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Should grandparents take over parenting for children whose biological parents cannot care for them? @drpam

Should grandparents take over parenting for children whose biological parents cannot care for them? @drpam

It depends: There are so many factors that may affect the decision. It depends on the health of the grandparents. If it happens, looking to get support from others in the family is very important. The age of the children may also be a factor. This is a long-term commitment. Many times the grandparents can be stressed. Making sure there is adequate financial support is also important. ...Read more

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Are turtles safe pets for kids?

Are turtles safe pets for kids?

Maybe: I would never suggest a turtle to an immunocompromised child. Even healthy children can get salmonella from handling their pet turtles. If you can be 100% sure (and who can be?) that your child will wash their hands each and every time they handle the turtle or its accessories, a turtle would be an acceptable pet. Personally, I would try to steer you to a different pet. ...Read more

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Do children in bilingual families start talking later than other kids?

Do children in bilingual families start talking later than other kids?

Yes: The bulilding blocks of multilingual children are consistency and exposure. A tv show in another language will not teach the baby nearly as much as a parent exploring the language and the world attached to it with the baby. Babies are keen listeners and can make out and pick up different sounds. We as adults "tune out" sounds that are linguistically of no use to us. ...Read more

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Are pvrv vaccines for rabies safe for people with panic disorder?

Are pvrv vaccines for rabies safe for people with panic disorder?

PVRV vax: LatS ~ rabies is rare disease but if contracted can cause death. Earlier rabies vaccine had as much hazard as the disease (DEV) Today, the purified vero rabies vaccine (PVRV) and the HDRV (human diploid rabies vaccines) are without any serious complications. Not recommended for all yet but if you work with animals (Vets, farm etc) you should get it. Panic disorder is not a contraindication.thx ...Read more

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What are some indestructible toys for autistic child?

What are some indestructible toys for autistic child?

Many treatments: There are a plethora of toys for autistic children that they can both play with & that will help with some of their sensory issues. Here is one site, but there are many others. If your child is seeing an occupational therapist, he can direct you to ones that are appropriate for your child. http://www.nationalautismresources.com/toysandgames.html?gclid=Cj0KEQjwur2eBRDtvMS0gIuS-dYBEiQANBPMRwWJrUhXYH ...Read more

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Are snakes a good choice for kids with allergies?

Are snakes a good choice for kids with allergies?

Depends: The aap (american academy of pediatrics) and cdc (center for disease control) do not recommend reptiles in the home with children under 5 years of age or in homes with people who have weakened immune systems to prevent the spread of salmonella. Over 5 years old, is debatable. However, regardless, always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after contact with reptiles (or any animal). ...Read more

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How to deal with dental phobia in teens. 17 year old girl who fights and screams at the dental office. Cannot afford sedation?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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How to deal with dental phobia in teens.
17 year old girl who fights and screams at the dental office.
Cannot afford sedation?

Anxiety management: for patients with moderate or severe levels of dental phobia, psychological and pharmacological interventions are required. Without treatment, dental phobia is likely to get worse over time. See a pain psychologist for CBT. ...Read more

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Are most people vaccinated for meningitis as a kid?

Are most people vaccinated for meningitis as a kid?

Now yes: Yes means for the most virulent strains of bacterial meningitis. There is a vacccine called menactra, which is routinely given upon entering 6th grade and college but is indicated as young as 2 years old. This past year recommendation by acip was made to get a booster every 5 years. ...Read more

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How much exposure is appropriate for children when there are events like killing of children? @drpam

How much exposure is appropriate for children when there are events like killing of children? @drpam

Limit media access?: I would like for doctors from all disciplines to weigh in on this. There are so many ways children can get information that it is impossible to shelter them from bad news. My suggestion is limiting exposure to sights and sounds of violence and sitting down and carefully broaching difficult painful subjects with them, one on one. Please add your answers about how to explain why bad things happen. ...Read more

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Are there any special schools just for autistic children?

Are there any special schools just for autistic children?

There are private : schools for kids with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The U.S. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act grants every child a free & appropriate education in the least restrictive setting. Placement of a child with ASD depends on degree of autism + presence or absence & severity of Intellectual Disability & disruptive behaviors. Special public schools exist for more impaired students. ...Read more

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Why are kids under 5 and adults over 60 at risk for diphtheria?

Why are kids under 5 and adults over 60 at risk for diphtheria?

Diphtheria: Children under the age of 5 , most specifically less than 6 months are most vulnerable due to lack of antibodies to counteract the disease. This is the most important reason why these infants should start receiving the vaccine as early as 6 weeks of age.. The risk for diphtheria in adults over 60 is due to waning immunity. This is why receiving regular boosters every 10 years is important. ...Read more

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Do all kids have germs---or is there a particular age group that are more germy- for example, 0-3 years old vs. 3-5 year olds?

Do all kids have germs---or is there a particular age group that are more germy- for example, 0-3 years old vs. 3-5 year olds?

All kids & adults !!: Everyone at all ages has a coexistence with germs. People acquire a germ profile on their skin and in their upper airways & intestines within hours of birth & this continues through life. Young kids mouthing & touching behavior acquires new germs a bit faster than adults, but studies show adults put their fingers to their face/nose multiple times/waking hour. This brings germs to your body. ...Read more

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What are some tips to caring for autistic children?

What are some tips to caring for autistic children?

Evidence-based: Intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy (aba, the denver model) 25-40 hours/wk works best. A child with autism won't understand why he should follow your agenda; ignore non-compliance & protests. Say, "sit down. Look at me, " tapping your temple, before teaching. Focus on joint attention, a precursor for communication. Ipad autism apps may be useful, but face -to-face time is best. ...Read more

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Are l'il critters gummy bites multivitamin good for kids and adults?

Are l'il critters gummy bites multivitamin good for kids and adults?

OK but not greatest: I am a big believer that everyone should take a good quality multivitamin but, while better than some, you can do a lot better. It's good that it does not have synthetic dyes or high fructose corn syrup but it has synthetic E (which is toxic) and folic acid, which many can't utilize, and is low in potency. For gummy vits Smarty Pants Kids Complete is much better! See http://tinyurl.com/mzrkbx8 ...Read more

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Two young children suffered multiple bee stings. While they are not allergic, we are concerned about their ages (4 and 7). What should we do?

Two young children suffered multiple bee stings. While they are not allergic, we are concerned about their ages (4 and 7). What should we do?

Supportive Care: Make sure to monitor them for symptoms other than discomfort like wheezing, difficulty breathing, and significant swelling especially involving the face and/or neck. Make sure to clean all bites with soap n water and remove any stingers by scraping with a plastic ID, and apply cool compresses every 20 minutes as needed for pain. Antiseptic spray and Ibuprofen is also very helpful for any pain. ...Read more

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What vaccinations are required for children up to 12 years old?

What vaccinations are required for children up to 12 years old?

CDC: There are a list of the recommended vaccines on the center for disease control website-cdc.Gov. ...Read more