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My Child Has Asthma Should She Play Sports
It may be easier to exercise earlier in your pregnancy than during the last three months (third trimester) of pregnancy. Choosing safe exercises for you and your baby is important because some positions, as your weight and balance change, may become uncomfortable or have potentially harmful effects. After 20 weeks of pregnancy, you should not do exercises that require lying flat on your back, because this position may make ...Read more
My son has a grass allergy, he is 7 yrs old and wants to play football. Is it possible to get special breathing masks for him to continue playing football?
My 8 year old jammed his thumb. Can he still play in his basketball tournament? Could he do much more damage if he plays?
My 18 yo son was recently diagnosed with epilepsy but he wants to play college football. Should he?
Hello, a friend has a six yr old boy who was born as a crack baby he has learning disabilities , he can learn how to play videos but not school work ?
Two different skills: Learning to operate a video is much easier than school work. A video may be very automatic and robot like. Or if not, it still gives instant gratification. School work demands multiple intelligences at the same time and requires pateince and delayed gratification. See a child development specialist: a psychologist or psychiatrist, or a team at a children's hospital. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
My daughter has celiac and has been very compliant until she hit teen age. Now she sneaks bread with friends! What should we do!
Celiac: Even small cheats, with true celiac disease, can put you at risk for intestinal damage and some malignancies. Teens don't want to be seen as different than their friends. I see this with teen diabetics, too. Hopefully, her GI tract will give her enough discomfort to have her stop. Continue to educate her and explain how serious it is. If you are seeing other acting out behavior, counseling helps. ...Read more
Is it safe to play basketball if my son had a kneecap operation 2yrs ago?Does he has restrictions now on his activities?How to know if fully recovered
Yes: At 2 years he should be well healed. He should have no pain or swelling and thigh strength should be the same as the other side. He should not need any limitations. ...Read more
My child ran into a other kid playing hockey. He had a minor headache that cleared. Does he have a concussion?
No.: If he feels well enough to play outside, that's ok. The cold may temporarily make his nose run more-but i'd let him play. ...Read more
My son is 5'11 and has been tall all his life.Last year he was 5'7.He plays basketball and can dunk .Howtallwill he be at age 14.Hislegshurt somedays?
Genetics: A lot depends on your genetics, and what he's exposed to. There's a lot of questions here, since we really don't know how tall he is now. The joint pain is more the issue, and with his athletics, can come from overuse of the knee (patellar/femoral syndrome), shin splints, or inflammation of the quad insertion on the tibia (osgood schlatter's diease). Your doc will better answer the height issue. ...Read more
My son who is 5 has plagiocephaly. He now get concussions sometimes when he falls. Any treatments to help him?
Helmet, but??: Plagiocephaly traditionally refers to a positional assymetry of the skull not associated with early closure of the cranial sutures (seams in the skull). It does not increase the child's risk for any other problems. It does not increase the risk for concussion after a fall. You used the term concussions (plural) . Please discuss this with your doctorA child who has multiple concussions is at a higher risk for permanent problems. ...Read more
My son 13 years old, has spina bifida occlta @l5. He likes basketball, he got back pain after trainning. So can he play basketball?
Spina bifida: Spina bifida occulta is a very common finding on x-ray. Usually not the cause of back pain. Most common cause of back pain in young athlete is stress fracture of pars intetarticularis. Back pain in a less than 17yo is considered a red flag and should be investigated. The goal is to get him pain free and then return to the game he enjoys. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have 11 yr old grandson. He eats quickly then moves his bowels immediately after. What could be wrong? My grandson also has trouble listening to his mother and often needs corrected/disciplined
My 4 year old has pneumonia and his coughing interrupts his sleep. Should he take cough medicine or will that make his infection worse?
It won't help much: Cough is the body's way to remove material from the airway. With pneumonia, cough is a common symptom as the body is trying to clear the infection out of the lungs. While the cough is annoying and disrupts sleep, it is also necessary to get better. Humidity, increasing fluids, and sleeping with the head and chest elevated are safe treatments that can be tried. I hope he gets better soon. ...Read more
My son has Osgood Schlatters disease, his knees hurt after he does sport. He has been giver a prescription of antibiotics, but it does not help?
Osgood Schlatters: is actually an inflammation where the patellar ligament attaches to the tibial tuberosity and antibiotics will not help. The treatment is anti-inflammatories and rest. It usually resolves when the growth plate closes. Surgery may rarely be required if the symptoms persist despite physical therapy and medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My son has problems with his nose, when he blows his nose. He has had surgry septum that didn't work he has had this problem since he was 3 help!?
Needs examination : Septal surgery is not always successful. A good examination by an otolaryngologist is needed. Nasal obstruction can also be non anatomical . Allergens and irritants such as smoke are also possible causes of nasal problems. Visit with a good otolaryngologist who also practices allergy ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My daughter had staphalocus aerius as a infant and few kids has her school has got it is she prone to get it again should I take her outta school
Staphylococcus : Staphylococcus aureas is a common bacteria typically found as part of the normal flora (bacteria) living on the skin and nasal passages of at least 20% of the population. In most of these people it causes no problems at all, however, if the setting is right, it can cause skin infections, or more severe diseases such as meningitis or pneumonia. The good news is just because she had an infection as an infant doesn't necessarily pre-dispose her to developing another infection in the future. In fact, she may be one of the 20% who carries it! since 20% of the population does carry it without ever becoming ill from it, you would be hard pressed to find a school where the students and teachers are staph-free. The best thing to do is to teach your daughter good hygiene. Good hand washing and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers have both been found to be effective methods of preventing infection. Good luck! ...Read more
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