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What Time Does The Average Teenager Wake Up Usa
Varies: The human blink rate is affected by such factors as age, environment, and activity. Teenagers are often engaged in such activities as reading or computer work, which will reduce the blink rate from the average 10 times per minute to 3-4 times per minute. This is one of the reasons teenagers tend to develop eye fatigue and fluctuations in vision. See your local eye physician if symptoms occur. ...Read more
The centers for disease control (cdc) recommends that kids 18 and under get
one hour/day of moderate/vigorous exercise: running, dancing, skating, cycling, weights, yoga.Choose something you like. You don't need to do it all at once. You can take several "exercise snacks" to reach 1hr. When exercising you shouldn't be able to carry on a conversation easily. Above 18, do at least 30min/day. ...Read more
See below: Hard question to answer as all teenagers are different. I suppose it would depend on the type of exercise, medical health and history, and whether any perceived damage is occurring with the present regimen. Many coaches can push teens too far in training leading to all sorts of problems. As long as the teen appears healthy and has no complaints, and is doing their school work well, no worries. ...Read more
"Average" depends: "Average" varies from one region to another, and on average, American children may be a bit bigger than some countries. I have attached a growth chart depicting "average" or 50th percentile for a 17 year old girl as about 55kg. I see you live in India, and I do not have a growth chart specifically for you. But you may use this chart as a reference if it's helpful. See your doc if you're concerned! ...Read more
Variety and balance:
Include 1/4 as protein, 1/4 as carbohydrates, 1/4 as fruits, and 1/4 of the plate as vegetables.
Eat. from each of the food groups, include whole grains, legumes, beans, chicken, meat, fish, dairy, eggs, etc. Try to stay away from fried foods, fatty foods, Try to avoid sugar drinks, and highly processed foods as they are lower in nutrients than fresh fruits and vegetables ...Read more
Not necessarily: Over the long hall your system is likely to show subtle if not dramatic signs of a deficit like sleep walking, sleep talking, nodding off while driving etc. 8 hours/24 would be the minimum healthy pattern. At 18 you still have 6-8 years of brain growth/refinement to support & it requires healthy rest. ...Read more
I'm just wondering, if your a teenager and you go to get a physical for the first time what do they doctors do?
Teen physicals: A teen physical is just like any other pediatrics physical. I ask questions... About home, school, activities, friends. I also ask questions about depression, drug/alcohol use, whether or not the kid is sexually active. More personal questions are asked alone, with the parent out of the room. For the physical part of the exam, i check a teen head to toe. ...Read more
The severity differs from time to time... I used to get migraines when I was a teenager they went away now I feel like it's back but with symptoms?
Migraine: Migraines can wax and wane, but the consensus is that this is a chronic condition. Drink lots of water, rise and bed the same time. Get lots of exercise and consider some relaxation exercises and meditation. If your migraines your having lately seem different or have additional suggestions, i'd suggest a visit to your doctor for an exam and additional history. ...Read more
No Coke since teenager,did it second time this month(half G and booze)three days ago (never again!) could I still overdose days after use and die?
No: But stick to your promise, wish you wellness ...Read more
Is it healthy for a teenager to have a big appetite? Is it wrong for a teenager to have a big appetite? My daughter is 14 years old and she eats all the time but she doesn't gain weight. She says she loves food. Is this normal. I was young too and can eat
Most : Most girls have a growth spurt between the ages of 10 to 14 years old. This is a time of growth as well as the development that comes with puberty. Your daughter may require extra calories. If she is physically active she will be burning calories faster. You can check with your doctor to see if she is in the normal weight range for a girl of her height. What is important is that she eats healthy and well balanced meals, hydrates well with water and remains physically active. One possible drawback to eating large amounts is that it can become a habit. As she gets older or if she becomes more sedentary, her caloric needs can decrease. If that happened and she continued to have a high food intake (especially if we are talking junk food); then she could experience an unhealthy weight gain. ...Read more
Large Range: Calorie requirements for teenagers can have a very large range, from 1, 500 to 3, 000+ per day, depending on activity level and other factors. The amount a person needs to consume is based on their sex, current weight, whether they are trying to gain, lose or maintain weight and how much exercise & activity they do. Talk with your child's pediatrician for specifics. ...Read more
I'm wondering if I am a teenager is smoking weed ten times going to seriously damage me for life?
Depends: It depends what stage of puberty he is in. If he is 13 and has just started puberty the penis may be about 6.5 cm (2 and 1/2 inches). That measurement is taken with the penis stretched (measuring from the pubic bone at the top of the penis to the tip). If there is a lot of belly fat the penis may appear smaller than it actually is. When puberty is further along at age 14-15 then penis gets longer. ...Read more
Depends on situation: After growth stops a kid can get by on 8 hrs/d but may need more to compensate for a substantial work/workout schedule. Kids in the growth phase should have no less than 9 hrs/night and may need 10+ during growth spurts or added physical demands through workouts. Sleep deficit could lead to headaches/fatigue/poor physical or academic performance/sleep walking and others. ...Read more
Help please? How long does it take for an average child/teenager to heal from sickness(flu, cold)?
7-10 days: Most viruses last 7-10 days, no matter what you do. The treatment is mainly just to make the child feel better. Fever control, saline in the nose, a cool mist humidifier, and lots of fluids to drink will help the most. Frequently a virus will get worse for 3-4 days, peak for a day or so, then improve for 3-4 days. If he isn't getting better or symptoms are worse, see his doctor ...Read more
I was bulimic for a long time as a teenager. Now, as an adult, losing weight is almost impossible. I've had three kids, exercise and eat right. Help?
Commend yourself for exercise and eating right!
I understand your frustration for not losing weight
Thank you for informing about Insomnia and Depression.
At age 24, stresses of taking care of 3 kids, relationship, work and finances can cause Insomnia and Depression
Do not think a lot about weight
Focus on Blessings and Wonders of your Body and its Healing Power!
See Psychiatrist for Therapy. ...Read more
What are some ways to reduce nervousness about seeing cardiologist for first time for a teenager?
Straight talk: Very often, anxiety (about anything) is made worse by reluctance to voice one's fears openly. It's a kind of holdover from childhood thinking when we imagine that by not seeing something it actually disappears. Most people find that when they get over this "fear of fear", and express their worries, the anxiety diminishes. If this is so for your teen, make yourself available--tho w/o pushing. ...Read more
How many infections does a teenager with stress get on average a year ?. Is 6 colds a year concerning ?
No: Some boys are circumcised and some are not. Keep your penis clean. Slide the foreskin back (don't force it- just as far as it goes comfortably) and clean the glans and area under the skin when you take a shower. There is some increased risk of urinary track infections in non-circumcised boys, but good hygiene usually prevents a lot of those. ...Read more
Hard to say: People perform at their best when they are well rested, have a balanced nutrition,are not ill and work in a familiar setting. Unless the kid has a vitamin deficiency, supplements would not help. Teens need a minimum of 9 hours/d with increases if studying hard, playing sports or in a growth spurt.Fix what you can and get a checkup if this does not improve. ...Read more
How many hours should a 15 year old female althlete be sleeping. Does being athletic require less or more sleep than an average teenager?
9 or more hours: A growing 15yo needs 9 hours of sleep per 24h & may need more if the intensity of her workouts is high. After growing stops 8 + the workout factor.Failure to keep up with sleep needs will subject the kid to waning performance in the classroom & in the sport & could lead to issues like sleep walking. ...Read more
I keep getting night sweats and I'm a teenager, my bed sheets aren't to hot cause I sleep with them all the time and only some times I get night sweat?
Your normal diurnal: rhythm may not be to go to bed at 2 AM and wake at noon. If this is not your usual sleep wake cycle, you are experiencing tiredness similar to what one would have with jet lag. Going to be and waking at the same times every day is the best way to assure restful and restorative sleep. ...Read more
My teenager daughter is having panic attacks especially at bed time but sometimes during the day and at school. What can I do to help her?
Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as panic attacks, which are common is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more
I have had hard lumps behind my nipples since i was a young teenager, is this serious? I've never taken any drugs, was told at the time it hormones
What can I do for depression? I'm a teenager so i always thought sleeping all the time was normal but last august i started to realize i wasn't feeling like myself anymore. I'm careless and i no longer find anything motivating, i'm failing my classes beca
Yes: There should not be reaction between the two. ...Read more
My period's been on a relatively regular cycle, but it's late this time.There was a little bit of blood one day two weeks ago.I'm a teenager.Normal?
It can be...:
Most likely, it's normal. Non-ovulatory periods are common in teens and can lead to irregularity.
But if there is any risk of pregnancy, you should get an over-the-counter pregnancy test, at the very least.
If sperm gets anywhere near a vagina, it can cause a pregnancy, no matter how unlikely. ...Read more
Im a survivor of childhood sexual abuse as a teenager. In therapy about this and other things. That was a long time ago. How can I maybe get a gf and maybe go on a date?
If you haven't worked through the multitude of feelings that arise from early sexual trauma then i recommend that. You can find a therapist here: http://www.Rainn.Org/get-help
you can also start forcing yourself to connect with others with the aim of meeting someone romantically. In general, when we do the thing we are afraid of then the anxiety goes down. Be well, . ...Read more
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