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Dr. Leah Alexander
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Need a suggested time my son need to go to sleep. He wakes up at 630 am and will be starting kindergarten gets out at 2pm. They don't take naps?

Dr. Leah Alexander
Board Certified, Pediatrics
19 years in practice
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Need a suggested time my son need to go to sleep. He wakes up at 630 am and will be starting kindergarten gets out at 2pm. They don't take naps?

Outgrowing naps: Some kindergartens phase out nap time. If your son has to be up at 6:30am, I would suggest a bedtime around 7:30-8pm. However, if your son is used to taking an afternoon nap, he may end up falling asleep in the car ride home from kindergarten. Depending how long he sleeps then, this may push his bedtime to a later hour. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
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31 years in practice
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Can children be diagnosed with bipolar before kindergarten?

Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Can children be diagnosed with bipolar before kindergarten?

Studies have only: Been done in children 6 years old or older. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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How many hours a day should a child in kindergarten sleep?

Dr. Barry Bergman
Board Certified, Pediatrics
36 years in practice
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Sleep 9-12 hours: Most kindergarteners should sleep a total of 9-12 hours per day. Not all will be at night. Many 5 year olds require a mid day nap. ...Read more

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Dr. Ajay Acharya
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
32 years in practice
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She is breaking out in hives & has fainted 26 times in 1week. 6 ER visits. 1 child @ home and 1 in kindergarten class has fainted. Any ideas?

Dr. Ajay Acharya
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She is breaking out in hives & has fainted 26 times in 1week. 6 ER visits. 1 child @ home and 1 in kindergarten class has fainted. Any ideas?

Confusing: Please state more clearly....child or mother or both have problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Seres
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Dr. Linda Gromko
Board Certified, Family Medicine
43 years in practice
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Raped in kindergarten, made me bleed in both anus and vagina. Happened several times. Hurt to go to the bathroom. Why would it bleed? Is this bad?

Dr. Linda Gromko
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Raped in kindergarten, made me bleed in both anus and vagina. Happened several times. Hurt to go to the bathroom. Why would it bleed? Is this bad?

I am so sorry.: What a sad thing to hear that you were sexually assaulted as a young child! I am not surprised that you had bleeding. Your tissues as a five-year-old were certainly not ready for any sort of penetration. Even consenting adults in loving relationships often use lubricants for greater comfort during sex. I am assuming things are back to normal, and i hope you have sought counseling to help you. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Clifford
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38 years in practice
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Is it better to take lots of little naps or to try to stay up to get on new time zone when travelling far?

Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Is it better to take lots of little naps or to try to stay up to get on new time zone when travelling far?

No data: No clear answer to your question. My guess is staying up and not napping is more likely to get you back on track quicker, but if necessary a nap probably won't hurt. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Kondilis
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
4 years in practice
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My friend has a terrible lifestyle: he goes to bed at 3am daily and uses FB until that time. He takes naps during the day. How can I help him? SoSorry

Dr. Linda Kondilis
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
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My friend has a terrible lifestyle: he goes to bed at 3am daily and uses FB until that time. He takes naps during the day. How can I help him? SoSorry

Helping a friend: A great place to start is to think about how your friend's behavior is impacting you? Are you worried, do you spend less time together, have you noticed his functioning decline. Ask him permission to share your observations and let him know in your own words you are looking out for him. ...Read more

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Dr. Olivia Liao
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My son wakes up in middle of the night a few times a month for 2-3 hrs at time and is wide awake. Naps fine. Sleeps 10-12hrs night. Solutions? Reasons

Dr. Olivia Liao
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My son wakes up in middle of the night a few times a month for 2-3 hrs at time and is wide awake. Naps fine. Sleeps 10-12hrs night. Solutions? Reasons

Going through phase: If his energy during the day is good and his growth and development is normal then don't worry. Just try to stick with a regular nap/play schedule and it should resolve. As for your insomnia, you do have my sympathies! ...Read more

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What is considered the maximum amount of minutes for a nap to be beneficial to your health (life)?

Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What is considered the maximum amount of minutes for a nap to be beneficial to your health (life)?

It depends: It depends upon how much you are sleeping at night. Some people benefit from "power naps" for about 15-20 minutes, others need longer nap times. Prolonged naps may interfere with your night time sleep. Here are more tips on sleep and sleep hygiene http://www.Princeton.Edu/uhs/healthy-living/hot-topics/sleep-hygiene/. ...Read more

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Board Certified, Child Psychiatry
38 years in practice
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Is it normal for young children to stop needing naps?

Dr. Glen Elliott
Board Certified, Child Psychiatry
38 years in practice
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Varies: The need for naps varies considerably across children, along with the overall trend of decreasing need over time. Total sleep over the day is the key. Trouble is those who fight taking naps divide broadly into those who really need one and those who don't. In general, toddlers benefit from an afternoon nap; if it's a struggle, look at ways of making it more routine and less of a battle. ...Read more

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