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Mother of one, assistant martial arts instructor, and someone who's had to deal with a lot of medical crap in her life and the lives of others. I firmly believe in making the best decision on a case-by-case basis and do not subscribe to blanket medical advice for parents such as "breast is best." As such, I believe medical decisions need to be made in consultation with someone who is familiar with a child's medical chart, as the advice will change based on myriad other factors.


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comment Should I be worried about my baby's eyesight?
I feel it is more helpful--and safer--to support a parent in getting proper medical care than practicing medicine over the internet. Many people here answer medical questions without the proper credentials; are their opinions better than mine? Pretty much every medical question on this site SHOULD be answered with an answer like mine, because no one on here has access to the medical history or diagnostic tools necessary to give a proper diagnosis. To do otherwise is to be disingenuous at best, and dangerous at worst.
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comment Is my infant boy's scrotum too large?
Have to respectfully disagree, @Torben Gundtofte-Bruun. I feel it's dangerous to give medical advice without looking at a patient or their history. Advice I give is consistent with this philosophy. Further, I've experienced judgment from people who think they know everything from reading a few internet posts, and hate to see the same thing happen to others. I'd rather give advice that helps a parent figure it out, than just pretend I know the answers and practice medicine without a license, especially when the parent seems to be getting grief from laypeople.
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comment How should we address stuttering in a toddler?
OK, @TorbenGB , edited to be (hopefully) more helpful!
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revised How should we address stuttering in a toddler?
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comment How should we address stuttering in a toddler?
Yeah...good point. I was mostly looking at the poster's last line, asking if it should be ignored or not.
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comment How strict should we be with our 14 month old boy?
The rules include things like "we don't touch glasses" [meaning eyeglasses], "we don't pull mama's earrings," "we don't hit," "we don't throw food on the floor." "We don't touch the shelves" or "we don't touch mama's/dada's books" would be another one for the poster's situation.
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comment How and when should I teach my children how to swim?
I just want to say thanks for asking this question; we hadn't really thought about swimming lessons quite this early for our baby (15 mo) but now that I read the answers, I see just how important it is. I was too allergic to chlorine to go into a pool till I was in my teens, and to this day am rubbish at swimming despite lessons when I was 14-15. (I guess that would be my non-useful answer to your question about guidelines to determine when to start--starting in the teens is WAY too late!)
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answered Is it cruel to deny laughing gas for a teen getting a tooth filled?
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answered Is my infant boy's scrotum too large?
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answered Is one big burp enough after feeding my infant?
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comment Should I stop my infant from sucking his thumb?
+1 for mentioning teething. 2 months is young for teething but my baby had some teething pains at that age. I was told by her ped that even if the teeth aren't near the surface, they are constantly growing, and can cause aches even when they're that little. In which case, cold teething toys may not help, but a lil bit of pain medication or teething gel might.