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    Autism and Asperger Syndrome

    Autism and its milder form Asperger Syndrome, often referred to together as autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) are conditions which make it hard for sufferers to communicate or interact with others, or to develop what most people would consider 'normal'… Read more →

    Hi I have had the same, stupidly I wasn't drinking enough, became dehydrated which caused constipation. When I went it was so hard due to lack of fluids & tore me. The fissure didn't go away like I thought it would. I then avoided going to the loo as long as possible as it hurt so much. The Dr gave me some internal cream & muscle relaxant... Awful I know but it really helped! Not completely healed but I've also not used it as much as I should. Don't suffer as it creates a behavioural problem cycle- you need to poo- you hold it in for fear of pain- the poo gets bigger- you cant hold on- you tense your muscles with fear- your bum tears further & your in more pain. Just see the Dr they didn't examine me I just told symptoms & was given cream... It really is that easy!

    hi, my little boy has just turned 4 and still dribbles a lot, he also has problems with his speech especially pronouncing certain letters like L,R,C,K,Th,ch etc I am just wondering if these issues could be connected. I did take him the doctors regarding the 2 problems, I got prescribed antihistamines for his dribbling which did help it a little bit but it started again when the antihistamines finished.





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    Hi, I was wondering how things went or are going with your sons dribbling? His symptoms sound very like my sons who is almost 4. He has had his adenoids removed and it has made no difference. His speech isn't very clear, although I understand most of what he is saying but others can't.

    Hi my 4 year old has had problems with his water works for nearly 2 months now, has been given 3 lots of antibiotics, but hasnt cleared it up. Ive been told that his foreskin is to tight and maybe the start of the problem, he goes to the toilet every 5 minutes and sometimes more often than that, its exhausting. Im so worried as Ikknow it can cause long term problems, his personality has changed to, hes not the happy little boy hes always been, which is understandable. Any advice wud be great. Doctors just fob me off with more antibiotics!





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    my baby has a small hole at the top of her bottom can this cause her any problems





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    hi i have two exactly in the same place i was wondering what it was too x

    My son has the same thing. I was told that it is related to Spina Bifida. We do have Spina Bifida in the family. My doctor said that the only problem he could have is infection, if hair grows out of it. Once I was told this, I just checked the area was kept clean when he was a baby and have not worried about it since this advice. It has never bothered my son and he is now 31 and has not had any problems whatsoever.

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    yes, see your gp, dont panic as it coulb be a million other less serious problems.x

    I had something like this when i was younger. i suppose about 4 or 5 years ago now. i never got it treated yet there have been absolutly no problems and from what i can see they seem to have gone. is this possible?





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    Yes, I guess this can be possible. your very lucky as this rarely happens to people but it isn't IMPOSSSIBLE.

    Hi, My younger sister who is 11 has poo problems and she has a poo every week or so! Do not worry though as she went to the doctor and it is completely natural for children!

    Hi Aiden. I'm sure that your problems are small and can be easily sorted out. Don't worry but if you have an infection you will need antibiotics. Be brave and go to a doctor to get it checked out. Let us know how you get on but don't ignore this OK.

    hi, i have had the same problems i asked the people in the exam hall if one could stay by me and this helped because as soon as i started reading aloud he tapped me on the shoulder see if this helps you

    Have you tried cutting gluten out of his diet? this sounds exactly like me...I had the same problems since I was a baby but was misdiagnosed as an eating disorder (they thought the nausea and inability to eat much was all in my head). Finally diagnosed coeliac at age 21 xxx

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    my daughter is almost four and has behavioural problems. She was delayed in reaching all her milestones which include walking and she still has problems with her speech. She has been seen by an educational psycholgist, a speech and language therapist, someone from SENCO and has been offered all the tests possibvle but still no one can tell us her condition. She is shy, finds it difficult to engage in conversation and dislikes starangers. She also refuses to be toilet trained. Can any one give me an answer?





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    I just wanted you to know that I have not seen the show but that our son always struggled through weening. Our life has been very difficult to get to this point, but he is now almost 3, and after bursting into tears in our doctors surgery (attending for an unrelated illness) because of the strain of this issue, I have now received some support. Felix has never liked to touch any food which is 'wet' and has never eaten fruit or veg. He has a liking of dry to touch foods so now has a diet of cereal, toast, chicken nuggets etc. We were recently referred to our local hospitals childrens ward where there is currently funding for a senior behavioural therapist. She has confirmed that he has sensory hypersensitivity. He has no ADHD, depression or autism (is infact very very bright. After our first session, a programme of messy play and desensitisation has been agreed. It is just the beginning of a very long road, but since the 1st appointment I have been able to empathise with him, and no longer blame myself for being a rubbish mother, or him for being a pain in the bum picky eater and I feel I can love him again (ridiculous I know)! Our mealtimes can still be stressfull, but you must hold on to the fact that your children are eating something. Our behavioural therapist stressed that having a good realtionship with food is paramount. So letting him eat what he enjoys is prefferabled. I also wanted you to know that our local hospital has been given this funding because the problem is very very common!!! Do not feel isolated or alone, as I have gone through this for 2 years. Push your health visitors to see you, support you and help you. I will let you know how we get on. But I feel so so positive for our future now. Good luck !!! xx

    Hi, my 10 year old son has been difficult from birth but im now at breaking point. He fidgets and fiddles constantly, talks almost non stop but the worst is his temper he has hit myself and his sister who is 15, he smashes things at home over the least little thing. He has seen a behavioural therapist who said it was learnt behaviour which i do not believe, i have visited my doctor numurous times but get fobbed off. I am convinced he may have elements of adhd but cant get any help anywhere. Can anyone tell me if it seems to be this condition or not PLEASE HELP!!!





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    my son is 12 now and can be at times aggressive towards siblings hes concentration he lacks, figdgets, on the 'buzz' most of the time when he gets up to the time sleeps, he eats plain ufoods, one of the schools called him obnoxious boy he climbed up trees during school hours tried to pry him out, he cant read or spell had to call police a couple of times, smashed up the door inside easily starts arguments with others friendship peers have ceased except for 1! hes attitude is low and direspectful all around, steels money if he can too and sleeps late cant sleep straight away everytime i try and take him to drs referred to camhs then tells my drs to refer us to social services i dont need them

    Dear parent, people often look in from the outside, they may judge you as parents or even laugh at your concerns....saying patents bring the heartache & upset on by not always being there for their (over emotional) child. Seriously this is rubbish my friend! As being in this loby alone shows the anguish this is causing! Things like help - 1 on 1 time can help. This however can be frustrating when U are begging n pleading for a little concentration.My only advice is forget the books and know your child. Attention and time help,but its no over night fix...I took my boy ice skating though fun at first it soon became a task! Enduring the Ups and downs we built some what of a great bond on a much looked forward to evening together. Him, learning how to deal with me has helped us grow together past all troubles

    Scored a 32. I was diagnosed with Autism as a 2 year old, though the diagnosis changed to Asperger's at 13. It's a very simplistic test and shouldn't be used for self-diagnosis. Though if you do suspect you might have AS or Autism, do see if you can get a professional assessment. There is no medication for Autism as it is a neurological condition that you are born with and not a mental illness, but behavioural therapy is an option. An interesting test, to be sure. But certainly no diagnostic tool.





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    Dermatophagia is an anxiety disorder in which sufferers typically bite their skin around their nails, fingers and hands. If the normal treatments aren't working then see a doctor. They could perscribe medication or have you see a psychologist (this is usually only necessary in severe cases) for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which will alter your behaviour. If you don't fancy either of those then I would ask your friends and family to tell you to stop whenever they see you do this. This should provide incentive for you to stop if it is continued for long enough. Hope this helps.

    Help for you and many others in the same boat is at hand with the new behavioural approach to atopic eczema: please see www.atopicskindisease.com asap! While the clinic-based programme is slowly becoming available, a self-help programme is available now for everyone like you, with plenty of support and tips online. There is no need to live a restricted life - discover how to live without eczema using The Combined Approach. It is a life-changer!

    Yes bipolar can be a comorbid of autism as can any learning difficulties or social interaction problems. If you think you have problems seek you doctors advice do not include it as a after thought go specific with this.your records may indicate problems such as any misdiagnosis for something else.doctors may be aware of a little about ASD but their knowledge may not be up to your level if you look into it in detail.if you understand what is being said then you may be autistic probably are on some level.

    my son is 2 years 4 months old and will not sleep through the night in his own bed. he will sleep all night if he is in my bed. me and partner then have to sleep in seperate rooms as theres no room and my son moves around alot. how can i get him out of this routine and get him to go sleep in his bed and sleep all night, the health visitors have tried to tell me its a behavioural thing and he will grow out of it. i have tried the controlled crying but it gets to much when hes making himself sick because hes crying so much, i tried to ignore him but i would end up just putting him into my bed, this has been going on for 4 months now. but i want something sorting now, sooner rather than later, hopefully. he sleeps for around 1.5hrs and 2hrs just after dinner time.





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    Most of you should check Dyspraxia...... especially those with language problems.and...sleeping problems....it is quite common...but uncurable





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    hi i don't seem to be the only one struggling with this,, my son seems to have all the symptoms that describes ahhd, i have taken him to my DR's and all he said was (call supernanny) i dont think he understands the problems i am having trying to understand the underlying problems...please help !!!





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    i self requested a referal for my son to my local family mental health unit. he was seen on several occasions and assessed to have adhd. we then tryed things like sticker charts, and sticking to a strict routine, however this didnt help he was then seen by the psychiatrist who then put him on medication. it is a long drawn out process. if you cant self refer, go to doctors and demand they refer him to child mental health for assessment. its very stressfull and you re best getting help asap. the doctor you spoke to before behaved in a disgusting mannor.

    We have felt that our daughter was a rare case with her toilet problems. It is a relief to see she is not alone, but can,t understand why when so many kids are suffering we all seem to be passed off with things like movicol. My daughter has problems passing stools and could go for weeks at a time without going. Had to go to A&E several times to get suppositories as she was in so much pain ( this was when she was 4 months old) she is nearly 5 now and still has major problems. When we got the movicol it was to get her started and then we had to wean her off. It was good to start with and after 3 weeks was going every day but and we were starting to get over the phycological problems caused with the condition. Unfortunatley by the end of the weaning process we are back to square one. She eats a good healthy balanced diet with lots of fruit and veg lots more that most kids eat. We are at a complete loss and now she complains of stomach pains daily especially when she eats. If anyone has any suggestions of anything else we can do we would be very grateful.





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    My son is suffering the same and has done for some time every time i visit the doctor i get told he will grow out of it !!! Iam at my wits end . He is six now and the habit thing is wearing very thin he is in pain, when he does go it is usually in his underwear because he cant get to the toilet in enough time cos he cant hold it any longer and i really think there is more to than constipation or attention seeking which is another thing that i keep getting told !!! Iam so worried it will make him ill before long and adult cant go days without passing anything so god only nows how a six yearold child can go weeks !!! If there is any one out there than can suggest any thing i would be most gratefull .

    First of all, I would just like to say how sorry I feel for your daughter because I know how painful it is because i'm going through tthe exact same thing at the moment. The main reson she is getting pain when she is eating is because she's so blocked up there litraly no more space for the food she's eating. The reason the movicol worked at first but as weened her off of it is because if the whole blockage wasn't got rid of the first time what will happen is she will just gwt block up again and unfortunatly it is a visoous cycle that is hard to brake. I don't know if the way movicol works was explaned to you propoly but i know if it was explained to me propoly i wouldn't be in the mess i am know. When you get dioria it deosn't mean that your bowls will defenetly be clear, the liquid is sometimes calles "overflow". You might also want to talk to your pediatirtion about what might be causing this problen. Hope this helps! Get Well Soon :)

    Please can someone help me? I’m 14 and I’ve always had wetting problems, luckily as I’ve got older it’s got a bit better and currently I only wet the bed 2 or 3 times a month. In the daytime I used to wet myself a lot more than I do now. My mum knows about my problems and we’ve been to some doctors about it. She buys me these special pads called Tenalady which I wear every day. I sort of have a few problems if I laugh too much some wee will comes out if I been to the toilet recently it might only be a small amount and because of my pad it’s not really too bad. But if I’ve not been for awhile it can a lot more and sometimes my pad won’t be able to soak it all up and my knickers will get a bit wet too. My other problems are often I don’t always get a lot of warning that I need to go to the loo and I can’t always hold it for very long. The last doctor that saw me said that there was wasn’t much wrong me and that I just had a small bladder she gave me these exercises to do (cagalls?) and told my mum something like that my problem should be manageable with sensible toileting habits. Now my mum is starting to get angry with me every time I have a major accident and says they should be preventable and I should be doing my excises and I am just lazy she even threatening to stop my pocket money if I wet myself too often. I try to go to toilet between lessons at school and before I get the bus home but sometimes I just can’t help wetting myself.





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    Have you ever seen a continence nurse? They hold specialist clinics in local health centres. You dont have to be referred by the doctor, your Mum could contact them directly (am not sure if at 14 you can refer yourself). My 8yr old son has had problems since he was 3, we have been back & forth to the drs (and even seen a consultant at the hospital) & they have been useless to be honest. We have a way to go yet but after just a few months we have made more progress than in the years of seeing drs. Everyone is different but my son is being treated as having an irritated bladder which makes him unable to hold onto urine for very long(this isnt an infection its entirely different) he started off on medicine which helped slightly & is now taking tablets which will hopefully be more effective. She also put him on a drinking programme as lack of fluids can make things worse. I really feel for you, it sounds as if the dr hasnt been very understanding, there is help out there I hope youre able to access it.

    I am 16 and I have many autistic friends, I seem to understand them better than anyone else,or so called "normal" people. My friend have been telling me that I am autistic for a while, I scored 39 on the test, the only thing is that most of the problems I have had are recent, or seem to be, but at the same time as someone grows up social situations and rules get allot more complicated especially at the age I am now, so maybe these problems I have are just making themselves more apparent, so am I autistic? and could this be why I have problems with people? i literally ran away from my friends yesterday because I couldn't deal with meeting more than one new person at a time and I didn't understand what was going on :(





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    Hello my name is Hope I am 12 in April I have two problems I want to solve out the first one is when I go to the toilet I always have dirty pants is there any advice to help me and I have Dyspraxia it is quite hard for me with Dyspraxia I always forget things so please help me get through this problems thank you

    Hi Marianne ,i agree with the last comment my grandson of 3 has had same problems for the last 2 years laxatives etc never seems to be any real constuctive advice why were these problems not heard of years ago? obviously a lot of parents worrying about the same problem

    Hello I have just been researching the net to find some information on tiptoe walking. My 5 year old son has been doing this since he was walking. He also complains of leg pain & refuses to walk. I was just wondering if any of you other carers with young children have had any progress. My son also has other health problems. Hope you all get your problems sorted.





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    Hello, I just read your post on tiptoe walking. I just want to know did you get any answers for it, as my son also 5 does it and since going to paediatrician it has opened a whole new chapter in his life regarding other problems that have been unnoticed. Hope your child is well. I have been really concerned. My son also complains of pain and refuses to walk. Best of luck. Marie

    Hi my foreskin has tightend but does not hurt or do I have any problems with sex or going to toilet but the bottom on the head is blue\purple and I wonder what it could be plus I have no problems pulling my foreskin back do you know what it could be and have do you know anything that can loosen it back up





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    Hi Michael. Frequent stretching and possibly the use of a steroid cream from your Doctor should be able toloosen it up - no problem. Hope this helps.

    Thank you for your comments this sounds exactly like my son's problems - It is actually good to know that somebody else is having the same problems as us. I am wondering whether we need to go down the counselling route aswell I am really aware that in a couple of years time he will go to secondary school and if we haven't sorted it out by then he will be bullied. All the doctors say not to get stressed etc but sometimes I just want to shake him cause it feels like he's not going because of laziness, it's really difficult to know whether we should be strict with him or is it actually a medical condition that we need to be tolerant about

    My daughter is 3 years old and also walks on her toes. She too complains or painful legs. I also walk on my toes without realising. I don't have any problems from this but is there anything I can do for my daughter as I don't want this to cause her any problems. Thanks!





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    Hayy,, My name is Steph. Im 16 and had this operation done a week and a bit ago now. My back was 72 degrees out and yet I had no breathing problems. Just that my ribs were twisted. The only problems i did have were walking far distances or sat down for too long - my back would ache. My consultant said that it could have been genetic but nobody in my family has this. I am still recovering and for anybody having to make the decision to have the surgery I would greatly recommend it. Thanks for reading :)





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    hi my names holly, i had 3 operations altogether, im so pleased the condition has got some air time on tv, as more people need to be aware of it. im a youth rep for SAUK (SCOLIOSIS ASSOCIATION UK)and if any one would like someone to talk to, im here. it takes a while to adapt to the new posture, but its all worth while! surgery is by far the best option for my case, as at 63 degrees at 13 years old, it needed to be done. xxx

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