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Can taking my 1-week-old on a 6-7 hours journey in the car lead to medical complications?

Zero distance in someone’s lap. In an accident baby will become a missile and escape the grip... If the baby is in a properly installed, rated car seat then fine, otherwise how would many parents get ...
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Bringing babies to bar?

There's a level of disagreement about whether children should be allowed in "adult settings," and you can get all sorts of opinions on what's appropriate (both for the sake of the child, and for the ...
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My 4.5-year-old son has no dominant hand

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 ...
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My 4.5-year-old son has no dominant hand

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 ...
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Bringing babies to bar?

I see no reason to think this inappropriate behavior. Did you see any harm being done to the infant? There was no smoking in its presence. The baby was safely tucked into its bjorn carrier (already a ...
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Why do Heinz's Honey packets say not to give them to children under 12 months?

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 ...
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Can taking my 1-week-old on a 6-7 hours journey in the car lead to medical complications?

As mentioned, a baby should never travel in the car by anything but a child seat that is properly installed (preferably rear-facing). Do not take them out of the seat for any reason while driving: Not ...
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Which is more important for a baby: keep the baby happy or keep the baby healthy

There isn't a cut and dry answer to this. Both are important. And part of parenting is striking the right balance there. Given your situations above: Baby wants to be held to sleep: well, keeping ...
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What are possible risks to a child's health from having an indoor cat?

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 ...
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Is it safe to store and use a desktop computer for long hours next to baby's crib?

Working in the same room your son sleeps is more an issue of the sounds and light of your monitor you make while working rather than the electromagnetic radiation. If possible, it'd be good for nap ...
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Can taking my 1-week-old on a 6-7 hours journey in the car lead to medical complications?

Travelling with newborns is not the safest option, but it can be done: Carrying the baby in your wife's (or anybody else's) lap should be avoided at all costs. If you e.g. brake just a bit harder ...
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14 year old stepson wants to wear boxer shorts

Almost all of the arguments that you give for forcing your stepchild to wear briefs sound like reasons to let your kid wear the underwear he wants. You (a woman) have no personal experience with ...
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Why do Heinz's Honey packets say not to give them to children under 12 months?

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 ...
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Passive smoking's effect on a child

Second hand smoke is bad for a child in several ways. First, perhaps most relevant to your case, there are relationships between smoke exposure and atopic dermatitis. See for example this study. It ...
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Bringing babies to bar?

Baby wearing is great for a baby! And at such a young age they tend to sleep for a couple hours, eat and then just hang out interacting with their world. Change their diaper and repeat. It gets ...
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14 year old stepson wants to wear boxer shorts

Let's take a moment to break down what happened here, from your stepson's perspective. You come home and all your underwear has been replaced. This is underwear you were comfortable in, underwear ...
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Are oak leaves safe for my baby to touch?

Holding oak leaves is harmless. In fact, oak leaves are used in folk medicine. Acorns are a choking hazard and should be avoided. Note that I could not quickly find any references specifically on ...
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Breastfeeding but periods have started after 2 months. What's going on inside the body?

First, menstruation doesn’t necessarily influence breast milk production. Some women notice a slight drop in supply in the second half of their cycle and an increased sensitivity or discomfort, others ...
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Bringing babies to bar?

I don't drink, and neither does my wife, so I don't exactly spend much time in bars - so I haven't seen this, but that's not really evidence of anything in my book. I also don't know the law in this ...
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Bringing babies to bar?

We regularly took our first child to the pub with us. Every Friday from when he was about 10 days old until about 9 months. The reasons why: so we could still socialise with our friends so we weren'...
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Clean children vs dirty children

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 ...
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My 4.5-year-old son has no dominant hand

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 ...
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Is it ok if my 15-month-old son stops breastfeeding by himself?

Firstly, your doctor is the authoritative voice here. The doctor says your toddler is okay, so I would listen to them before asking strangers on the internet. If you do want some reassurance though, ...
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What walking distance is acceptable for a 6-year-old?

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 ...
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Bananas. How many is too many for a toddler?

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 ...
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Passive smoking's effect on a child

The most proper course of action is to talk to the smoker and explain to them that 1) you do not find it okay to have smokers around your child, and b) that it can pose specific dangers, given your ...
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What walking distance is acceptable for a 6-year-old?

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 ...
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What walking distance is acceptable for a 6-year-old?

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, ...
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Consequences of smoking marijuana during pregnancy (especially first weeks)?

First off, congrats :) Go to the doctor and be honest! My wife and I did the same thing during her first pregnancy. Our daughter, now 5, is as bright and cheery and happy and healthy as any other kid ...
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Bringing babies to bar?

If it's a nice pub, where people get together for a few drinks and a good time, with a bit of music in the back, I honestly can see no reasonable difference between that location and doing the exact ...
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