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Doctor insights on: Do I Need Shots To Hold A Baby

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Is there mercury in babies' flu shots in the u.S.?

Is there mercury in babies' flu shots in the u.S.?

Some don't: It depends on the brand. Some flu shots do *not* have thimerosal - the preservative with mercury in it. Some flu shots have trace amounts. For more info about all shots, thimerosal, and brands: check this link: http://www.Vaccinesafety.Edu/thi-table.Htm#*#* ask your doc what brand do they use. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Do shots for babies have gelatin in them?

Do shots for babies have gelatin in them?

Yes: Some vaccines contain small amounts of pig gelatin: tripedia dtap, Fluzone influenza, FluMist nasal spray, mmr, varivax chicken pox . . . According to the children's hospital of philadelphia website. ...Read more

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Are babies born knowing how to hold their breath and swim?

Are babies born knowing how to hold their breath and swim?

Sadly, no: ? the american academy of pediatrics: swimming lessons for infants and toddlers do not protect children from drowning. Children are not ready for formal swimming lessons until after their fourth birthday, because they cannot voluntarily hold their breath for significant amounts of time until that age. Drowning is a leading cause of unintentional injury and death among children. ...Read more

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Why do some babies/kids scream when they get shots?

Why do some babies/kids scream when they get shots?

Reading babies minds: If only i could read babies minds my job as pediatrician would be so much easier! obviously we are not absolutely certain as to why some babies cry more than other while receiving shots, however, by extrapolating from older children & adults, we know that some individuals seem to feel pain more intensely than others. Also, the exact site of the shot on the body can influence the degree of pain. ...Read more

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Help can babies still get shots at their 4 months checkup or is it too late?

Help can babies still get shots at their 4 months checkup or is it too late?

Yes: Babies can start their primary series as soon as 6 weeks and as late as circumstances make them. The child is most vulnerable to some of the childhood diseases in early infancy, so any delay is risky, but a good immunity can be built at any point that the vaccines are started. ...Read more

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Can a person who is receiving radiation treatment hold an infant?

Can a person who is receiving radiation treatment hold an infant?

See below: Unless the radiation is delivered by implanted seeds, most people receiving external beam radiation are not going to place a child at risk. Check with your doctors to see which type of radiation that you are receiving. ...Read more