During a general physical exam (well child check), the examiner usually inspects the eyes for symmetry of motion and pupil size. This is true even of an examination on an infant. If these factors are abnormal, the patient is usually referred to an ophthalmologist. By age 4 or 5 most
Asking questions that can be answered yes/no usually does not work to get kids to open up. Try asking, "Tell me three things about your day." or "What did you do at school before lunch?" or "Can you tell me one good thing and one bad thing about yesterday?" Kids l
The following is a schedule for well-baby checkups during their first year: First week of life, as needed to monitor growth, bilirubin or other problems 2 to 3 weeks of age 2 months of age 4 months of age 6 months of age 9 months of age 12 months of age
Scary dreams are quite common in children. In the case of nightmares children will awake crying and often recount details of their dreams. Common nightmare themes might include dreams about spiders and snakes or about strangers trying to harm them. Nightmares are influenced by TV shows, videos and..
Several simple things help most cases of eczema. First moisturize the skin. Use a moisturizing cream (example include Cetaphil, Eucerin or Cerave) to coat the skin and trap the body's own moisture. Second, decrease the irritation by using an anti-inflammatory steroid cream like hydrocort
Many of the character traits in ADHD can bring success or failure. For instance, there is a higher rate of ADHD in prisons. Impulsiveness and hyperactivity can make it hard to stay with a career but can also provide the drive to look for new ways to accomplish things. Many successful sales people...
Nothing works perfectly for nasal congestion but several things help. Suctioning the nose with a bulb syringe is a good way to get mucous out of the nasal airway. If the mucous is thick you can loosen it by instilling a few drops of saline (salt water) in the nostril or you can use a saline nose...
Impetigo. Sometimes the skin gets very irritated due to mucous from a runny nose. Bacteria can take advantage of this irritated skin and start growing. It frequently causes a honey colored crusty rash. Oral or topical antibiotics are used to treat this infection.
The instructions on baby formula cans say to boil water before mixing formula. This is not necessary for most places in the United States that have clean drinking water. If there is uncertainty about the cleanliness of the water where you live, be cautious and boil the water first. If yo
Teenagers should get a vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (dtap), meningococcus, human papilloma virus, and influenza (flu). By the teen years, most teens should have already received vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox, measles, mumps, rubella, and polio.
Yes. Boys are more often diagnosed with ADHD. Boys tend to be very energetic and active which can sometimes exaggerate the symptoms seen. Sometimes girls’ symptoms of ADHD are more subtle; symptoms like fidgeting, day dreaming, and talkativeness.
Young children who are in daycare and young children who have older siblings in school tend to get sick often with common illnesses like coughs, colds, and intestinal infections. A child who gets repeated unusual infections such as a bone infection, meningitis, internal fungal infections might
Look for rapid breathing or labored breathing. These are two of the most important signs. Babies should not be breathing faster than 60 breaths per minute. Labored breathing means that you can see the child working hard to breath. This give the appearance that the skin between the ribs and in
Children certainly can have migraine headaches. There are a variety of symptoms that a child may have. Crying may be the only symptom in children. Here are some other possible symptoms of a child with a migraine: curling up in a ball and holding one's head, vomiting, walking crooked or walking
Children can have hypertension, or high blood pressure. This sometimes is due to anxiety or feeling nervous in the doctor's office. If your child's blood pressure is elevated it should be checked and rechecked to make sure it is real. Since kidney disease is one of the causes of hypertension, a chil