Children's physical health and well-being. See also the tag [hygiene] for matters of cleanliness.

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How can I help my baby poop

My newborn (currently 6 weeks) sometimes goes a few days without a bowel movement. It seems like this makes her uncomfortable and she sometime looks like she's trying to get something going (she has ...
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Is behavioural optometry a real thing?

My 5 year old son was having some trouble concentrating in class and it was recommended that we see a behavioural optometrist. A standard optical test showed his eyes were not perfect but within ...
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Walking barefoot is bad for my child health?

I've listen all my life that walking barefoot in the cold floor would make me (when I was a child) more susceptible to get a cold and things like that. My wife keeps saying that to our child. Is ...
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2 year old has very runny stuffy nose for 4 months

My 2 year old has runny nose for 4 months. Doctor says 1 time its cold, another time its allergy, but nothing clear. Tylenol doesn't help and i really can't believe that cold can be 4 months. She ...
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How can I explain “adult beverages” to my preteen?

We don't tend to drink much alcohol in our household; I occasionally drink a beer in the evening after the children are in bed or when my wife and I have a date night. So my preteen son doesn't have a ...
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How can we confront our pediatrician about not washing his hands?

We recently changed medical insurance plans and switched to a new pediatrician. My wife is in nursing school and one of the things that's drilled into students is the importance of handwashing to ...
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Is it safe for a pregnant woman to be around someone smoking “e-cigarettes”?

A co-worker of mine is pregnant, and was commenting that she was going to be visiting a friend of hers that smokes "e-cigarettes" (sometimes known as "vaping"). She was concerned that her friend ...
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Are shaking legs something to be worried about?

My wife has noticed that my 10 month old son sometimes starts to twitch his leg. It only lasts for a couple of seconds, and is infrequent enough that I have yet to witness it. She described it as ...
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How should parents handle disagreement over medicine?

I don't believe in homeopathy1), but my wife does. Regardless of your personal stance on this, I'd like to know what are good ways to resolve a disagreement on homeopathy? I know the underlying ...
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Why would a child hold his breath regularly?

My 3 yo holds his breath throughout the day. He'll breathe in (short), hold it for 3-7 seconds, then breathe out (short) and repeat that frequently. He does this when he's awake, but probably not ...
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Immediate reflux/heartburn relief for a baby (8 months old)

Our 8 month old is having a bout of really nasty heartburn after getting over norovirus. Our doctor has looked at him and determined he's suffering from normal gastritis and prescribed zantec. ...
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What are the risks of surgery for a tongue-tied toddler?

My son is 22 months old and he is several tongue-tied. We only found out because I have a 4 month old and when he was first born they noticed he was tied, and asked if our other child was. My 22 ...
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How to prevent or heal chapped cheeks in a toddler?

My two-year-old is starting to get chapped cheeks as winter approaches. Last year, his cheeks were red and seemed sore, so I tried rubbing lip balm (chap stick) on the cheeks to help him out. However, ...
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How to cope with GERD in an infant

As a result of my baby being diagnosed with infant's Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, I am following doctor's orders regarding my own diet so my milk is as easy on baby's tummy as possible and we have ...
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What should parents know about “flat feet”?

Our son was flat footed with very little arch. His pediatrician was not concerned. In preschool, he complained of discomfort when wearing shoes with an arch support. By age 9-10, his condition ...
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What should my wife eat and drink during pregnancy? [closed]

During pregnancy, what would be the great foods that I could make for my wife? *(does not matter if it is morning, afternoon or dinner) I have to choose and prepare the food. This is not my ...
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Is confusing red and blue at age 3 a possible indication of color-blindness?

My son knows his colors pretty well, but still frequently seems to say "blue" for red items, and "red" for blue items (although it seems more common for him to call something red blue than the other ...
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Rough Nose is Painful to wipe - what to do?

There is a horrible cold going around so I have a couple of rough noses that need blowing and wiping that are attached to children for whom this has been pure torture. We have used moisturizers and ...
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Coping with gestational diabetes

I had never been diabetic, but failed the glucose tolerance test during my pregnancy and have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. I am under the care of a specialist and am on insulin and ...
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Should we always ask to have urine tested when we go to urgent care?

Went to the urgent care the other day because of a high temp over a few days, lots of fussiness, lack of eating and when she does eat she would vomit. They did all the normal things like checking ...
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Skin turns blue after long crying [closed]

Yesterday my baby boy cried a lot and he became some kind of blue, I think it's because he was crying for a 3-5 minutes (this doesn't happen before, it's because We had to wake him from sleep :) ), I ...
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What does one do to alleviate the discomfort of mastitis?

Mastitis is an infection that can develop in the breasts during the months while a mother lactates. Once one has mastitis, it can interfere with breastfeeding because it becomes painful to feed the ...
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Is blood from an injured nipple harmful to the child?

Nipples sometimes bleed, and some of that blood can be sucked by a child. Is it harmful to the child? What effects can it have?
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How long can a newborn girl bleed from her vagina?

The bleeding from a newborn girls vagina is completely normal, it happens due to hormones being absorbed by the while still in the womb. How long can this bleeding occur? Does it come and go, or ...
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What are the natural ways to increase the blood, and the amniotic acids flow to the uterus during pregnancy?

That's the question. What are the natural ways to increase the blood, and the amniotic acids flow to the uterus during pregnancy? What should be the duration and intensity of the exercises (if any)? ...
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Please help with defiant, stubborn and abusive 5yr old

I have a 5yr old boy who is beyond bad. We have tried everything from talking to spanking to taking stuff away to rewarding the good and are at our wits end. He is abusive to animals, at least 4 ...
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Intentional infection with Toxoplasmosis before getting pregnant?

Toxoplasmosis is a disease which seems to be, most of the time, not serious for humans (according to Wikipedia, up to a third of the world’s human population is estimated to be infected). After being ...
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Why does my 4 month old playful infant suddenly start screaming at the top of her voice?

This is not a normal cry. This cry indicates extreme sudden pain. For example: If you were sitting peacefully somewhere and someone threw burning coals on your body, how would you scream? She ...
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Can contact with cat feces be harmful for pregnant women?

Is it true that coming into contact with cat feces can harm the unborn baby of pregnant women, whether by a mishap handling kitty litter or gardening in an area where cats may have relieved ...
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Why does baby have a green tongue? [closed]

Twice in the last few days we've noticed that our 6-month old has had a greenish tint to her tongue coating, that would normally be a faint white. After the first occasion we surmised it was probably ...
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How soon until I can take my newborn to take a walk outside?

I understand that newborn's immune system is still weak and crowds/strangers are to be avoided. Knowing this, how soon can I take my newborn outside, for example to take ~1 hours walk in a non-crowded ...
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Combing head lice from very curly frizzy hair

This question is not about head lice treatments, it's specifically about using a nit comb on a child with very curly hair, mixed ringlets and frizzy hair. The problem I am faced with is, getting the ...
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What are the signs other than crying which indicate that the infant is hungry?

Age: 3 months I don't wish to wait for her to cry whenever she needs food. What are the signs other than crying which indicate that the infant is hungry?
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At what age should I expect a child to turn to the direction of the sound?

My child is 1.5 months old. I have noticed that if sometimes there is a sudden and quite loud bang then she does sometimes startle. BUT We also shake the rattler near her sides but she never reacts ...
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What is the term for the wool like stuff that secretes between the newborn's hand fingers?

So, we have been noticing a wool like stuff in between the finger gaps of our newborn (2.5 months age) for past many days. We clean it daily and it keeps on reappearing. Doctor told us not to worry ...
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What are the causes and remedies of constipation in toddlers?

My 1 1/2 year old baby daughter is having difficult with her bowel. She seems to have a constipation sensation. I have personally never seen small aged children having constipation in my life. I ...
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Effectiveness of alternative uses of breast milk

I have read various articles that promote breast milk as a cure for many infant problems like diaper rash, red eye, sores and mother problems like sore nipples , injuries etc. What is the scientific ...
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Is it safe to put the milk left after feeding in the fridge for the next feed?

We use bottle to feed the infant with formula/breast milk. Considering: http://parenting.stackexchange.com/a/8404/2221 Discard any infant formula remaining after a feeding. The mixture of ...
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Causes and prevention techniques for crooked teeth?

I had horribly crooked teeth and my mother has them too. I was told that I used to touch my gums with my fingers that's why my teeth were crooked. What are the facts and myths regarding crooked teeth ...
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Is watching a moving fan equally harmful to an infant's mental development as is a TV?

From: http://parenting.stackexchange.com/a/2714/2221 The recommendation against watching TV is not, as I understand it, because it shortens the attention span, but because it overloads the mind. A ...
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How to maintain dental hygiene while bottle feeding?

http://parenting.stackexchange.com/a/8475/2221 Dental hygiene: Drinking from a bottle all day and/or all night can cause tooth decay even in teeth that haven't emerged yet. Both breastmilk and ...
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What are the alternatives to the Gripewater?

The Gripewater seems to be not so healthy. What are the healthy alternatives to the Gripewater? Answers with references will be appreciated.
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How does a 3-year-old learn to wear glasses?

My 3½ year old son has been diagnosed with a mild eye defect, so he is getting corrective glasses (with non-shattering plastic lenses, obviously). As I've never worn glasses myself, nor my wife at ...
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Does breastfeeding past age two years lead to better future health of the Baby and the mother

Although exclusive breast feeding for 6 months is recommended , Apart from reduction of Obesity, I would like to know what health benefits does extended breastfeeding duration (2yr and beyond) as ...
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How long is breastfeeding effective and worthwhile?

I realize that this question can have many personal or subjective viewpoints, so the answer I'm looking for is what the best-known data shows us from two perspectives: Is there an average ...
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How to deal with sore nipples resultant from improper breastfeeding?

Sore nipples may discourage the parent from continuing breastfeeding. How to cure sore nipples resultant from improper breastfeeding?
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What are the dos and don'ts related to massaging an infant?

I was thinking of giving him a strong head massage, but then I read somewhere that newborn heads are not supposed to be touched strongly since bones aren't joint at the back of the head. What are the ...
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How long can formula be stored in fridge and freezer?

Sometimes we make formula and later realize that kid isn't actually hungry. Formula is expensive so I would like to know for how much time is it safe to store it in fridge, and freezer? Though it is ...
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How can I help my toddler with his booger problem?

Warning: this one may be a bit gross... My son, who is almost three, fairly regularly gets large clots of dried mucus wedged deep up his nose. They can stay there for days without coming out on ...
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How to clean the face of a newborn?

She is 14 day old. The cord clip has fallen off. How to clean the face of a newborn without letting the soap go inside the eyes and mouth?