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

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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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When should I introduce different foods to an infant or toddler?

It is often said that you should introduce certain foods in a certain order. These reasons often have to do with allergies, choking hazards, digestive system maturity, etc. What ages should your child ...
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When can/should children start sleeping on pillows?

Even before our LO was born we were told that newborns and infants should sleep on a flat mattress. No one, however, told us when to introduce a pillow. When can and/or should children start sleeping ...
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How do you respond to a teenager who has started to smoke?

How can you best handle this? Coming off as too strong and authoritative might invite "rebellion". Too lenient makes it seem okay. What is the best response for driving home the dangers and risks ...
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Is crying healthy for babies when they get our companionship?

Our son is approximately 2 months old, and he has problems sleeping at night (he cries like any other baby). My concern is about letting him cry while he's on my chest or in my arms while I give him ...
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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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How much noise does it take to negatively impact an infant's hearing?

In our apartment complex we have fire alarms that are outrageously loud. Last night, we woke at 4:30 am to the alarm going off all through the building. We got out as quickly as possible, but I'm ...
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What is a good strategy for getting our 5 year old to finish dinner before expecting dessert?

More and more lately, I'm finding that our 5-year old daughter starts asking for dessert before she's finished her dinner. Obviously, I'd like to find a way to manage this without it ending in a ...
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Is my 7-year-old child sleeping too much?

My child gets very tired and sleeps very easily. While parents of babies might find this a nice problem to have, in a 7-year-old it's possibly a concern. She easily sleeps up to 14 hours a night, also ...
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How can I encourage my child to eat “spicier” healthy food?

According to studies, things like raw onion, scallion, or garlic are extremely beneficial for one's health (there's clear evidence of anticarcinogenic properties and inconclusive but decent evidence ...
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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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Bringing babies to bar?

Full disclosure: I'm not a parent. I was at a bar last weekend, and I saw something that was pretty startling to me. There was a woman with a baby in a baby bjorn, standing in the bar drinking and ...
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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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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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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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Can Prozac stunt a teenager's growth?

I have a close friend whose son turned 14 last October. He started on 10mg of Prozac in September 2013, gradually increased to 60mg in July 2014, where he has remained. My friend keeps regular ...
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my 11 year old boy started craving white milk. Is there a health reason for that?

He never liked milk much I just wonder if there is a health reason for this.
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How much sun is too much for a child?

My three months old son really likes to sit or lie in the spots where the sun shines through our windows unto the floor. I guess he likes the additional warmth. Currently it's winter in Germany (from ...
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Can I spread chickenpox if I've already had it? [duplicate]

My grand daughter has chickenpox right now. I did have it as a child. Can I be an active Carrier and give it to someone else right now? I have doctor and dentist appointments and would like to know ...
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Suggestions to fight bacterial infection

These days kids are very vulnerable to the bacteria infections. I want to improve my understanding of how bacteria affect us and how to effectively prevent them. My real question is, if our immune ...
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How harmful is a kid's habit of crossing the toes?

Our three year old son has developed a habit to cross his second toe underneath the big toe. He does it all the time and claims that it feels more comfortable like that. We worry that, in the long ...
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What items should an infant first-aid kit contain?

Let's say we want to put together a little first-aid kit for home and travel for our newborn. What items would you suggest to be in there?
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Minimum age required for jacuzzi bath

I went with my nearly six years old daughter to the public pool & SPA and to my surprise, I found a label saying, that children under age of 7 should avoid the jacuzzi bath. Is that true, and why ...
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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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In case of swallowed medicine, call poison control or 911?

I haven't had to experience this situation, but a story made me wonder what I should do in the event that someone swallows a lot of chemicals- enough to potentially be lethal, maybe. A specific ...
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Risks and benefits of natural birth

Women have been giving birth naturally throughout history, but what are the risks and benefits to natural birth, i.e. avoiding epidurals and analgesics? Is having a natural birth statistically more or ...
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Consequences of smoking marijuana during pregnancy (especially first weeks)? [duplicate]

I just found out yesterday I am 4 weeks pregnant, I am a regular weed smoker I usually smoke once a day at night right before bed just a couple hits out of my pipe so I basically smoked every night ...
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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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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 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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How do you identify/relieve/prevent constipation in toddlers?

My son has had a couple of bouts of constipation, and they're pretty unpleasant for the whole family. The first time he was up all night, every hour, crying inconsolably. We had no idea what the ...
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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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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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Parents' experience of leaving water warts (molluscum contagiosum) untreated?

My 3yo daughter has water warts (Molluscum contagiosum). This causes spots but has no other effects that I know of. We've already been to the doctor. I'm not seeking medical advice here. We have a ...
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New born seems to be spitting up entire meals. Should I be worried?

We have a baby that is a little over a week old and it seems like after some feedings she is spitting up what looks like her entire meal (breast feeding). I've been weighing her and she still seems ...
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My twin Daughters are very different in size! [closed]

I have two beautiful 11-month-old girls who were born in November, last year. I formula feed them the same amount. Also, they eat the same quantity of finger food, soups, vegetables and even chicken ...
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Dangers for children that adults might reasonably ignore themselves

What are some health risks specifically for children that an adult might not be so concerned with? I am looking for things I may have forgot or never even known about that are much more harmful to ...
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How long should a pediatric dental cleaning take?

Due to some insurance changes we switched our children (ages 9 and 16) to a different dentist last year. The new dentist is a pediatric dentist who only sees children. Our prior dentist was a ...
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My 3yo is extremely susceptible to mosquito bites

My 5yo doesn't seem to have a problem with mosquito bites but the 3yo has severe reactions. This keeps him up at night scratching at the bites and crying a lot. The obvious answer is don't let him ...
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How does a woman prepare her body before becoming pregnant? [duplicate]

My husband and I are planning on conceiving a child in the next year and were wondering what types of things women should do to prepare their bodies for pregnancy? We are wondering about vitamins, ...
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The smell of a sneeze [closed]

I know this question may sound odd, but does anyone else's sneeze ever leave a smell in the air afterwards? I've been sneezing a lot more since I've become pregnant and I notice it every now and ...
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Is cryopreservation of sperm worth it for non-emergency “personal backup” purpose?

Last year I went to the cryogenic sperm bank and I got a few ampules of my sperm frozen. I did this for the reason that if I die anytime in the near future, and since I do not currently have ...
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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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Going hiking with an infant - how to prepare?

We are going on a vacation with our 9 month old. As we love hiking, we have decided to try to hike with our little one. We chose mountains with rather easy paths and at most 1000 meters above sea ...
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What safe ways are there to get a baby to sneeze?

Our daughter has a cold, and is struggling to clear her nose. We have tried (deep breath) Olbas Oil, a Nasal Aspirator, Sea water Nasal Spray, and Vapour rub, but nothing is as effective as when she ...
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9 month old with an imperative to sit

I though it was just a phase, but it's been two or three weeks already and doesn't stop. My 9 month old has an imperative to sit. She absolutely has to sit. When put to bed, even if extremely sleepy, ...
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What walking distance is acceptable for a 6-year-old?

We had a discussion in the family about how long of a walk can be taken with our 6-year-old daughter. We walked for 18.5 km (about 11.5 miles) and she was tired at the end, but after a 40 minute rest ...
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The Height Problem [duplicate]

My child at age of 6 has started learning Karate since last 1 month. Do the Karate hamper the growth of the Child? If yes then what should be the right age to start?
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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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Is jogging an appropriate activity for a pre-adolescent child?

This question was motivated by seeing a 6 or 7 year old girl jogging with her mom today. I was in slow moving traffic so I know she ran at least 2.5 miles (the distance between the lights causing said ...