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Are Babies Born Knowing How To Hold Their Breath And Swim
No: Babies are not born knowing how to swim. A baby can sometimes hold their breath as a reflex, but this should not be mistaken as an innate ability to swim. Water can be very dangerous for your baby: it takes a very short time for a baby to drown. It is extremely important that you carefully monitor your baby at all times whenever he or she is near water, and this includes the bath tub. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
We often carry babies upright, it's natural for our mouth to be very near to their ears and we talk to them regularly. Can that harm their hearings?
It's possible: Babies hearing is sensitive, it is possible to injure them from loud sounds close to their ears. Sound energy dissipates by the inverse square law, meaning that if you are 1/2 the distance, the sound energy is 4 times as much, so speak to them softly if you can. ...Read more
How harmful is letting a smoker hold a baby against their clothes.? We say no they have to change clothes and they say we are over reacting ?
Passive smoke exposr: The infant held by a smoker will easily acquire particles of smoke that line their nasal passages & irritate them for a period of at least 2 wks. These infants have 2x the respiratory illness & ear infections than non exposed kids.The most loving thing a smoker can do for a baby is quit smoking or work hard to never expose them to the musty smell of smoke in their hair or clothes.You r right ! ...Read more
How come it that these new school doctors are telling the young girls not to give the babies water ?
Misinformation: Breast milk is 75% water and formula is 50% water so somehow the notion that infants do not need extra water got born. They do not need much- 1-2 oz a day to flush the system. Too much water is empty calories and can fill them up and reduce their milk intake...So a little water is fine. ...Read more
Perspective...: This is a matter of perspective so there can be no "set" answer. I happen to think newborn babies are beautiful immediately (it is their energy). As far as resembling the parents, there is no guarantee that that will ever happen. Genetics are a funny thing :) Every baby/person is different and the answers to these questions depend on the way you look at it... ...Read more
Midlife mom when only child born, devoted to him, lost jobs due to that, now scraping together college $ on lowly job. How long can health hold out?
Hard to say: Do your best to eat well, drink plenty of fluids, and rest. Health does not hold out when we live in chronic stress and push beyond our limits. Perhaps your child can also help with college by looking at scholarships...There are so many available...Little ones that add up and help immensely. He/she can get assistance from school guidance counselor. ...Read more
Confusing question: A baby born at term will have enough head control to hold it steady when pulled up by its arms by 4 months.Earlier it lags behind the level of the body. It can turn its head aide to side at birth. ...Read more
About one year of Ag: Most babies start crawling and soon stand up when they are around one year. Some may be a bit slow but by 18 months they should be starting to walk and be steady on their feet. There is some variation in these mile stones among different kids. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it normal for twin babies who will be 2 in feb to take off their cloths and dippers and eat their poop and what can I do to prevent this?
Change diapers: Change the diapers more frequently and get them toilet trained. ...Read more
My daughter is not able to cope with her girls age 1 and age 3. Will it be too hard on them if each week they go between 3 different homes for care?
No free lunch: Stability in care givers tends to have positive influence on children especially at young age. However in your daughters case that is a luxury and may not be possible. Keeping kids with a mother who is unable to cope and may get frustrated may be more injurious to their psyche. ...Read more
My baby will be 10mth old when we go on cruise, what are things we shuld take note of to ensure total comfort in him? Will baby have sea sickness too?
Routine: Try to maintain the normal routines as much as possible.Be careful with exposure to sun and water.Altho i suppose motion sickness is possible, it seems to be very rare.After all, we rock babies for comfort with no problems.And make sure safety precautions such as proper cribs/sleeping places, carseats are provided that are safe. ...Read more
Baby will be 6m in 2w. I'm clueless as to how to introduce solids. She's in a daycare environment and don't know how to go about it and how often.
Food introduction: The general recommendation for food introduction in infants is rice cereal at 4 months, vegetables at 5 months, fruits and fruit juices at 6 months, finger foods & meats at 9 months. A three meal two snack schedule is the usual goal, but adapting this schedule to your family's normal routine should be fine as long as your baby is comfortable and gaining weight appropriately. ...Read more
If a child is pale, coughing, cannot keep their eyes open and shivering sometimes what illness do they have? Can they pass it onto adults?
Hard to say: This is a collection of problems that should be evaluated today by your doc. It could be quite serious and may be contagious. ...Read more
Does the length of time someone can hold their breath have any correlation with how healthy they are?
Yes: Yes how long you can hold your breath somewhat reflects conditioning ...Read more
Should parents force their children to love and connect to each other if the child does not feel any real connection to their sibling? Huge age gap.
Sibling: it should be the responsibilty of the older child to connect with the youngest one, good relationship between the two fosters for safety and security for the younger one. No one can force another person to do any thing. proper upbringing and family values need to be imparted by the parents ...Read more
Why do some women bring their parents and dad's parents into delivery room while they are pushing?
Presence at delivery: Giving birth is a miracle and some cultures allow family members to be present during the delivery of the baby in order to celebrate this experience. The expectant mother can actually benefit from the moral support that her family provides. The family members are not actually helping the obstetrician deliver the baby. They stand opposite to the doctor to provide comfort to the expectant mom. ...Read more
She can breath herself but they keep artificial lungs ventilation. When is it necessary and how long? why? they also mention tracheotomia...
See below: I would need more details to answer this question ...Read more
PARENTS/KIDS/LOCKED : It is a natural responce of any parent to see their child in lock up and it is very difficult to adjust to it while most parents will understand why this happened, others will blame the system and others and not take any responsibility for the action of their children and that is a shame panicking is normal in all parents and you can not do anything except to prevent future occorences like that. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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