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Dr. Robert Choate
Board Certified, Pediatrics
39 years in practice
191K people helped
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If I have my babies young, will my health be better or worse later?

Dr. Robert Choate
Board Certified, Pediatrics
39 years in practice
191K people helped
If I have my babies young, will my health be better or worse later?

Too many factors: There is no "one size fits all" answer to that question. P{regnancies in the very young (before 18) and the later in life (after 32) are frought with many health issues that may adversely affect the infant and the mother. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
Board Certified
37 years in practice
2M people helped
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
47 years in practice
32M people helped
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What are the most common sight problems in babies?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
47 years in practice
32M people helped
What are the most common sight problems in babies?

Misalignment: Babies can have issues (wiring in the brain, refractive errors, paralyses) which misalign the eyes (termed strabismus). This will drop the vision in one eye if not fixed. Less common are cataracts, glaucoma, tumors, maldevelopment, and some inherited problems. If you are the least bit uncertain, have your pediatrician check the eyes and see if a referral to an ophthalmologist is needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
Board Certified
37 years in practice
2M people helped
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
16M people helped
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Is it normal for babies to be crawling backward?

Dr. Mark Diamond
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
16M people helped
Is it normal for babies to be crawling backward?

Yes: Nothing wrong with a baby who crawls backwards. Remember that each baby's neuromuscular system may develop on somewhat different tracks and still be normal. ...Read more

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Dr. Barton Cook
Board Certified, Pediatric Cardiology
26 years in practice
821K people helped
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How often do babies with downs syndrome also have problems with vsd?

Dr. Barton Cook
Board Certified, Pediatric Cardiology
26 years in practice
821K people helped
How often do babies with downs syndrome also have problems with vsd?

50%: About half of babies with down syndrome will have congenital heart disease. The majority will have atrioventricular septal defect, aka av canal or endocardial cushion defect. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
Board Certified
37 years in practice
2M people helped
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Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified, Pediatrics
31 years in practice
2M people helped
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At what age do babies begin crawling?

Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified, Pediatrics
31 years in practice
2M people helped
At what age do babies begin crawling?

6-12 months: Full term healthy babies can start crawling as early as 6 months old or as late as 12 months; some babies go straight from scooting to cruising and walking! ...Read more

Dr. Laura Webb
Board Certified, Pediatrics
8 years in practice
839K people helped
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How can I help my baby socialize with other babies?

Dr. Laura Webb
Board Certified, Pediatrics
8 years in practice
839K people helped
How can I help my baby socialize with other babies?

Lots of playtime!: Babies are social creatures- they love looking at human faces. Allow them to socialize with others by singing, smiling, and talking with them at a distance of 8-12 inches. Encourage others to do the same with them. This helps develop both their language and social skills. The more interactions they have the more social skills they will develop. ...Read more

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Board Certified, Preventive Medicine
68 years in practice
9M people helped
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Should children and babies be allowed to be near smokers?

Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Board Certified, Preventive Medicine
68 years in practice
9M people helped
Should children and babies be allowed to be near smokers?

No,if possible: Other people's smoke is nearly as bad as smoking. Unfortunately smoking is still so common that it may not always be possible. Make every effort without being rude. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
145M people helped
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Fat babies are healthier, right?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
145M people helped
Fat babies are healthier, right?

?your kidding right?: The physique of a healthy baby is a bit different from a healthy toddler /kid/adult.They have lax muscles that allow a full saggy belly & seem a bit pudgy with soft rolls. That said, there are also fat babies & they are not healthy. You grow new fat cells in infancy/puberty and pregnancy & an overfed fat baby is likely to face a lifetime of avoidable health problems. Your dr can define the limits. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
14 years in practice
185K people helped
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I found strawberries in babyfood I bought. I thought babies couldn't have strawberries until older?

Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
14 years in practice
185K people helped
I found strawberries in babyfood I bought. I thought babies couldn't have strawberries until older?

They can have them: There is no evidence that suggests that babies must wait until a certain age before receiving certain foods. If there is a strong family history in a first degree relative (parent, sibling) of a serious food allergy, then waiting until the child is older to introduce certain foods is an option, but not one based upon any data. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
53 years in practice
54M people helped
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Y here in canada they recommend to introduce food to babies at 6 months? Any everywhere else they start at 4 months? When should I start?

Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
53 years in practice
54M people helped
Y here in canada they recommend to introduce food to babies at 6 months? Any everywhere else they start at 4 months? When should I start?

Food for babies: I usually go by 3-6 months or 13-16 pounds as guidelines to introduce solid foods. The aap recommends 6 months but if a child is not satisfied with breast or fomula its time to feed him instead od torturing your child and/or yourself. ...Read more

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