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Can I take my newborn into public?

Can I take my newborn into public?

No: Newborns are more prone to infection so you wouldn't think of having someone with a "cold" or fever be around the baby in your house where you can control who visits. Therefore, for at least the first few weeks during seasons other than winter (when there's fewer infections around) and for longer during the winter season, no malls, supermarkets, airports & the like. Walks and drives are fine. ...Read more

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The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


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Can I take my newborn out in public?

Can I take my newborn out in public?

It depends: Well, yes and no. In the first few months, it's best to avoid large groups of people so as to minimize your baby's exposure to infection. Your newborn's immune system is still immature and he is more susceptible to infection than an older child is. Even a cold in a toddler can cause serious breathing problems in an infant. It's still okay though (and good!) to take your baby for walks outside. ...Read more

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When can I put my baby in a booster seat?

When can I put my baby in a booster seat?

Depends on child: The booster is designed so the waist belt does not ride up on the abdomen in a head on crash.These seats offer almost no protection in a side impact or roll over. We now have 5 point harness systems that protect better and fit kids up to 65-85 lb. I keep kids in a harness system as long as possible and use boosters for the 6-12yo. ...Read more

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How can I keep my child safe in the carseat?

How can I keep my child safe in the carseat?

Proper installation: And proper car seat. Follow the guidelines from the american academy of pediatrics, following the link below. http://www.healthychildren.org and going to the car sear section. ...Read more

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How quickly can I bring my kids in public after being sick?

How quickly can I bring my kids in public after being sick?

Recovery: It depends on the severity of the illness. Routine illnesses like colds can go out to play the next day, With more severe illnesses your child should return gradually ...Read more

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How can I make the best arrangements for my other children when I go into labor?

How can I make the best arrangements for my other children when I go into labor?

Plan Ahead: You are usually not able to bring other children to the delivery suite during labor, nor would you be able to care for them and manage them. Make a plan as delivery nears to have a friend, relative, or other caregiver available and "on call" to take your children when you need to go to the hospital for delivery. ...Read more

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How can I cope with putting my husband into a nursing home?

Keep contact: Keep a lot of physical contact ( daily and for several hours if possible)with him. Pay attention to how he feels & how he is treated at that place. Make sure you explored other possibilities first. ...Read more

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My baby's almost a week old, when can I take him outside? And when can I leave the house to do things?

My baby's almost a week old, when can I take him outside? And when can I leave the house to do things?

No official time...: The american academy of pediatrics has no specific age cutoff before going in public. Airlines need a docs permission if newborn flying is less than 1 week. It's really up to you. The newborn's immune system isn't completely developed yet, so viruses and bacteria can be more harmful. Use common sense, and lots of hand washing. Make sure close contacts have their whooping cough booster (tdap). ...Read more

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Should I invite my children into the delivery room?

Should I invite my children into the delivery room?

See below: This is a somewhat cultural issue. It is going to be a decision for you and your partner, but should also take into account the desires of the birthing place and your obstetrician. One point of view is that children might be in the way if there is a problem. Others might feel that this is a part of life that they should be exposed to. Good luck. ...Read more

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When can I give my newborn a bath?

When can I give my newborn a bath?

After the cord falls: You can give your baby a bath after the cord has fallen off and the umbilical stump (where the cord has fallen off) is dry. This usually occurs around 2-3 weeks of life. ...Read more

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When can I give my newborn a bath?

When can I give my newborn a bath?

Anytime: A healthy full term baby can be bathed. Make sure the water is not too hot or too cold as they cannot maintain their temperature well. A short quick bath is best. No hard scrubbing. ...Read more

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How can I keep my 15-month-old safe in traffic?

How can I keep my 15-month-old safe in traffic?

Hold your child: Hold onto your child when you are near traffic. Supervise outside play areas. ...Read more

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When can I put my newborn in a car seat?

Day of birth: A car seat should be used from the day of birth ANYTIME infant is traveling in a car. If baby was premature or very tiny, bring the car seat up to the hospital and ask the baby be monitored in your car seat to make sure breathing is fine in that seat. If not, car beds for premature infants are available until the baby gets big enough for a conventional car seat. ...Read more

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How can I keep my 18-month-old safe in traffic?

How can I keep my 18-month-old safe in traffic?

Hold your child: Hold onto your child when you are near traffic. Provide a play area where balls and riding toys cannot roll into the street. ...Read more

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After using Vicks baby rib, how long until I can take my baby outside?

After using Vicks baby rib, how long until I can take my baby outside?

Whenever you like: You can take your baby outside, properly dressed for the weather, whenever you wish. ...Read more

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Accidentally drank my husband's water w/ vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) in it. When will the medication be completely out of my system so I can nurse again?

Accidentally drank my husband's water w/ vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)  in it. When will the medication be completely out of my system so I can nurse again?

That's a tough one, : because there are so many variables related to the body size & function of the person taking Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) & it depends on the dose. You may want to give your pharmacist some details to get more individualized information, but the average time for the metabolite dextroamphetamine in a 70 mg. dose of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) to be completely eliminated is about 2 & a half days to "under 3 days". ...Read more

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How can I keep my baby safe in the car?

How can I keep my baby safe in the car?

Proper installation: And proper car seat. Follow the guidelines from the american academy of pediatrics, following the link below. http://www.healthychildren.org and going to the car sear section. ...Read more

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I really want to nurse my baby. Is it safe to nurse her immediately after birth and through-out while i'm on the medication from having a c-section?

I really want to nurse my baby. Is it safe to nurse her immediately after birth and through-out while i'm on the medication from having a c-section?

Absolutely: The sooner the better after your surgery. Talk to the nursery staff before the operation and let them know you want to nurse the baby when you are in the recovery room if you are stable. They can bring the baby in there and hold to your breast and let the baby root and lick the nipple and even take a few sucks. It's great. The meds are not a problem at all unless you have a serious problem. ...Read more

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My baby is 3 months old. When can I take her to a public swimming pool ?

My baby is 3 months old. When can I take her to a public swimming pool ?

3mo old: Firstly public pools are the worst when it comes to contamination. I would suggest that you wait till 6mo of age. ...Read more

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