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Dr. Yogindra Vasavada, Pediatrician
Category: Pediatrics
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Experience:  M.D.(ped) passed at first attempt, in practice continuously for last 37 years. Certi. in Comp
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My niece will be 3 in October. She has been fighting a brain

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My niece will be 3 in October. She has been fighting a brain since she was 8 months old. Went through 13 months of chemo, then had a 5 month break, now is back on chemo for another 12 month protocol. So I don't know if she has PTSD, but when she has tantrums, she really flips out and hits herself in the head. She will also ask for a hug but as you go to pick her up, she says no. Her verbal skills have been delayed, we think bc of the chemo. Any thoughts? And how we should best handle it?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 2 years ago.

Hello, Sorry about this history. You may just wait out couple of years and let her mature further. Please be supportive and see that she does not hurt her head.

Just count your blessings that she is a survivor and fighter.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Your answer wasn't even remotely helpful. None of my questions were answered. Please refund my money
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 2 years ago.

PTSD is known only in adults suffering severe stress.

Even normal children her age commonly have such behaviour issues and grow out of them.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
How outdated is your information. PTSD is 100% real with children. I don't want to continue this dialogue. I am not satisfied with your answers at all. Please refund my money. And you may want to check out this link.
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 2 years ago.


Treatment that involves the caregiver and child together is best for cases with poor attachment and trauma. One such treatment is called child-parent psychotherapy (CPP). CPP helps caregivers understand their children, keep them safe, and give emotional help.