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I have still not identified my dominant hand, and I'm 66 years old. I voluntarily switched from left to right for writing when I was 7, and was going to have to start using pen-and-ink instead of pencil. Generally, I use whichever hand I learned with for a given task. The only significant problem is that I started using scissors in my left hand. It would ...


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Ambidexterity can be a very positive thing, however that uncertainty at early school levels can be a problem both for teachers, and for your child if you are trying to help them improve their handwriting. A choice you can make if the child really doesn't show any preference is to decide on one and teach them to use that hand for writing consistently. This ...


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Honey is not recommended at all for babies under one year of age because of the risk of infant botulism. The risk isn't big, but if it happens, it can be life-threatening. Avoiding honey until the child is older is an easy way to prevent this. To protect your baby from infant botulism: Don't offer honey. Wild honey is a potential source of C. ...


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Actually, most studies show the opposite - that having a pet is good for children's health. Specifically, kids exposed to animals when young have a lower risk for developing pet related allergies later in life, and pets in general have been shown to lower stress levels. There are a few diseases that can be passed from a cat to a child, but for a cat who is ...


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Botulism spores are one of the very few things that can survive in honey, and even then, they can only do it by becoming totally inactive. In an adult, stomach acid will destroy those spores, and normal gut microbes will eliminate any that survive to reach the small intestine An infant's stomach isn't acidic enough to do the job, and their intestinal ...


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Ask yourself: How do children experience their world? Most languages have words like "grasp", that mean to understand something and to touch it. Good schools/educators try to incorporate as many sensory channels and as many different ways to teach as possible. In my child's primary school letters and numbers are taught by having the children walk the ...


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It's entirely possible your child is ambidextrous, but I think the other answerers are jumping the gun a bit. First off, 'handedness' is not a binary (or trinary) thing: it's a continuum. Some people are essentially 100% right handed, some 100% left, and some are ... mixed. I'm in that range. I'm mostly right handed - I do everything right handed that ...


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A common method to find out which hand is dominant is to observe which hand someone uses intuitively when they try to catch something. Take a small item, tell your son to "catch!" and throw it in his direction. When there are no consistent results, your son might be ambidextrous. This is uncommon, but often a good thing because it usually correlates with an ...


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It appears there are no significant studies of this type of development in children at present [so far as I could identify]. From my lay perspective the only study which looked relevant was Learning about gravity: segmental assessment of upright control as infants develop independent sitting (2015) but it did not address this question directly. What we can ...


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If there has been no allergic reaction then there is no need to test with two exceptions. Family history of a lethal reaction. For example if Grandma is allergic to fish, and Mom is allergic to fish, then be extra careful with fish around the child. Doctors advise allergen testing. I'm not one to say blindly follow doctors' advice, but if a doctor is ...


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No, you're not over-reacting. The health care system exists for everyone. People go to the Emergency Room for far less serious problems than your wife has, and that's fine (I work in an Emergency Room.) Please know that doctors are sympathetic to this situation. I can think of almost nothing worse than to be nauseated 24/7. Normal nausea of pregnancy ...


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First I would like to say I'm very sorry that you are dealing with this. I delt with this issue a lot with my boys at the same age. I would love to have some sort of fix-it-all answer for you, but I don't. However, I do have some advice as to what NOT to do which I learned through my own experiences. 1) Stop beating YOURSELF up...we all do it. Parental ...


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I haven't been able to find anything remotely official (e.g. NIH study), but found this so far: John Pearce and Jane Bidder, authors of "Baby and Toddler Sleep Program: How to Get Your Child to Sleep," warn parents to wait as long as possible to introduce a pillow, preferably until a toddler reaches 18 months of age or later. (src) The main reason to ...


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A good starting resource is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handedness To help you discover the state-of-handedness of your son, some methods are mentioned here, specifically; a Purdue Pegboard Test can objectively measure motor accuracy.


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Three month old babies know how to drink better than newborns, who have less energy to suck, and are less practiced. It's entirely possible that your baby is getting all she needs if she's particularly skilled at nursing in this way. She might be overly curious about the world, causing her to get off the breast as soon as she's no longer hungry, but it this ...


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Hygiene Several points to address here: one can sanitize pumps with more intense chemical agents than one would use on a breast Breasts, nipples of a typical-healthy-relatively-clean mother are perfectly safe for a child. A breast can be "dirty", just as a bottle can be either not cleaned well enough or cleaned very well but with some of the ...


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I'll share what my parents did with me and my siblings because it was effective for us. First, we never had a "come sit down, we are going to talk about this" type conversation. It mostly came up organically. For example, we have some eye problems in my family. So my parents took us to eye doctors as a matter of course. And during those visits, my mom ...


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Can too much jumping hurt a toddler's knees? Yes, like too much of anything (even water) can hurt someone, too much jumping can hurt a toddler's knees, hips, and what not. An animal model of this phenomenon is appropriate here: exercise and hip disease. ...Many breeders will advise against exercising a pup to prevent the development of orthopedic ...


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When they can roll over themselves, then it's ok to let them choose their own preferred sleeping position. Just be sure to use light-weight coverings, and when you put them to bed don't pull the covers up too far. If you live in a cold climate, put more clothes on the babies, rather than heavier coverings. At 7 months, it's safest if the babies can ...


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Toxoplasmosis parasites. The kids could get the same from playing in the garden though. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/toxoplasmosis/basics/prevention/con-20025859


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Figuring out your dominant hand is correlated with fine motor development. Your son isn't delayed, because there is a wide natural range of development he is still well within. Kindergarten used to be largely about working on fine motor skills as a prerequisite to writing, but unfortunately, schools have started to push writing younger and younger, when ...


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I had a c-section at 37 weeks because I was preeclamptic. My initial birth plan was to do the Bradley Method, a natural vaginal birth. One of the greatest things I learned while pregnant was that your plan is a great ideal but not necessarily what ends up happening when it's time to give birth. I kept an open mind and had an absolutely amazing c-section. I ...


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The main concern with eating bananas is constipation. Bananas are extremely sweet, and that can be somewhat dehydrating (which is the leading cause of constipation). If they're eaten in an unripe state (a ripe banana is yellow with some brown speckles), they may also be harder to digest, as their starch content is higher. However, how that affects your ...


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Have your tried asking her to blow her nose with a tissue recently? My 21 month old can blow his nose if I hold the tissue in the right place for him. I discovered this when he got his first cold for a while when the weather started to get cooler. When he had colds before the summer when he was a bit younger, he couldn't blow his nose but when I explained it ...


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Actually walking at six months is highly unusual, but "cruising", or walking holding on to furniture, is less so. The Denver II indicates that 25% of seven month olds can walk holding onto furniture (and while that test is controversial to use for diagnostic purposes, it can be useful to get a broad idea of when stages are likely to occur). My oldest ...


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Little humans are incredible things. We're born with a lot of instincts, many of them actually related to climbing — for instance, if you put your finger into the palm of a newborn baby, they will instinctively grab onto it, even when asleep. This is a throwback to when losing your grip on that tree branch was a fatal mistake! It takes a long time (9 ...


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I am not a doctor, but my understanding is that reflux does resolve itself over time. The problem is often that the valve between the esophagus and stomach is underdeveloped, and can't keep the stomach acid out of the esophagus. Once the child matures and that valve has a chance to fully develop, the problem often resolves itself. In the meantime, though, ...


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Dehydration is a condition which is potentially very serious, especially for pregnant women (http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-complications/dehydration-pregnancy/). I'm assuming she's tried a number of remedies for nausea (dry crackers is the one I've heard most often) and nothing is working. In case it helps any, I've heard from most of my friends ...


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My son is 2.5-years-old, but has had to take allergy medication for quite some time. While most of the medicines have some sort of sweetness added to them, they're still not a pleasant experience. Although, he's had various other prescriptions (antibiotics) that aren't as pleasant as the allergy medicines. My solution may not work for you, as my son has to ...


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One method I would suggest is dulling the child's sense of taste. There are a few methods you can take to try and do this. From personal experience, these efficacy of each method tends to vary based on the exact nature of the foul substance to be ingested. Have them suck on a sugar-free candy in advance of taking the medicine. The artificial sweeteners ...



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