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Liquid Before Bed
Daughter was diagnosed with strep today- got in one dose of amoxicillin (liquid) in before bed. She threw up one hour later. Was any absorbed?
Basic rule: I generally follow a simple rule on oral medicines. Any spit-up within 15min where I can see or smell the med I will repeat the full dose. 15-30 half, after 30 none. Sometimes it is better to give the stomach a chance to settle down rather that repeating immediately. ...Read more
My daughter is 6 yrs old and still wets the bed. I have tried cutting her off from liquid 1 hr before bed and I've tried pull ups....What should I do?
Bed wetting alarm: Roughly 15% of normal kids her age wet the bed. The safest most effective means of treating this is an enuresis alarm with no side effects, no copays, and no side effects. Medications can help control this problem, not cure it. If she has bothersome daytime problems or a history of urinary infections, see your provider. ...Read more
How do I get my 6 yo to stop peeing his bed I've been waking him up every 2 hrs and cut him off of liquids an hr before bed & he still manages to pee?
Normal varient: Bedwetting is usually due to the immaturities of the part of the brain controlling continence. Your startegies do not help that. There is a conditioning device available and a variety of medications that your doctor is able to discuss with you. Remember that in time this usually improves. Roughly 16% of kids wet the bed at this age. ...Read more
My 77 year old mom has trouble getting to the bathroom in the morning. Should she stop drinking liquids after a certain time before bed? How long?
Overactive bladder: Sounds like oab. But 1st check a urinalysis. Yes stopping liquids a few hours before retiring is first line. Avoiding bladders irritants (caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods)may also help. Next step is considering medication for oab, there are many- side effects also need to be considered when starting this class of drugs, paticularly in the elderly. ...Read more
Avoiding bedwetting in 7year old. Likes to eat ceral with milk before bed. How long after that liquid intake should he use the toilet and then sleep?
Enuresis alarm: Enuresis can persist into young adulthood and is usually familial. It can be quite frustrating for affected people. First line prevention is avoiding liquids after 6 pm and voiding before bed. Enuresis alarms are devices that attach to the waistband and vibrate when the bladder contracts, and DDAVP is a medication (oral or nasal spray) which are other treatment options. I hope this helps! ...Read more
I used Afrin (oxymetazoline) before bed, now my nose hurts and im leaking clear liquid from my nose, is this normal? The pain woke me up. Hurts when I turn my head.
Afrin (oxymetazoline) is supposed to: Help with decongesting your nostrils so you can breathe while you sleep. So yes the clear liquid coming out must be what the Afrin (oxymetazoline) decongested -- however, if that clear liquid thickens up, or becomes cloudy, and you have more headache/pain noted without using more Afrin (oxymetazoline), you may need to get to a healthcare provider so they can treat you for potential sinus infection. ...Read more
Can I give my 2 year old son (23lbs) 5ml of liquid Claritin in the morning and 5ml Zyertec before bed. Allergies (tree pollen) have been very bad?
I am experiencing heartburn (worsened by: eating shortly before bed, bending forward, eating certain foods, lying flat). The following also describe me: Regurgitation of food or liquid and Bitter/acid taste in mouth. What should I do?
About GE reflux...: Gastroesophageal reflux disease is when the stomach contents comes back up into the esophagus too often, or in too large of an amount, with or without feeling symptoms such as heartburn. A person with GERD should avoid vinegar and other acidic foods or liquids like juice or soda. Her doctor can examine and treat with lifestyle improvements, plus acid blockers and antacids to decrease acidity. ...Read more
Gravity: When you eat right before you go to bed, the food doesn't have time to pass through the stomach, so when you lie down, gravity could cause the food to go back up into the throat. This could cause heartburn, a sour taste in the mouth, and inflammation of the throat - which could lead to a cough during the day. ...Read more
Healthy sleep: Try to limit the use of bright electronic screen / devices prior to going to sleep. Try to use soothing music to help put your mind to rest and ultimately fall asleep. Use tea's, such as chamomile to help you fall into a deep slumber. Use melatonin (over the counter) to see if this may be a good sleep aid for you. Do not exercise late in the evening, this will provide an adrenaline rush as well. ...Read more
Ok? Yes.: There have been numerous reports related to late meals with a slower metabolism and weight gain. While the evidence is not overwhelming, there is nothing wrong with eating before bedtime. If you are concerned about gaining weight, then eating earlier in the evening, before bedtime, is recommended. ...Read more
Yes: Sleep and dreaming can be greatly affected by your experiences throughout the day and specifically what you are doing right before you fall asleep. Watching a tense or horror filled tv show will affect your dreams and may lead to nightmare. A pleasant relaxing show may give you good dreams and good rest. Be selective with what you put in your head prior to failing asleep. ...Read more
Not always.: I have a general rule (often broken when there's ice cream in the house) to not snack past 8pm. Almost everything we eat past 8pm is unhealthy - unless you make a good effort and have some fruit or something. When you eat too close to bed, you also worry about reflux during the night, so make sure to eat at least 2-3 hours before going to bed. ...Read more
Vodka: Best to limit to one shot of booze a day....Total. More than one a day is problematic. One is ok for most folks. ...Read more
Sure: The am finger-stick before breakfast can certainly be affected by a meal/snack you had the night before. ...Read more
How big is glass: One drink of spirits such as gin would be 1.5 oz. If this is all very unlikely you would have alcoholism. However people with alcohol problems can be crafty. Their one gin and tonic may be out of a 24oz tumbler. But they can gladly tell everyone. "i just have one drink per night" hope that helps. Not to be cynical but it does happen. ...Read more
Depends: While bananas add calories (depending upon the size of the banana) if those calories are calculated as part of your total caloric intake per day, it can be a healthful addition to the diet. Is your goal to gain, or lose weight? Then adjust the intake to add or subtract calories to match your goal. ...Read more
Not a problem: This is a tasty and healthful bedtime snack. Go for it. ...Read more
Work out timing: Same physiological effect no matter when you do it. ...Read more
Girlfriend feels sick everyday for a week right before bed but feels fine all day. What could it be?
Sick @ bedtime: Maybe she's not feeling so good about whatever happens in bed? You could ask her, and see if there's something the 2 of you need to discuss. Good luck. ...Read more
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