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Doctor insights on: Is It Safe For Children To Sleep By Themselves At The Age Of 4yo

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Is it safe for children to sleep by themselves at the age of 4yo?

Is it safe for children to sleep by themselves at the age of 4yo?

Yes: I'm guessing from the question that there is a lot of anxiety about leaving your children alone in general. Children are safe to sleep alone largely from birth, as long as the crib is empty of all items and set up right. Certainly by 6 mo, the academy of pediatrics says childr en can sleep completely unsupervised. By 4 years, this is a personal and cultural decision, not a safety decision. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Is it possible to get selective mutism treat at the age of 17? or is it only treatable in children?

Is it possible to get selective mutism treat at the age of 17? or is it only treatable in children?

Yes: Therapy at any age is beneficial. I suggest the younger the better for socialization, but anytime the therapy will benefit the patient and family. ...Read more

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Is it normal & psychologically healthy for children to sleep in the same bed with a parent?

Is it normal & psychologically healthy for children  to sleep in the same bed with a parent?

The AAP, in your: Hometown, has a healthy child app that addresses sleep issues. In many cultures, the "family bed" is a necessity. Infants who learn to fall asleep in their own beds by 1-4 months consolidate sleep & night-wake less. Co-sleeping can impede a child's development of independent self-calming skills, if it's not a cultural norm. Family therapy would help everyone get to sleep in his/her own bed. ...Read more

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It is recommended that if you want to have a baby, it is better to have two and the preferable age difference is 20 -30 months. Is there the series of methods to create a happy and successful life for our only child?

It is recommended that if you want to have a baby, it is better to have two and the preferable age difference is 20 -30 months. Is there the series of methods to create a happy and successful life for our only child?

Under a dozen: I am sure many old children might argue that they turned out pretty good so it isnt the same for everyone. Having 5 children of my own i see how they had to learn to life together, help each other, be patient with the ones who required that and learned to serve in a family. That was pretty great too. Each person has to decide that issue for themselves. You can wait and see if you still want anothe. ...Read more

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If all antidepressants increase the risk of suicide in people under 25, then is it safe for teens to take them?

If all antidepressants increase the risk of suicide in people under 25, then is it safe for teens to take them?

USUALLY: A few years ago british doctors concluded that antidepressants caused thoughts of suicide. Doctors in the U.S. Were frightened and very few anti- depressants were prescribed. As a result, the suicide rate went up after this because depression went untreated. ...Read more

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Is it ok to get piles operated at the age of 80? Or should the same be avoided because of the age?

Is it ok to get piles operated at the age of 80? Or should the same be avoided because of the age?

Depends: 80 is not an absolute reason not to have a surgery. The patient's general health status needs to be taken into consideration as well as the actual indication for the surgery. ...Read more

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At what age my newborn (5 weeks) can usa a pacifier? Is it true that it can cause dental problem in the future?

At what age my newborn (5 weeks) can usa a pacifier? Is it true that it can cause dental problem in the future?

Depends: If a pacifier helps settle your child, go for it. A pacifier does much less permanent damage than a finger or thumb, and most kids quit relatively early. Digit habits, on the other hand, can persist to the point that they deform dental arches. ...Read more

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If vaccination for rota virus and pneumonia is not given at the age of 2 months to a baby; can it be given at age if 5 months..?

If vaccination for rota virus and pneumonia is not given at the age of 2 months to  a baby; can it be given at age if 5 months..?

Varies: I believe one of the rotovirus vaccines is not supposed to be started after 4 months.I expect it would be protective but the manufacturer has those guidelines.Any vaccine is likely to provide benefit as soon as you can give it. Vaccine developments and improvements are one of the greatest successes we have in pediatric care. ...Read more

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Is it ok for kid to be totally alonenwith parents most of the day on weekends?

Is it ok for kid to be totally alonenwith parents most of the day on weekends?

Yes: It is always wonderful for children to spend quality time with their parents. The weekdays balance the weekends, as children often spend most of their time with peers. ...Read more

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Is it bad to take testosterone booster at the age of 16?

Is it bad to take testosterone booster at the age of 16?

Why?: There are no testosterone "boosters" except good health and nutrition and exercise. Don't get your medical info from friends, tv or the internet. All those supplements are garbage worthless and potentially harmful. ...Read more

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Is it ok for my child to not be talking by the age of 3yo?

Is it ok for my child to not be talking by the age of 3yo?

No: Could it be normal? Yes, of course, they may be the infamous "late talker". But by 3y/o, i'd be concerned about at least expressive language. A hearing issue needs to be ruled out also. If he's able to follow commands well, and understand complex concepts, it may be a simple expressive language delay requiring therapy. But a child not talking at all by 18 months is a referral to speech therapy. ...Read more

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Is it safe for men to have children at an advanced age? Is the sperm still healthy?

Is it safe for men to have children at an advanced age? Is the sperm still healthy?

Yes and no: The impact of age on the male is much less dramatic or predictable than that of females.Sperm generate from stem cells,millions at a time.The healthiest make the strongest swimmers and increases the prospect of a healthy outcome.Women are born with a finite # of eggs,subject to the toxic effects of time/drugs/radiation and the outcome of conception remains the quality of the young or old egg. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to get breast augmentation to size b (saline) at the age of 17 and 8 months? I'd like to know about the usa as well as the uk.

Is it possible for me to get breast augmentation to size b (saline) at the age of 17 and 8 months? I'd like to know about the usa as well as the uk.

USA differs from UK: In the USA, the FDA has implied "indications" for saline implants at 18 or older, and for gel implants, 22 or older. I, for one, do not understand the reason for this edict. Both types of implants come in multiple sizes, but the final breast size is determined by not only what size implant is used, but what volume of breast tissue the patient started with. We use preference pictures to help . ...Read more

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What is the procedure for giving first aid to a child who is injured and their parents are not around?

What is the procedure for giving first aid to a child who is injured and their parents are not around?

First aid: Providing emergency treatment or any child without parents present is protect under good samaratin law that protects you from liability if you provide first aid medical care without parents being present. ...Read more

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Is it true that masturbating to much in the teenage years to mid 20s can put you at risk for prostate cancer?

Is it true that masturbating to much in the teenage years to mid 20s can put you at risk for prostate cancer?

Myth: There are many such associations passed by word of mouth.You also don't go blind,don't become infertile, etc.Many cultures find this normal area of sexuality something to discourage and such myths are part of the effort. ...Read more

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Is it important for newborns to be bottlefed by people other than the mother?

Is it important for newborns to be bottlefed by people other than the mother?

Not really: The newborn can recognize the face, voice, and smell of its mother. The only reason for others to feed the baby is that sometime the mother may not be around to give the bottle. Both infant and adult feeder need to learn how each other responds to such feeding. Don't forget dad in the equation! ...Read more

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What is the minimum age that one is allowed to get breast implants in asia?

What is the minimum age that one is allowed to get breast implants in asia?

In the US ...: I'm sorry but I do not know the answer for surgery in asia, but in the United States, women must be 18 years old to get saline implants or 22 years old to get silicone implants. ...Read more

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