Questions tagged [safety]

Keeping children safe from any kind of danger.

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Am I burping my 1-week-old too hard?

My new born daughter is 1 week old. In the past 3 days, I was responsible for burping her at home. I saw in the hospital that the nurses burp babies very hard and I kind of learned that I should do so....
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Can/should I ask a sitter to take first aid classes?

I live in a relatively rural area which limits certain options for me. Where I live has no professional sitter services at all, you just have to find someone you personally trust. I have recently ...
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Should I be concerned about my 1-year-old and her mother moving in with a man I've never met?

About 8 months ago, I and the mother of my 1-year-old child separated. Everything was mutual and amicable and we have a reasonably good relationship now - if a bit awkward. This weekend, when I ...
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Separated parents. As a dad, how do I exercise tough love without being the bad guy?

I am a father to a nine year old boy, I am separated from his mother and have been since before his birth. We don't really get on but we are civil for his sake and communicate maturely as and when it ...
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Five year old successfully built a Lego set meant for 6-12 year olds. Does this mean anything?

Five year old son successfully built a Lego set meant for 6-12 year olds over 3 to 4 days. He did it with very little help. Is this common? If not, what does this mean? Should we do something ...
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How to handle a biting toddler in the crèche?

My daughter is in a child caring facility (a Montessori children's house, for what it's worth) in a crèche group of children from about 1 year to 3 years old. For some months now, one child from the ...
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Can a 7-month-old baby be lifted upside down?

Recently saw a video by a nurse swinging a baby probably under 1 year holding baby's legs. Is it safe to lift 7-month-old girl baby using the legs if the baby enjoys?
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What are the guidlines for 6-month-olds sucking toys?

What is the guideline to be followed on allowing 6-month-old babies to suck toys? Obviously the cheap plastic ones are a strict no no. Is there any specific materials that have been proven safe? Are ...
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What age limit is appropriate for using tools (such as screwdrivers, hacksaw, drill, etc.)?

I've told my 15-year-old son off because he's not allowed to use tools because he could cut himself if he touches something dangerous. What's the right age limit for using tools? Please use an age, ...
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My 13-year-old daughter is talking to a 20-year old girl on the internet. Is this normal?

She’s not very open so I have no idea whether their conversations are age-appropriate. She is a really intelligent and responsible kid, and she's definitely smart enough not to give out any personal ...
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Bully broke my sons bone, what next? [closed]

While at school my son has been getting bullied by a boy. They are both in 6th grade and used to be friends until recently, not the boy bullies him. Today I got a call to come get my son because he ...
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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 can I teach a child fire is dangerous?

It's my son's birthday and we decided to light some candles, but they can't stand still without him trying to take them and we don't know what he wants to do. Basically we don't ever light any fires, ...
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How long is breast milk good out of the freezer?

I was breast feeding but I moved a few hours from were we lived and I had to stop because I had to drive 7 hours back and forth for a few days and didn't have the time to breastfeed or pump, so I ...
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Seventeen year old daughter wants to take an international trip to meet someone she met online

So, my wife and I are emotionally drained. Our daughter is 17. We live in Ontario Canada. She met a girl online that is 16 and she wanted to fly to California over Christmas holidays to see her. ...
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What risks are there to a baby finding and eating marbles?

Sometimes my son leaves marbles around and my baby eats them. We already found 3 in her poo. Is this poison or is this ok?
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Baby monitor for outdoor use?

There are tons of baby monitors when searching on Google, but when adding the restriction that it has to also work for outdoor use, I can't find a single one. The baby unit have to work from -5ºC ...
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My girlfriend has mentioned disowning her 14 y/o transgender daughter

My girlfriend's 14 year old daughter came out to me as a girl on a bike ride when her mother wasn't there. I fully accept her and gladly refer to her by her chosen name ('Emily' for the purposes of ...
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I just learned my 15 year old daughter has come out to her friends - should I say anything to her…OR to my wife?

This past weekend I learned that my 15-year-old recently came out to two of her friends. I learned this in a couple of ways: The two of us just traveled alone for a weekend, and she let me use her ...
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How to get a 2-year-old to stay in his seat belt?

After strapping the 2-year-old into the car seat he immediately takes his arms out of the straps. The only way to get them back in is to stop the car and put them back in. Each time after that the ...
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Can running with 8-month-old in a jogging stroller in the forest be harmful to the child?

I love to run and I love to run in the nature. I bought a stroller for running and today it was my first (beautiful) running experience with my 8-month-old baby, but I realized that in the forest ...
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How long does breastmilk last if it was in the refrigerator then left out for close to 2 hours and put back in the refrigerator?

I keep my milk in storage bags. I also put the storage bags in a tubberware in the refrigerator. I was tired and forgot the tubberware full of my breastmilk supply on the counter for an hour and a ...
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Baby falling backwards when he learn to sit

How can I save a crawler from falling backwards and hitting his head? If I carry him till his back and neck can support his head weight will he learn to sit? We keep him on a rug on the floor when he ...
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Does a newborn/infant need to lay flat in a stroller

I'm on the hunt for an inexpensive stroller to accommodate a newborn without having to buy a travel system and I'm having a really really hard time finding a stroller in any price range that will ...
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How can I stop my toddler from playing with electronic appliances?

My kid is always trying to play with the home-theater which is under the TV. How can I stop him and how to protect the equipment (is there any cover available to keep children away for touching the ...
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How do we determine the right amount of babyproofing? [closed]

We have a young one finally starting into the adventure of mobility. It's very exciting, but we know our house has never been babyproofed. It's going to take some work to get it safe. However, ...
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What are good ways to help a child understand danger better?

My 8-year-old son is very rational and thoughtful, but in my view he doesn't understand danger well. For example, he will run right next to fast moving cars in the sidewalk. It seems he has a model of ...
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Can feeding bottles harm our infant?

Here in south India, most of PDs are not suggesting the parents to take feeding bottles for their infants; the main reason is that feeding bottles are made up of plastics. Though we affirmed that we’...
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How to make sure my 7-year-old daughter doesn't go outside alone, without scaring her or impacting her confidence?

I have a 7-year-old daughter who sometimes likes to go out without me or her mom. Last week we had an incident that she went out of the school premises and got herself in trouble. In my opinion, she ...
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When should breastmilk be pasteurized?

Are there circumstances under which it is advised to pasteurize breast milk (excluding donations)?
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My 6 year old is terrified of monsters is this normal?

Sammy has always been scared of monsters ever since he was around 2, but now his imagination of creating this monster is getting out of control. He rarely sleeps in his own bed, he has to sleep with ...
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Threat of internet predators — how significant is it?

There is a lot of talk about securing your children's access to electronic devices, the web, etc. There are lots of scary stories about terrible things happening, no doubt many terrible things have ...
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How can I deal with a misbehaving 17-year-old girl?

I have a 17-year-old daughter. She does not respect me, she shouts at me and she goes to parties where there are older friends and alcohol consumption, against my wishes. She just goes out every day ...
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How do I child proof a NEMA 6-20 socket?

Our apartment has what appears to be a NEMA 6-20 socket in the living room (used for the air conditioner). Right now the circuit breaker is off but in the summer we'd like to use it. I can't find ...
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Are playpens (playards) physically or mentally damaging?

I just cancelled my order for a playpen. The playpen that I ordered is 1.2 m x 2 m (we live in a city apartment). I read online that putting your baby in a playpen is akin to neglect. Babies placed in ...
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Is it safe to use a baby carrier worn on the back to carry an 11-month-old?

My baby is 11 months old. His weight is 9.5kg. Is it safe to use a baby carrier worn on the back to carry him?
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How unusual is it for a 3.5-year-old to scratch his own face and draw blood?

A 3.5-year-old child we know was sat down for misbehaving and then scratched his own face drawing blood. We wondered how common this was and how it may be stopped from happening again. How unusual is ...
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How should the children be taught to be wary of online predators? [closed]

Online predators can be known people as well as unknown. What does the child need to know before going online to stop being a prey?
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How should the children be taught to be wary of physically present strangers?

All I have heard from my parents is not to talk to strangers and not to take anything from strangers. I am not sure if in today's date these two rules are sufficient. What should I tell the child ...
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Securing a 70 lbs punching bag safely around a toddler?

I have an Everlast 70 lbs heavy punching bag that I'd like to hang from an Everlast Heavy Bag Stand; it seems pretty secure to me, I'm thinking that if I use the correct Carabiner and maybe replace ...
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Our baby is a climber. How to deal with it?

Me and my wife have a one year old baby. We have a staircase with a fence - something like this https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/c1/bf/38/c1bf38c07feec93bcf3c82226094dd08.jpg One day, while ...
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Playing with legos with a toddler around

I need your advice on how to get my 4-year old son to play less with legos (or to play in a more controlled fashion) when his toddler brother is around. Currently my son goes through a period where ...
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Are there any risks to using crib bumpers?

Crib bumpers are widely advertised, and sometimes sold with cribs. Are there any risks to their use?
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How to behave with 10 months old baby around staircases? [duplicate]

I understand staircases are very dangerous for babies. We have only one staircase at our home. The staircase is 20 cm high. Our baby is very curious and wants to go down that one staircase (20 cm ...
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Is it ok to play with a 10 months old baby in nature?

I have a very curious 10 month old daughter who and touches and examines everything. I'd like to take her to a small national park and show her trees, bark, and pieces of wood and rocks on the beach....
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Can tummy tightening cause harm to the baby in the womb?

I am 26 weeks along. While sitting down on the bed, I lost my balance which led to my tummy tightening as I re-gained my balance. Can the tightening of abdominal muscles harm my baby?
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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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How can I pick out safe headphones?

I want to buy my preteen a pair of headphones, but I don't want them to damage her hearing in the long-run. I teach her not to listen to music too loud, but just in case, are there certain types of ...
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How to keep our infant's hands out of her mouth?

My daughter is 8 months old. She puts her hand in her mouth a lot. Afraid of germs, my wife is trying to avoid this by removing her hands from her mouth. 2 minutes later she puts it again in her mouth!...
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What can I do to increase the chance that my children will talk to me when disturbed?

Background My older children have mobile devices, and while they agree to allow us access to them and installation of software to permit us to review how they use the device with them, they also work ...