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

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...