Dr. M.J. Bazos, MD,
8 Year Old
Frequently Asked Questions
MY 8 YEAR OLD IS STILL WETTING THE BED, WHAT
CAN BE DONE NOW?
Talk to your health
professional about medical treatment for the child with Enuresis (Bed-wetting).
Before age eight years, medical treatment is not usually indicated nor
recommended. If the child is still bedwetting at age eight years, most experts
will treat him with medications such as imipramine or desmopressin (DDAVP).
These medications require a prescription in many countries and their usage needs
to be monitored by the health professional. Behavior modification techniques
including nightime wetting alarm systems have been implemented in bedwetting
treatment programs with equivocal results but in certain cases may be
successful. Psychological counseling interventions are sometimes warranted in
the treatment of bedwetters.
CAN I DO FOR MY OVERWEIGHT
Children today tend to weigh
more than their counterparts a generation ago. In fact, greater than 30% of
United States children are now overweight. That can contribute to physical
problems such as high blood pressure, limit a child’s athletic abilities,
and impair self-esteem. The first step is to determine if the child is indeed
overweight, as there are wide variations in ”normal” depending on
body build, age, gender, and height, as well as the genetic predisposition.
Obesity is usually defined as more than 20 percent above ideal weight for a
particular height and age. Youngsters who are greater than 40 percent overweight
are generally recommended for a physician-guided weight-loss program. For these
children a comprehensive weight control program, including dietary management
and a regular exercise program may be recommended by your health professional.
Avoid fad diets but encourage the regular intake of foods like vegetables, fish,
and poultry. While you can limit serving sizes, do not severely restrict your
youngster’s caloric intake or you might run the risk of impeding normal
HOW CAN I ENCOURAGE MY CHILD
TO GET ADEQUATE EXERCISE?
essential for the child at all ages as well as for adults. A regular exercise
program usually is not required, but encouraging the child to get outdoors often
to play, ride bicycles, roller-skate (or rollerblade), swim, and just be a kid
will allow him to get adequate amounts of exercise. Take your child to the park
or playground often and encourage team sports
WHEN DOES MY CHILD
RETURN FOR HIS NEXT HEALTH SUPERVISION
At 12 months of age your child
should have his next health supervision visit.