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Should child with pneumonia go to preschool?

Should child with pneumonia go to preschool?

Pneumonia: Probably not. If the child really has pneumonia and is a pre-kindergartner they belong at home with their parents until they have recovered, but obviously advice in this regard is at the discretion of the pediatrician seeing the child. Would frankly be surprised if many pediatricians were recommending attendance at preschool for a child with pneumonia. ...Read more

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How do kids who are homeschooled get to interact with kids their age?

How do kids who are homeschooled get to interact with kids their age?

Easy: Some home schooling is done in as groups, so they have social interaction within the group plus friends in neighborhood and activities such as sports etc. ...Read more

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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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School psychologist wants my child to get tested for autism. Should we?

School psychologist wants my child to get tested for autism. Should we?

I'd say yes: Schools don't offer children access to special education supports unless there are real concerns, be open with them;if it didn't make sense to you the 1st time, request another meeting. If the " a" word surprised you, it may mean that your child has good cognitive skills, but struggles with reading comprehension, grasping concepts in math or relating to peers, often noticed in 3rd-4th grade. ...Read more

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Can our family doctor be our pediatrician?

Can our family doctor be our pediatrician?

Altho....: ... Pediatricians have much greater, more intense, education, training and experience taking care of the problems of children and adolescents than family physicians.If the issues are more than basic care, the pediatrician is best. Family doctors are not pediatricians! ...Read more

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Should young kids be able to see birth of baby brother or sister?

Should young kids be able to see birth of baby brother or sister?

Depends: "shared family experience" is the primary issue for advocates for older siblings to be present at the birth of a new sibling. Others feel disgusted, with concern that the children might react negatively to the sight of mom going through a rough labor & delivery. Some set the age from 3-5 or older. Individual temperment & personality, rather than age is the key. Check your hospital's policy too. ...Read more

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What do other doctors think about gp's taking on pediatric patients? Should kids see pediatricians?

What do other doctors think about gp's taking on pediatric patients?  Should kids see pediatricians?

Pediatrics vs. GP: I'm biased being a pediatrician, gps get about a year of peds, pediatricians get three years all peds. If you are going to take your child to your gp (so one doctor sees the whole family which is great) you might just want to make sure that the gp has a pediatrician that he/she trusts to run things by when he/she isn't sure. The most important quality in any doc is knowing what he/she doesn't know. ...Read more

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If donor baby, what should I tell pediatrician about his family history?

If donor baby, what should I tell pediatrician about his family history?

As much as U know: Many centers that provide donor material will have basic health related data on file.This is often gained as they screen their donor pool.When possible, try to bring that information to his evaluation. ...Read more

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My 13 year old son talks a lot about having kids. He says he wants them asap. What can I do as a parent to tell him to wait for children?

My 13 year old son talks a lot about having kids. He says he wants them asap. What can I do as a parent to tell him to wait for children?

Teen wants kids: I would not be too worried about what a 13 year old says about having kids. There is a lot of growing up that still has to occur ! However, if you want to teach him what is required to be a parent let him see what is required. Let him see the sacrifices necessary to be the parent of a child. He may slow down the clock when he sees his needs come second. ...Read more

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Can my daughter's pediatrician diagnose or recommend someone to test my daughter for autism?

Can my daughter's pediatrician diagnose or recommend someone to test my daughter for autism?

Autism Diagnosis: The Specialists in the area of Autism, from whom you need to have your daughter evaluated are either Child Psychiatrists or Developmental Pediatricians. Each should be Board Certified in their Specialty. I would start with your daughter's pediatrician, and go from there. Also, if you are near a large, university medical center, often there you can obtain some of the best help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Should kids tell their parents to not drink?

Should kids tell their parents to not drink?

Yes: If in excess, absolutely.There is nothing wrong with a mature child complaining about drinking or smoking parents. What's good for the goose.... ...Read more

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Who can help my child if he stutters?

Stuttering: Speech pathologist should be your first stop. ...Read more

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Will the child psychiatrist, pediatrician or child psychologist visit the child's school? 

Will the child psychiatrist, pediatrician or child psychologist visit the child's school? 

Yes: It is not unusual for a child psychologist, especially one who specializes in educational psychology, to visit a child's classroom to observe the the child, the child's interactions, and the learning environment. The need for a visit is largely dependent upon the diagnosis or suspected diagnosis. ...Read more

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At what age should you let your daughter babysit?

At what age should you let your daughter babysit?

Age 13-14: Prior to babysitting, a teen must be mature enough to complete a bls/ CPR course offered at your local fire department or hospital. It is wise to let a teen first be a mother's helper, or assist her in her first attempt. She must be able to feel competent handling emergencies prior to being left alone. Many factors go into when to allow babysitting, but age 13-14 is a typical age. ...Read more

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What advice do you have for parents with kids who have cerebral palsy?

What advice do you have for parents with kids who have cerebral palsy?

Love them dearly: Cerebral palsy is a static dysfunction of motor abilities. It can affect just one half of the body, just lower body, or can affect entire body. It can be associated with epilepsy and with mental retardation, but can occur with no other complication. Most children learn to lead near normal lives but need special therapy and equipment. Excellent services are available through schools. ...Read more

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Who do you diagnose a child with allergies?

Who do you diagnose a child with allergies?

See below: A lot of the diagnosis can be based on the history of your child's problems, and the exam. Then specific testing can be through blood work or skin testing. ...Read more

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How much trouble should kid be in before we send to child psychiatry?

How much trouble should kid be in before we send to child psychiatry?

Do it soon: When in doubt, get a consultation. You may be reassured, or you may have a chance to intervene early before the child gets into more trouble. ...Read more

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How do we deal with an adult child who won't take his medication?

How do we deal with an adult child who won't take his medication?

TREATMENT REFUSED: Try educating the child. If unsuccessful, watch him take the rx in front of you. Be nice don't lose your patience. ...Read more

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How to explain to your child that she need her tonsils out?

How to explain to your child that she need her tonsils out?

Depends on age: It depends on the child's age. For younger children, keep it simple. Just talk with them about going to the hospital and reassure them that you will be there. For older kids, you may want to look into a pre-surgery program for kids. They do tours and show the kids what to expect. If you can't do that, answer their questions honestly and clearly. If you don't know an answer, call the doctor. ...Read more