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

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How can I get my 7 m/o to stop rubbing her eyes?

We have observed our 7 month old rubbing her eyes ever since we can remember. She does this especially when she's tired, but also when she's bored or starting to get frustrated. She'll oftentimes rub ...
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How to clean the vagina of a newborn?

She is 9 day old. I am seeing some whitish sticky substance surrounding her clitoris for past some days. Do I need to clean it? If yes, how?
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Should a 7 day old be prevented from raising her head on her own?

My 7 day old baby raises her head up and holds it there for about 2 seconds when I try to burp her by placing my hand on her chest and neck, bending her on -45 degree angle and then patting her back. ...
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What's the best way to extract baby snot?

Our baby currently has a cold which means her nose is streaming with snot. She is quite unhappy with us wiping it away with a tissue every few minutes. I can imagine her upper lip is getting quite ...
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What activities/sports are optimal in developing body awareness in children age 4-5?

I believe any physical activity a child age 1-3 finds interesting is great for developing body awareness. Tag, throwing balls, running around the house, jumping, rolling around, wrestling, dancing... ...
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What pre-cautions are to be taken by parents in case of sore-throat, chest congestion and fever for toddlers?

I have a 16 month old daughter and am concerned about her health. I like to know what pre-cautious measures should we take as parents in case she has fever, sore-throat and chest congestion. Please ...
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How to balance between giving an oil massage and a daily bath to an infant?

Room temperature: 37 degree Celsius Outside temperature: 45 degree Celsius http://parenting.stackexchange.com/a/1814/2221 Don't bathe small children too often, especially not daily! There's a ...
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My 2 month old daughter is trying to stand; can this be harmful?

This is about my second daughter, who is now 2 months old and happily smiling at me ^_^ An awful lot has happened with my 1st daughter since she was born...I've forgotten quite a bit about the ages ...
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Do we have to wrap an infant in the warm clothes after his birth?

My all relatives have been telling me that the inside of the womb is warm so when the baby comes out he needs to be wrapped from head to toe in warm clothes so that he doesn't get ill due to the ...
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Pros and cons of C section (Cesarean) delivery?

Are prenatal classes worth it? +1 for mentioning the unexpected information about the c-section. No one wants to have a c-section with their first baby, but I know so many women who wound up ...
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How to deal with toenails that grow outwards?

My 16 month old daughter has weird toenails on her big toes. They grow normally up to the point where the nails leave the nail bed, then where you would normally have the nail continue on flat for a ...
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When drying baby bottles, do they have to be completely dry before using them for feeding?

After washing the bottles and associated parts in warm soapy water, we leave them on a drying rack to dry. Sometimes my wife will use the bottle even when there are a few drops of water remaining in ...
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Painting around baby?

I was going to do some indoor painting today and I was wondering if it is ok for me to throw my 1 year old daughter into her backpack while I do it. I would open all of the doors/windows in the room ...
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My child has chickenpox, am I infectious?

My 3-year-old has had chickenpox for about 2-3 days, but a close friend has just had a baby and I want to go and help. Is it possible that I am infectious, despite not having the illness? I had it as ...
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How can I address issues that concern me at daycare (and school) without creating tension with the staff?

I realize that as a parent I will need to be my child's advocate at daycare and school and pursue issues that concern me. How can I bring up issues of concern about the behavior of the staff ...
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Are there things to watch out for after a tongue-tie operation?

My son is going in for a Tongue Tie clip, basically to do a small snip under his tongue to free it up, he fed well when he was young so it never came up until our dentist noticed it with his teeth and ...
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2.5 year old always picks at scabs

My 2.5 year old one is always picking at his scabs, leading to him reopening and even enlarging small wounds and scratches at least daily. This delays the time for them to heal by a good amount and I ...
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Is my toddler becoming too concerned with health issues?

My son, 2 years old, has recently started some behavior that is concerning me. This morning he was upset (this isn't terribly uncommon for him in the morning, when both my wife and I are getting ...
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What if my child has asthma?

I wanted to know what exactly asthma is? What are some of the triggers that could bring on the symptoms for my child?
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Using the sink dish cloth to wipe infants face and hands after feeding

My spouse gets very upset when I use the common kitchen dish-cloth to wipe my baby's hands and face after his feedings!!! The dish cloth is used to clean dishes in soapy water and wipe counter tops to ...
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Toddler having a kind of facial spasm/seizure

I have twins aged 14 months. Recently my wife observed that one of them while sitting on her lap was (not sure how to explain) having a kind of seizure/ facial spasm. His mouth was open for a while ...
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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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How do you determine safe (non-poisonous) toys for small children?

Nowadays a good portion of seemingly quality products from known makers are manufactured in China (as I read see based on reading the labels). There are some info regarding the occassional dangerous ...
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How do I figure out which infant formula is the healthiest?

With so many formulas out there, I am not sure which is the healthiest. Are there any studies that show which formulas are the best? OR what to look for in formula? Are there things that are unhealthy ...
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Should we circumcise our son?

My wife and I will be having a son in about a month and we are still deciding if we should have him circumcised. There does not seem to be a strong medical opinion on the matter but we are ...
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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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Are there studies that have published the studied effects of PVC plastics on infants and children?

In the process of researching a few of the toys our twins received for Christmas I found a blog post that pointed out a few of them may contain PVC. I figured I should do due diligence to best ...
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What should my collgeaue do to stop her 20 year old son from smoking?

What are some ways to stop a 20 year old boy from smoking? We know that smoking is bad and cause all sort of cancers (such as lung / heart / throat cancer), are there ways to stop or discourage the ...
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Are second-hand shoes safe to wear?

Are hand-me-down and second-hand shoes safe to wear? For adults — and especially for children. Kids' feet are always growing. When the proper precautions are taken, are second-hand shoes safe? ...
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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 do you ensure proper nutrition for a child in a vegetarian or vegan household?

I do not yet have children but I am a vegetarian. I am curious to know how vegetarians, and vegans, address the issue of nourishment. If it helps, I am vegetarian more for ethical reasons than health ...
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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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At what age should I enroll my child in dental and vision plans?

Background: Most insurance coverage in the US has separate policies and payroll withholding for health, dental, and vision insurance plans. One can typically decide who's covered independently for ...
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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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Is cosmic radiation a concern for a pregnant airplane passenger?

I read somewhere that you get exposed to a non-negligible amount of radiation from the sun when you travel by air. Would this affect an unborn child's fragile DNA?!
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Is it cruel to deny laughing gas for a teen getting a tooth filled?

My 13 yr old daughter has a cavity. They plan on giving local anesthesia, with an option for laughing gas. When I had teeth filled, I never recall getting laughing gas. I'd like for her to learn ...
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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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How to get son to stop chewing upper lip?

My son (2.5 years old) recently had a cold and his upper lip got sore. He took to biting it. His cold is now gone but he keeps chewing his upper lip and it hasn't healed yet. We keep putting salve ...
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How do you know when it is time to take a child to the Doctor?

Our children have recently been sick and I am wondering when is the right time to take them to the doctor. They both have had runny noses with coughs, diarrhea, and fevers off and on for a week, ...
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What is the best way to give medicine to baby?

My 3 and half monthChild is having cold and refuse to take medicine. We force her to take medicine with dropper after holding her head and hand. Even if she take her medicine she simply do not swallow ...
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My baby is having cough and making wheezing sound

My baby is 3 and half months old and she is having cough and making wheezing sound while breathing. She had attack of Pneumonia 20 days back and had to be admitted to hospital, her Ped says that she ...
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What are the significant risks of taking children on a Caribbean cruise?

What would be the significant risks of taking children between the ages of one and seven on a 4 night cruise to Cozumel (an island off the coast of Mexico) if the children have never left the U.S.?
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At what age is a child able to brush his or her teeth unaided?

At what age is a child able to brush his or her teeth unaided? I don't necessarily mean what age in years and months, rather the general development process. I let my child brush his teeth on his ...
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Is it safe to travel by car without A/C when it's hot outside?

My in-laws want to take my kids soon on a day where the outside temp is supposed to be close to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32°C); unfortunately, their car does not have Air Conditioning. We live in the ...
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Do wireless phones and computers harm babies? [closed]

There is some discussion about the harm of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted from mobile phones and other wireless devices. Is there reliable evidence? How does the distance of a baby to a ...
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How can I help my 6-year old Cousin eat healthier?

My nephew is 6 years old and actualy really heavy. Now he weighs about 29kg (64 lbs) which concerns me a lot. He has an average height for his age. The problem is that the child eats way too much ...
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Microwaving supper for the children in a filthy microwave [closed]

This is a hypothetical question, but I could see it happening to me one day. A father uses a public microwave oven to cook supper to feed his children. The microwave is technically clean, but he is ...
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Can “The risk of a baby not taking to breast after bottlefeeding may be decreased by using a finger and catheter.” be backed up by data?

I do mean any statistics -- some controlled experiments, sieving through surveys, anything. I'm constantly being told old wives' tales by friends and old doctors' tales by doctors. I'm not asking for ...
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What are the health benefits of giving children vitamins?

My wife and I have given our five-year-old children's vitamins on-and-off since she was two. I don't believe the vitamins harm my daughter's health, but at the same time I wonder if the vitamins are ...
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What cheeses are ok for pregnant women to eat?

A useful answer might be a comprehensive lists of cheeses which are ok, and of those which are not (are any of them ok in smaller quantities?) Alternatively is there a sure way of telling if a cheese ...