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Some adult diapers seem to work better than others. Any recommendations for nighttime for 115 lb formerly 5'5" thin frame lady. Sleeping thru night 92?

Some adult diapers seem to work better than others. Any recommendations for nighttime for 115 lb formerly 5'5" thin frame lady. Sleeping thru night 92?

Adjustable depends: You are indeed on the slender side--should be proud to have such figure in these days and age. Anyhow, adult diapers are not one-size fits all. You should you look for the ones that are adjustable to allow better fitting/wrapping around your body/frame to minimize leakage. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more


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Autistic spectrum 8yr old girl shows myclonic jerking upper body only while awake on video eeg. Same as stereotpyies, autistic stim or flapping?

Autistic spectrum 8yr old girl shows myclonic jerking upper body only while awake on video eeg. Same as stereotpyies, autistic stim or flapping?

Tics? If all the : Studies were normal, remember that 11% of children with ASD have tics. The latest studies show that kids with adhd who develop tics on the stimulants methylphenidate (concerta) ; amphetamines usually have an underlying tic disorder, so the meds unmask tics rather than induce them. Compulsions? Maybe, but usually not myoclonic. Adding Intuniv for adhd may reduce them, if they are complex tics. ...Read more

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3.5yr old boy @ 27lbs and a 5% for height. 3pediasures/day, struggles but eats & sleeps fairly well . Small parents: mom5'1" & dad 5'6". Is he ok?

3.5yr old boy @ 27lbs and a 5% for height. 3pediasures/day, struggles but eats & sleeps fairly well . Small parents: mom5'1" & dad 5'6".  Is he ok?

Need more info: We would need much more information. What does he eat, when. How is he functioning, is his behavior normal? Were there any problems at birth? Is there stress at home? ...Read more

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Co-sleeping ads with butcher knives, where should an infant sleep? With all the recalls for bedside play-yard sleepers and co-sleeping "nests" and the infant deaths from co-sleeping, where should a breastfeeding mother have her infant sleep? A crib in a

Co-sleeping ads with butcher knives, where should an infant sleep? With all the recalls for bedside play-yard sleepers and co-sleeping "nests" and the infant deaths from co-sleeping, where should a breastfeeding mother have her infant sleep?  A crib in a

I : I would definitely recommend a bassinet right next to your bed. That's where both of my breast fed babies slept. It was convenient and safe. With a bassinet the baby is separate and yet close enough for all those late night feedings! good luck. ...Read more

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Are sports a healthy alternative to all those passive hours kids spend watching tv?

Are sports a healthy alternative to all those passive hours kids spend watching tv?

Absolutely: More then 2 hours of screen time computer games, text, tv, etc during school year is detrimental. Sports are the best way to go for healthy mind and body, gets kids to build cardiovascular and muscle tone at crucial ages. If not into sports walk, run, bottom line is move ur body. ...Read more

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My 12 yr. Old son falls asleep doing schoolwork, homework, and chores; but is alert when watching t.V. Or playing video games, is this adhd?

My 12 yr. Old son falls asleep doing schoolwork, homework, and chores; but is alert when watching t.V. Or playing video games, is this adhd?

Maybe: Tv and video games are geared for a 4 second attention span. Most 2 year olds have longer attention spans than that. The 4 second attention span keeps your son alert via a neural reflex. It also lowers his attention span for the real world. Research states of those who watch 1 hour a day 9% will lower their attention span to add levels. 2 hours lowers 18% and 3 hrs 27%. Limit both to 45 min/day. ...Read more

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Hbot: caretaker in chamber w/ pt breathes room air at 2.4 ata + pt exhaled pco2. No o2 mask provided for caretaker. What are risks to latter?

Hbot: caretaker in chamber w/ pt breathes room air at 2.4 ata + pt exhaled pco2.  No o2 mask provided for caretaker.  What are risks to latter?

Ear pain or popping: The care taker will experience similar feeling to being in an airplane. Since the caretaker is not using a mask he is not breathing 100% oxygen. Hence no risk of oxygen toxicity. ...Read more

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When my 3 month old who sleeps through the night wakes up, his hands are freezing. I don't over dress him andi use a fan to prevent sids, heat set@ 70?

When my 3 month old who sleeps through the night wakes up, his hands are freezing. I don't over dress him andi use a fan to prevent sids, heat set@ 70?

Common energy saver: Infants in a cool environment often shift blood flow from the top skin down deeper to conserve the heat & energy they use to grow. Fingers, toes, lips & ears are often cooler than surrounding areas.Sleeping in a onzie with mittens & hat is what i reccomend. The cold hands is not a sign of a problem & likely bothers you more than baby.Fans or pacifiers may drop sids risk but not > sleeping on hisback. ...Read more

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Would it be more beneficial to continue mainstreaming my 8 year old child diagnosed w hfa w adhd, gdd/asperger vs placing her in a special ED school?

Would it be more beneficial to continue mainstreaming my 8 year old child diagnosed w hfa w adhd, gdd/asperger vs placing her in a special ED school?

Ask school: The best think for your child is for you to team up with his teachers and school to get their opinion as to how he is doing. The school district is required by law to evaluate him to see if he needs special help if he has a confirmed medical diagnosis that may get in the way of his education. Sometimes you have to push the school to do it but collaborating is always best. Ask if he needs an iep. ...Read more

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Which disorders cause a 7 years old boy (having good grades) to sit alone in school despite he's social in family?P.S:he visits an orthophonist weekly

Which disorders cause a 7 years old boy (having good grades) to sit alone in school despite he's social in family?P.S:he visits an orthophonist weekly

Shyness: Some children are shyer than others, but some kids can get stressed at school. Talk to him about how he is doing. Is he anxious or stressed? Does he enjoy school? How are his grades? If you are concerned that he is depressed or having school problems, talk with his doctor or a therapist. ...Read more

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8 yr old boy. Bedwetting, periodic night terrors, deep sleeper. Catheterized as toddler in er. On 1/2-1 ddavp (desmopressin) .2 nightly for 2 mos. What is next step to help him? Long trm effects of ddavp (desmopressin)?

8 yr old boy.  Bedwetting, periodic night terrors, deep sleeper.  Catheterized as toddler in er. On 1/2-1 ddavp (desmopressin) .2 nightly for 2 mos.  What is next step to help him?  Long trm effects of ddavp (desmopressin)?

Nocturnal enuresis: Sounds like enuresis is nocturnal only. Is he a dysfunctional voider? Is he constipated? You should consult with a pediatric urologist. Somtimes anti-cholinergic agents help. Ddavp used long term really have not much effect. It is a hormone secreted naturally by kidneys to concentrate urine. ...Read more

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4 yr old child, 3.5 lb premie.Since birth while sleeping or napping, wakes up with spasms of the body, arms, and legs, jerking and screaming.Then she re?

4 yr old child, 3.5 lb premie.Since birth while sleeping or napping, wakes up with spasms of the body, arms, and legs, jerking and screaming.Then she re?

Having Seizures: What you describe sounds like epileptic seizures. You need to have your child evaluated by a pediatric neurologist. Seizures can be controlled with medication, but left untreated can cause permanent brain damage. ...Read more

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Autistic 3-year-old wakes up very early (around 5:30 a.m.) and wanders around the house. How can I keep him safe? He sleeps in a crib but climbs out.

Autistic 3-year-old wakes up very early (around 5:30 a.m.) and wanders around the house.  How can I keep him safe? He sleeps in a crib but climbs out.

Safeguard all doors: Autistic children often show signs of distraction and high activity levels.Getting out of their beds and walking around the house is very common. Door stop alarms will alert you if the child got out of his crib by producing a loud,shrilling noise when the door is attempted to be opened. ...Read more

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Are electronic blankets safe to use overnight beside burns for adults and children both ?

Are electronic blankets safe to use overnight beside burns for adults and children both ?

Electronic blankets: If your question is, is it dangerous to use an electric blanket especially for children because of the possibility of getting burned. ...Read more

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58 yr old f in hospitl w/ confusion. Non-compliant cpap (apnea), o2 at times down to 60% while awake. Staff report she's clear when she first wakes?

58 yr old f in hospitl w/ confusion. Non-compliant cpap (apnea), o2 at times down to 60% while awake. Staff report she's clear when she first wakes?

Full evaluation: It's very important when such a young patient has con fusion to understand why. She needs an extensive medical and neurological evaluation. ...Read more

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Is electronic toys helpful for kids mental health like rc helicopter?

Is electronic toys helpful for kids mental health like rc helicopter?

Ans: This is a very broad question. Certainly children okay is very important part of development. The kind of toys you mention are certainly more beneficial than the computer games which can lead to a false sense of reality. Children must develop a healthy imagination not a brainwashing. ...Read more

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Boy 9mo actual, 6.5mo adjusted asymmetric IUGR. Sitting independent, good balance, hates tummy time, won't roll. Rolled only handful of times. Help!

 Boy 9mo actual, 6.5mo adjusted asymmetric IUGR. Sitting independent, good balance, hates tummy time, won't roll. Rolled only handful of times. Help!

Discuss with babydoc: There is more going on here than can be posed in the space provided. The best resource for help is the pediatrician that has been regularly seeing your child. Discuss with them your concerns. They know your baby's history and they also have knowledge of available resources in your general area. They will be able to assess your baby's development and offer appropriate referrals necessary. ...Read more

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15*18mm asd child also develop pulmonary hypertension 30 to 35 mmhg. When should we go for asd closure right now child is 2 year old weight 11 kg.

15*18mm asd child also develop pulmonary hypertension 30 to 35 mmhg. When should we go for asd closure right now child is 2 year old weight 11 kg.

Anytime: Discuss with your pediatric cardiologist and pediatric cardiac surgeon. They are the ones that can advise you about the timing of your childs surgery. ...Read more

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3.9 year old with autism seems ready for potty training but won't sit on potty long enough. Is the iPotty (potty with iPad stand) a good idea for him?

Do you really want : to pair those behaviors? Once you do, transition to a regular toilet is going to be tough! Use his developmental, not chronological, age, for readiness: Can he stay dry for 2 hrs., walk from room to room, recognize the urge to go, use a word to say so (e.g., potty) & pull his pants up & down? If so, use a Little Looster stool & read " Steps to Independence" by Baker, ~$30 on Amazon.com. ...Read more

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Are there special blankets used to swaddle babies?

Are there special blankets used to swaddle babies?

Yes: There are some swaddle blankets you can buy at stores with baby equipment, but these are not necessary in order to swaddle your baby effectively. You can also use a large square blanket. ...Read more

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