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My toddler wakes up at 4 am and watches tv. Is that okay? What should I do?

My toddler wakes up at 4 am and watches tv. Is that okay? What should I do?

No: Remove any tv from the toddlers room. Limit the child to their room from bedtime 'till morning, leaving their door open as a reward only if they stay in the room. Permit quiet play if they don't disturb anyone.Confiscate any remotes & disable any tv if the problem persists. There are power cord locks available. After 3-4 wks of effort your child should develop a more acceptable night routein. ...Read more

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My four year old will not go to sleep when i put her in bed. She is up all day with no nap what can I do for her?

My four year old will not go to sleep when i put her in bed. She is up all day with no nap what can I do for her?

Sleeping Challenges: Unfortunately there is no simple answer to your question. This is a common problem in children but i would need more info to be specific. Children need a schedule and routine before bed (bath, story, and time to connect emotionally etc). She should sleep in her own bed and possible her own room. Does she have night mares? Do you have any other concerns about her behavior, if so see your peds. ...Read more

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What should I do if my 15 mo wakes up too early from her nap and is crying/screaming?

What should I do if my 15 mo wakes up too early from her nap and is crying/screaming?

Wait a little: It is normal for all of us to have awakenings when we sleep. Give her 5 minutes to see if she will settle back down. If not, go and check on her to make sure she is alright (ex: leg not stuck in crib) and if so, try to pat and shush her (try to not pick her up) and leave again. ...Read more

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My husband and I have set often.but I found out that he watches porn and masturbates while I am at work some days. It hurts me. Is it OK for him to?

My husband and I have set often.but I found out that he watches porn and masturbates while I am at work some days. It hurts me. Is it OK for him to?

Sexuality: Some men have a stronger sex drive than their partner and masturbate when the partner is not available. Everyone's sexuality is different. But as a married couple, if his behavior, particularly the use of pornography disturbs you, I recommend that you have a conversation with him. If you have difficulty initiating the conversation, then seek counselling. There are many local services available. ...Read more

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I think my one and a half month baby has colic. He starts crying at 11 pm every night. What can I do to comfort him?

I think my one and a half month baby has colic. He starts crying at 11 pm every night. What can I do to comfort him?

Depends on cause: Babies cry for a reason. Some babies respond to pressure (swaddling), others to motion (swings, rides in the car), some to digestive aids (gas drops, ginger, fennel), some to formula change (to something hydrolized) or to maternal diet change (removing dairy or gassy food like broccoli and beans from mom's diet). Some, for whom you find no cause, respond to homeopathic colic remedies. Try it all. ...Read more

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My son is 3 1/2 months old and at night he sleeps from 10pm until 8am, but i worry if do I have to get him up in the middle of the night for feeding?

My son is 3 1/2  months old and at night he sleeps from 10pm until 8am, but i worry if  do I have to get him up in the middle of the night for feeding?

No: If the kid is wetting diapers and growing well it is fine for him to sleep on this schedule. Most can do this by the time they reach 10 lb (5kg) but many don't.Enjoy the schedule. ...Read more

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My toddler does not drink milk at all after she gave up bottle. Should I be concerned about growth and strong bones?

My toddler does not drink milk at all after she gave up bottle. Should I be concerned about growth and strong bones?

Calcium: If she is between 1 and 2 years, she should have whole milk, about 16oz/day,for the fat, as well as Ca. If she is over 2, then she needs calcium, but it doesn't need to be from milk. Ca for 1-3y is 500mg, 4-8 is 800mg, and 9-18y is 1300mg. They now make juices and other foods with added Ca, or you can use a supplement, even Tums (calcium carbonate). ...Read more

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I think my 6months baby is teething because she salivates & wakes up in the middle of the night every hour, and its making me tired. What should I do?

I think my 6months baby is teething because she salivates & wakes up in the middle of the night every hour, and its making me tired. What should I do?

Teething: It does sound as though your 6 month old may be teething. It is not too early to take her in for an initial visit with a pediatric or general dentist. Teething may be temporarily alleviated by swabbing her gums with a gentle cold wash cloth. Most treatments for teething are temporary making "giving it time" the best option. In the mean while, do what you can to make both of you comfortable. ...Read more

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My daughter is nine and still wets the bed I have asked her doctor about it and he does not seem concerned. I have limited drinks after dinner. She does not drink milk or caffiene. I am at a loss. Is there anything i can do?

My daughter is nine and still wets the bed I have asked her doctor about it and he does not seem concerned.  I have limited drinks after dinner.  She does not drink milk or caffiene.  I am at a loss.  Is there anything i can do?

Hello. : Hello. It is really hard on a child at age 9 to still wet the bed. It certainly impacts self esteem. It is also hard on whoever cleans the messes. I believe it is important for the child to be evaluated for a possible medical cause. If that work up is negative than working up for a psychological cause would be appropriate. I suggest that you be polite but assertive in asking the doctor to assess this specific issue. If the doctor is not a pediatrician, it might be helpful to see a pediatrician. At some point, if the issue has been put out in the open and the provider is not responsive, you might want to assess if that provider is adequately meeting your family's needs. Take care. ...Read more

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My 4 year old son is complain his stomach hurt all day n now at 6 am he starts using the bathroom n his stool Is black. I am unsure what to do.

My 4 year old son is complain his stomach hurt all day n now at 6 am he starts using the bathroom n his stool Is black. I am unsure what to do.

Black stool: Did you give him pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for his stomach ache? If so, this can be the cause of the black stool. Otherwise, black stool can show that there is bleeding in the upper digestive tract. If no pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate), please see your pediatrician, asap. ...Read more

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Hello, i have a 9 days new born and my preocupation is that she's not waking up to be fed. I wake her up every 4 hrs and it takes me 15min to do so.

Hello, i have a 9 days new born and my preocupation is that she's not waking up to be fed. I wake her up every 4 hrs and it takes me 15min to do so.

Let Baby Sleep: As new mothers, we all have the same fear. If she is a full term newborn with no medical problems, she will wake you at night when she is hungry. Let her sleep, it helps develop good nighttime sleeping patterns. You should wake her every 3-4 hours during the day to sleep. Happy Zzzzzzzz and Congratulations on your baby! :) ...Read more

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My 15days old son sticks his tongue out all the time except sometimes when he is asleep. I am freaking out. What should i do.

My 15days old son sticks his tongue out all the time except sometimes when he is asleep. I am freaking out. What should i do.

Prutruted tongue : Prutruted tongue in a new born need to be cheched out, it can be due to a small mandible, a large tongue or we worry about congenital hypothyroidism but that has other signs & symptoms & all newborns are screened for it after birth, the result goes to your doctor or hospital. So call your doctor to get the result of neonatal screening & have him checked by his pediatrician. Good luck. ...Read more

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Everytime i put my son in his crib for his nap and bedtime he screams. i dont know what to do. all i do is leave the room and he screams for abt 10 to 15mins long.

Everytime i put my son in his crib for his nap and bedtime he screams. i dont know what to do. all i do is leave the room and he screams for abt 10 to 15mins long.

What works for U ?: About the time a kid begins to fear strangers they also become anxious if you are not in view. They lack the understanding that you are still in the house. It can continue until they are talking. A short term fix might be to take reading material in the room & sit for a while as kid settles. Leave after 10. Leave the door open so he can hear house noises.Tell/show him the door closes if he screams ...Read more

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My son is having night terrors every night. He is 6 years old. What can I do to help? He doesn't remember anything in the morning.

My son is having night terrors every night. He is 6 years old. What can I do to help?   He doesn't remember anything in the morning.

Every night?: Most children outgrow their night terrors but it can take 1 to 2 years. Some children have them 2-3 times per week. If this is happening on a nightly basis, it may be best to follow with the pediatrician as there can be medicines or behavior techniques which help. ...Read more

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Hi its late at night and my daughter is saying she feels worms in her stomach what can I do until I take her to the doctor in themorning ?

Hi its late at night and my daughter is saying she feels worms in her stomach what can I do until I take her to the doctor in themorning
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Warm compress: The statement is puzzling but deserves attention.Either a heating pad at a low heat level, hot water bottle, or warm compress she can curl up around can help her relax. ...Read more

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My 2yr old just woke up at 4am with his first nosebleed. He's otherwise healthy and was sleeping fine. How should I stop the bleeding? Should I be

My 2yr old just woke up at 4am with his first nosebleed.  He's otherwise healthy and was sleeping fine.  How should I stop the bleeding?  Should I be

Not likely a concern: It very common to have nosebleeds, especially at night due to dryness of the air, rubbing during sleep, etc. To stop the bleeding you must apply constant pressure to the nostrils for 5 - 10 minutes WITHOUT peeking. Like any other wound, constant pressure will stop it. If this persists, or there are other sites of bleeding or bruising - be seen by his pediatrician or family doctor. ...Read more

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My son is 16 weeks old. I noticed at our night time feeding Simon's left eyelid is red/swollen. What can I do for him? Is he too young for Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

My son is 16 weeks old. I noticed at our night time feeding Simon's left eyelid is red/swollen. What can I do for him? Is he too young for Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Yes: Take a picture and show your doctor to help make a diagnosis. The fact it is intermittent makes it less a concern. There may be some intermittent blockage of the tear duct or it may be positional. All the best. ...Read more

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My son temp is 103.4 and he sleeping almost all day what should I do?

My son temp is 103.4 and he sleeping almost all day what should I do?

Take him to Dr ASAP: That fever is high enough to possibly cause damage and it would be a good idea to get an evaluation and treatment. Please do it as soon as possible. Hope it goes well for both of you. ...Read more

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