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Internet Safety Facts For Kids
See below: The same as any internet use by kids. Monitor the site. You need to know what they are posting and who they friend. Also, they should never give out any personal information, such as address, phone number, etc. ...Read more
Safety is a topic that includes recommendations for making the home and outdoor environments safe, especially for kids. This topic includes ideas on childproofing cabinets, keeping dangerous items locked up, ensuring balconies and stairs are safe, covering wiring and outlets, fencing off pools, staying away from cars, watching ...Read more
Yes: What you can get is 1. Crash test results and 2. Car seat data. A good place for crash test results is the insurance institute for highway safety @ http://www.Iihs.Org/ratings/default.Aspx . The national highway traffic safety administration is a great place to learn about car seats @ http://www.Nhtsa.Gov/safety/cps . Then you can turn to consumer reports for specific product recs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not selling: Women can donate eggs but don't sell them. In the usa (not in canada, parts of europe) egg donors are often compensated for their time, discomfort, travel, taking shots etc. But we aren't paying them for their eggs, any more than a kidney should be sold. Compensation may help with college costs, won't pay their way. No money involved for known donors. All are giving a gift: a chance to be a parent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Artificial insemination of anonymous donor--what are his obligations to provide updated health information about him/his family?
Legally Obliged: A donor is legally obliged to provide updates. That being said, i'm not sure there are any good mechanisms in place to monitor that. Any it is entirely possible that anyone can have a change in health information for another family member and not be aware of it. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes!: This is one of the best websites i've found for analyzing nutritional data of foods. http://nutritiondata.self.com/. ...Read more
Yes: Check out all advice with your physician. Always. ...Read more
No.... But: There are no official online tests from the government or aap recognized websites for the diagnosis of adhd. It's diagnosed predominately from careful history taking and in-office observation. However, there are questionnaires available online that can assist your doctor in making the diagnosis. One of the more widely used is the nichq vanderbilt which has parent and teacher versions. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Possibly: Many areas are now exploring the use of tele/video medicine especially in psychiatry for both diagnosis and ongoing therapy. Since you are listed in the la area, you should call one of the area academic medical centers (department of psychiatry) and inquire about local services in your area. They may want to meet in person with the child one to a few times before doing the ongoing care online. ...Read more
Should parents ask their teens to tell them about kids with dangerous behavior, drugs, weapons? Should they alert authorities or kids' parents? @drpam
For a State Agency safety written program update I'm researching, looking for a credible answer & source; is there currently a poison ivy vaccine?
I doubt it: people may be working on it. one approach: Arch Dermatol Res. 1999 Dec;291(12):652-8. ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
China is: Only one source...There have been documented issues with least in the paint on toys imported from china. Do research on toys you want before you buy. In general though, there are toy scares on many levels. Small pieces, things that break easily and can be inhaled, etc. Use common sense. Children still love natures toys the best...Sticks, twigs, paper, boxes etc. Lol. They are so imaginative. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Role model: For example, if you are looking up directions talk about what you are doing. If you are checking facebook talk about the importance of knowing who your "friends" are and setting privacy limits. Discuss online bullying with your children and let them know that their internet usage will be supervised. Limit usage to no more than 2 hrs/day. Make it a habit to openly discuss what sites they visit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
General guideline: Generally, if you have a school age child who is spending more than an hour a day on a school day in front of a screen (internet, tv, video game, smartphone) then they have too much "screen time." excessive screen time is correlated with multiple problems, including problems with school performance and obesity. Turn off the electronics, go outside with your child. Get connected with your kids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sir i have a problem hemihyperophy thats name i get from internet i had symptoms of this hemihyperophy is any problem to my child ?
BWS: Hemihypertrophy is associated with Beckwith Wiedeman Symdrome. This can be associated with other findings as large tongue, Defects in the abdominal wall, enlarged organs ( liver or kidneys) and increase childhood cancer risk. I would have yourself and your child evaluated by a genetics specialist for both diagnostic purposes and assessment of risk for the child. ...Read more
Possibly: There is a lot of information on the internet, as well as graphic pictures. Children who are not supervised while using the internet may run across something unexpected and this could be confusing or troubling to them. To help avoid this make sure you discuss appropriate websites for them and keep the computer in a family area where you can supervise the usage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Internet addiction: Internet is the new addiction of our time. It is a serious problem. The child spends endless time clicking every link, site, facebook, y-tube, etc, to the total exclusion of her chores, homework, out side play, and interaction with family or peers and eats her meals beside her computer. That is the addiction. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am 40 4 kids, why is my vagina/anal area darker than other women i see on the internet, how do I fix it, i don't feel good about myself?
No: There are some semi-serious sites where folks can enter numbers and get an estimate of how much time their bad lifestyle choices are taking from them. But this pathologist assures you that however many years of actual life a drug abuser loses, the loss in quality of life, meaning, and loving relationships is far greater -- and rehabilitation can come only from within. Peace. ...Read more
It is nor monitored: The interent is a vast entity that allows people to act in ways that are not healthy. You never know who you are really talking to. However, if a child is being bullyed on the internet, they should tell their parents who could alert the authorities.The problem is that parents do not talk with their children, do not monitor and limit the time in cyperspace. They want others to do their parenting. ...Read more
No: They say that words are only 15% of what you get in an encounter with others, with body language, tone , context and other variables rounding out the contact. If you ignore internet dependence and isolation, how will a child learn to interact with others and find success in any culture if they don't spend time in person with friends.Limit on line time & find the kid an internet club. ...Read more
DO IT !!!: The nature of the question suggests that you have thought about internets for a while, but are delaying the implementation. Explain the limits, the reasons why there are limits, and the consequences of breaking those limits to your child. Place all all internet accessible devices where they are easily monitered. Set a start date and do it ! once started, do not relent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
IBS or IPF ?: Which? There is no IBF that I know of. These both seem detailed. Pick which is of interest. http://www.webmd.com/ibs/guide/irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs-symptoms http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/ipf/signs.html Best! ...Read more
Yes: Check out all advice with your physician. Always. ...Read more
My psych actually just told me to look on the internet and try to diagnose myself? Is this negligent?
Not neccessarily: A little more context is needed --- did you reject the psych's diagnosis or not accept it when s/he said it would take some time to figure out what was going on? Or maybe s/he is one of the psychs who thinks the diaignostic categories aren't very useful in teens. There are other possibilities. Best thing is to ask what it is that the psych is trying to get at. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am really worried about her she looks at the internet all the time with any ailment re my last question?
Not clear: I am not clear on your question. Please re phrase it. ...Read more
Why articles about disorders on the internet don't distinguish between acute and chronic symptoms? Is this not important to diagnose?
Spectrum: Usually they provide a spectrum of signs and symptoms (s/sx) from early to late, as that is how patients present--anywhere in the course of a disease, from early to late. Can usually find specifics within articles as to which s/sx come at which stages of a disease. May not be examining high-quality articles on internet which is a potential drawback to access-be sure has academic merit. ...Read more