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Walking barefoot is bad for a kid, really? Being a healthcare provider, I don't think so. But yes, you have to take care that your kid does not touch its foot so as to avoid infection spreading from there to any other site on its body. Let me get you some good references. The first one is here. Tracy Byrne, a podiatrist specializing in podopediatrics, ...


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I had taken a 'children camp carer` course a few years ago. They said there that while children can often walk a long distance - and are even willing to do it, they will suffer consequences of such strain in the evening or the day after. They supposedly may experience extreme tiredness, apathy, headaches, nausea and/or diarrhea. On the other hand, my ...


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Assuming your child's shoes fit well you will not cause foot problems by occasionally going on long hikes. (If her shoes are too tight, you might worsen problems like hammertoe, bunions, and so on, but the walking alone won't cause such problems and the real cause is the shoe.) Fatigue, blisters, and sore legs are temporary issues. The permanent changes you ...


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I don't think you're going to find a list of 'age appropriate distances', because it's so variable by kid. My not-yet-three year old can sometimes walk two miles plus with no problem, while I suspect the average two to three year old cannot. From a physical point of view, the biggest dangers are short-term (exhaustion, dehydration), and long-term (damage ...


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No! While symptoms may be mild or nonexistent at onset, the existence of antibodies may be a contributor to a whole host of psychological and nervous conditions. Authors of an article titled Latent Toxoplasmosis and Humans (retrieved from the National Institute of Health database) review 42 studies of latent toxoplasmosis (asymptomatic), which established ...


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It's not secreted by the baby. It's just clothes fluff / lint getting caught between their fingers (their fingers being quite sticky with normal skin secretions), and they're not using their hands or washing them like we do which would normally wipe the clothing fluff off with it. See eg ...


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There are color-vision tests designed for those who can't read or recognize numbers. You could try them. Here's one example, from rootsweb: (There's a large one at that link along with instructions about using it.) There are others too, just search for test color blindness toddler and you'll find them.


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Not entirely on topic but still relevant. My wife contracted Toxoplasmosis while she was pregnant with our 3rd child. It all ended well but it was one heck of a cliffhanger and could easily have resulted in our daughter being severely handicapped or dead. We have no idea how my wife contracted it. So a few pointers may be helpful for others: Get yourself ...


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Things you can do right now: get the dogs away from him. Don't tell him you're doing so, don't tell him it's because of how he treated them, but no more access to the dogs stop hitting him. Start to learn how to get through in other ways (it will take a while to learn this and it's hard.) tell the school you want an IEP - Individualized Education Plan - ...


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Monica Cellio's answer already mentions recommendations if you own a cat and most of all that you're much more likely to contract toxoplasmosis through undercooked meat (most of the contamination cases) and gardening — you may add insufficiently washed legums and fruits. There are much more informations on the CDC website. I feel it's also important to ...


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In rare cases, if mom hs certain types of inffectious diseases, this can be a problem because they can spread - but for most people not at all. In fact, it is completely normal for blood to be in the milk (especially with first-time moms) anyway (even with healthy nipples). You just don't always see it because it is in such small amounts. It can make ...


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I'm assuming that your daughter is very young--not quite 1 yet maybe? Older children are usually capable of giving a urine sample, so if they had to use a catheter then obviously she's not old enough to do that, yet. In small children, fever, vomiting, and general crankiness can be the only signs of a UTI. They can also be signs of gastroenteritis, which, ...


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This is advice based on adult experience, so take it with a grain of salt: I was catheterized once briefly (just in and out, to help me void my bladder while I was giving birth) and was told to watch out for UTI signs after, because catheters can cause a UTI. So if I were you I would not ask for it routinely.


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An important thing which most analyses of breastfeeding studies that I have read note is that women who breastfeed tend to have higher IQs and incomes than women who don't, at least in first world countries. Because of the changes in lifestyle factors which result, it is nearly impossible to sort out what impacts on women and children are from breastfeeding ...


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I will add to Mary Jo Finch's excellent answer that toxoplasmosis can make you quite miserable if you get it. It is one of the three known viruses that cause symptoms that we know as mononucleosis. And as you probably know, the older you are, the longer the immune reaction (i.e. horrible tiredness) is likely to last. From the wiki page: Enlarged lymph ...


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It's unlikely you would have never known except by "luck." The worst case is the fever still doesn't break after a few days, so you go back in and they run more tests. You know your child better than any doctor. You followed your instincts and it worked out. However, they can't test for everything all the time. They have to go with what is most likely ...


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First off, the doctor must wash his/her hands after entering the room, period. The doctor opened the door with his hand, right? That's a (major) point of contagion right there. Unless you're in some futuristic practice with automatic doors, I would never excuse the doctor from not washing post-entering the room. Second, unfortunately, doctor handwashing ...


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The reason being barefoot is linked to sickness is two things: people link being cold to getting a cold; and people see kids in developing countries and more rural locations in their own country barefoot and more often sick. In the former case, while being VERY cold for a prolonged time can lead to weakening your immune system, but the reason we get colds ...


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How you should react will depend on what your child has gotten into and how they are currently acting. First, lets clarify what each option will get you. Poison Control (U.S.: 1-800-222-1222) See This URL for information about who you will be talking to (medical experts in toxicology), what information they will ask you, etc. The Poison Control Center ...


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Apart from getting professional help, I would stop spanking him. Violence begets violence. He has probably suffered enough abuse in his life already, and needs love and understanding from you, even though it may seem impossible.


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Not being an expert, here is what I believe: As Beofett points out in his comment, there's a huge difference between TV and a ceiling fan. The problem with TV is sensory overload because of the rapid change in colors, movements, shapes, and so on -- this is what babies see when they're too young to recognize the image as this is one scene, here's the next. ...


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According to BabyCenter, in the 0-3 month range your child should be startling in response to loud noises as well as least visibly reacting. In the 4-8 month range your child should turn towards a noise he or she cannot see. This document says that the skill should be developed in the 3-4 month range and also provides tips for encouraging this milestone if ...


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There are lots of links to studies showing the beneficial uses of breastmilk here: http://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/illness-surgery/healing-breastmilk/ In particular, it does not "become a breeding ground for bacteria" due to its natural antimicrobial properties.


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Somebody asked the same question in a new parents support group we were in after the birth of our son. The answer given was, "You already took your baby outside when you went home from the hospital. Find something else to worry about." Being handled by random people is a different story, but merely being outside the home (assuming adequate clothing and sun ...


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It seems, from what you listed that you are currently doing, that you have all your bases covered. She's at the age where you can somewhat appeal to her logically (i.e. the tomatoes), she has been appealed to by other's good experiences with the food (her brother), she has met you halfway on trying them outside of being cooked into something (the sandwich), ...


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Of course, your ideal solution would be for your wife to see the error of her ways and agree with you that homoeopathy is just expensive water. But then again, your wife would prefer for you to come around to her point of view. Neither is very likely to happen, from what I gather from your story. I assume you've reasoned this six ways from Sunday with her ...


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The truth seems to be that we don't fully understand all the reasons why one's teeth may grow in crooked. There are a number of theories, including one that hypothesizes that the change from our early ancestors' hunter-gatherer lifestyle to the modern agrarian lifestyle has resulted in a gradual shortening of the jaw, resulting in less room for the teeth to ...


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The moms I have known with GD have benefited from having a lot of protein and eating every few hours, along with moderate exercise ( walking, swimming, yoga) and enough water, like a LOT of water. That said, pregnancy is just hard work! Give yourself a break and don't be afraid to ask for help. Congratulations and good luck!


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None of the medications you are giving to your child address the problem s/he is suffering from. All they do is help manage the symptoms, sometimes by suppressing them. Is your child at kindergarden? It is not uncommon for such children to constantly have a runny nose. In fact, they constantly pick up infections from each other, so what seems like a ...



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