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Doctor insights on: Typical Preschool Activities For 18 Month Olds

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How long is the typical attention span for sitting and doing completing activity (e.G., reading or writing) of a 5-year old boy?

How long is the typical attention span for sitting and doing completing activity (e.G., reading or writing) of a 5-year old boy?

Huge range of normal: Five year old boys are widely variable as to the "typical attention span". There is such a huge range of normalcy that it is difficult to state an exact number that would be meaningful for everyone. A very crude rule of thumb--which may not be applicable to your son--is about 1 minute per year old; however, there is such variation, so to say that your son should focus for 5 minutes might be in err. ...Read more

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My almost 6 month old did not do the typical 4 month sleep regression. Is that normal too or should I be worried about his development.

My almost 6 month old did not do the typical 4 month sleep regression. Is that normal too or should I be worried about his development.

Myth?: The "4 month sleep regression" is described as a dramatic change is sleep schedule that is not a part of typical development and is not a "typical" phenomenon at all. I would not be worried about your child's development based on his having a stable sleep pattern. ...Read more

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What is the typical sleep habits for twenty-four month old babies?

What is the typical sleep habits for twenty-four month old babies?

Baby aleep: They will still require a daytime nap, about one hour or so. They will also still sleep about 10-12 hours at night. Not much different than 1year olds but they definitely should be sleeping through the night on their own and in their own bed. ...Read more

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What is the typical height to weight ratio of 6-7yr old children? In preschool we targeted 1:1, now doc unhappy with 45" & 46lbs. 1900-2000cal/day.

What is the typical height to weight ratio of 6-7yr old children? In preschool we targeted 1:1, now doc unhappy with 45" & 46lbs. 1900-2000cal/day.

NORMAL GROWTH: The md will tell you which percentile in growth and development your child is folowing. It ranges from 10th to 90 th being the tallest or the heaviest. ...Read more

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18 month old lips turn blue after some activity and gets dizzy and losses balance after activity. What could be the cause? Normal EEG and ekg

18 month old lips turn blue after some activity and gets dizzy and losses balance after activity. What could be the cause? Normal EEG and ekg

Ask his pediatrician: About developmental screening ; seeing a pediatric cardiologist who can rule out structural anomalies ; may have your child wear a small " heart card" to record heart rate over 24 hours. A pediatric pulmonologist can check for exercise-induced asthma. A pediatric neurologist would be next. Video an episode to show doctors. I assume it's not just from crying, a breath-holding spell. Keep looking! ...Read more

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I (18 yrs old) usually have 28day cycle but missed period this month. No sexual activity. Is it because of stress? Anything to worry about?

I (18 yrs old) usually have 28day cycle but missed period this month. No sexual activity. Is it because of stress? Anything to worry about?

Can be normal: As teen, can often be irregular due to growth / life / hormonal changes. Severe dieting / physical or emotional stress / extensive physical activity / bad infection / etc., can all cause missed periods. If you miss more than two periods, you should consult your gyn for evaluation to be sure no treatable condition present. ...Read more

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Why does my 4 month old get sob &retract when breathing in am & gets better throughout day? Also seems to get sob with activity or position change?

Why does my 4 month old get sob &retract when breathing  in am & gets better throughout day? Also seems to get sob with activity or position change?

4 months old breathi: A 4 months old with these symptoms need to be evaluated by your pediatrician as his symptoms may be due to lung condition like bronchioliti, asthma or there is possibility heart disese, which is less likely as he would have been discovered with a heart murmue by noe during routine visits with pediatrician.So make an appt.With your pediatrician and have him examined asap. ...Read more

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10 m/old baby suddenly prefers dad. Did this a bit at 7 months too. both work and share baby duties. Going 2C a therapist but feeling hurt. Typical?

10 m/old baby suddenly prefers dad. Did this a bit at 7 months too. both work and share baby duties. Going 2C a therapist but feeling hurt. Typical?

Why fret ?: Please never give adult properties to an infants changing whims. Infants develop preference based on situational events.Whoever seems to provide more feeding/nurturing/attention whether related or not is often the favored guardian for today, but that could change tomorrow. Don't expect a baby to validate you, that's too much pressure on them.They may understand what you do when they have kids. ...Read more

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My son 7 months old is in good health with proper immunization. he shows every other expected activities but he is not sitting on his own yet.pls help?

My son 7 months old is in good health with proper immunization. he shows every other expected activities but he is not sitting on his own yet.pls help?

Be patient: A 6-7 mo old born on time is only expected to "prop sit" with assistance for a few seconds.They will get to sitting alone usually by 8-9m.If born early, the expectations must be changed to reflect the amount early. ...Read more