Is your teenager depressed? The symptoms may be harder to spot than obvious blues. The following are some of the signs of teenage depression, and are most significant when they occur in combination and over a period lasting more than two weeks. • First, sadness, anxiety and hopelessness. • Second, lack of interest in food or compulsive overeating with resulting […]

The cold is a viral infection of the nose and throat. It usually passes in three or four day unless your child develops a complication. Call your child’s doctor if any of the following happens. • First, the eyelids develop a yellow drainage or are stuck together after a nap. This means your child needs some antibiotic eyedrops. • Second, […]

Inhalants are a group of volatile (breathable) substances abused by sniffing/inhaling. These are legal substances, most of which are found in everyday household products; not normally thought of as drugs, they have drug-like effects on users. Regulation for misuse is difficult, and the best prevention is educating children about the lethal effects of misuse. Inhalants are most often abused by […]

It is normal for a male to experience pain with an erection. Often this pain is related to having an erection that is prolonged in time. That is an erection that might last 20 or 30 minutes can be painful. The reason for this is that an erection is the pooling of blood or accumulation of venous blood in the […]

It’s part of every parent’s nightmare: a teen daughter gets pregnant, your teenage son causes a pregnancy, or your teen tells you that he or she is gay. What can you do? First, contain your own feelings. Listening rather than lashing out can make a vital difference, not only in the resolution of the sexuality related crisis, but also in […]

In the United States, at least six health conditions have been linked to diet. • First, iron deficiency anemia usually occurs during infancy, but one serving of red meat, fish, or poultry per day prevents it. • Second, obesity is one of our most common nutritional problems. Keep in mind that fat contains twice as many calories per portion as […]

A sinus infection is the second most common complication of a cold. Sinus congestion occurs when one of the sinus openings become blocked. If bacteria multiply within the sinuses, pain and pressure occur, usually around the eye or cheek bone. Other symptoms include a yellow nasal discharge, a postnasal drip, bad breath, and, occasionally, a fever. If your child has […]

Fever blisters are painful blisters that occur on one side of the lip. They’re also called cold sores. Fever blisters are a nuisance, because it takes ten days to go through the process of rupturing, scabbing over, and drying up. Fever blisters are caused by the Herpes Simplex virus. Flare-ups occur following sun burn, fever, friction, or menstrual periods. Teach […]

Pierced ears have become very popular in our country. The most common complication is a bacterial infection of the channel through the ear lobe. These can usually be cleared up if the earring is removed, and the area is cleaned with rubbing alcohol three times a day. Also apply an antibiotic ointment to the post before reinserting it. If this […]

Menstrual cramps, or dysmenorrhea, are experienced by more than 50% of teenage and adult women. These women usually have cramps with each period. Cramps are caused by strong but normal contractions of the uterus. Ibuprofen is a special drug for menstrual cramps. It’s available without a prescription under such brand names as Advil, Nuprin, and Medipren. It comes in 200 […]