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can you tell me are e-cigarettes safe to smoke around babies?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes and no: If an infant ever got access to one and ingested or sucked the nicotine out of it they could die of nicotine poisoning. This does remove the issue of toxic smoke.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Nobody knows: Because the companies that make e-cigarettes managed to wiggle past any kind of regulation by the fda, nobody really knows because there is no research. All e-cigarettes are not created equal, and while it is clear that the sidestream smoke is nowhere near as toxic as smoked tobacco, nobody can say whether it is safe. Don't smoke around babies, e-cigarettes or other. Consider complete cessation.

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How much physical activity do babies need?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
As much as they want: Babies are great at deciding how much exercise they need! keep them safe and let them roam. You will see cues when they are tired.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How do I manage two babies?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Double trouble: You can do it. Deep breathing and patience. Double the work and double the rewards. Timing and time management seems to be the key as I am told by my parents of twins or two born within close range of each other. Know your own limitations and don't try to live up to any thoughts or others ideas of the "super parent." don't be shy about asking others for help. Good luck!
A 38-year-old member asked:

Does talking to babies help stimulate them?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: In the second half of pregnacy some babies increase activity. Classic studies showed the fetus perceives vibroacoustic "sound" around 24wk. (seasoned nurses knew that for decades from accidentally making noises and watching fetal heart rate go up.) spending money on special music or sounds is not justified at this time. But having agreeable family members and mom "talk" to baby can be meaningful.
A 26-year-old member asked:

Do ultrasounds let doctors measure babies?

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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Yes: Ultrasound machines are invaluable in managing pregnancy today, especially high-risk pregnancies. Not only do we measure the baby's size (head, abdomen, thigh bone), but we can evaluate all of the internal organs, from brain to bladder. We also can make sure the house is in order -- evaluating the placenta and the amniotic fluid quality, even measuring the cervical length.
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What health benefits are seen in babies that are breastfed?

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Pediatrics 50 years experience
See below: Here are some well known benefits: breast-fed infants get less infections such as upper respiratory infection, ear infection, diarrheal illness; cognitive development is enhanced, and an average iq of breast-fed group achieves is 4 points higher when compared with their counterparts; chance to die of sids is lower.

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