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

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Are ExerSaucers/walkers/jumpers bad for children or is that simply a misconception?

I have heard my whole life that the above mentioned types of toys delay walking and/or independent sitting (depending on the age they're used). I've even heard that they can hurt the infant's legs. ...
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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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Wrist tendonitis from carrying babies

So, our girl (of twins) really needed to be picked up to be soothed. Both me and mom have tendonitis in our left hands. Specifically I was diagnosed with de Quervain's, though mom technically hasn't ...
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What are possible risks to a child's health from having an indoor cat?

My children are aged 14 months and 3 years. What are possible risks to their health from having an indoor cat? I had many cats when I was a child but they lived in the garden - they came inside from ...
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My 4.5-year-old son has no dominant hand

We never really knew if my son was left or right-handed. He can use any most of the time. A doctor said that sometimes it takes longer time to know which hand is dominant, so we never paid attention ...
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Is breastfeeding an infant more “healthy” than using expressed milk?

Is breastfeeding an infant more healthy than using expressed milk? With healthy I mean the relative health of mother and child, and with expressed milk I mean milk extracted from the breasts using ...
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How to get my 14 month old toddler who has a lot of food allergies to gain weight?

My 14 month old son is allergic to milk, eggs, fish, sunflower oil, and sunflower seeds. He also suffers from acid reflux, and our pediatrician advised us that he needs to gain weight. He only weights ...
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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 give a medicine with really bad taste

My 4 year old daughter recently have scarlet fever. It seems antibiotics are non-negociable for it, and since she has great chance of being allergic to Penicillin, there is only one antibiotic she can ...
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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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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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Why does skin dryness occur in newborns and infants and how can I help with or prevent it?

I have a one and a half month old baby daughter who is getting a lot of dry skin and dandruff. We have used olive oil to massage her skin and also Johnson's baby lotion but still there is a lot of ...
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Is there any solid evidence that being in a sitting position might be bad for babies (before they can sit up on their own)?

Babies around the age of five-seven months might be able to remain in a sitting position when parents put them into that position, but they are still unable to sit up unaided. In Hungary where we ...
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Clean children vs dirty children

Which is better for toddler/pre-schooler's health? To let them get dirty (play as they will in sand, mud, dust, seawater) and wash them appropriately or try to keep them clean? What impacts do these ...
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Should we protect our childred from getting ill?

Nowadays there are very few sicknesses that a toddler or a pre-schooler can catch and that will kill or irreversibly harm him. Most bacteria infections can be treated and there is little real danger. ...
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Is falling onto a mattress safe? [closed]

What happens to the body of a 3 year old when dropping her constantly from 6 foot tall father to 3 inch foam mattress topper on a bed for fun?
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When should I take my pregnant wife to the hospital for nausea?

My wife is 12 weeks along with our first child and we are very excited to be parents next year. However, since about week 6, she has had quite a few bouts with nausea. We were quite aware that this ...
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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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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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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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Will smoking weed during first week of being pregnant be harmful to my baby?

My wife and I didn't know we're pregnant and in a weekend fun with friends we smoked a bit of weed - we don't usually smoke weed or cigarettes. This is not something we're regulary doing as I said, ...
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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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Is walking barefoot bad for my child's health?

I've heard all my life that walking barefoot on a cold floor would make me (when I was a child) more susceptible to catching a cold and things like that. My wife keeps saying that to our child. Is ...
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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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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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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 ...