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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?

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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How many hours a day should a child in kindergarten sleep?

How many hours a day should a child in kindergarten sleep?

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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I fell trying to fix mats in my horses stall and landed on my head. I haven't been able to sleep the front of my head hurts. Could this be concussion?

I fell trying to fix mats in my horses stall and landed on my head. I haven't been able to sleep the front of my head hurts. Could this be concussion?

Concussion is: A clinical diagnosis (no lab, w-ray, etc) and insomnia is one symptom. Irritability, difficulty focusing, personality changes, dizziness, ringing in ears, nausea, mild anorexia are others which in combination signify a potential concussion. If you have had for a while see your doctor for advice. ...Read more

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Which immunizations does my child need before starting kindergarten?

Which immunizations does my child need before starting kindergarten?

Immunization: DTaP, IPV, MMR, Varicella. Plus they’ll need to make up any other shots missing from the past. ...Read more

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Son is in kindergarten. Receives minimal 4 hours of homework per night. Complains of headaches. Could this be the result of this rigorous routine?

Son is in kindergarten. Receives minimal 4 hours of homework per night. Complains of headaches. Could this be the result of this rigorous routine?

4 hours of homework?: No wonder he has headaches! 5 years old is a little young to be working a a full-time job. That is assuming only a half day kindergarten. Let him be a kid for awhile-your lucky he just has headaches. Does he need a bleeding stomach ulcer to get your attention? Enough is enough. You probably should get his vision checked also. Discuss your concerns with his doctor. ...Read more

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How can I prepare my child for kindergarten?

How can I prepare my child for kindergarten?

Get excited: Help your child get excited about this next big step. In the month before attending school put a little more structure into their day with some time for arts and crafts, reading books, quiet time, practice writing name, etc. This will help prepare them for some of the activities kindergarten will have. If possible figure out what friends will be in their class and schedule a couple play dates. ...Read more

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Is cellulitis after kindergarten shots normal?

Is cellulitis after kindergarten shots normal?

Can happen: If done properly the occurrence of an infection should be rare. Remember however that cellulitis refers to inflammation and does not have to have an infectious component at all. In your example this is more likely the case from the immune reaction developing to the injected substance. That reaction is mediated by cells and proteins that cause inflammation. ...Read more

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Why am I so scared of my child germs and getting sick in kindergarten?

Why am I so scared of my child germs and getting sick in kindergarten?

Normal, but: It is stressful to parent and kindergarten represents a separation where you have little control of the variables involved. Accept that you have done your best in the past to prepare the kid. Proper vaccines protect against the worst issues. The kid also has some experience with germs, building an immune system from past colds and other issues. ...Read more

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Is there a way to keep frm crying on sons 1st day of kindergarten? I hate to cry & cant suppress. Was told 2 try happy camper. ?? Thx

Is there a way to keep frm crying on sons 1st day of kindergarten? I hate to cry & cant suppress. Was told 2 try happy camper. ?? Thx

Separation: anxiety, but usually experienced on the other side, children, rather than parents, maybe if you let it out you would feel better, it's only the first day, you can still try to be a happy camper, if still suffering, talk to your doctor, might need some mild anxiolytic ...Read more

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How reliable is a negative nst result? In kindergarten speak please as i don't understand the sensitivity and specificity tap dance :). Thanks

Dancing lesson: Sensitivity at kindergarten implies the likelihood the test will be positive if the pt. Has the disease. Specificity at kindergarten level implies the test will be negative when the patient doesn't have it. A high% of both is a very good test. High specificity, the test is good at showing problem not there. ...Read more

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Naps (Definition)

Napping is a normal part of a baby's sleep routine. They typically sleep more than 12 hours out of 24 throughout the first year, but not all of ...Read more