Questions tagged [health]

Children's physical health and well-being. See also the tag [hygiene] for matters of cleanliness. Questions about diagnosing or treating specific medical issues are not appropriate to this site, and may be closed. Please seek a doctor's help immediately for any urgent medical issues.

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What are the effects of neighbour's marijuana on an infant?

I live in a flat. The flat next door (we share 2 walls) has an old man who smokes 5-6 times a day. Sometimes alone, sometimes with 2-3 friends (I'm guessing, have never been inside but see people come ...
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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 lactose-...
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What are the risks of surgery for a tongue-tied toddler?

My son is 22 months old and he is several tongue-tied. We only found out because I have a 4 month old and when he was first born they noticed he was tied, and asked if our other child was. My 22 ...
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How to resolve blocked milk ducts after weaning

Our 1-year-old has been weaned off breast milk for a little over a week now, which was completely her doing. My wife has been dealing with the engorgement since then, which she says has subsided. ...
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Should breastmilk be discarded if mold was found in the breast pump filter?

We just found out that the filter in our Medela breast pump filter has some mold in it. We have pumped and stored about 5 bottles of milk with that filter. Should we throw the milk away?
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Can a breastfed 3-month-old go 12-14 hours without eating, when she refuses the bottle and I have to go to work?

My almost 3-month-old baby has been refusing the bottle since she was 3 weeks old. We've tried all the tricks that I know, she just likes to gnaw on it and roll it around in her mouth. I am ...
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Safe to put ointment on baby's soft spot? [closed]

My baby's mother is putting Tiger Balm on the soft spot of the baby's head. I'm concerned that the chemicals will be absorbed and affect brain development. Is this a valid concern?
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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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Is it normal for a newborn to develop pimples?

My daughter is 2 weeks old and has developed a pimple like rash on her forehead. Is this a common problem for new babies? What things (if any) can I do to alleviate the problem?
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Why do Heinz's Honey packets say not to give them to children under 12 months?

I was getting tea today and noticed those cute little honey packets made by Heinz. At the bottom of the packet it says: DO NOT FEED TO CHILDREN UNDER 12 MONTHS OLD - why?
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Are the probiotic bacteria from formula the same bacteria present in breast milk?

Nestlé's infant formula contains probiotic bacteria. This formula is expensive, so I was wondering whether these bacteria are the same bacteria (which prevent infections and diseases) present in the ...
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Are there negative consequences to breastfeeding a baby that is older than our newborn?

Our newborn baby is 6 days old and has always been breastfed. Yesterday, my wife breastfed a 3-month-old baby of our friends. Her mother was at the hospital, so my wife breastfed the baby. Now my ...
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What's the effectiveness of alternative uses of breast milk?

I have read various articles that promote breast milk as a cure for many infant problems like diaper rash, red eye, sores and mother problems like sore nipples, injuries etc. What is the scientific ...
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Is alcohol transmitted through breastmilk?

We have a similar Question for caffeine, but I could not find one for alcohol, and I'm sure many breastfeeding mothers are interested to know: How much alcohol is transmitted through breastmilk? ...
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Is my toddler's sleep pattern normal or does he sleep too much? [closed]

My 2.5-year-old son's sleep pattern has drastically changed the last couple of weeks. Now he generally goes to sleep about 10pm, sleeps through until 9am or a bit later. He is only awake for about 4 ...
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My husband is likely the father of a child, but the child doesn't know. Is it too late with the child being 12 years old?

This happened before my husband and I were together! My husband was told 11 years ago that he fathered a little boy. The mother told him it was his then the very next day she told him she was just ...
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How to stop a kid from beating head against things when he's upset?

When upset, my 1.5-year-old beats his head against things. He also bangs the back of his head on the floor dropping it once when he falls backward to hit the ground (himself). He's never gotten a ...
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Is jogging an appropriate activity for a pre-adolescent child?

This question was motivated by seeing a 6 or 7 year old girl jogging with her mom today. I was in slow moving traffic so I know she ran at least 2.5 miles (the distance between the lights causing said ...
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7 year old son is soiling himself

my 7 year old son is soiling himself. he can use the bathroom for #1 but he never goes for #2. he either "sharts" or poops a little just enough to stain his underwear. and holds the rest in. I have to ...
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What disorder is associated with social awkwardness, hugging, intelligence, and difficulty focusing? [closed]

I know a 7-year-old who will hug anyone, including complete strangers, is friendly, doesn't seem to quite get social cues that others his age would. This kid is very smart, essentially doing work a ...
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How to help our 13-year-old whose leg muscles atrophy? [closed]

My 13-year-old son had been highly athletic his entire life. About 18 months ago we noticed him losing strength in his legs. Over time it has gotten worse and he cannot run normally anymore. He has ...
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Is cryopreservation of sperm worth it for non-emergency “personal backup” purpose?

Last year I went to the cryogenic sperm bank and I got a few ampules of my sperm frozen. I did this for the reason that if I die anytime in the near future, and since I do not currently have ...
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11 weeks and concern of THC in babys system at birth [duplicate]

I was a heavy weed smoker for the past 3 years, up until I found out I'm pregnant. I've completely stopped smoking now. So far, it's been 30 days and I'm 11 weeks pregnant but I recently took a drug ...
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What could cause my baby's bedroom to smell like bread after sleep? [closed]

When my baby is awake it smells normal. But when it sleeps it makes its room smell strongly like freshly baked bread. The room is clean and has no odor when unoccupied. My baby's urine smells normal ...
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Health risk to my unborn child due to alcohol and drug use before finding out I was pregnant? [duplicate]

We were not planning on getting pregnant so we both were not practicing healthy living habits! The only time we were not careful having sex was only a few days (2days) after my last period which I ...
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What to do about my 14-month-old daughter refusing to eat? [closed]

My 14-month-old daughter refuses to eat. What happened to her? And now she is anemic. I'm so worried about her!
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How to make my 11-month-old son eat again?

My 11-month-old son stopped eating. We are giving him all the food in pureed form. But nowadays, after eating 2 to 3 spoons, he is not ready to open his mouth. Many times he is doing like vomitting. I ...
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Is PediaSure okay for toddlers and if not how to get them off it?

For several reasons my daughter had to be weaned off breast milk when she was around 14 months. At that point she was not eating well and lost a lot of weight. One pediatrician recommended we give her ...
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How to make my 2.5-year-old daughter, who has lost her appetite, eat again?

My 2.5-year-old daughter hardly eats anything since last year. She did a lot better about 4/5 months ago. She won't eat fruit or vegetables or anything sweet. Due to getting my mum's genes, she is ...
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Why does my infant occasionally regurgitate breast milk?

I have a 5-month-old infant. It's always many hours after feeding - he is burped. He has always done it, but not every day and mostly just a little. Sometimes, it's a lot of volume. Is he losing ...
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Are there any health risks for mother or child when using a sauna or steam room while pregnant?

Are there any risks to either the mother or baby from using a sauna or steam room while pregnant? I know it's bad to stay for long periods in there, but what about short stays like 5 minutes, once a ...
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What can I do to help a red pimply rash on a newborn baby? [closed]

My 7-week-old baby has a red pimply rash on her face and neck for the past week. It started out on the face, cheeks mainly, and now it is on the neck too. It does not cause any discomfort as far as I ...
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3 days ago, my doctor pressed my belly really hard and I haven't felt movement from my baby since then. Should I be worried? [closed]

The doctor pressed my stomach really hard to find where the baby's head was at, since then I haven't felt a movement from my baby and I'm really scared. Should I be worried? Should I go to the ...
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How often should a 6-week-old, bottle-fed baby have a bowel movement?

My baby is 6 weeks old and she only poos every 3 days. Is this normal? The doctor says he is not concerned. I went to the pharmacy and she told me to try a bit of water between feedings, but it still ...
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Is it safe to take a baby under 6 months old to an old folks home?

I'm having an argument with a relative who believes that it is actually dangerous to take my child to see their great-grandmother who is living in the nursing section of an old folks home. She's not ...
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What to do when 6-month-old gets constipation? [closed]

My 6-month-old starts to eat supplement food, but two days ago she stopped defecating, her nappies only had urine. Is there anything we should have done to prevent this? Is there anything we can do ...
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Will marijuana affect my baby? [closed]

I'm about 3 weeks pregnant and I only just found out. During the week I had 2 draws of a joint but I didn't know I was pregnant. Will this harm my baby? I'm very nervous.
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Our 6 months old son wants to walk. Can this be problematic?

Our 6 months old son wants to walk and gets upset if either of us won't support him while he's doing so. He can't crawl yet, can't sit up without tipping over eventually, and he can't stand on his own....
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Baby eats less than it should - is it something to be worried about?

Our little girl is 3.5 months old. She's eating like 30ml - 90ml per meal and during the day it adds up to around 650ml. We're not sure if we should be worried about it. It doesn't really seem like ...
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How to brush the teeth of my 1-year-old baby?

My 1-year-old baby has 8 teeth and enjoys eating chocolate very much. Some of my relatives have suggested that I brush her teeth with a baby toothbrush, but I am confused about whether a child of this ...
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How to stop a 6-month-old from picking ears?

I have a 6-month-old girl. She keeps poking her own ears to the degree of bleeding a bit. The only way I can think of is to trim and polish her finger nails often but is there any other way to ...
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Baby / toddler girls - is it necessary to wear swim pants to prevent infections or inflammations?

We have just been on a beach holiday in Italy with our almost two year old girl. For a whole week she'd happily run around on the beach, sit and play with the sand, or go in the water, all the time ...
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My 4-year-old will only eat things entirely made of starch or sugars - how to make him eat more healthily?

My 4-year-old son basically will not eat anything other than things that are entirely made of starch or sugars. Anything involving any kind of meat or vegetable is immediately and completely rejected. ...
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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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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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My 7.5-month-old often falls off the couch or bed. Is this dangerous or normal behavior?

My 7.5-month-old son has fallen quite a few times off the bed and couch in just the past month. He lands on the carpet, and fell down while asleep only once. The people I live with are concerned ...
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How to cope with GERD in an infant

As a result of my baby being diagnosed with infant's Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, I am following doctor's orders regarding my own diet so my milk is as easy on baby's tummy as possible and we have ...
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Any dangers associated with learning piano too young?

I have read: How do I motivate my 8-year-old to practice the piano regularly? How do you teach a toddler rhythm and melody? How do you determine when to start a child on music lessons without ...
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How do I teach my children to stay calm when they have an allergic reaction?

This relates to this earlier question. I'm looking for advice on teaching my children how to stay calm while they are having an allergic reaction, so they can properly react and remember their ...
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6-year-old is crazy only with us

My wife and I are pulling our hair out. Our 6-year-old daughter behaves very well at school and with others, yet at home, when it's just us, she is the complete polar opposite. We have had to restrain ...