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How do I potty train a 3 year and 7 months old that has high anxiety ?

Toilet training: It is difficult to train an anxious child. Surely, he should not be coerced or forced to use the potty if he does not want too. Just back off for now and try again in a month or so. Giving rewards may also work when he is ready and willing, he will surprise you. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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My 6 year old son has been potty trained for over 3 years but is starting to poo his pants. Help!?

My 6 year old son has been potty trained for over 3 years but is starting to poo his pants. Help!?

May be constipated: One of the most common reasons for pooping in his pants is the child is constipated, and has "overflow incontinence". If your child does not have a bm regularly, or is very quick in passing a bm, his large intestine may be full of poop, and he may be waiting until he can't hold it anymore. Check his stool pattern, and also find out why he is holding his bm's. ...Read more

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My 3 year old daughter withheld poop for 6 months. She is now pooping normally in nappies but refuses to try the potty. What approach should I take?

My 3 year old daughter withheld poop for 6 months. She is now pooping normally in nappies but refuses to try the potty.  What approach should I take?

Give her MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol): daily in a dose that keeps her stools soft. She may associate pain from hard stools or an anal fissure with toileting. Put small, safe toys in a clear bowl on top of the 'fridge. Say nothing. When she asks about them, casually say, "Oh, you get to choose one when you poo-poo on the potty. " A little looser stool helps keep knees up & blowing bubbles helps expel poop while on the toilet. ...Read more

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I am potty training my 3 year old who has a strong personality.The only method that has worked is by having her naked. She still bed wets. Any advice?

I am potty training my 3 year old who has a strong personality.The only method that has worked is by having her naked. She still bed wets. Any advice?

Put her clothes on: If you have done rehearsal & she knows where the stuff is the best thing you can do is become her assistant, not her drill sergeant. A strong willed child must first understand when she gets the feeling she needs to go, & feel happy she is responding to that need.Telling her no more than twice a day that you will help is crucial. You can provide incentives for doing big girl things but relax. ...Read more

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My son is suffering from red eyes since one week because he felt in bleached water.He is 3 year old.

My son is suffering from red eyes since one week because he felt in bleached water.He is 3 year old.

He needs eye exam: Although not as bad as alkali, such as sodium hydroxide or lye, bleach can be very irritating to the cornea and he should have an eye exam to assess for corneal injury. Rx eye drops may help prevent scarring. ...Read more

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Hi. My father whose is about 57 year old. My question is my father's. Digestion not work properly since 1990 and he ccannot digest milks item etc?

Hi.   My father whose is about 57 year old. My question is my father's. Digestion not work properly since 1990 and he ccannot digest milks item etc?

Lactose inttolerance: Inability to digest milk is usually due to lactose intolerance. Just avoid milk products or take lactose free milk products. He should go to his primary care doctor to get a workup to find out the source. ...Read more

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My son is 5 months old and weighs 6.1 kg. His birth weight was 3 kg. He not at all hungry as he use to be for 1st 3 months. poop is frothy & mucous. ?

My son is 5 months old and weighs 6.1 kg. His birth weight was 3 kg. He not at all hungry as he use to be for 1st 3 months. poop is  frothy & mucous. ?

See Your Doctor Now: 5 mos old, less appetite x 2 mos, "poop frothy/muscous". Your son's birth wt of 3 kg was 25th %, 5 mos wt is 2nd % by growth chart. His poor wt gain, anorexia, & stools are indicative of a digestive tract anomaly. Lack of nutrition regardless of cause leads to delayed growth/development, infections, nutrient deficiencies, & more. See you doctor immediately for correct diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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My 6 month old son sleeps less and disintersted in eating semi solids. What should we do?

My 6 month old son sleeps less and disintersted in eating semi solids. What should we do?

Teething: This could be a sign of teething. Softer food or just fluids may be needed temporarily. Also, you may give Acetaminophen for fussiness, trouble sleeping , or discomfort ...Read more

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My son is 3 years old and i noticed him druling more than normal .

My son is 3 years old and i noticed him druling more than normal .

DROOLING: Saliva drooling is a common condition in infants. Common causes: teething, throat infection, sore inside mouth, ..... Or no cause. Keep an eye, if he doesn't have fever, pain or any sign of infection, nothing to be done. Make sure, he is well hydrated, means... Extra fluid. If other issue, check with his pediatrician. ...Read more

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We have a five month old girl child who seems to suffer from constipation, although the poops aren't extremely hard.?

We have a five month old girl child who seems to suffer from constipation, although the poops aren't extremely hard.?

Constipation: If a baby's poops are very pasty like peanut butter then they are constipated. Their poops should be soft and mushy like oatmeal (or even softer). Straining for less than 5 minutes is normal. If the straining lasts more than that they might be constipated. ...Read more

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My 3 year old daughter has biliary atresia and she's started complaining of tummy. She doesn't have a temperature in fact she feels very cool?

My 3 year old daughter has biliary atresia and she's started complaining of tummy. She doesn't have a temperature in fact she feels very cool?

Prob. constipatios: This can be a complex issue depending on whether your childhas a successful kasai procedure or not. In general, the most common reason for tummy aches at this age is constitpation. However, if it continues, evaluation by your primary provider is the first step to decide the cause. ...Read more

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My 8 year old daughter is overweight but my 9 year old daughter isn't. Why does my youngest gain so much weight and yet eats the same food as her sis ?

My 8 year old daughter is overweight but my 9 year old daughter isn't. Why does my youngest gain so much weight and yet eats the same food as her sis ?

Good question: If both of your daughters eat the same diet and one is very overweight, that child may have a medical problem leading to weight gain. I am assuming that in addition to similar diets they have similar levels of activity and sleep. Have your younger child checked by her doctor for medical conditions that can contribute to weight gain. If none, consider emotional concerns, stress etc. ...Read more

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My 3 year old makes large bowel movements every day. What is this?

Strange answer: This so called "mega stool" that often blocks the toilet is commonly found in autism. That does not mean that he has autismd of course, but if there are other symptoms of a behavioral nature, you should get it checked out. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old has c diff and is not potty trained will my six yr old , husband and myself get it?

My 3 yr old has c diff and is not potty trained will my six yr old , husband and myself get it?

Need precautions. : C diff exists in spores which are readily transmitted if a bathroom is shared. So the three-year-old should have a dedicated area. The key is handwashing with soap and water, and using bleach for any contaminated surface. ( don't use bleach on skin though). Towels, sheets and clothing must be carefully washed. With these precautions it should be possible to avoid it. ...Read more

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My father is 65 yrs old he had heart surgery on age of 62,he seems to loose weight he is weighing around 54 kg at height of 160.What are survial rate?

My father is 65 yrs old he had heart surgery on age of 62,he seems to loose weight he is weighing around 54 kg at height of 160.What are survial rate?

Depends: Survival following bypass surgery is strongly influenced by the state of the heart before the surgery such as previous damage from previous heart attacks and the extent of such damage .Also the presence of other conditions such as diabetes, or kidney dysfunction. Although survival under this conditions do not approach normalcy,the outcome is certainly much better than without surgery ...Read more

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