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A 36-year-old member asked:

does that popcorn ceiling in out 1960's or 1970's house contain asbestos, and would it be bad for my baby?

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Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 years experience
Yes! Get it removed!: Asbestos, i'm afraid, was commonly used in those ceilings. To be sure, you can send a sample to a testing company (it costs about $100 to test a whole house). If it's there, get the ceiling removed professionally, don't do it yourself! scraping that junk off stirs up lots of dust and you could breathe it in. If your ceiling tests asbestos-free, it's safe.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Sometimes/depends: Some of these have asbestos and many do not.If it has been sealed in place (painted over) there is no short term risk. However, you should never try to remove it yourself or disturb it any way.Have it tested if you ever decide to remove or paint it again.If negative, no worry, if asbestos, have it professionally removed while you reside elsewhere.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

I am afraid of the shots that I have to give my months old baby! what is the problem in order to do them later when it is a bit older?I

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Exposure: Waiting simply allows them further exposure to the diseases. And having a current epidemic of whooping cough(pertussis) where i practice, your child has an increased risk of serious disease and even death by waiting.And the shots are a much safer risk than taking a chance on getting the disease!
A 31-year-old member asked:

If I shave my babys lanugo, will it grow back even faster?

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Dr. Jerry Casale
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Don't do it: Shaving hair, any kind does not make it grow back faster, this is indeed an old wives tale. But please do not touch the lanugo it will go away and would be afraid of any potential harm to shaving a baby.U only have lanugo once. Embrace it.

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