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Teen Getting Ready
Do we need to report tendon rupture as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated? My teen is getting ready to go to college.
Do we need to report ehlers-danlos syndrome as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated? My teen is getting ready to go to college.
Yes: If your kid has ED it does not go away. The variable expression of this connective tissue disorder means some are milder than others but the potential for health issues lasts a lifetime. A simple summary of how this disorder has effected your son should help any college health service know at what point to contact you or specialists. ...Read more
Do we need to report delayed sleep phase as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated? My teen is getting ready to go to college.
Sleep phase: I don't think this is reportable. However, after successful treatment the person must commit to staying well. This usually involves a fixed rising time and general sleep hygiene. That can be very hard for a college student. Your teen might want to talk to a dorm resident or academic advisor or college health professional on arrival at school for advice on maintaining improved sleep. ...Read more
Do we need to report low platelets as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated? My teen is getting ready to go to college.
Do we need to report cavernous sinus aneurysm as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated? My teen is getting ready to go to college.
Answers vary: An hour a day, 3x/week, sufficient to produce increased respiratory depth is good for everybody. The truth is that a teen will make his/her own decisions about exercise / fitness / muscling up / trimming down, and fortunately most make good choices. Parents are much less influence than peers, and the best parents make fitness opportunities available to kids without being pushy. Good luck! ...Read more
Diet and exercise: Most of those ripped bodies out there have 5-10 % body fat. Since most normal appearing teens will have 15-20% that could mean dropping 5-10% of your body weight to achieve that goal. You can certainly have a flat stomach with good conditioning and less weight loss, but a good 6 pack will cost you. Competitive body builders often get into the 3-5% body fat range. ...Read more
School, doc, etc: Teen mental health info can be found in a number of places. The school counselor will usually have pamphlets (like on glee) or websites you can use. The american academy of pediatrics has a number of resources and website links to use, and there are online resources like the mayo clinic and johns hopkins that publish information. Plus the cdc has a whole section on this. ...Read more
No < 9 hours: During the growing years a teen needs 9 or more hours of sleep per 24 hrs. Growth spurts and physically demanding activities can add to the need. Failure to keep up with the sleep requirement can show up in a variety of ways. Poor academic performance in school, sleep walking, etc. After growth stops & activities lessen, 8hrs may be adequate. ...Read more
Hormones: As the pituitary and adrenal glands mature in the pre-teen and teen years, testosterone is produced by the testicles and many changes occur. Facial hair grows, the voice deepens, the penis elongates, the testicles grow and muscles get bigger. Testosterone causes the sex drive and sexual desire and stimulation. It is probably never higher than in the teen years. ...Read more
Live healthy!: Not exactly sure what you mean by "stout and strong as a teen boy" but I'm guessing you mean something along the lines of energetic and healthy. If so, then leading an active healthy lifestyle should do it: plenty of regular exercise, a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, sufficient rest/sleep, avoiding drugs, alcohol and absolutely no smoking! That's a great start, anyway! ...Read more
Not able: It is not healthy to get thin in just a month. It took years to get where you are today, and that isn't going to change in a mere 30 days. It is an unhealthy and unrealistic expectation. Start a healthy lifestyle and healthy way of eating and expect weight and BMI to stabilize over years, not days. ...Read more
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or call this number: 1-800-772-9100. ...Read more
KeepTalking with him: Marijuana dependence is the body's physical need for the addictive substance in order for the teen to feel like he is functioning normally. Over time, drug dependence leads to physical harm in the brain and body, to behavior problems, and to association with people who also abuse drugs and commit crimes to obtain drugs. Mj is illegal under U.S. Law, so a teen can end up with a criminal record. ...Read more
I get angry a lot mostly by meanless things and I become annoyed even by myself, is normal in teens if not what kind of medical control should I make?
Yes: Arthritis as a teenager is very uncommon however it does occasionally occur. Inflammatory arthritis (like juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) is usually due to an autoimmune type process. There is also infectious arthritis (for example as the result of lyme disease, or after a bacterial or viral infection). ...Read more
You have one: All males have one whether you masterbate or not. ...Read more
Ready for a shocker: Most of those ripped bodies out there have 5-10 % body fat. Since most normal appearing teen girls will have 15-20% that could mean dropping 5-10% of your body weight to achieve that goal. You can certainly have a flat stomach with good conditioning and less weight loss, but a good 6 pack will cost you. ...Read more
Extremely rare: The scientific literature describes only case reports (individual cases) of esophagus cancer in teenage years, so it is possible but extremely unlikely. Factors which might increase risk include family history, certain nutritional deficiencies not likely to occur in the us or toxic exposures (lye, n-nitrosamines, etc). ...Read more
Arthritis any age: At any age we can see arthritis. There are no barriers, but it is important to remember that each type of arthritis and each person with arthritis can be unique. Prognosis depends on the type of arthritis. Viral arthritis arthritis, dependingon the type can resolve; infections that cause arthritis can be cured with antibiotics. Certain systemic arthritis syndromes can be controlled. ...Read more