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    Croup is an infection that affects the voicebox (the larynx) and the windpipe (the trachea). The principle symptom is a barking cough which is often compared to the sound a dog or a seal makes, accompanied by a hoarse voice, runny nose, a fever and dif… Read more →

    My now 12 yr old has gotten croup every winter since birth except for the last 3 winters but this morning she developed sore throat runny nose hoarse voice and a 38.5 temp so i am thinking croup again would this be correct??





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    I'm 15 I've gotten taller and my voice has broke and I grew pubic hair but there's no sign of my penis growing and the foreskin is not opening up please help I'm worried!





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    Fear not Johnny, everyone is different. You are well into puberty and I would expect your penis to reach full adult size by the time you are 18 so you have a few years to go. The foreskin is another story. Basically, you have to try stretching it back. Do it in the bathtub as the hot water softens the skin and makes it easier. Take care

    Hi I am 13 and I am being made fun of because I have really hairy legs, a little bit of a moustache, armpit hair, a thin trail and my voice is breaking. Is this normal for a 13 year old and how can I stop it from bugging me? Sorry if its an awkward question to answer BTW..





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    Hi Cameron yes this is normal - although everyone is different when it comes to different stages of puberty. You can stop this from bugging you by accepting that you are growing into a man and the changes in your body and voice are reflecting this. If boys your age are making fun of you it may be because they haven't quite got to the stage that you are at right now and so of course a lot of people make fun of people that they see as different from themselves - but they will soon all be going through this! Try not to let people get you down and believe me it will soon pass and your body will settle down and you will enjoy being a young man.

    Hi Cameron yes this is normal - although everyone is different when it comes to different stages of puberty. You can stop this from bugging you by accepting that you are growing into a man and the changes in your body and voice are reflecting this. If boys your age are making fun of you it may be because they haven't quite got to the stage that you are at right now and so of course a lot of people make fun of people that they see as different from themselves - but they will soon all be going through this! Try not to let people get you down and believe me it will soon pass and your body will settle down and you will enjoy being a young man.

    Im 14 and my penis hasn't grown. Now people say that your testicles will grow then your penis, but my testicles haven't grown either. I have hair in the places it's supposed to be. My voice is really deep. Will my penis and testicles ever grow or will they stay like this?





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    Hi Jacob. Don't worry. You have clearly entered puberty and the whole process can take 5 years. The presence of hair could be making your testicles and penis appear smaller. I am confident that they are growing and will noticeably increase in size over the next year or so. Your penis can continue to grow until you are 20 years old so there is time. Hope this helps.

    Hi im 15 an I have a birth mark on the back of my head, good thing I have a head of hair, but I never wear it down because I don't want the wind blowing my hair around so everyone can see it. I hate my birthmark and when ever I think about it, it really bring myself esteem down And I start thinking of other things that is wrong with me too, Ive only showed a couple of my friends and they all said it looks like there was pink/ redish bubble gum stuck on my scalp, plus I have super bad dandruff and sometimes my birth mark itches sooo bad when I scratch reall good it starts to bleed so if there is something I can do about it please, voice you're comment. Thank you





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    Its okay. Just keep your head held high my dear, and show 'em that you can't be tamed becauase baby,you were born this way.

    Hi Sarah. Thanks for keeping in touch. If he is overweight then please address this urgently (as previously advised) while he is still actively growing and developing muscles. I still suggest that his penis is being enveloped by body fat and is not shrinking. It is there but you can't see half of it because it's hidden by flab. This can only be confirmed by physical examination and you'll understand I can't do this here...his Doctor can! Underarm hair is a small sign of puberty. Does he have some of these - a deep voice, large amounts of pubic hair, muscular body, mood swings, adult size and appearance of genitalia, hair growth on face to name a few. If not then he is still in the very early stages of puberty with lots of maturing to do. I really hope this helps. Keep us posted and take care.

    I was so interested to watch the programme, as finally, DDH was getting some well needed coverage..... HOWEVER, it left myself and my husband feeling very disappointed and angry about the way this condition was protrayed. The programme showed a very rose tinted view of this condition. Unfortunately, it is not always the case that surgery happens as quickly and works 1st time - I am so glad it was a success for Oscar and his family. Our daughter's DDH was a late detection at 13 months. She had her 1st surgery (open reduction) at 21 months. She now has further complications and needs to be in a hip brace for maybe a 1 to 2 years, followed by other possible surgery when she is 4 to 6 years. The programme showed nothing of the fight and incredible worry parents and famliles have to go through; to get their voice heard, to get appointments, people staring at you and your child, the 2 lots of nappies you have to use at every change time, the new furniture we had to buy, the car seat, child care issues, infections, sleepless nights, trying to get to hospital appointments safely... Thank goodness for the Internet and charities like STEPS for the help and support during this time. Everyone we speak to about our daughter's condition knows of someone who has experienced DDH, isn't it about time that a proper screening process for this condition be introduced.





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    hi am so sorry to hear about your daughter my son was found at 6mths had togo in2 cast 4 6mths then another 6mths in hip brace you should find out more about the car seat i got one off the hospital if u would like it am more that happy 4 u 2 have it i no all about the nappies its not easy i no

    My son is 2yrs 6 months and had his tonsils and adenoids removed 10 days ago. From the age of 8 months he has been a heavy mouth breather, had loud snoring and constant dribbling. After numerous trips to the doctors and an ENT specialist at 12 months who told us he was fine I took matters into my own hands. I recorded him on my mobile sleeping, when he was on his back he had long pauses in his breathing up to 10 seconds. I took this to the doctors and this time they referred him straight away to the ENT. Before the ENT appointment I videoed him on my phone whilst he was asleep on his back which showed him intercosal breathing, his chest caved in and his rib cage raised, in fact I took this to A&E as I was worried and they nurse was really shook up with video! As my appointment was only a few days later they let us come home. The ENT consultant took one look at both videos and checked his tonsils and confirmed they were some of the biggest he has seen. It has took a good 10 days for him to be back on track following the op, the dribbling is a bit better but should improve, no snoring although his voice seems higher? and just seems a lot happier. He was always a really good talker but I'm interested to see how things impove. Tough 10 days but worth it. The doctor confirmed if he had carried on breathing at night like that it would put too much pressure on his heart.





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    Tips to increase penis size: You should do the following from the ages of 14 to 21. 1.Stay lean, thin and muscular with exercise such as running and weights. 2.Eat well. 3.Don't masturbate too much, and when you do, don't damage penis by applying too much pressure Exercise increases testosterone, the male hormone. Weights are especially good for this. Being thin means less cholesterol (the fatty stuff that clogs blood vessels), consequently testosterone is more effective. Being thin also means there is more blood flow to the penis; so when you get spontaneous erections it stretches out the 3 spongy chambers of the penis. See diagram: http://en.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/265769o Don't masturbate too much as this depletes energy and effects hormone levels. The penis was not designed for the strong pressure of the hand. Over-masturbation is likely to damage the delicate spongy chambers of the penis. This leads to energy being diverted into repairing the penis rather than growth. I would avoid spending time on the computer as this resists the temptation to look at porn and masturbate. Also the electro-magnetic radiation from the monitor is not good for you if your head/brain is too close to it. You should be getting spontaneous erections. Erections are good for expanding out the penis with blood. This happens a lot during sleep. The herb Ginkgo baloba has also been proven to increase blood flow and open up blood vessels. You can buy them in tablet form (just do a google search). So be thin, muscular and don't masturbate too much. Other masculine traits will result from this too: deep voice, angular jaw, pronounced forehead and big space between eyes.

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