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I have a five year old with cerebral palsy what type of enrichment activites should I give her?

I have a five year old with cerebral palsy what type of enrichment activites should I give her?

Too generic: Unfortunately, given that children can be affected by cerebral palsy in such a wide variety of ways, this question is too hard to answer without more information. But it would be beneficial to see a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist (physiatry) if you don't already see one. ...Read more

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Five days ago I had Septoplasty/Sinuplasty. Today was the first day I felt MUCH better. However, after activity today I am noticing sore lymph nodes in neck, a new sore throat (it doesn't seem to be from intubation), and somewhat of a heavy chest. And I

Five days ago I had Septoplasty/Sinuplasty. Today was the first day I felt MUCH better. However, after activity  today I am noticing sore lymph nodes in neck, a new sore throat (it doesn't seem to be from intubation), and somewhat of a heavy chest. And I

Congested LN/chest: May be from PND which may be increased post nasal surgery with activity or can be new onset infection as you are somewhat immunocompromised being post op . Would call you surgeon and discuss use of zyrtec, and antibiotics. Try gargling a bit with salt water ( 1 teaspoon salt in glass water) and elevate head of bed. ...Read more

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How important is nutrition for preschoolers in preventing future disease?

How important is nutrition for preschoolers in preventing future disease?

Very: Get them started right with healthy foods in childhood, and build healthy patterns for life. How they see their parents and other influential family members eat, is another important factor. ...Read more

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Is anxiety in preschoolers possible? What are the signs to look for? And how to help?

Is anxiety in preschoolers possible? What are the signs to look for? And how to help?

If you took Trilep-: tal when pregnant, enroll in the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry, 1-888-233-2334, though there is no known association with Autism, which causes perseverative & other anxious-looking behaviors. Dr. W. listed both typical anxieties & anxiety disorders in pre-schoolers. OCD by age 4, specific phobias & separation anxiety need treatment if they cause harmful dysfunction. ...Read more

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What is the incidence of ear infections in preschoolers?

What is the incidence of ear infections in preschoolers?

30 ? : There are some children who will never have an ear infection. Some will have a whole bunch. The exact incidence is not important. By age 2, you'll know what the story is. Being around smokers, being in daycare, having allergies, will all predispose to ear infections. The more exposure to irritants and viruses, the more likely. Good nutrition, treating allergies, avoiding smoke exposure, helps. ...Read more

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What is the difference between PDD and add as seen in preschoolers?

What is the difference between PDD and add as seen in preschoolers?

PDD is no longer a: Diagnosis in the dsm-v, having been replaced by autistic spectrum disorder. Adhd usually presents as hyperactive/impulsive type in preschoolers, since attention span at that age can typically be as short as 3-4 minutes. Each is a categorical diagnosis based on a defined pattern of (usually disruptive) behavior. 40-70% of children with ASD have adhd ; require multimodal treatment to address both. ...Read more

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What types of food can relief gas in preschoolers quickly. Are dates soaked in water good for this.

What types of food can relief gas in preschoolers quickly. Are dates soaked in water good for this.

Local answers: intestinal gas in young children can be very uncomfortable. Often a gentle massage of the abdomen, going counter clockwise, can help relieve pockets of gas. Continued pain or swelling or vomiting should be seen by a practitioner. Foods vary with locale; cabbage family and beans are very gasogenic. Often crushed flax seed with rice can be helpful. I would consult locally re dates. ...Read more

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What are some current nutritional issues, such as obesity or malnutrition, that might affect preschoolers?

Obesity: Weight issues even in young children are on the rise. Our society has a lot of cheap, easy access, calorie-dense and nutrient-poor foods available and many are marketed to children. Did you know that the largest toy distributor is actually a fast food chain? Give our kids real foods and avoid giving them sugar-sweetened beverages including juice. ...Read more

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I work with preschoolers and have observed parents feeding their kids coffee. Is this ok?

I work with preschoolers and have observed parents feeding their kids coffee.  Is this ok?

Not recommended: Children don't really need caffeinated beverages of any type. It's best to avoid coffee, caffeinated tea, sodas, etc. It can cause jitteriness, trouble sleeping, irritability, dehydration, and increased heart rate and blood pressure. ...Read more