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Why is my three year old son always thirsty?

Why is my three year old son always thirsty?

Many possibilities: Some kids just develop a pattern of carrying a cup everywhere and drinking as a habit. They pee a lot but sleep without getting up to drink and don't have to drink in other settings. Some have medical issues needing study. They can be of life altering importance. A trip to your doc with some urine studies can start the process of sorting this out. ...Read more

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My 2 month old is always having stomach ache?

My 2 month old is always having stomach ache?

Tummyache: When a two month old has a "tummy ache" we ask lots of questions. Does he vomit? Green vomit? Does he have crying spells? Can you console him? Breast or bottle? Is he feeding well? How is his weight gain? Is he improving over the past week or worsening? Fever? Any blood in stools? Painful feedings? Distended abdomen? These answers will help us figure out your baby's diagnosis. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Why would my 2 month old baby have mucus poop?

Why would my 2 month old baby have mucus poop?

Normal: A small amount of mucus in stool is normal. See this site for information. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mucus-in-stool/an01296. ...Read more

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My 2 month old baby is having trouble pooping why might this be?

My 2 month old baby is having trouble pooping why might this be?

Try a little juice: A lot of babies, especially formula fed ones, experience constipation at some point. They are unable to valsava and therefore may just have trouble pushing out the stool. At 2 months old, i would rcommend trying a little prune juice for your baby's constipation. I would dilute the prune juice with half water. 2-4 oz per day should suffice. ...Read more

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Why is my 67 yr old grandmother always cold and I mean always?

Why is my 67 yr old grandmother always cold and I mean always?

Anemia?: Anemia can cause this. Sometimes, meds like warfarin sodium (coumadin) can cause this too. Thyroid disease can cause temperature issues too, so have her checked out by her dr. good luck. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has diarrhea what should I do?

My 2 year old has diarrhea what should I do?

Regular diet: Keeping up with nutrition and hydration is the most important, and sometimes most difficult task in helping a toddler through a bout of diarrhea. If your child can eat his/her regular diet, go ahead and offer it. If the intake is limited i would get an electrolyte replenisher, such as pedialyte, to gain maximum hydration. ...Read more

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Is it okay that I am worried 2 year old suddenly vomiting?

Is it okay that I am worried 2 year old suddenly vomiting?

Infection: It could be a viral illness. Here is a link to tell you what to do for the vomiting and when to be worried. http://ramseypediatric.com/pediatrics-blog/vomiting-and-diarrhea/. ...Read more

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Hi can you tell Me why my 2 year old daughter poop is a really dark brown ?

Hi can you tell Me why my 2 year old daughter poop is a really dark brown ?

Dark stool in 2 yea: Does she take iron supplementation?Iron or bismuth from pepto-bismol can cause dark brown/ black stool . Stool that floats/ oily may be due to pancreatic insufficiency as in cystic fibrosis. If she is having pain, crying then it is more concern. F/u w/doc http://www.emedicinehealth.com/stool_color_changes/page2_em.htm ...Read more

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Is it ok to give my 2 year old breast milk since i just birthed his brother a week ago? My son is 2 years and 2 months old and now that he is a big brother he wants to have what his brother is having when i breast feed him. I tried very hard to breast fee

Is it ok to give my 2 year old breast milk since i just birthed his brother a week ago? My son is 2 years and 2 months old and now that he is a big brother he wants to have what his brother is having when i breast feed him. I tried very hard to breast fee

There : There is nothing unhealthy about your breast milk for your 2 yr. Old. I would recommend that you offer it in a cup though, as there is no reason to encourage your toddler to believe he should be treated the same as a newborn. Some regression in behavior is common when a new baby arrives, but it should not be encouraged. Instead shower your 2 yr. Old with praise for being the very important "big brother.". ...Read more

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My 2 month old poops daily but it is firm. What should I do?

My 2 month old poops daily but it is firm. What should I do?

Feedings?: What type of feeding is he taking? Breast milk or formula? Breast milk is rarely constipating. You may need to try a different formula (soy is more constipating than the cow's milk type)- check with your doctor first. You can add a tablespoon of dark karo syrup to one feeding a day to soften the stool. If not better, check with your doctor. ...Read more

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My son is 9 month old i noticed he is extremly sweating during sleep. What is wrong should I worry?

My son is 9 month old i noticed he is extremly sweating during sleep. What is wrong should I worry?

Not a problem!: If your baby is healthy and growing and feeding well i can relieve your anxiety and say: some babies perspire more than others. Temperature is controlled by the nervous system. Ambient temperature and humidity can also trigger more sweating. Ideal room temp is 68-72 degrees. Don't over bundle. ...Read more

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My 2 year old daughter is having hard time breathing what can I do?

My 2 year old  daughter is having hard time breathing what can I do?

"hard time" means ??: "having a hard time breathing" has a different meaning for different people. A 2 year-old is a young child, so a doctor needs to check to see what is meant by "hard time breathing". Truly worrisome problems include asthma, pneumonia, or an inhaled object (such as a toy). However, sometimes the problem is a badly stuffed nose. A doctor can help decide whether this is an emergency or not. ...Read more

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Why is my 8 year old daughter saying that she is dizzy all day today?

Why is my 8 year old daughter saying that she is dizzy all day today?

Multiple causes: there are many possibilities including middle ear or inner ear problems.,early viral infection,mild dehydration or low blood sugar or anemia.A routine exam and simple office tests can help evaluate. ...Read more

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My 4 yr olds stool is almost always very loose. Should I be worried?

My 4 yr olds stool is almost always very loose. Should I be worried?

Not yet: I would evaluate the diet first. Go away from dairy for a while and see if it changes. The biggest factor is "failure to thrive". This means is your child developing well. This is why we use growth charts to watch patterns in children. ...Read more

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My 2 year old keeps vomiting, what should I do?

My 2 year old keeps vomiting, what should I do?

Child vomiting: Any fever? Diarrhea? Pain? How is appetite?Have child lie flat; if wants to bend legs because of pain, consider appendicitis & go to er. Otherwise, otv emetrol helps with vomiting. Keep hydrated with sips of water or pedialyte. Try braty diet (banana, rice, applesauce, plain toast, yogurt). If nothing stays down, go to er to prevent dehydration, especially if fever is present. ...Read more

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My daughter does not want to eat well, since 2 days ago, since she throu up. My daughter has 2 years old. She is normally very active but since 2 days?

My daughter does not want to eat well, since 2 days ago, since she throu up. My daughter has 2 years old. She is normally very active but since 2 days?

COMFORT MEASURES: Your 2 year old threw up and is less active, does she have fever or diarrhea / if no other symptoms allow her a few days on soft diet with fluids. If symptoms persist she will need to be checked by he doctor. Take care ...Read more

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My 2 year old is lotty trained but complaining of stomach paiin and having accidents, not normal for her. And is all sweaty?

My 2 year old is lotty trained but complaining of stomach paiin and having accidents, not normal for her. And is all sweaty?

See doc: I think it's important to address these issues with a doc. Unfortunately, without more history and seeing your baby is hard to get to a diagnosis otherwise. ...Read more

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My 2 years old baby has high temprature what can I do?

My 2 years old baby has high temprature what can I do?

High temperature : Temperature is a response to fever. Fever can be controlled with the use of antipyretics such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen, some doctors will alternate the two drugs. Another way of controlling temperature is by warm baths and pushing fluids. When in doubt or concerned consult your doctor. ...Read more

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My two year old daughter often complains of stomach ache. She is not constipated. What should I do?

My two year old daughter often complains of stomach ache.  She is not constipated. What should I do?

How does she act?: Does she act like a child in pain? Is she playful? Active? Does she eat well? Drink? When does she say she has the pain? During activity? Eating? Does she have any other symptoms? When she says it is hurting does she act, do anything different? If not sure have her seen by her pediatrician or family doc. They can take a good history and examen her. ...Read more

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Why is my 2-year-old always constipated?

Why is my 2-year-old always constipated?

Dehydration: Usually constipation in young children is due to dehydration and not enough fiber. Too many sweet juices and sweets will worsen this. Talk to your doctor to discuss dietary modifications and see if a short course of stool softener may help. ...Read more

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Do you know any good remedies for constipation in a two year old child?

Do you know any good remedies for constipation in a two year old child?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is an excellent and safe treatment for children. 1/2 cap full of the powder added to water or juice every day will get his/her bowels back on track. He or she should have one soft bm daily. Soft like oatmeal is preferable to formed stool. ...Read more

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My 2 two year old has hemorroids but she has not been constipated. Could there be an underlying cause?

My 2 two year old has hemorroids but she has not been constipated.  Could there be an underlying cause?

I've never seen it: I've never seen true hemorrhoids in a kid.Skin tags are very common but hemorrhoids would imply a significant problem creating higher pressure in the abdominal veins of the child.I would discuss your findings with your child's physician. ...Read more

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My two year old daughter often complains of stomach ache. She is not constipated. What should I do?

How does she act?: Does she act like a child in pain? Is she playful? Active? Does she eat well? Drink? When does she say she has the pain? During activity? Eating? Does she have any other symptoms? When she says it is hurting does she act, do anything different? If not sure have her seen by her pediatrician or family doc. They can take a good history and examen her. ...Read more

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My 2 year old daughter's poop smells like ammonia that clogs your lungs, Its also almost black. she eats a variety of foods. She's often constipated?

My 2 year old daughter's poop smells like ammonia that clogs your lungs, Its also almost black. she eats a variety of foods. She's often constipated?

Black stools: should be checked for blood a lot of time it is related to intolerance to foods like excessive milk drinking.this could also account for his constipation he should drink no more than 16-20 oz of milk and eat more fruits and vegetables ...Read more

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Whats the best thing to give a constipated 2 year old?

Whats the best thing to give a constipated 2 year old?

Fluids and Fiber: Constipation almost always involves one or more of three things in a toddler: either there is not enough water, not enough fiber, or too much of something constipating. If your child is in pain now, a glycerine suppository can give quick relief, but don't make a habit of using them. Better to find the dietary changes necessary to relieve the cause of the problem. Speak to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Can constipation cause one off vomiting in a 2 year old?

Can constipation cause one off vomiting in a 2 year old?

Yes: I don't know what you mean by "one off vomiting, " but i've seen constipation severe enough to cause vomiting in a child. This is, however, a rare thing, and the constipation has to be both very, very severe and very long standing. If your child is having constipation and vomiting, it's more likely that these are two related symptoms and less likely that one is causing the other. ...Read more

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2 year old child fussy eater worried he dosnt eat enough and only eats rubbish constipation dry skin no appetite?

2 year old child fussy eater worried he dosnt eat enough and only eats rubbish constipation dry skin no appetite?

Make sure that: The food provided is all that there is. Do not try to make him eat and lock up the "junk". If he does not eat the food provided, do not substitute. Take it away and serve it again from the fridge for the next meal. You are not responsible for his eating. Parents provide, not force. A child will willingly go hungry to express independence. ...Read more

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What milk is best to treat or help with my constipated 2 year old? Ive tried 2%, and 1% and dont seem to work. Can i try goats milk or Lactaid Milk?

What milk is best to treat or help with my constipated 2 year old? Ive tried 2%, and 1% and dont seem to work. Can i try goats milk or Lactaid Milk?

Milk: It is unlikely any of these milks will treat his constipation. He should be drinking at least 2% milk. Increasing juices and fibre may help. If you have started potty training a break from this may help. A daily dose of laxaday or restorolax may help until he is consistently passing soft and normal diameter stools. All the best. ...Read more

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Can my 2 1/2 year old use miralax (polyethylene glycol) longterm? We believe constipation stems from daily diphenhydramine

Can my 2 1/2 year old use miralax (polyethylene glycol) longterm? We believe constipation stems from daily diphenhydramine

Yes: Since it is basically a wetting agent and not a true laxative, its actions are benign. I have used it in a monitored setting for a year with no problems, though most will respond to a good bowel rehab program in 6 months or less. ...Read more

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My 2 yr old son was constipated for two days then runny for 2 and soft for the last 2. No complaints of pain or diet change. Concern? Happens occasion

My 2 yr old son was constipated for two days then runny for 2 and soft for the last 2. No complaints of pain or diet change. Concern? Happens occasion

Bowels vary: Bowel transit time can vary from day to day. If things are moving through slower, stools get harder. If things move through faster, stools softer. Things besides diet can affect transit time - even how active the little guy was on a particular day. Make sure he gets plenty of fluids during the day, including water, and if it's hot out, make sure he gets more. Eat fiber and lots of play time! ...Read more

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Hi I m very worried about mu little daughter she is 2 years old and have very swere constipation from birth plz tell me what can I do for her????,,

Hi I m very worried about mu little daughter she is 2 years old and have very swere constipation from birth plz tell me what can I do for her????,,

Child constipation: Causes - diet (not enough fluid and fiber, too much dairy), slow intestinal motility, stool withholding because of pain or fear of pooping, Hirschsprung's Disease, thyroid problems. These are the main causes but there are plenty of others. Regarding treatment, increase water and fiber intake and start Miralax (polyethylene glycol) 1-2 times per day to increase water content of stool (see other answers on treatment) ...Read more

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My son is 2 years old ever since he turned 1yr and swithced him to cows milk he has had constipation. I have tried a lot of things that dont seem to work. Iam desperate.Can i switch cows milk to Lactaid whole Milk or any other milk will help??

My son is 2 years old ever since he turned 1yr and swithced him to cows milk he has had constipation. I have tried a lot of things that dont seem to work. Iam desperate.Can i switch cows milk to Lactaid whole Milk or any other milk will help??

Other factors matter: If his previous formula was cow milk based (similac.enfamil, store brand) the protein remains the same and would not be as likely a cause. If Breast fed or soy, cow milk might be the issue and soy milk or almond milk might help. Bananas,cereals & applesauce are all constipating while apple juice, peaches,pears, prunes are loosening agents. ...Read more

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My child ( 2 years old girl) is taking pomegranate and guava for some days. Now she is suffering from constipation. What might be the reason ?

My child ( 2 years old girl) is taking pomegranate and guava for some days. Now she is suffering from constipation. What might be the reason ?

Fluid intake: If the only change in her diet has been the increase intake of guava and pomegranate, then it is most likely that she needs more water or fluid intake, as both fruits have a good source of fiber and can make the stool bulky but need water to move it through the intestine. Some children this age will purposely stop the urge to have BM if they have experienced pain or are being potty trained. ...Read more

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I have a 2year old son who now and then suffers from constipation he was hospitalised but nothing wrong it occurs now and then now, how can manage it?

I have a 2year old son who now and then suffers from constipation he was hospitalised but nothing wrong it occurs now and then now, how can manage it?

Stool retention: 2yo kids are busy explorers who like to do what they want & avoid doing what they don't. By 2 they have learned they can hold a poop. If they do, the delay allows the stool to bulk up & dry & cause pain with passage.I would find a developmental pediatrician or pedi-GI specialist to help you with a program to end this pattern. It can take up to a year but is easier to fix at 2 than at 12. ...Read more

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I have a 2year old son thats always constipated i have tryed diffrent sorts of milk but nothing seems to work. What can it be please help.

I have a 2year old son thats always constipated i have tryed diffrent sorts of milk but nothing seems to work. What can it be please help.

Constipation: Milk and starches in the diet can constipate, to be avoided.
You can give mineral oil 2-3 tsp oral at bedtime and that
usually reverses toddlers from holding and getting constipated. ...Read more

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Hi, my 2 yr old baby is having constipation. Should i try other brand of milk? Is yoghurt ok for her? How often should I give her.Thanks

Hi, my 2 yr old baby is having constipation. Should i try other brand of milk? Is yoghurt ok for her? How often should I give her.Thanks

Constipation: Give extra fluid, oatmeal cereal, vegetable and more fiber in food, some prune juice. Avoid fatty, oil fried food. 2 year and above, usually gets 2% milk. Reduce milk intake for few days, yogort can be given. If not better, use miralax, (polyethylene glycol) 2 teaspoonful with 8 ounces of water, milk or juice 1-2 times daily. Another choice is mineral oil, 1-2 teaspoonful 1-2 times daily with food. Talk to her md. ...Read more