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Doctor insights on: What Weight Dumbbells Should My 14 Year Old Son Use

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Can my 14 year old son lift up heavy weights thank you?

Can my 14 year old son lift up heavy weights thank you?

Yes, conditionally : It's reasonable to begin weight lifting around the time of puberty. Your son needs qualified instruction and supervision. He should begin with light weights and higher reps (i.e. 10 lb. Dumbbell curls, 2 sets 15 reps/set). No maxing out. Someone knowledgeable should spot him for bench and overhead presses. Allow for at least one day of rest between workouts involving the same muscle group. ...Read more

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Are curls bad for my 14 year old son who is 5:9?

Are curls bad for my 14 year old son who is 5:9?

Depends: Son's developmental status, general health, and maturity are important. Best to use more reps and less weight to define muscle. ...Read more

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What can I do if my 14 year-old son is cutting himself, what can I do to help him ?

What can I do if my 14 year-old son is cutting himself, what can I do to help him ?

Your son needs : Professional mental health care now. Any person who engages in repeated cutting needs mental health assistance. A comprhensive psychological evaluation is needed. The person may need medications to help treat problems like anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder. If the cutting is associated with substance abuse – detoxification, 12 step program involvement or rehabilitation may be indicated. ...Read more

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My 14 year old son is overweight for his size he is only 5'1" is there something that can happen to make him grow?

My 14 year old son is overweight for his size he is only 5'1" is there something that can happen to make him grow?

No , is set by genes: Can not alter , he still have couple of years to catch up , how ever you can help him to loose weight , which is more concerning for his future health. ...Read more

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How long should my 14-year-old son's penis be?

How long should my 14-year-old son's penis be?

Common concern: I am asked this question often by my patients during their annual physicals. Males worried about penile size is about as common as females worried about the size of their breasts. Each person develops differently. If you are very concerned about the size make sure to have his MD evaluate. http://teenhealth.about.com/od/physicalhealth/f/penissize.htm ...Read more

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Is it normal for my 14 year old son to stay up all night, and sleep all day ?

Is it normal for my 14 year old son to stay up all night, and sleep all day ?

If you let him it is: The body can set its internal sleep wake cycle any way you let it. That's how shift workers survive what we would consider odd sleeping patterns. If you cave in and let him stay up all night,which is easy at that age, he will set his clock to sleep during the day. You can either reverse it or let it happen.It is not abuse to make him fit the schools schedule. ...Read more

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My 14 year old son is having server pain in his belly button what could this be?

My 14 year old son is having server pain in his belly button what could this be?

Could be many things: Is pain persistent or intermittent? Any pain in other part of his belly, or his body? Any constipation or diarrhea? Any nausea or vomiting? Any relation to certain type of foods, or his stress level? Does the pain wake him up from sleep? Is he on any medications? Any other member of the family with same pain? Did he lose any weight? Answer to all them would help narrow the possibilities of cause. ...Read more

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Is it harmful for my 14 year old son with hypertension to take different medications for it every week for 6 weeks to see which one works best for him?

Is it harmful for my 14 year old son with hypertension to take different medications for it every week for 6 weeks to see which one works best for him?

Hypertension: I hope your son has been evaluated by a pediatric cardiologist and/or pediatric nephrologist to determine the cause of his hypertension. Changing medication weekly is not helpful because some medication take longer than a week to start working. ...Read more

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Could my 14 year old son take 4 mg of intuniv 2000 mg of Depakote and 0.06 mg of clonidine?

Could my 14 year old son take 4 mg of intuniv 2000 mg of Depakote and 0.06 mg of clonidine?

DEPENDS-: On symptom severity. His neurologist definitely thought about it and discussed with the parents before prescribing. Clonidine and Intuniv has similarity of action with regards to symptom control. Both are alpha-blockers. If you are not comfortable or anxious, always can have a second opinion. ...Read more