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

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. Tonga Nfor
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10 years in practice
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
46 years in practice
29M people helped
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What are the most common sight problems in babies?

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

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

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

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

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

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. Jay Park
Board Certified, Pediatrics
44 years in practice
7M people helped
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Can babies get carsick?

Seldom happens: Children less than two years old are typically resistant to motion sickness. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
13 years in practice
184K people helped
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I found strawberries in babyfood I bought. I thought babies couldn't have strawberries until older?

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. Zoey Goore
Board Certified, Pediatrics
18 years in practice
507K people helped
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How much physical activity do babies need?

How much physical activity do babies need?

Physical activity: It depends on the age of your baby. Here's a great resource regarding physical activity at different ages: http://prod.Healthychildren.Org/english/healthy-living/growing-healthy/pages/baby-activity.Aspx. ...Read more

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Dr. Tonga Nfor
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