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Doctor insights on: 5 Point Harness Booster Car Seat

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Child. Age 3.5yrs. Mass law. 41.4 lbs how much until she's out of a car seat and in a booster seat in back?

Child. Age 3.5yrs. Mass law.   41.4 lbs  how much until she's out of a car seat and in a booster seat in back?

Booster seats: You can safely switch your child to a booster seat if she's at least 4 years old and she weighs 40 pounds or more or has grown too tall for her car seat (when her shoulders are higher than the top set of harness-strap slots in the car seat's back). ...Read more

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When can babies start using foward facing car seats?

When can babies start using foward facing car seats?

As late as possible: The top heavy nature of a toddlers physique makes their neck,spinal cord and neck nerves at great risk during a frontal impact crash.Rear-facing allows the initial impact to be absorbed into the seat. See www.joelsjourney.org for info.The European standard has been rear-facing to 3 for > a decade & NHTSA recommended rear facing to 2 in 1999.Seats are now available that rear face to 40 lb. Do it. ...Read more

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How soon after patella fracture recommend return to work s/p fx on 11/27/13. Ortho appt on12/10/13. Wc insisting. Floor nurse secure lock down unit.

How soon after patella fracture recommend return to work s/p fx on 11/27/13. Ortho appt on12/10/13. Wc insisting. Floor nurse secure lock down unit.

Patella fracture: Work release depends on your ability to do light duty. The fracture will not heal for 6 weeks. If you do sedentary work, you may be able to work during that healing time. Otherwise, you have to wait at least 6 weeks, get a xray, check on the healing of the fracture, and discuss your recovery with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Forearm pain on/off for years from work (lifting boxes, typing). Dr says tennis elbow - wear a brace, keep working. Brace hurts + numbs arm. This ok?

Forearm pain on/off for years from work (lifting boxes, typing). Dr says tennis elbow - wear a brace, keep working. Brace hurts + numbs arm. This ok?

Physical therapy: Sounds like physical and/or occupational therapy would be in order. Ask your doctor if a referral is appropriate. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Was driving behind truck with sunroof open. Some exhaust got in car. 25 weeks pregnant - problem?

Was driving behind truck with sunroof open. Some exhaust got in car. 25 weeks pregnant - problem?

No: As long as the car was well-ventilated, and it probably was with the sunroof open, this should not pose a problem. ...Read more

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Finger get hit by car door.What to do?

Finger get hit by car door.What to do?

Maybe nothing: If it is mild bruising/contusion, just keep it elavated; otc motrin/aleve may help with pain etc...If you can't move/bend it or if pain is severe, you may have a fracture. Check with your doc for possible xray---a finger splint maybe needed if fracture is found. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain - lifting, raising arm, hands behind back, sleeping. Been going on for 3 mos. Rot cuf?

Shoulder pain - lifting, raising arm, hands behind back, sleeping. Been going on for 3 mos. Rot cuf?

Could be: Pain at night, with overhead activities, pain with reaching out and behind back, weakness are all signs of rotator cuff problems. An MRI will help secure the diagnosis. Treatment depends on severity of symptoms and extent of rotator cuff damage. ...Read more

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Are the school fire safety program drills traumatic to kids?

Are the school fire safety program drills traumatic to kids?

No: It actually helps them to know what to do so they do not panic if sa fire would occur. ...Read more

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23 month old throws fits when we have to get in the car seat. Can last an hr. Is it ok to turn the car seat to forward facing now? I can't force him

23 month old throws fits when we have to get in the car seat. Can last an hr.  Is it ok to turn the car seat to forward facing now?  I can't force him

I wouldn't: You wouldn't ask the question unless you were ambivalent or really frustrated.You might try to locate a child passenger safety tech locally for help.Risk of neck/spine injury for forward facing kids depends on size, muscle tone and the crash involved.The European standard is rear facing to 3. Sometimes just giving small gifts for getting into the seat properly can help. ...Read more

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6mo Baby rolled from crawling to back and hit head w/hardwood floor and possibly door frame. Cried a bit, played, fed, fell asleep. Reason to go to ER?

6mo Baby rolled from crawling to back and hit head w/hardwood floor and possibly door frame. Cried a bit, played, fed, fell asleep. Reason to go to ER?

Head: No, especially if the baby is acting fine. Watch for extreme irritability, vomiting in the first 4-12 hrs after any potential injury, and if so then ER. But if the baby was on the floor and rolled and hit head, that mechanism of injury shouldn't be severe. If fell off bed onto hardwood floor, then different story. ...Read more

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Child safety harness with booster seat - is it better to use or not to use?

Child safety harness with booster seat - is it better to use or not to use?

Pick your crash ??: The 5 point restraint belts are now available in safety seats up to 80+ pounds from some sources. These systems offer the broadest range of protection from rollover, side impact, front or rear impact crashes. Simple boosters offer little protection during rollover or side impact events. I go for the best possible protection, since no one can pick their crash. ...Read more

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9 months baby never sleeps through the night & wakes up around 5 times crying & never go deep in sleep she's not teething or ill she naps 3x for 1/2 h?

9 months baby never sleeps through the night & wakes up around 5 times crying & never go deep in sleep she's not teething or ill she naps 3x for 1/2 h?

Sleep hygiene: Set a bedtime routine. Stick with the same bedtime rituals, which may include a bath, reading a story or song, and a hug and a kiss Goodnight. ...Read more

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Was in car & braked at low speed.No collision just got frightend didnt even jolt forwards.Was in passenger seat.32 wks preg.Can this harm baby? scared

Was in car & braked at low speed.No collision just got frightend didnt even jolt forwards.Was in passenger seat.32 wks preg.Can this harm baby? scared

Should be fine: Your fear is normal but should not effect the baby. Be sure you wear your seat belt across your lap every time you are in the car. It protects both of you. Your concern tells me what a lucky baby this is to have such a caring mom. Hope this helps you feel better. Best wshes to you and the baby. ...Read more

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5 cases chickenpox @ 7 mo. Baby's daycare. Should we yank from daycare until the incubation period ends so she doesn't keep getting exposed?

5 cases chickenpox @ 7 mo. Baby's daycare. Should we yank from daycare until the incubation period ends so she doesn't keep getting exposed?

Probably too late: The difficult thing about controlling chickenpox is its contageous period. Kids are often most contagious 1-2 days before they break out & may have no other symptoms. You may get lucky & avoid it, but 10-21 days after first true exposure your infant may or may not develop the illness. ...Read more