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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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Are trace amounts of caffeine through breastmilk safe for babies?

I am a student parent and find that coffee helps me study. I drank coffee while pregnant and kept it well under the daily allowed amount. I am unsure what I can have while breastfeeding though. How ...
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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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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 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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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 can we prepare a pre-schooler to manage his asthma?

Given: a 5 year old kid with what is believed to be false spasmodic croup. Once in several months he experiences a sudden asthmatic fit in the middle of the night - specifically he has a mild spasm in ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Please help with defiant, stubborn and abusive 5yr old

I have a 5yr old boy who is beyond bad. We have tried everything from talking to spanking to taking stuff away to rewarding the good and are at our wits end. He is abusive to animals, at least 4 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I handle a child that claims medical problems as a bad excuse?

I have 3 kids who seem to use medical reasons for excuses, most often to not go to bed. For instance, my 7 year old periodically "Can't move" at bed time to get to his bed, but when he gets in there, ...
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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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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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Is it healthy for toddlers to play outside when it is cold?

Assuming the child is dressed properly and it isn't extremely cold (I'm thinking high 50ºF or 10ºC with wind). Their hands and face will be exposed and they may be sweaty from running around, but ...
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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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Is my 15-month old drinking too much fluids?

My 15-month old is Mr. Thirst. He is weened (about 2 months now), but he has ravenous thirst and drinks about 50-60 ounces (ca. 1,6 liters) a day of fluids. We give him soy milk (he might be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can we confront our pediatrician about not washing his hands?

We recently changed medical insurance plans and switched to a new pediatrician. My wife is in nursing school and one of the things that's drilled into students is the importance of handwashing to ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...