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Week of October 29, 2001

    Question:   I live in Mexico City and my child has been diagnosed with distal renal tubular acidosis; renal tubular acidosis type I. Her treatment is sodium bicarbonate (43 g) and potassium (53 g) with 500 ml of the water and syrup. I would like to know if Polycitra-K is the best treatment for her and how to get it if I live in Mexico City.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My son consistantly has blood in his urine since he was 3 or 4 months old (he is 2 years old now). At that time, we were referred to a urologist, who ran several types of tests including an ultrasound on his abdomen, and everything appeared regular. However, tests continued to show varying amounts of blood in his urine. They suggested that we just follow him to see what happens...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   Our 13-year-old daughter has Scheuermann's disease and will be wearing a brace. We're going to see if the vertebrae will fill in and become rectangular rather then wedged. The doctor said it was related to hormonal factors and growth. Is there any way to stimulate this growth? Is there a certain time of the day or activity when the body is growing more (sleep, excercise, etc.)?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer