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Baby Blanket Safety
Safety is a topic that includes recommendations for making the home and outdoor environments safe, especially for kids. This topic includes ideas on childproofing cabinets, keeping dangerous items locked up, ensuring balconies and stairs are safe, covering wiring and outlets, fencing off pools, staying away from cars, watching ...Read more
Depends: Infant swaddling is a transitional measure that replicates the snug feeling of the womb & calms baby when they can't handle the random movement of arms & legs. That said, they didn't need to breath in the womb and without room for arms & legs to move they don't develop muscle tone.To tight is a problem for both. The goal is to gradually loosen the wrap & have it gone at a month. ...Read more
Crib Toys: Yes, as long as you are following the age recommendations on the packaging from the toy company. ...Read more
Yes: Yes humidifiers are safe but they do need to be cleaned often because they do get some bacterial growth which then can be in the mist put out in the air and be of potential risk of causing infection. ...Read more
No: If your 5 month old has some abdominal strength and ability to sit up a little then it would be a great idea to start using the exersaucer. ...Read more
No: Crib bumpers have been shown to be a major suffocation and strangulation risk for infants. Although sold as part of elaborate crib bedding ensembles, crib bumpers are not needed, and in fact, they are hazardous to your baby's sleep health. When preparing your baby's crib, keep this in mind: bare, boring, and no crib bumpers. Use only a tight fitting mattress and crib sheet in your baby's crib. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Safe to still breastfeed baby after getting paint on hands while painting a room in our house (washed hands before nursing)?
Probably: The common latex paints have few if any issues which would exclude breastfeeding after exposure to fumes or from skin contact. Some suggest that oil based paints have too many volatile organic compounds for infant exposure to fumes and inhalation of these fumes may alter the taste of milk. I have not seen evidence that the exposure you describe should be a problem. ...Read more
Baby is 8 months biting mother when nursing but keeps refusing bottle . Baby is underweight(10 percentile) best way to wean a baby who will not take a bottle but needs nutrition ?
Work with the doctor: A normal baby at 8 months can easily be trained to take a bottle, if "no breasts are available" to the baby. So, the baby in question appears to have other issues, leading to questions such as: is the baby truly too small, why is the baby too small, why won't the baby take a bottle, etc... In such cases, the parents have to see the doctor a few times and work together to keep the baby growing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Read that paper towels contain formaldehyde. Dry my newborns pacifier off with paper towels . Harmful to baby?
Can be elevated: Vaccination like the illness it's designed to prevent (or reduce in severity) may cause fever as a normal physiologic response. In the animal kingdom, fever helps fight infection. Consider experiments where cold blooded animals given a bacteremia survive better when exposed to heat as opposed to their normal cold, damp environment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 4 month old sleeps in her car seat instead of her crib due to cleft palate complications. No blanket. Is she at risk for sids?
Equal: No more or less so than child without cleft. Recommend having your child evaluated by cleft palate team at the closest children's hospital. May be a bit of a trip, but worth it for the expertise and the team (pediatrician, pediatric dentist, orthodontist, speech therapist, plastic surgeon, oral surgeon, psychiatrist, nutritionist, etc) approach. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes , & practical: Matress covers are a good investment when it comes to the average kid who pukes/leaks or otherwise decorates your life. ...Read more
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