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Just For Kids Medication
Should I be taking medication for p.C.O.S? I also would like to start trying for a child, any tips?
Helps Get Better: Bpd is a condition causing symptoms of chronic lung disease. Many times medication helps ease the strain upon the lung tissue of breathing. This minimizes tissue damage and strain on other organ systems, such as the heart. By making it easier to breathe, if makes it easier to heal, if this is going to happen. ...Read more
Depends: This depends on the condition of the child, reason and type of medication and dose involved. I can think of some pain meds that would stop a kid from breathing, at least one that could shut down their kidneys, etc. There are specific and well studied pain meds for kids that are safe to use. ...Read more
Behavioral, medical: & developmental problems need to be assessed for proper diagnosis & treatment. Behaviors persist when reinforced by positive or negative attention. Consistent, immediate, correctly-done "time-outs" effectively extinguish (stop) a behavior after a "testing" period in which the child tries harder to elicit the "old"'parental attention. Medical & psychological evaluations define needed therapies. ...Read more
Through your doctor: Medications and factors (presumably blood clotting factors) are obtained by prescription through one's regular doctor or a specialist (either in the community or at a children's medical center). Each question to healthtap needs to have enough details on its own in order to get a helpful answer. Please send in another question to us. Thanks! ...Read more
Look at the kid..: Verbally or, more importantly non-verbally, your kid will communicate if in pain. Or take advice of the professional (doc, nurse practitioner, physician assistant) that knows your child the best, or has done the surgery. Then what medication, what dose, what frequency, what adverse affects to watch for are all guided by medical personnel, and generally should be written instructions. ...Read more
Varies: It depends on the cause of hyperactivity. There are many reasons for an ad child to be hyperactive. You, behavioral assistant, speech therapists, pt, teachers, and doctors need to figure out why. If child is chronically ill, frustrated, anxious, in pain, obsessing, he could be hyperactive. There is no one medication to use in a recipe fashion. ...Read more
Depends: If the selective mutism is due to a social phobia or agoraphobia, then there are some possible treatments that may help. Anxiolytics can reduce these symptoms. ...Read more
Maybe: The fact that you say medication didn't work makes me assume your child is in the nicu. In this setting the PDA usually has an impact on the baby's ability to breath so the PDA needs to be dealt with. In older children pda's can be closed non-surgically in the catheterization lab, but if your baby is very small this option is not available and tying off the PDA at bedside can usually be done. ...Read more
Long-term effects: Of stimulants on growth have been studied. With methylphenidate products, a 1/2" & 1/2 lb. & with amphetamines, 1" & 1lb difference from projected ht. & wt. Were seen. Suppressed appetite may occur early on, with the lowest point ~ 3rd mo. Of treatment. I follow bmi instead of ht & wt. The heaviest kids lose the most weight. 5th-85th%ile is normal, 25th-75th%ile is average., 85th-95th% overweight. ...Read more
Important Side Note: According 2dr lynn miller-psychologist/profssr @u of british columbia 85% of young children whose parents answer (ed yes 2these two q's will develop an anxiety disorder later in life: 1)"is ur child more shy or anxious than other children his/her age? ";& 2)"is ur child more worried than other children his/her age? " get kids help early! Help them recognize their anxiety & learn 2manage it effecively. ...Read more
Yes, no, possibly: Each medication has a unique molecular structure, designed to interact with specific tissues of the body in very stereotyped ways. It must nonetheless be noted that every person's unique makeup may cause them to respond in a variety of ways to different meds. TYPICALLY, there is a SMALL range of responses that MOST people exhibit, but it is possible to observe wild variation between two children. ...Read more
Can a seven year old child take tablets with the same dosage (not halved) as its syrup medication?
Liquid vs tablet:
If the dose is the same for liquid or tablet, yes
if you still have questions, speak to the pharmacist at the store they can help you decide, you can always call his pediatrician as well. ...Read more
In general, can I give my child half of adult OTC medication recomendations? Or is that still too much?
I has MS and I take medicine for it. Would I be able to have a child if I wanted to and still be on medication?
NO PROBLEM: MS has no effect on pregnancy, labor, delivery, or limitations on becoming a mother, and furthermore, pregnancy is highly protective, especially the third trimester. Normally recommend stopping meds prior to pregnancy, yet, Copaxone (glatiramer) is the safest medication for women who become pregnant, and would not have any appreciable teratogenic risk. Would supplement folate & other prenatal vitamins. ...Read more
I have a daughter 8yrs old and would like another child how would my body cope with my health probs and would I have to come off all my medications?
Formal consult..: Not enough information to answer this question. Sorry. ...Read more
I am 33 years old female and planning for 2nd child since one year but not getting conceived. Kindly let me know how to plan or do I need medication.
I noticed medication dosage for children is based on weight/age. What if you're a petite adult under 90lbs? Would my body require less dosage for the same effect?
It would be prudent to adjust the dose to suit your weight, especially for drugs with narrow margin of safety. It would be prudent to discuss it with your doctor and pharmacist for specific drugs.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
Getting medications: Right is a challenge in any patient and any disorder. That is part of the "art" of medicine. ...Read more
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Environment: Dust free environment, change pillow cases twice a week, no pets in bedroom, change bed sheets once a week, remove rugs in bedroom, ventilate bedroom clean air filters. Try slowing breathing rate down by blowing out like you blowing out a candle to lengthen time of exhaling air. Check with pediatrician. ...Read more
Behaviors in DS: 18-23% have behavioral, emotional or psychiatric problems. ~ 6% have extreme aggression; 73% disobedient; 65% argumentative; 50% demanding attention; 6-8% adhd. Of the 10% with autistic disorder, ~ half have late regression with loss of language ~ 5 yrs., by which age > 50% of kids with ds are overweight. Low doses of Risperdal are used for irritability or aggression, monitoring wt. Gain & labs. ...Read more
Yes: There are not many safe over-the-counter cold medications for children. The medications which had been previously available were both not very effective for children and also rather easy to overdose. The best OTC medications for children continue to be tylenol (acetaminophen) (acetominophen) products and Motrin (ibuprofen) products. When in doubt, ask your pharmacist for help with OTC choices for kids. ...Read more
Childhood asthma: First consider non-medicine interventions (smoking, pets, carpets etc).Next for moderate to severe asthma there are a couple of mainstays:An inhaled steroid used twice daily-every day;an antihistamine like zyrtec or claritin.If your child is still requiring frequent use of their rescue medicine then your doc may suggest adding singulair (montelukast). Talk to your doc about seeing a peds pulmonologist. ...Read more