Common School Age Questions and Answers
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Children and Sleep
Review some tips to help a five year old who is not eating or sleeping well and has a very late bedtime.
Choosing a Doctor for Older Children
Review the issue of what type of doctor should see your older child.
My daughter is 4ft and she is 8 years old and 4 mon and she weighs 69lbs. Is she overweight and should I be doing something about it if she is?
Sensory Integration Disorder
Review why a child might be touching other children a lot, including have ADHD or Sensory Integration Disorder.
Prolonged Fever - Fever of Unknown Origin
Review what to do about a child who has a prolonged fever and is not getting any better.
Bad Habits and Fidgeting At School
Learn what to do about bad habits that children may have, such as fidgeting at school, biting their nails, or twirling their hair.
Learn about how to cope with a child who is a picky eater.
Natural Treatments for Constipation
Review natural treatments to treat a child with constipation.
Review the ways that a child can get rabies.
Review why a child who may be having night terrors keeps screaming and crying for his mommy, even though she is right there with him.
Learn what to do about a school aged child who is having soiling accidents and may have encopresis.
Review what might cause a child to have a ringing sound in his ear.
When Can I Leave My Kids Home Alone?
Many kids are left home alone after school until a parent comes home from work. Learn about when you can safely start to leave your kids home alone.
Are Head Lice Contagious?
I received a letter that some kids at school are infected with head lice. Should I be worried about my child having lice?
How many eggs can your kids eat?
I am worried about my kids also getting high cholesterol. Should I let them eat eggs? How many eggs can my kids eat each week?
Consequences of Head Injuries
Learn about the consequences of a head or brain injury and what you can do to help your child who may now have learning and behavioral problems.
My son is 11 years old and is only 4 foot 5 inches tall. Is that normal? My wife is 5 foot and I (his dad) am 5 foot 8 inches tall.
Can Kids Get Depressed?
My daughter's grades are dropping and she doesn't like going to school (3rd grade). She doesn't have any close friends and seems sad a lot. Is she too young to be depressed?
How Many Fruits and Vegetables Should My Kids Eat?
How many fruits and vegetables should my 3 and 8 year old children be eating each day?
ADHD Medicines During Summertime?
My 8 year old has ADHD, inattentive type and she is doing very well on Concerta. Does she need to continue taking her ADHD medicine all summer when she is out of school, or can I give her a break from it?
State Car Seat Laws and What's Safe
My pediatrician said that I should keep my five year old in a booster seat, but I think that the state car seat law here in Texas says that kids only have to ride in a car seat up until they are four years old. Who is right?
Breakfast at School - Question of the Week
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but how much time should kids be given to eat their breakfast?
A discussion of the medications that can be used to treat children with ADHD, including stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall, Strattera, and second line medications, including antidepressants, clonidine, and guanfacine.
Frequent Nosebleeds and Children
Learn what to do if your child is having frequent nosebleeds.
Bipolar Disorder and Children
Get information about children with bipolar disorder, including what medications are used as treatment, including stimulants, mood stabilizers, and atypical antipsychotics.