Issues of personal cleanliness such as showering/bathing, brushing teeth, finger/toe-nail maintenance, shaving, etc.

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How can I brush my toddlers' teeth when he won't let me?

My toddler doesn't like to get his teeth brushed. How do I get him to be more cooperative? He knows it's part of the bedtime routine and doesn't try to avoid it. He will happily grab and hold out his ...
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At what age can/should a child be able to clean themselves after bowel movements?

How can parents find the right time to encourage a child to clean itself after bowel movements? Our son is nearly 4 years old and it is still difficult for him to get to the toilet early enough (see ...
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How often should I bathe my newborn?

He's starting to get pimples. We had thought that we only needed to bathe him once a week, though I can't remember where we read that.
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When should you start brushing your child's teeth?

My seven-month-old son just cut his first two teeth. When do we start to brush them? Is two teeth enough to brush? Or should I wait until he has more? If so, how many more?
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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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How thoroughly should a newborn girls private areas be cleaned?

I'm concerned about the hygiene of my newborn daughter's private areas. After pooping there are rarely any poop globules located between labia, but it does sometimes happen. Moreover, the "liquid" ...
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How to handle my baby boy urinating in bath?

I bathe my two weeks old baby boy every evening. Very often he will urinate as soon as he touch the water, obviously because of the temperature change. So far I just ignored it, letting him pee into ...
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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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Keep son from touching his dirty genitals

My six-months-old son is in the habit of reaching and grabbing his own penis, as soon as I open the diaper. This becomes a problem about twice a day, when his diaper gets really filled up and his ...
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How do you get a teenager to take shorter showers?

It's great that they think hygiene is important. It's a hassle that the bathroom is tied up. How do you get a teenager to be faster in the shower?
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How to teach my daughter to get the shampoo rinsed out of her hair throughly?

My daughter has been bathing by herself for some time now, but I find I have to send her back in for another "rinse" quite frequently as I can still see suds and bubbles in her hair from her shampoo. ...
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Should I clean my newborn's umbilical cord stump or leave it be?

Our pediatrician said that some doctors say to leave the umbilical cord stump alone but he likes to suggest using a cotton swab with alcohol to wipe the perimeter. I am fine with just leaving it be ...
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How to teach children the difference between pets and vermin?

My 16 month old daughter just witnessed her grandmother chasing and proceeding to bash a mouse to death. My daughter was within 4 feet of the death site. She was pretty shocked and asked to pacify ...
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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 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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How do I get my child to remember to flush?

Our son is now 6. He is "going potty" entirely on his own at home and escorted but directly unsupervised in public. Our problem is that he will almost never remember to flush. This is something we ...
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Young teenager with body odor

I am a school counselor working with 14-18 year old students. I have been made aware of a 14 year old male student who has body odor so noxious that his teacher came to me and mentioned that other ...
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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 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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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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newborn / 1mo : funny milk smell in the head?

My newborn girl has a funny smell in the top of her head: it's like milk or strawberry yogurt. Very soft, very light, I have to come really close to feel it. But it's something I notice... She takes ...
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At what age do kids usually begin taking showers instead of baths?

At what age do kids usually begin taking showers instead of baths? How do you help a child go about making the transition when the time comes?
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When do girls usually start shaving?

Since my heritage includes a few of the more hairy ethnicities from Europe, my family is quite hairy and always has been, (you should see my hobbit feet in winter when I haven't shaved them for ...
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What is a good baby laundry detergent that is not tested on animals?

Dreft seems to be the near universal suggestion for baby laundry detergent but it is tested on animals. We try as much as possible to use products that are not animal tested so we are looking for an ...
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How concerned should we be about Mice coming into the baby's room?

Our first child is due any day now, and we've got a mouse infestation. We noticed it for the first time at my girlfriend's baby shower (lots of cakes and crumbs out), and since then we've started ...
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Do I need to put cloth diapers through two wash cycles?

Currently, I store my cloth diapers in a dry pail. Every two days or so, I need to wash the diapers. I put about 10-20 cloth diapers through two wash cycles: a COLD wash, then add other clothes to ...
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Are there any benefits to taking a bath over taking a shower for a child?

Leaving aside emotional benefits (kids like to splash around in a bath and have fun) are there any health benefits or negatives to taking a bath vs. taking a shower? I'm looking for an answer based ...
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Removing mould from baby clothing

The collar and cuff of my daughter's Baby Bjorn bib have become quite mouldy. Probably because we didn't wash them soon enough, or put them in a bag whilst still damp when we were out of the house. ...
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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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Removing petroleum based grease from my skin before handling my infant

I'm a new dad and recently I've been doing a lot of DIY projects that involve metals, which are greased in petroleum based lubricants. I clean my hands thoroughly with hand and dish soap after the ...
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How to deal with head lice? [closed]

We have found (against all reason) that we have an infestation of head lice at home. I don't know where my kids got it (and at this point it doesn't matter) but I've never had to deal with this ...
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my two year old wont brush his teeth? [duplicate]

My Two year old won't brush his teeth how can i encourage him to do this? He also wont let me do it and just holds tooth brush in his mouth?