of the embryo to transfer back to the patient for purposes other than part of a screening protocol for genetic disease is considered unethical by ethics committee of the american society for reproductive medicine. There are clinics in the United States that have chosen to provide this service to patients despite the position of the ethics committee. This procedure is expensive however. A typical ivf cycle is $10-15, 000, and the procedure to determine the sex of the baby is typically an additional $5, 000. Other than these two procedures, there is no other procedure that will reliably allow you to endure that you become pregnant with a boy. ...Read more