Patient discussion about child

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Q. Could be – Arthritis in children?!?

My son started to show symptoms similar to arthritis. But I know it’s a common disease in the elderly population. Could be arthritis in children?
A1You baffled me, I never thought about this idea before…children’s arthritis. So I looked up for information in the best site I know for pediatric care and here is what I found:
http://www.drmdk.com/html/ped_rheumatology.html
A2could be "Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis"-
http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/j/juvenile_rheumatoid_arthritis/intro.htm
A3In biology- anything can happen. And even though it’s USUALLY see arthritis in people above 50- there is always a chance to see it in children. Rare maybe, but in biology - anything can happen.
And anyway it’ll be a good idea too check it out with a Dr.

Q. Can cancer occur in young children?

I heard that cancer happens more often as you get older. Can it happen to kids as well?
A1Cancer can happen in children, but the age of peak incidence of cancer in children occurs during the first year of life, in infants. The average annual incidence in the United States, 1975-1995, was 233 per million infants. Several estimates of incidence exist. In the U.S: Neuroblastoma comprised 28% of infant cancer cases and was the most common malignancy among these young children. The leukemias as a group represented the next most common type of cancer, comprising 17% of all cases.
A2Yes, unfortunately cancer can also occur in young children and adolescents, but it is rare (about 150 cases per million yearly in the US). Statistics demonstrate that childhood cancers increased 19% between 1975 and 1990, mainly due to an increased incidence in acute leukemia. Since 1990, incidence rates have decreased.
A3it's true that it's more common in older people but it can also happen in fetuses. from -5 months to 126 years. there are no age that is protected.

Q. Is it ok not to want children?

I am 33, and I know my bio clock is ticking, but I just don't want to have a child. At least not yet. Is there something wrong with me?
A1I agree with fatman, that's totally your decision.
If you feel that you're not ready yet, better to wait until you're more ready for that. Because having children is another big responsibility, and you will feel guilty if -for the sake of your age- you push yourself to have child, then morally you are not welcoming that child.
A2If you don't want kids yet there is nothing wrong with you. You are perfectly normal. Like the folks have said above, there is no perfect time to have kids. There is a sense of needing financial stability before having a child and a partner so that the child has a supportive set of parents.

Otherwise, you are fine. I caution though that as women get older, the complications during child birth increase and although there are 50, 60 and 70 year old women giving birth, it is with help from medications and usually leads a bearing twins and sometimes even more, which will stress you out a lot!

Children are a lot of work, I have a 3 year old and she is a hand full, but I wouldn't have it any other way. She is AMAZING and everything I do I do for her. It's a great feeling.
A3a good friend of mine used to be what you call a 'Career Woman'. She really didn't care much for babys but she got pregnant because her husband kept pushing her that he doesnt want to be an old daddy. you should see her now - after leaving the twins with a nanny for 2 months and going back to work she decided what she really wanted was to spend more time with them. now she is a stay-at-home mom and she loves every second of it. So, take into account that your feelings towards having a child may very well change once you are pregnant, or after he/she is born. you can never know...

Q. Is that good for my child and me?

I am in my second trimester. I want to know whether drinking lot of water during pregnancy is good if so why? When I drink water, I tend to vomit and so I normally take juices when I feel thirsty. Is that good for my child and me?
AWater hydrates your body and it eases the flow of nutrients to baby. It cleans your system from the bacteria and prevents urinary tract infections. Its helps in reduced morning sickness. Enough water intake in 3rd trimester assist in premature birth. It helps in constipation removal. Your amniotic fluid recovery needs water every hour, which protects your baby. If you cannot drink water take in the form of juice, which makes it tasty and as well, gives nutrition. You can also try adding lemon juice drops in water for better taste. I am glad that you are already doing that. I wish you a safe delivery.

Q. What is best for our children?

Hi members, I trust you guys and I place my family problem before you all. Is there any one here to help me to settle a long-standing debate between my wife and me concerning the kind of milk our kids (ages 5, 6, 10 and 13) should be drinking. My wife insists that whole milk is best for young children and says that our pediatrician agrees. I have maintained that our kids should be drinking the kind of milk served at their school which is 1 percent or 2 percent low-fat milk. What is best for our children?
AHere is the result for your debate… and the winner is … ‘the parent in the low-fat milk corner’. Your doctor’s belief is common but unfounded in science. So, for information on nutrition, ask a dietitian. Children under the age of 2 do need higher fat milk to support the development of the nervous system and as a way of getting the most caloric bang-for-the-buck into tiny tummies. However, the extra fat and calories are not as necessary for most kids after age 2. In fact, a preference for high-fat, high-calorie foods is one that you need to circumvent among your children. Gradually move them away from whole milk. Offer 2 % milk first, then work your way down to the skinny—skim milk. Don’t forget to also reduce dairy-fat intake by selecting reduced-fat and fat-free cheeses, yogurt, ice cream and other products. Over time, your children will balk at whole milk. The older children may be a tougher sell, so offer them pre-flavored chocolate and strawberry milk versus letting them add syrup

Q. I heard a radio show about the children with ADHD. The signs are similar for my child. What should I expect?

My 4 year son is very talkative. He is crazy to climbing the pole to reach the top of it. He is always running all round the house, shouting and causing all sorts of disturbance not only to us but to the neighbors too. Suddenly he goes in to a dull mood. His mind works too fast that he is unable to focus on a single task. I heard a radio show about the children with ADHD. The signs are similar for my child. What should I expect?
AChildren at this age are generally active and make a lot more noise and merry go around. They play as they wish. But if the child shows the symptoms for a relatively longer period say at the age of 6 then it is an alarming sign and needs a consultation with the doctor. If your child has a long history of these symptoms then you must consult a doctor. The early you diagnose, the better the treatment will be.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_P-p_aopCQ&eurl=http://www.imedix.com/health_community/vA%5EP-p%5EaopCQ_a_natural_solution_help_adhd?q=children%20with%20adhd&feature=player_embedded

Q. at what point of the pregnancy can you tell if the child have autism?

if at all??
AAs far as I know, it's not possible to diagnose autism during pregnancy (actually not until 2-3 years old), apart from diagnosing some syndromes which confer increased risk of autism (tuberous sclerosis, prader-wili syndrome etc.)

You may read more here:
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/autism.html
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