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Dear Dr. Cory:

Why do you have to eat a lot of ice cream after you have tonsil surgery?



Dear Caeryn:

Having your tonsils taken out makes the throat very sore. But it is still important for your body to get enough water. Popsicles, slushies, sherbet, and Jell-O are good choices right after surgery because they are easy to swallow. Many throat doctors suggest waiting 24 hours before eating foods made with milk. So ice cream, yogurt, pudding, and milk shakes can be great when the doctor says it is OK.



As the throat starts feeling a bit better, you can try applesauce, cooked cereals, soft fruits, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, soup broth, cottage cheese, and pasta. Before too long, you will be back to eating regular food again.

Dear Dr. Cory:

Why do some medicines make you drowsy?



Dear Jennifer:

Some medicines make you drowsy because of the way they affect the brain. For example, some cold medicines have a special chemical in them to help stop runny noses. That same chemical causes changes in the brain that also make you sleepy.

Chemicals in some newer cold medicines are a little different. They don't cause those changes in the brain that make you sleepy.


Dear Dr. Cory:

How do we get freckles?



Dear Bethany:

Freckles contain extra melanin (MEHL-uhnin). Melanin is a chemical that gives your skin color. Freckles are usually found on parts of the body that get the most sun, such as the nose and arms. Being in the sun tends to bring on more freckles and darker freckles. That's because the body makes more melanin to try to protect the skin from the sun's rays. So, freckles can be a warning that you are getting too much sun.


Freckles start to show up between the ages of 2 and 4. They also seem to run in families. People with light-colored skin are the most likely to have freckles.

Be sun smart

Whether or not you have freckles, be safe in the sun! Follow these skin-saving tips:

* Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.

* Put sunscreen on all over your body 30 minutes before going outside.

* Wear a fun hat that shades your face, ears, and neck (not a baseball cap!).

* Wear sunglasses that have 100 percent UV protection.

* Stay in the shade whenever you can, especially between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M.

* Put on more sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating a lot.

* Wear clothing that protects you from the sun. If you can see through your shirt, it is not giving you much protection.

It is not fun to be teased! Read Wanda's Freckles by Barbara Azore to learn what one smart girl decides to do when she is teased for having freckles.


Kids Helping Kids

Hey, kids! The question below is from one of our readers. Can you think of a good answer? Send it to us along with your name, state, and photo to the above address or e-mail it to We will print one of the answers in an upcoming issue!

How do you handle it when someone makes fun of you?

Marita in Kansas

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Date:Jul 1, 2010
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