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vital: ask the Doc; Craig Lennox Our GP expert will answer your questions every week.

Byline: Craig Lennox

Q HOW much exercise does my child need every day?

A Most children are naturally energetic but increasing lengths of time in front of the television or computer mean they may not be getting all the exercise they need. The recommended amount is at least an hour a day of physical activity that makes them slightly out of breath and sweaty. This can include walking to school, cycling, swimming and team sports.

Q I HAVE dermatographism, is there anything to alleviate it?

A Dermatographism is a skin condition which affects up to five per cent of the population. When mild pressure is applied to the skin a red, raised and itchy rash (like nettle rash) appears a few minutes later. Treatment is low dose antihistamines and good skin care. Use gentle emollients or moisturisers, avoid scratching your skin and be aware that stress can make it worse.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 10, 2008
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