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What can I do when my 9 year old wakes up frequently at night?

What can I do when my 9 year old wakes up frequently at night?

Sleep solutions: There is no magic pill for sleep, but there are some things that may help. If he wakes within 2-3 hours of going to sleep he is probably overtired and needs an earlier bedtime. If he dreams alot he may need more sleep. Limiting caffeine from drinks and chocolate may help. If he has trouble starting sleep melatonin may be beneficial for him. If he snores or wakes with pain address this w/his dr. ...Read more

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9 year old child been blinking eyes a lot and had a large soft mushy bowel movement in her sleep didn't wake up ?

9 year old child been blinking eyes a lot and had a large soft mushy bowel movement in her sleep didn't wake up ?

Correlation unlikely: Excessive blinking can be forceful, a tic like condition or non forceful due to weakness of the eye muscle resp. for elevating the upper eyelid. Loss of bowel control may not be related to the eye symptoms but both conditions require a very careful evaluation to rule out other underlying causes. I will recommend an evaluation by your PCP who will determine if a neuro consult is necessary ...Read more

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Is it now normal to get one's period at nine-years-old?

Is it now normal to get one's period at nine-years-old?

Usually yes: A great deal of ethnic & geographic variation in early onset occurs, but overweight girls are especially prone to age 9 or 10 menses. A pediatric examination & blood tests can confirm that it is normal for a given girl. ...Read more

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I have a son who is nine years old now and still bed wetting.What should I do?

I have a son who is nine years old now and still bed wetting.What should I do?

Assist or fix: Bed wetting until 9 puts a kid in a lonely 1-2 %. Usually 1 or both parents had some delay & many of these kids have longstanding issues with stool retention/irregularity & or other problems. If your dr has skills in this area s/he can start you through the process of aiding or fixing the issue. The greatest indicator for success is a kid that has asked for help staying dry. ...Read more

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Why a boy of nine years old can not controll his feces, every day we find his underwear with feces?

Why a boy of nine years old can not controll his feces, every day we find his underwear with feces?

Chronic Retention: Some kids have a slower emptying cycle than others &/or begin a pattern of skipping stools.Early:avoiding discomfort of emptying; school age: avoiding school bathrooms or class embarasement:older; not being able to empty effectively because of balooning of the sigmoid colon.New stool slurries around old compacted poo & leaks.Needs confirmatory xrays, a great wash out & a year long rehab program. ...Read more

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My son just turned nine years old. I have noticed a time ago that he has a light blueish ring under his eyes. What could it be. Thanks?

My son just turned nine years old. I have noticed a time ago that he has a light blueish ring under his eyes. What could it be. Thanks?

Allergic shiners: The rings under his eyes are known as allergic shiners. They are usually caused by an allergic nose .Because of the congestion the blood vessels shimmer through his fine skin giving the impression of shiners. ...Read more

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My son's right chest muscle hasn't developed. He's nine years old and is starting to notice his body. he's keeps asking why??

My son's right chest muscle hasn't developed. He's nine years old and is starting to notice his body. he's keeps asking why??

Poland sequence ?: There is a known anomaly called the Poland sequence that occurs in ~1/20000 births where the pectoralis (chest muscle) does not develop.It affects males more than females & about 10% have some knit fingers on the same side. The cause is unknown but some speculate poor development of the subclavian artery that supports the muscle is the issue. I would consult with a medical geneticist for confirmat ...Read more

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Implants I am sixty-nine years old, and still retain most of my own teeth. I have always had a fear of dentistry, but have taken care of my teeth. However, the time has come to face facts. Several years ago, i had caps placed on my upper teeth. As tim

Implants I am sixty-nine years old, and still retain most of my own teeth.  I have always had a fear of dentistry, but have taken care of my teeth.  However, the time has come to face facts.  Several years ago, i had caps placed on my upper teeth.  As tim

Get opinions + pick: Every dental dilemma has multiple solutions. Do your homework, interview several dental professionals, select a treatment plan and dentist that fits your criteria and then move forward to invest in your oral health. 69 years old is still young and it is not uncommon for me to place dental implants or do orthodontics on people in their 80's. It is not only appearance, but a quality of life issue! ...Read more

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My 9 year old was prescribed atarax (hydroxyzine) 25mg to help her sleep at night. Can anyone tell me more about this medication?

My 9 year old was prescribed atarax (hydroxyzine) 25mg to help her sleep at night. Can anyone tell me more about this medication?

See below : Atarax (hydroxyzine) is an anti-histamine that has several uses, one of which is insomnia. This is because one of its effects is causing drowsiness. Other uses in children include: anti-anxiety & to stop itching. ...Read more

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My 9 year old has issues falling asleep at night. She takes 9mg of melatonin pescribed by her pedi. Still not helping after 2 months. Please help?

My 9 year old has issues falling asleep at night. She takes 9mg of melatonin pescribed by her pedi. Still not helping after 2 months. Please help?

Sleep hygeine: Have you implemented a strict bedtime routine even on weekends? Have you removed the tv and electronics from her room? Does she study and read in her room? If so let her do it in the kitchen. Does she take at least 1/2 hour before bed to relax, perform her showering, brushing, picking out clothes, packing her backpack, etc.? Have you tried some a white noise generator? No caffeine. ...Read more

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My 9 year old daughter has been complaining of stomach pain. Not nauseous no fever she had it a week ago, waking up at night. Now it's back?

My 9 year old daughter has been complaining of stomach pain. Not nauseous no fever she had it a week ago, waking up at night. Now it's back?

Stomach pain,nocurna: This is not normal. Perhaps she has an infection. Have you been traveling lately? See you doctor about an exam. ...Read more

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9 year old boy snores very loudly and has night terrors what can we do to reduce his snoring and nightterrors?

9 year old boy snores very loudly and has night terrors what can we do to reduce his snoring and nightterrors?

Consider ENT: Tonsillar and adenoidal hypertrophy can cause snoring in a nine year old child. Snoring in any child is not an acceptable situation as it suggests airway obstructive breathing and/or OSA at night which leads to non-restorative and restless sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, behavioral symptoms resembling ADHD and nightmares or night terrors. It can contribute to fatigue and excessive weight. ...Read more

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9 year old complaining of leg pain and headached in the morning and at night. Could this be growing pains or something more serious?

9 year old complaining of leg pain and headached in the morning and at night. Could this be growing pains or something more serious?

Childhood pain: You should take your child to the doctor so he/she can examine him. It might be nothing serious, but maybe the doctor will want to order some lab tests. ...Read more

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My 9 year old wets the ever day, what should I do?

My 9 year old wets the ever day, what should I do?

See the doctor.: First, your child needs to be evaluated by your pediatrician to make sure there's no underlying cause (infection, anatomic issues, constipation, etc). If there isn't, the most effective management for bedwetting is using a bedwetting alarm, in addition to frequent bathroom trips during the day and emptying fully each time. Your pediatrician can give you ordering information for the device. ...Read more

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My 9 year old son is still wetting the bed what can I do to help him?

My 9 year old son is still wetting the bed what can I do to help him?

Bed wetting: If this has always been the case, i would consult a pediatric urologist. Some behavioral modification therapy and possible medications would help. If this is a new symptom it is very abnormal and could indicate a serious problem. These includes diabetes, kidney malfunction, pituitary problems, bladder or spinal cord issues. See your primary care doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Can my 9 year old take adult ibrophine ? She weighs between 95 and 105.

Can my 9 year old take adult ibrophine ? She weighs between 95 and 105.

Ibuprofen ?: Once children exceed approximately 80 pounds, they should take the adult dose. ...Read more