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

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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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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 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 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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Could the Jadelle birth control be affecting my breast milk?

I got the jadelle a week ago today and my second daughter is 4 weeks old. Family Planning told me it was fine to get it, but for the last two days my daughter has had a higher temperature, has been ...
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Experience with Craniosynostosis?

I'm wondering if anyone has experience with Craniosynostosis? Specifically I'm looking for help explaining and preparing my other children for this surgery.
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Thermometer for babies and children

We have a digital oral/rectal thermometer, but is difficult for our toddler to be still long enough to get an accurate reading (sometimes it seems to to take several minutes before hearing the ...
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Stomach crunches in the early stages of pregnancy?

Is it safe to do sit-ups or stomach crunches in the early stages of pregnancy? When should you stop?
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Can the statement “There is some negative effect of X type carrier that is mollified by Y type carrier” be backed up by any statistics?

where X and Y can be any of "Baby Bjorn", "Ring sling", "Moby Wrap", or some carrier I haven't heard of. I do mean any statistics -- some controlled experiments, sieving through surveys, anything. ...
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Can the statement “Having an unusually long lingual frenulum can cause speech defects later in life.” be backed up by any statistics?

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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Can the statement “Pacifier use causes increased risk of some kind of dental problem.” be backed up by any statistics?

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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Are signs of early puberty in a primary-school aged child a cause for concern?

My son is less than 6 years old, and last week we discovered that he has grown a little bit of pubic hair. This seems way too soon for this to happen. My older son, who is 9 years old, only now ...
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How to test whether my toddler is allergic to detergent?

Background: We use normal detergent for our toddler's clothes. Our toddler regularly develops skin rashes over most of his body; we use creams prescribed by an allergy specialist to keep the rashes ...
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Should we switch from cloth to disposable diapers?

Our son is 17 months old and has been in cloth diapers since he was 1 month old. About two months ago he got blisters on his penis. The doctor said it was a bacterial infection and to put triple ...
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Basic guidelines for supporting psycological health of a sick 3 y.o.?

My 3 year old son has become ill over the last few days - his white blood cell count is low and the diagnosis is ITP. The prognosis is good - he should get better in a few weeks or months. He also ...
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What to read or learn before expecting?

We want to be prepare for our 9 months period as a couple and be sure to give a proper environment for our baby. What should we read before and during the 9 month period? Please note: answers should ...
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What are the pros and cons of a chicken-pox party vs immunization?

Growing up in the US, most kids I knew (myself included) were exposed to Chicken Pox through Chicken-Pox parties where kids were allowed to play with a child who already had the Chicken Pox. Now that ...
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What exercises should be done post-op for a tongue tied 2 week old? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there things to watch out for after a tongue-tie operation? My 2 week old daughter got the clipping procedure to fix her tongue-tie. What exercises need to be done ...
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Recommended method for checking a baby is not too cold

At our antenatal classes we were told that it can be misleading to feel a baby's hands to check if they are too cold, because the extremities can get cold even when the baby is ok. A better method is ...
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Is this excess phlegm and throat clearing a sign of lactose intolerance?

My daughter, aged nigh on 8, really gets 'phlegmy' after any dairy, clearing her throat continuously and complains, after a while, that her throat gets sore. I have done some research, but from what ...
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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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How do we ensure that our toddler is getting proper nutrition now that he is eating more solid foods?

My son is 15 months old, and has been eating an increasing variety of solid foods. However, we are having a hard time getting him to eat normal "meals". His favorite foods are more in the category ...
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What precautions do I need to take in the event that my baby is born with Hemophelia?

My wife and I recently got pregnant with our first child. My sister-in-law's son is a Hemophiliac (Hemophilia A) She's a carrier. There's no evidence of the disease in the family before them, but ...
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How do I get my toddler to eat fruit?

I have a 2 year old kid who does not like fruits in any form. We have tried a lot but he would not eat fruits. Even if we make fruit shake with pieces of fruits in it, he would drink the shake and ...
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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 ...