A recent study found that many teens are still spending 2 hours or more a day watching TV or using the computer (nearly 3/4 of 12-15 year olds surveyed) despite recommendations that time spent consuming entertainment media should be limited no more than 2 hours. You can read more about the study and findings here.
Do you have time limits for your children? I find it is sometimes hard to limit with all of the social media and different devices out there now. What strategies do you use? What activities do you recommend that don't involve some form of media use?View Thread
Here is some information on constipation in toddlers that you may find helpful. It includes some possible causes you might consider as well as treatment option you could try. It could be that the potty training is worsening his constipation as this excerpt from the above link says, "Some children are embarrassed or afraid to use the toilet, especially when it's a public restroom. Toddlers who rebel against the toilet training process sometimes express their power struggle in a refusal to go." Please let us know how you and your son are doing!
"According to a new WebMD/Medscape survey, some 95% of health care professionals say they sometimes prescribe antibiotics to patients even when they aren't sure they're needed." Meanwhile, 21% patients say they sometimes ask for antibiotics when they aren't sure they're needed.
See who is most likely to prescribe antibiotics, how many patients accept doctor's advice when told antibiotics are not needed, and more results and findings from the survey here .
In addition, take our new quiz to test your antibiotic smarts and find the answers to what illnesses you always need antibiotics for, if it's okay to take antibiotics prescribed to someone else and more.
Do you worry about antibiotic resistance? Have you taken, been prescribed, or asked for antibiotics when you weren't sure you (or your child) needed them?View Thread
Bleeding during the 1st trimester is fairly common (here are some possible causes of bleeding ) and is usually no cause for concern, but it can be a sign of something serious. Because of this, it is a good idea for your wife to make an appointment with her doctor to make sure that everything is okay and that she and the baby are healthy. Please let us know how you are doing!
It might be a good idea to call the doctor's office who administered the shot and explain what happened. They may have an idea of how much of the vaccine got into your system and what this means for your future protection against MMR. Did the nurse say anything after this happened?
Here is some information on overactive bladder in children that you may find helpful. The above link lists some possible causes from anxiety to consuming foods she may be allergic to and more. A UTI is another possibility as you mention -- they can have different symptoms, so I wouldn't rule it out because it is different than her previous ones. I would suggest an appointment with your daughter's doctor as it is the fastest and most accurate way to find out what is causing your daughter's frequent urination and provide proper treatment options. Please let us know how she is doing!
It's only a couple more weeks until Summer is officially here, but many schools are already out for the year. One way to beat the heat is to hit the pool, the lake or the beach (if you are lucky enough to live close to the water).
What precautions do you take to keep your kids safe? Have your children had swimming lessons? What about sun safety? Any rules or tips you'd like to share with fellow parents?
I am so sorry that you are struggling with this, and I am sorry that I don't have anything more to offer than words of encouragement and support. I just wanted to stop in and suggest that you post your story and questions on our Relationships and Coping Community -- those on the board are very active and always willing to give wonderful advice and support. I think that you may find some good suggestions, and our relationships expert Dr. Leslie Becker-Phelps is also very active in responding to posts.