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Doctor insights on: Why Does School Start So Early When Teenagers Are Naturally Night Owls

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Why does school start so early when teenagers are naturally night owls?

Why does school start so early when teenagers are naturally night owls?

Who knows?: We know that teenagers have a delayed sleep phase- meaning they naturally like to stay up late and sleep in, yet high schools start sometimes as early at 730am! who knows why- probably because we want time for after school sports practices. Regardless, to help your teenager try to advise them to keep a consistent bedtime (weekdays and weekends!) and get up at the same time each morning. ...Read more

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Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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Constantly sleepy at school. Why does it start so early? Everyone knows teens stay up late.

Constantly sleepy at school. Why does it start so early? Everyone knows teens stay up late.

Sleep issues: Any growing teen needs no less than 9 hrs sleep/d with extra needed for sports activity of heavy studying.If a kid is constantly sleepy they are trying to get by with less. Teens are preparing to assume responsibilities of adulthood. One of them is making needed modifications in their habits to meet schedules.You must show up for work on time or you will not have a job for long. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if babies generally wake up at night crying because they are hungry?

Wanted to know if babies generally wake up at night crying because they are hungry?

Yes: Babies usually need to eat every 3-4 hours in the first month or 2. After a while, that time will start to stretch. Babies can also wake up and cry if they are uncomfortable with gas, wet or dirty diaper, etc. Older babies, who haven't learned to fall asleep on their own, may wake up out of habit, even when they don't need to eat at night. If your baby wakes frequently, see your doctor. ...Read more

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When do kids who are considered "early bloomers" usually start puberty?

When do kids who are considered "early bloomers" usually start puberty?

No usual: True precocious puberty is a concern that should be discussed with a pediatrician and may result in referral to an endocrinologist. This means the child has started showing signs of secondary sex characteristics before age 9 for boys and 8 for girls. Other wise the usual age for the start of puberty is 9-14 for boys and 8-13 for girls. ...Read more

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Why do women get more night sweats as they age?

Why do women get more night sweats as they age?

Hormone imbalance: Night sweats: there are many potential causes to sweating at night. The term night sweats generally refers to excessive sweating at night related to a hormone imbalance. There is no one answer to explain the origin of sweating at night. Some common causes are: infection, some cancers, several medications, low blood sugars and a host of other less common reasons. Were going to focus in on the hormone imbalance commonly seen in menopause, although by no means limited to menopause. We have seen a common night sweats picture in the men with prostate cancer with elevated estrogen levels. Swelling often starts around your neck We generally start with saliva testing which allows us to identify what the hormone imbalance actually is and treat accordingly. When we don't start with saliva testing we very often get very good success with progesterone cream in the form of wild yam cream. There are many different preparations of wild yam cream on the market and often the preparation does not have enough progesterone cream to be effective. The above is the simple answer the better answer is to work with a healthcare professional who has experiencing natural hormone therapy. Will be happy to further discuss your issues with you in the concierge service. Go to: https://www.healthtap.com/dr-stevenfergusonmd ...Read more

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When does a child start to dream? And at what age do nightmares or night terrors begin?

When does a child start to dream? And at what age do nightmares or night terrors begin?

Before birth: Rem (rapid eye movement) sleep, the stage of sleep when most dreaming takes place, is present before birth, and at birth comprises about half the sleep cycle, declining gradually to about 25% into teenage and adulthood. Nightmares occur during rem sleep, but night terrors occur during deep non-rem sleep. Both can start during infancy. ...Read more

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Is it bad to start masturbating at a early age would that ruin their sex drive when they get older?

Is it bad to start masturbating at a early age would that ruin their sex drive when they get older?

No: Masturbating will not ruin your sex drive. In fact, it could help you learn about your body and its responses. Enjoy yourself. ...Read more

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Why do so many women decline fast after they break a hip?

Why do so many women decline fast after they break a hip?

Empiracle observatio: They just do. That is why it is so important to prevent falls and the subsequent hip fractures. Medication to increase bone quality, removal of throw rugs, assure adequate lighting all help to prevent the causative falls. ...Read more

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How many years does puberty in males last? At what point do they stop getting taller?

How many years does puberty in males last? At what point do they stop getting taller?

3-4 years: When a male develops facial hair and the genital hair extends unto the lower abdomen and upper thighs, height growth slows a lot, and one can only expect minimal growth at that time. Average onset of genital growth is about 12 years but some males start earlier and some are several years later. Family history seems to have a big impact. Also, some families tend to have minimal body hair. ...Read more

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When do girls boobs generally start growing? When do they get their periods?

When do girls boobs generally start growing? When do they get their periods?

Puberty varies: Currently, puberty changes seem to begin in girls at age 10. They may develop small breast buds and body odor. Generally rule of thumb is look for menstruation about 1-2 years after breast development starts. Use this time to review with child expected puberty changes. Have annual check up with Pedi to follow puberty growth and development. Once a period, make sure to start daily MVI (multivitamin) with iron ...Read more

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Why do I get palpitations when I lay down. Usually after 20mins then they really start. When I'm nearly asleep 30yrs otherwise healthy. Not anxiety?

Why do I get palpitations when I lay down. Usually after 20mins then they really start. When I'm nearly asleep 30yrs otherwise healthy. Not anxiety?

Reflux or notice : Maybe reflux as pain or burning not necessarily noted with reflux and cough and or palpitations maybe only notable symptom. Everyone has palpations and some people are more in tune with these changes a fee test would be needed to assure this is normal heart beat changes or if there is something abnormal going on even at the young age of thirty. Hope all is well. ...Read more

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I'm very early in my pregnancy and cannot stop eating, is this normal? I am literally hungry day and night! I get up many time during sleep to eat!!

I'm very early in my pregnancy and cannot stop eating, is this normal? I am literally hungry day and night! I get up many time during sleep to eat!!

It is normal.: Congrats! It is normal to want to eat everything when your pregnant. Usually this comes in waves as there will be periods during your pregnancy when your appetite will be low. Be careful. Depending on your weight now, you don't want to gain more than about 30 pounds. It is okay to eat...just eat healthy foods. Fruits and veggies, not ice-cream and cake. LOL. Enjoy!! ...Read more

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How old are women when they finish going through puberty?

How old are women when they finish going through puberty?

Puberty: Girls usually complete puberty by 15-17, but everyone is different. ...Read more

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At what age does late bloomers tend to stop growing?

It's extremely: variable, as the name implies, they are "late" plus blooming is a gradual and prolonged process. If you have questions, check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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Why are kids reaching puberty so much earlier?

Why are kids reaching puberty so much earlier?

Better nutrition: Puberty (different from menopause) varies widely due to environmental factors. The greatest role in earlier puberty seems to be improved nutrition. ...Read more

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What causes kids to eat their snot and how can you stop this??? And unfortunately I've seen kids in their LATE TEENS supporting this habit!! Yuk!

What causes kids to eat their snot and how can you stop this??? And unfortunately I've seen kids in their LATE TEENS supporting this habit!! Yuk!

Nose: Have you ever pondered why the fingers fit so perfectly up the nose? As soon as we get hand eye coordination, everything goes to the face. Perhaps that form of behavior was a protective mechanism that helped keep nostrils clean. Kids do gross things. They're curios and the younger ones still have oral tendencies. It will stop before they start middle school! ...Read more

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What stage of sleep actually makes you feel most rested? I heard REM but when I have dreams those are my worst sleeps???

What stage of sleep actually makes you feel most rested?  I heard REM but when I have dreams those are my worst sleeps???

Stage 3 +4 non-REM: If you are remembering dreams on the nights you are not very rested you are not sleeping well those nights. We do not recall the vast majority of our dreams, which go on for much of the night. When they become vivid it is a sign of a possible depression or perhaps something on your mind. ...Read more