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Are babies born knowing how to hold their breath and swim?

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 more

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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?

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

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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 ?

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

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How come it that these new school doctors are telling the young girls not to give the babies water ?

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

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When do new born babys start to get pretty and resemble their parents?

When do new born babys start to get pretty and resemble their parents?

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

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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?

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

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How to know if men are afraid to find out that their sperm can cause defects in their children?

How to know if men are afraid to find out that their sperm can cause defects in their children?

Ask them: It is not uncommon for men decline having a semen analysis because they are concerned a sperm problem might be discovered. Patients frequently ask me if sperm problems can cause birth defects and except when severe the answer is usually no. ...Read more

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How many months a baby can hold their head alone?

How many months a baby can hold their head alone?

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

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When are babies able to stand on their own?

When are babies able to stand on their own?

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 more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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

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At what age can babies have no support under their arms to stand?

At what age can babies have no support under their arms to stand?

9-13 months: Babies start taking their first steps around 10-14 months of age. They usually can stand alone the month before they start walking. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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.

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

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Why do some women bring their parents and dad's parents into delivery room while they are pushing?

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

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How do you keep waiting parents from panicking when their kids are inside in lockdown?

How do you keep waiting parents from panicking when their kids are inside in lockdown?

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 more

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