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    Mumps is a glandular infection that can affect anyone, but children are more at risk than adults. It causes pain and swelling in the salivary glands, which are just below the ears. Read more →

    Hi I am going through exactly the same thing with my son, now 12 but he has been like this since he was a toddler. We have just been refered to a Gastroentirologist recently. He was on meds for reflux but that didn't seem to make it go completely.There is a condition called eosonophilic oesophogitis where certain trigger foods cause a delayed reaction in kids sometimes days after.They tend to have issues with eating, trouble swallowing, vomiting, coughing while eating, having to drink between mouthfuls are some of the issues. My son described it as it is like he has a door in his throat and sometimes it is open and the food goes down ok, and sometimes it shuts and the food gets stuck.He then has to induce vomitng to get the food out.He has also been running off to the loo like this since he was 4. He gets a ' look' on his face and stops eating and you can tell what is coming next. The Dts thought it might be a hiatus hernia but 2 bariums showed nothing untoward wrong.The only way to diagnose eosonophilic oesophogitis is with an endoscopy and biopsies which look for more than 50 white blood cells present in the osophogus which normally should not be there.These are caused by consuming food/ foods which the child is allergic to, but because the reaction is a delayed one it is harder to detect.The cells inflame the throat causing scarring and this causes the dysphagia ( trouble swallowing) This is what I am trying to get the Drs to check for woth my son as he is typically atopic ( allergic ) . My son has year round rhinitis, mouth breathes and many allergies including pets, dust, tree and grass pollens, foods and asthma since he was 1. Also in young children failure to thrive or being small for age, sleep difficulties, tummy aches and lots of ear/ throat infections are very common as well as what you mentioned. I hope you get some answers and us too ! It's been a long road !

    i am 15 years old i have a lot of difficulty talking about my penis but after looking at your websites i have become a little concerned. is it normal for the foreskin to remain over the head while both flaccid and erect? i suffer from no pain when masturbating or urinating its just other sites say this is a problem and needs to be sorted. because of this i am also afraid to let my girlfriend see me.





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    It is very difficult for us mums and dads to objectively see our children. My son has aspergers and he displays none of those traits. However I know children who are 'normal' how have some of those traits! I personally watched how my son interacted at playground and nursery and realised that all the children have quirks at that age (lots of really bossy girls!). By Primary 1, it became evident that he understood the school interactions less than other children. However, he was a 'nice boy and never bothered the teacher too much, so she admitted that she tended to forget about him'. Basically the school nurse was my saviour, she realised that he had difficulty hopping (he has hypermobile joints)and he was referred to the occupational therapy team, this lead to a referral to psychologist. Intially, I was put down as over mumsy (I explained too many things to my son - the school blamed me!). The psychologist was my ally, he realised what was happening and expalined the situation to the school from then on the school have been much better. He has specialist help with motor skills, language (social stories) and reading. I hope this very brief summary helps.

    Try a Qtip with vaseline on it and run it under the skin on top of the glans to clean the underside and lubricate it so you can gradually stretch the skin without difficulty or pain after about three weeks to a month you should be able to retract the skin without difficulty or the embarrassment of going to have a dr tell you the basic same idea. You do still have to go to the Dr if there is persistant redness, irritation, swelling or discharge with any of these issues.

    My son is 7 years old and drools excessively. My name is Kelly as well and our situations are so similar that my husband asked if I posted online about our child. My son was hospitalized at 10 days and diagnosed as failure to thrive. He eventually got a g-tube because he couldn't suck well enough to get nutrition to gain weight. At about six months, the g-tube was removed because he started to "get it". As time went on, we realized he didn't have any sensation around his mouth at all. He would fall down, get up with a bloody lip, and not cry at all. His neurologist determined he has congenital neuropathy in his mouth, legs and arms. The neurologist prescribed Rubinol and thought it would dry him right up, but that hasn't been the case for us. We take the max dosage possible and it only decreases his secretions slightly. You might ask your doctor about it for your child. Also, Botox shots were recommended but our insurance won't cover it and it is very expensive otherwise. Right now, we primarily have our son work on behavioral changes - swallowing before talking; keeping his mouth closed and breathing through his nose,; when reading aloud, swallowing at the periods. He wears wristbands and we remind him to swallow and wipe his mouth. It is a challenge because he is a 7 year old boy who at this point in his life doesn't care. Hope this helped a bit. --Kelly

    Hi, i'm 20 and I can't pull my foreskin back at all, unless with great difficulty and pain. I've had it for years, and it doesn't seem to be getting better/looser.





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    Hi John. To be honest some foreskins do take quite a lot of stretching before they become fully loose. You just have to preservere and grit your teeth against the pain. If you feel that you have done all the stretching you can then maybe you need to visit a Doctor who can give you some cream, which usually helps. Take care

    Carol re: your post may 2010 Have you ever had him tested for fragile x. Hypermobility (floppy joints) and the difficulty he has with social situations may make it a possibility





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    i am 17years old i have a lot of difficulty talking about my penis but after looking at various websites i have become a little concerned. is it normal for the foreskin to remain over the head while both flaccid and erect? i suffer from no pain when masturbating or urinating its just other sites say this is a problem and needs to be sorted. because of this i am also afraid to let my girlfriend see me.





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    It's perfectly normal for the foreskin to cover the head whilst erect or flaccid. It's only a problem if you are unable to pull the foreskin back at all, or if you're in any pain. You sound normal! :)

    My 13 yr old son has a very stinking/offensive smell in his urine though there is no apparent difficulty in urination or neither there is any pain.He urinates very frequently but again that could be due to his too much intake of water.Unable to conclude...Everytime he urinates mere flushing of the toilet doesn`t works to remove the stink.Please help.





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    take him to the hospital

    Oh my god I have the same situation with my 20 month old boy. He has difficulty too. Every 2 weeks his cough at night reoccurs and we have to spend the night racing in to stop him from choking. I was told it was viral and then one night it so bad I just went to A & E and they rescribed an inhaler for occasional use. If I use it he on him at night when he is coughing he barely coughs again all night, as this has opened up his airways.





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    Below is a link to the test. The average score from a control group was 16.4, and 80% of those with autism or a related disorder scored 32 or higher. This is not a diagnostic test – and many people who score above 32 and who meet the diagnostic criteria for mild autism or Asperger’s have no difficulty in functioning in their everyday lives. ^^^^ That is from right above the test link.





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    Hi, I'm 17 and ive had a problem with tight foreskin but its never bothered me until about 2 years ago. A few times ive masturbated and noticed i get small tears on the inside of my foreskin, theres no bleeding but i can still see them. I can pull the skin back with some force and difficulty when its flaccid but its still possible. When im erect i cant pull it all the way back, i only get up to half if it down my head and i start feeling pressure and about a quarter of it without feeling anything. Would you suggest i start stretching or wait it out to see if it eventually loosens up?





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    Hi Gilbert. It's highly unlikely to loosen up by itself so start stretching. It will feel so much better when you can freely pull it back and wash the penis head. A warm bath or shower is a good place to start. Be patient - it could take a few months before you can do it fully when erect but eventually it will start to shift and feel good. The small tears you have seen are normal and the liquid is sometimes called "pre-cum". Hope this helps

    It's not a diagnostic test so it means it's possible you are autistic. Like it says above if this is something that concerned you BEFORE taking the test it may be an idea to discuss it with a GP, but a score on this test alone means very little. Indeed, scoring above 32 and autism itself, (especially since I gather you were previously unaware of the possibility of you having it) is unlikely to have a big effect on how you live your life. "Many people who score above 32 and who meet the diagnostic criteria for mild autism or Asperger’s have no difficulty in functioning in their everyday lives." You have no reason to worry.

    I'm 15 years old and I am unable to pull back my foreskin any further than the tip. The head is too painful to touch. I have read about different stretching exercises and found that most require me to be in a shower or bath, I have an uncommon disorder called Aquagenic pruritus which mean I have an allergy towards water, This causes difficulty when trying to perform theses exercise. My girlfriend and I have been talking about have sex, I am unsure if I will be able to put on a condom as I have read that it requires me to pull my foreskin back, which I cannot do, Is there anything else? Im also too embarrassed to talk to my parents or a doctor





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    I think you could be right about the Marmite! My 8 year old often gets mouth ulcers (usually just one at a time but extremely painful). He eats Marmite regularly, but we haven't had it for a couple of months as our supermarket has had difficulty in getting it for a while (we live in Greece). A really painful ulcer has started today. He usually gets them mainly during the summer time and when I think about it, we don't eat a lot of Marmite then as we consider it a winter beverage! Marmite contains B vitamins and folic acid (among many other nutrients) which a lack of, are said by some, might be the cause of these painful ulcers. I'm now convinced and thank you sincerely for making me think about this!

    You should not be concerned. It's not a diagnostic test so it only means it's possible you are autistic. Like it says above if this is something that concerned you BEFORE taking the test it may be an idea to discuss it with a GP (or even tell your parents about it). But a score on this test alone means very little. Indeed, scoring above 32 and autism itself, (especially since I gather you were previously unaware of the possibility of you having it) is unlikely to have an effect on how you live your life. "Many people who score above 32 and who meet the diagnostic criteria for mild autism or Asperger’s have no difficulty in functioning in their everyday lives." You have no reason to worry.

    I am a 39 year-old who sometimes has social awkwardness and absorbing, solitary interests (glass vases and genealogy at the moment). I was very interested to take a test for autistic traits and wasn't surprised to find I scored 29. I am very interested to hear about Saskia Baron Cohen's research into autism metrics and am unsurprised to find a normal distribution for these traits within the population. I am a functioning professional person but can be perceived as a little eccentric or odd on occasion and might have difficulty focussing sometimes if my mind is on my hobbies, perhaps a little more than I understand to be average. My interests can also sometimes intrude into my daily life, especially at times of day that I know things happened in my family history (especially bad between 17:00 and 20:14), or if the shop till rings up a significant "date". That said, I did well at school and a very good university (where most people were a bit odd), and enjoy a happy professional, social and married life. I was very interested to hear on BBC Horizon that people with more autistic traits don't really "miss" people as this is something I can relate to.





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    Its Professor Simon Baron-Cohen. I scored 38 but on Horizon he said 34ish was an average didn't he? But on this website it says 16 is more typical. I have several autistic traits which looking back have affected my life in terms of study/work. Quite often I have avoided or left jobs where I felt awkward or uncomfortable. I can memorise (with very little effort) car number plates, phone numbers and birthdays.

    My daughter, who is currently 6, just about to turn 7..has been walking on her tip toes since the age of 3, when I spotted it. Through the whole process of getting her referred, it was very lengthy...she has had physio, plaster casts on both of her legs, she has had carbon fibre bottom boots (both of which she learned she could walk on her tiptoes with difficulty), with this not working, we then moved to Botox injections in both calves..which did work slightly but not to the extend we hoped....she has been wearing AFO splints to keep her feet in a rigid position, for 6-7 hours a day at school, she has learned how to tip toe with these, as her AFO splints have an ankle joint in them, so now we are back to the boots, which have just been ordered. We have not received any diagnosis as to why she is doing this, she doesn't suffer from any condition, but has merely developed a habit that is becoming harder and harder to break. We have however been told that she seems to be very flexible, almost double jointed..so it could have been that her hips needed to be made rigid when she was learning to walk, hence locking her hips out and learning to walk by tip toe walking.....All I know is that we are going through shoes like nobody's business....she has full movement, so there isn't (luckily) for the moment any tendon shortening, and we have been given the exercises to look out for the signs of this, and that she is VERY clumsy when she tries to run normally, and trips quite a bit, its worrying all the same.





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    As wrote on top my son had surgery for this problem which has made him walk flat footed we hope we did the right thing he is active and play all sports

    At 15 I found life very difficult. I have a diagnosis for Asperger's Syndrome . I do get cross from time to time . Its often good to have a adult you can trust and talk to . At least you are aware of your Anger difficulties and you describe your obsession with guns etc as unhealthy. You could look at anger management or think of the things that make you cross or situations that make you angry. Avoiding those situations may help. It might be the way you feel you have been treated by other people. Being bullied at School for example. I try to forgive people if they say or do things that hurt.its not easy but often a lot of it is not intended to hurt , just people who don't think. Back to why you took this test . If you think you may have some problems arising from being autistic and you do some research and you feel you do have my advice would be to talk to your Doctor raise it at a single issue to be dealt with .Your Doctor will treat what ever you say as confidential and should be able to offer some help. You are clearly concerned about your feelings of anger and that is a good point to start in doing some thing that helps. You could talk to your teacher but it does not sound like it is a educational difficulty and you are nearly a adult in any case .Hope this advise helps & good luck!

    I have high-functioning autism, and contrary to popular belief im a girl. I took the test and scored 43, which i find accurate. I am not obsessed with numbers or maths, it tends to be more of a male thing. I on the other hand obsess over people like close friends or immediate family. I dont like social situations however i want to be sociable, which normal people may find odd.I dont make conversation easily and i dont read facial expressions at all! thus the main difficulty with being sociable. To disprove misconceptions, i dont like numbers or maths i like english, and the test for Autism is male orientated, the autism in girls and boys vary in terms of the traits and some girls with high functioning autism will not be picked up because their traits vary from the traits of those in males. I believe the autism spectrum should have research done into it on the female side, to enable doctors to diagnose more females with high functioning autism, that would otherwise go unnoticed because they dont display the same traits as in males.





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    You go girl :-). Life needs to be fairer to us.

    Regardless of gender :-)

    Autism isn't always as depicted in films and books. Often the characters are exaggerated - they have ALL of the traits in really obvious ways :P Real people with autism aren't always the same. I'm thinking of Asperger's syndrome really. My brother was diagnosed with AS when he was about 4 years old - but probably because he has had help with it all his life, he isn't like the stereotype you see all the time on TV. I would say for him it comes through in: difficulty making choices (he always asks someone for help to decide, even with the most trivial thing!), getting very focused on one task or project, sometimes not properly respecting other's personal space/ speaking too loud, stuff like that. And weird little things like being very select about food, being sensitive to the feel of certain clothing etc. But he's not outright rude (as so many TV characters are!), he has a good sense of humour and can be very empathic and diplomatic too. He can also be quite socially scheming - he has an incredible patience and can make others play his little games. A big part of his AS I think is that normal social situations can be intimidating and he is very shy in new places with new people. He can get very worked up. My point is that its not always true that people with AS are totally socially inept, outright rude, and have totally exaggerated weirdnesses about them. Some probably do, but others don't! My brother has a degree and a job too. I think he has learnt to overcome a lot of the difficulties he has socially. A lot of people don't know he has AS, they just think he's a little odd, but likeable! If you think you might have AS, don't be put off investigating just because you're not the same as Temple Grandin or that kid from Dog in the Night Time. Everybody is different, people with AS are individuals too. I would doubt that you had autism though if kids didn't pick up on it and bully you at school. I'd imagine almost all kids with autism get either isolated or bullied in normal schools.

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