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Doctor insights on: Interesting Facts About Children Raised By Authoritative Parents

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Should parents ask their teens to tell them about kids with dangerous behavior, drugs, weapons? Should they alert authorities or kids' parents? @drpam

Should parents ask their teens to tell them about kids with dangerous behavior, drugs, weapons? Should they alert authorities or kids' parents? @drpam

Teach: We need to teach our teens that alerting responsible people about dangerous potential is the responsible, safe thing to do.And is not "ratting" on your friends.This is a change to generations of teenage behavior. ...Read more

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Only child, parental concerns exceed those of neighbors. Who is right?

Only child, parental concerns exceed those of neighbors. Who is right?

Go With Parents: I always believe the parents until proven otherwise.If they perceive a problem, even if i disagree, they have some issues that need resolved. ...Read more

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Should parents encourage kids to believe in fantasy characters like easter bunny?

Yes: Imagination in children is a very important part of childhood. Santa claus and the easter bunny are "lovable" characters and as the child grows and discovers the truth, he finds it amusing usually. It is all part of the fun of a family growing togetherf in a loving lifestyle. ...Read more

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Where do researchers get subjects for child abuse research? Who consents? What child agrees to be abused while research is conducted?

Where do researchers get subjects for child abuse research? Who consents? What child agrees to be abused while research is conducted?

Misconceptions: Research often falls into 2 separate types.In forward looking studies, you study a control group and one under the study conditions. In rear looking research, you compare a control group to those who underwent the conditions in the past. Most child abuse research is done as rear looking (retrospective) studies. Your confusion is valid, no review board would allow a kid to be put in such conditions. ...Read more

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Should grandparents take over parenting for children whose biological parents cannot care for them? @drpam

It depends: There are so many factors that may affect the decision. It depends on the health of the grandparents. If it happens, looking to get support from others in the family is very important. The age of the children may also be a factor. This is a long-term commitment. Many times the grandparents can be stressed. Making sure there is adequate financial support is also important. ...Read more

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What are the real facts about vaccinations for children?

What are the real facts about vaccinations for children?

Get Them: Vaccines are one of the most researched areas of healthcare and time and again have been shown to be safe. The benefits of vaccines greatly exceed the risks and, barring very rare medical contraindications, children should be vaccinated according to the recommended schedules. ...Read more

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Should parents confront kids about cross-dressing?

Should parents confront kids about cross-dressing?

Confront - No.: I would not recommend confronting them as that will put the kids in a defensive posture. An open conversation would be the better approach. ...Read more

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Please share an interesting fact about hurricanes and typhoons.

Please share an interesting fact about hurricanes and typhoons.

74 mph- break point: When the winds of a tropical storm or tropical depression reach speeds of 74 mph or greater it is classified as a hurricane and receives its formal name. ...Read more

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I read that spanking children gives them ptsd. Is this true?

I read that spanking children gives them ptsd. Is this true?

Not necessarily.: For a diagnosis of ptsd, the precipitating trauma must be experienced as a risk of serious injury or death and result in fear, horror or helplessness. So it would depend on how frightening the spanking was to the victim or observer. Spanking is almost never the best discipline method. It teaches that force and pain are justified out of "love, " but mild spanking probably rarely causes ptsd. ...Read more

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What are some facts about febrile seizures a parent must know?

What are some facts about febrile seizures a parent must know?

Several: Lower the fever, treat if needed, generally benign, but should aways be avioded if possible. ...Read more

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What gender identity labels are prevailing in developed nations?

What gender identity labels are prevailing in developed nations?

M/F or Both/Neither?: Transgender= widely used term 4 ppl whose gender identity, gender expression or behavior doesn't conform 2 "norms" assoc w/the sex 2which they were assigned @birth. Cisgender= 4 ppl who view their gender identity, expression & behavior as consistent w/those norms. But these 2 terms don't cover the diverse ways ppl self identify in terms of gender -esp those who identify as both or neither m & f! ...Read more

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Please share an interesting fact about terrorism, explosions, or mass shootings.

Please share an interesting fact about terrorism, explosions, or mass shootings.

Terrorism in US: In the US it is a way way over exploited fear mongering by the right wing media and the Republican and TeaParties. There are a few crazies around but that has always been the case in the US. Just realize that you are being manipulated by people appealing to your emotions. The NRA says the way that you will be safer is to have everyone walking around with guns. Think about that for a moment!! ...Read more

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Please share an interesting fact about Wildfires.

Spread like WILDFIRE: There is a reason for this admonition. Went the authorities tell your to evacuate....GET OUT ...Read more

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Many online websites some written by doctors are saying boys stop growing taller at 16, true or false ?

Many online websites some written by doctors are saying boys stop growing taller at 16, true or false ?

Generally: Generally true though not always. After onset of puberty, growth plates of long bones begin to close, and when completely sealed, there can be no more growth in stature. Later onset puberty may lead to taller final height. Some boys keep growing and some have late spurts, but most boys, by age of 16-17 can no longer gain height. ...Read more

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Are baby vaccinations safe? I read about the dangers but are they facts or myths?

Are baby vaccinations safe? I read about the dangers but are they facts or myths?

A hoax: Vaccine haters in the 80's told us they caused cp, in the 90's crib death & now autism. Court testimony revealed a money making hoax behind the MMR scare and the dr lost his license to practice. The vaccines have been the single best lifesaver for kids in a hundred years. They are safe and effective as offered. ...Read more

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Pediatrics: when should a parent get their child tested for oppositional defiant disorder (odd)? My 4 year old has been acting provocative and oppositional to adults which is beyond our control. The child frequently tantrums, constantly questions rules an

Pediatrics: when should a parent get their child tested for oppositional defiant disorder (odd)? My 4 year old has been acting provocative and oppositional to adults which is beyond our control. The child frequently tantrums, constantly questions rules an

Your's : Your's child's behavior is obviously disrupting his life as well as yours. It sounds like you have tried some behvior modification techniques and haven't been successful. The first place to start is with your pediatrician to help guide you to resources in your area for child psychologists or developmental/ behavioral pediatric specialists. These specialist can help determine if this is a simple behavioral problem that can be managed with behavioral techniques or if there he has a disorder such as odd, adhd. It sounds like it's time to ask for help. ...Read more

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22mth son obsessed with nmbers wants rubber digits1-9 ALWAYS with him, wails without them, asks for number songs. He Speaks well. Is this aspergers?

22mth son obsessed with nmbers wants rubber digits1-9 ALWAYS with him, wails without them, asks for number songs. He Speaks well. Is this aspergers?

Could be but first: research Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). On the other hand, your son is not even two, so let's not be too alarmed. Kids go through stages, and the stages change rapidly--the younger the more rapid the changes. Be patient and indulge him. What you describe is not harmful, just different. Consult with other parents, or if you are still concerned, a pediatrician or child psychologist. ...Read more