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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Baby Swimming Lessons (Overview)

Some people provide swim lessons to babies to try to reduce their fear of water and make them safer. There is some concern though that reducing their fear of water may increase the risk of drowning, until a child is old enough to learn to keep their own head above water - usually well after they have learned to walk.


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When can I enroll my baby in swimming lessons?

When can I enroll my baby in swimming lessons?

Any years: Anytime you want to have your baby in swim lessons enroll them as long as the program is age appropriate. Some families have their kids in the water as early as 6 months! there are concerns about chemical expose (chlorine) and links to health issues like asthma. Do your research and make a decision. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
39 doctors shared insights

Baby Swimming Lessons (Overview)

Some people provide swim lessons to babies to try to reduce their fear of water and make them safer. There is some concern though that reducing their fear of water may increase the risk of drowning, until a child is old enough to learn to keep their own head above water - usually well after they have learned to walk.


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When are swimming lessons best?

When are swimming lessons best?

Swimming: As this isn't a real medical question i will jump in ( ha ). I started my kids when they were quite young - about 4 with gentle introductory fun. I taught swimming in high school and swam in hs and college as did my son. Be sure to not create a fear of the water and your kids will have something to enjoy their entire lives. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney Dr. Graney
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Caring for Your Baby (Checklist)

Vaccinate for hepatitis B prior to hospital discharge
once
Obtain newborn metabolic screen prior to hospital discharge
once
Schedule baby's first doctor exam for two to four days after hospital discharge
once
Schedule baby's well exam and vaccinations for age two months
once
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Will signing up my child for martial arts lessons give him more discipline?

Will signing up my child for martial arts lessons give him more discipline?

Absolutely!: I'm glad you posted this question...Having studied martial arts myself and having enrolled my son in the study as well. 'studying' imparts not only self-discipline but confidence and self esteem as well; and can be great in potentially dealing with "bullies". The only warning would be the demeanor of the sensei(or teacher); your child needs to 'fit' with him/her so meet with first and decide. ...Read more

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Will light aerobics/light cardio jogging in place with a baby in baby carrier cause shaken baby syndrome?

Will light aerobics/light cardio jogging in place with a baby in baby carrier cause shaken baby syndrome?

No: Shaken baby syndrome occurs when the baby is grabbed under the arms and the baby's head is violently shaken back and forth with injury and subsequent swelling of the brain. Horrible! This is not what you are doing. All the best and make sure your baby's neck is well supported. ...Read more

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Having a Baby Through Surrogacy (Checklist)

Get legal advice and make sure all documentation is complete
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Choose a candidate and do a thorough interview
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Choose a reputable company
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Participate in prenatal care with the surrogate
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Can kids swim alone at beach if good swimmers?

Can kids swim alone at beach if good swimmers?

Wouldn't recommend: I wouldn't recommend anyone swim alone at the beach there are too many unpredictable factors from cramps to riptides etc no one should swim alone too many people drown every year. ...Read more

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Dr. Leslie Waxman Dr. Waxman
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Managing your baby's bottle tooth decay (Checklist)

Brush gently on baby teeth
daily
Only place formula, milk, or breast milk in bottles
daily
Try not to share saliva with baby through spoons or licking pacifiers
daily
Dont dip pacifier in honey or sugar
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5yo kid slightly overweight, weight 24 kg, height 120 cm. recently joined to dance classes, doing simple yoga, aerobics dance at home, will it help?

5yo kid slightly overweight, weight 24 kg, height 120 cm. recently joined to dance classes, doing simple yoga, aerobics dance at home, will it help?

Good work!: Increasing aerobic exercise is a great way to start a fitness habit that will help your child now and possibly for life. Making movement fun is a tremendous help. ...Read more

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Hy. Is it safe to keep girl baby in walking chair?

Hy. Is it safe to keep girl baby in walking chair?

No: Walkers for babies are dangerous. They can easily tip over and cause serious head injury. They also delay motor development, rather than advance it. ...Read more

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Son takes antibiotics, can he go for swimming lessons?

Son takes antibiotics, can he go for swimming lessons?

Usually : As long as the kid is feeling well enough to swim, there is no reason swimming would be bad for them.There are a few abx that encourage you to avoid intense sun exposure while they are on med, that is a separate issue. ...Read more

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Would taking karate lessons improve my self-defense abilities?

Would taking karate lessons improve my self-defense abilities?

Yes: karate will help to develop your strength and balance, and teach you good form so that you don't injure yourself doing a punch or kick. If you are ONLY interested in self defense, then a martial art that is more street oriented may be of more help. For instance, krav maga and Jeet kune do train wearing shoes and not in bare feet. It is only for self defense and not for tournaments. ...Read more

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How soon can I enroll my baby in dance classes?

How soon can I enroll my baby in dance classes?

2-3 years: Most dance studios have classes for toddlers, but expect them to be more exploration of movement than dance training. Most two and three year olds are wiggly and have short attention spans! it's also a common age for separation anxiety and you may not be able to pry them off your leg long enough for them to participate. ...Read more

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How can I prevent injury when taking ballroom dance lessons?

How can I prevent injury when taking ballroom dance lessons?

Stretch and.........: The key to any sport is to stay in aerobic shape, always stretch before exercise, and stay well hydrated. If you feel pain, talk to the dance instructor about additional ways to prevent injury - don't be afraid to sit out a dance or two if you feel tired. ...Read more

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When will my baby learn to climb stairs?

When will my baby learn to climb stairs?

Once mobile: Children are natural explorers and are fast. If you have stairs gate them off to prevent your child from climbing when you are not watching and with him. Most children can climb up pretty easily but have trouble descending. They need constant supervision to avoid a fall. Anytime after a child learns to walk they may try.....Some before. Children are surprising. ...Read more

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How soon can I enroll my baby in music classes?

How soon can I enroll my baby in music classes?

5-6 years: Every child is different, of course, and some will do better under this age. However, most kids will not have the patience and attention span to get much out of lessons under this age. After all, this is when real school starts. From 3-5 years, most places will want parents there to help focus. After 6, they are ready to go solo and focus more. ...Read more

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When children swallow swimming pool water, can it make them sick?

When children swallow swimming pool water, can it make them sick?

Pool water: If the pool is properly maintained and the water properly treated, the liklihood of serious illness is minimal. If non-toilet trained infants/children are swimming, transmission of giardiasis, cryptosporidium and enteroviruses ( echo virus and coxsackie virus) all causes of diarrheal illness is possible. ...Read more

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Is it safe to do eye gymnastics while riding train or subway?

Is it safe to do eye gymnastics while riding train or subway?

Yes: There is no problem with this provided the motion of the vehicle will not cause you to get dizzy or nauseated while this is taking place. Others riding you might look askance at the eye motions while you are doing this but if that social issue is not problem, then go ahead and do the exercises. ...Read more

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School nurse needs advise on excusing girls from swimming during menses when student won't use tampons. Big pushback from PE staff.

School nurse needs advise on excusing girls from swimming during menses when student won't use tampons.  Big pushback from PE staff.

Oh my.....: Teaching staff absolutely cannot dictate a girl's choice in this matter. Humiliating a girl into wearing a tampon or bleeding everywhere is unacceptable. To deter abuse of the privilege by students, a good compromise may be not an excuse from PE, just from swimming. They can dress out in shorts/tee and sit poolside if needed to attend class.Forcible use of tampons is assault. Humiliation is abuse ...Read more

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