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Why does my two year old bite his nails?

Why does my two year old bite his nails?

Anxiety?: Nail bitting at any age is typically associated with anxiety. Try to pay attention as to when does he/she bites her nails to see if you can identify specific triggers of anxiety. ...Read more

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Why has my four year old got brown staining on her teeth ?

Why has my four year old got brown staining on her teeth ?

See dentist: Could be stain or cavities. Can't tell on computer. If stain, your dentist can clean off the stain. If cavities, get them fixed before infection spreads. Please call your dentist now. ...Read more

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My one year old sucks his thumb, what do I do?

My one year old sucks his thumb, what do I do?

Nothing: It is developmental behavior, it will go away itself. Not to worry. ...Read more

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My one year old son has got little spots on his body, what are they?

My one year old son has got little spots on his body, what are they?

Hard to say: This can represent an allergic reaction, bug bites, resolving virus and many other things.Spots are very visual and if it does not fade soon or has other more worrisome features, have it checked out. ...Read more

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My one year old fell and her bottom tooth is crooked. What should I do now?

My one year old fell and her bottom tooth is crooked. What should I do now?

Nothing: The tooth may straighten on its own. If it doesn't, there should be no problem with the tooth. If the tooth begins to discolor, however, it may need to be extracted as a change in color (the tooth becomes gray) means the nerve inside the tooth has died and the tooth may abscess. I recommend you take your child to your dentist for an exam and x-ray to see if there is any damage. ...Read more

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My three and half years old son has recently develop a light white spot on his cheek. What should I apply ?

My three and half years old son has recently develop a light white spot  on his cheek. What should I apply ?

Insufficient data: A "white spot" could be anything, so it is impossible to tell you what to apply without being able to make a diagnosis. Instead, take him to your pediatrician and let them make an actual diagnosis. That way, you'll get the best advice. ...Read more

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My 8 year old son still pees in his bed what should I do?

My 8 year old son still pees in his bed what should I do?

Do not worry: Night time enuresis is common. Usually there is a first degree relative (parent, aunt, uncle, cousin) who also we t the bed. After age 7 the best treatment I have found is a bed wetting alarm. Available at medical supply places, it still has the best track record for resolving this issue. ...Read more

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My two year old granddaughter ate a peanut and began to vomit and blotches broke out on her body. Whatshould I do?

My two year old granddaughter ate a peanut and began to vomit and blotches broke out on her body. Whatshould I do?

Peanut allergy: I recommend that your granddaughter avoid all peanuts and other nuts. She should see a physician as soon as possible (who will review the incident and confirm that she needs an Epipen prescription). She should be evaluated by an allergist to confirm what caused the reaction, and for advice and an action plan. Have Benadryl (diphenhydramine) on hand, and call 911 or take her to the emergency room if this reoccurs. ...Read more

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At what age does preteens start growing my son has 13 and his like a ten year old but im tall what can I do?

At what age does  preteens  start growing  my son has 13 and his like a ten year old but  im tall what can I  do?

Depends: You have to consider the height of the parents and your child's rate of growth. If this has been normal over the years and he has not crossed percentiles down on the growth chart he is probably fine. Also if you grew latter, as in constitutional growth delay, your child will likely grow the same way. Check with his doc and look at his growth charts. ...Read more

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My 7 year old has pimple or blisters on his gums. What should I do?

Fistula/infection: You child has an infection associated with one of his teeth that is draining through a fistula on the gums. If the fistula is associated with a primary tooth, the infection could be cleared up through a simple extraction, however, several things need to be considered, such as the health of the permanent tooth following and maintaining space for the permanent tooth once the primary tooth is missing. ...Read more

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How could i get my four year old sister to stop grinding her teeth in her sleep?

How could  i get my four year old sister to stop grinding her teeth in her sleep?

Get mouth guard: See a dentist and get a mouth guard to avoid damage to teeth, but there really is no known treatment to stop a patient from grinding the teeth (bruxism). ...Read more

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My 6 year old daughter has brown stains on her teeth, what should I do to make her teeth white again?

My 6 year old daughter has brown stains on her teeth, what should I do to make her teeth white again?

See dentist: If they are stains, your dentist can clean them off and instruct you and your child in correct oral hygiene. If they are cavities, they need treatment. This is not a diy problem, call the pro. ...Read more

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Hi my son is now 20 month old and his hight 32 inch is that fine for his age thanks?

Hi my son is now 20 month old and his hight 32 inch is that fine for his age thanks?

OK: Your son is at 25 th % for his age, which means out of 100 at that age 25 will be shorter and 75 taller than him. It is absolutly fine. More important question to ask to his dr is to show (and explain) to you his growth curve. Trend is more important than single measurement. ...Read more

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My 11 year old son has started to chew on his t-shirt after having nightmares. Why does he do that?

My 11 year old son has started to chew on his t-shirt after having nightmares. Why does he do that?

Comfort measures: Chewing at any age stimulated pleasure centers in the brain that is used as a self settling technique by many.It is closely followed by nail biting, thumb sucking & similar habits. Some understand this feature to be part of why quitting smoking is so hard for some. ...Read more