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Bed Wetting Advice | Dafna Ahdoot M.D.

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Bedwetting is a common problem in many children. It can be embarrassing for the child and frustrating for the parent. However, there are a few things that parents should keep in mind when it comes to a child that wets the bed.

One thing parents should keep in mind is that their child more than likely isn’t wetting the bed on purpose. There’s not really a cut off age for children to stop bedwetting. While it’s common for children under 6, some kids wet the bed sporadically into their teen years. If your child is wetting their bed after the age of 6, there may be an underlying issue. They can be stressed or anxious about a recent change at home or at school. They may also have a medical problem such as a urinary tract infection or simply an overactive bladder. Talk to your child to see if there’s something bothering them, and be sure to inform your pediatrician, as they can run tests to see if it’s more to the problem. In some cases if a child is drinking large amounts of water, urinating frequently and also feeling hungry (the medical triad known as polydipsia, polyuria and polyphagia) he or she should be worked up for type I diabetes mellitus.

While everyone’s dealing with this issue, there are a few lifestyle changes that can be made towards stopping bedwetting or at least working towards it stopping:

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Childhood Obesity Advice

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Childhood obesity is a major problem and can cause many issues along the road. Some people admire chubby children, but the cuteness does not take away the potential health risks such as asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol and low self-esteem. So what can parents do to fight child obesity in their home?

  • Get the whole family involved: It’s a lot harder to change when you’re the only one doing it. If you want your children to be healthy, everyone in the family should be on the journey together. Everyone should eat the same meals, and there should be schedule family exercise time. A family that plays together stays together.
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List of Things to Buy for New Baby

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  • Crib & mattress. Linens & bumpers
  • Bodysuits
  • Booties and socks
  • Burp cloths
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Picky Eater Advice

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Parents who of toddlers have probably experienced a problem at the dinner table: their children are picky eaters. While the parents prefer their child eat their carrots and broccoli, the children instead demand a diet of chicken nuggets and french fries. Dinner time doesn’t always have to be a battle. Here are a few tips to handling your picky eater:

  • Establish a routine: Some parents want their children to eat at a certain time, and the child responds “I’m not hungry.” It’s best to establish a routine so that the child can be used to eating at a certain time. If you’re around for breakfast time, make sure they have breakfast at the same time, including weekends.
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Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Pediatrician

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A lot of parents start looking for their child’s pediatrician before even giving birth. A child’s first doctor can be crucial to their developmental and physical health, so an interviewing process is completely acceptable. If this is your second child, you may opt for the pediatrician that your first child had. However, if this is your first process, you may want to interview a few potential doctors before choosing the right one.

Around your third trimester it is a good idea to start researching different pediatricians to explore which is most suitable to you. A few places to start include asking your Ob, friends and family for pediatricians they like. Oftentimes Ob’s have lists of pediatricians they provide their patients with. You could also check out the American Academy of Pediatrics Website for pediatricians in your area. Pediatricians on the AAP website are board certified fellows of the AAP. You can also look up the pediatrician in the California Medical board website to ensure he or she is licensed to practice in the state and if there are any claims made against the physician.

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