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Grinding On A Stuffed Animal
Hi my six year playes with herself a lot I notice sometimes she using her stuffed animal and I wanted to know if this is normal, or if it's not normal?
Normal development: It feels good. This is normal. Your job as a parent is to gently teach her that this is private behavior without punishing her for doing something so natural. These are tricky waters and you will do just fine! I am very happy that you asked this question. ...Read more
My son is 7 months old is it ok for him to have a stuffed animal with no tags or anything in his crib at night to snuggle?
Should I be concerned if my stepson, 17 1/2 yrs old, still sleeps with a stuffed animal. He even packs it with him for vacations.?
Unsure: What is the harm? If it doesn't cause any harm, I wouldn't worry about it. Has he been through some trauma? Sometimes, people need something to help calm them, and decrease anxiety. Perhaps he just likes having something under his arm- some people sleep with a pillow there. In the long run, I don't think it's a problem unless *he's* concerned or it prevents him from interacting with others.. ...Read more
Yes: Lice need a host to survive, and typically won't live longer than 1-2 days on an inanimate object. They won't survive temperature extremes, so microwaving or just washing in hot water in the washing machine should do the trick. Be careful with the microwave however; if there are plastic components or materials within the stuffed animal, microwaving could cause release of noxious materials. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I found a sewing needle in my stuffed animal, it stabbed me. Now I have a bug bite looking mark on my arm. Doesn't hurt or burn, should I see some one?
Tetanus prophylaxis: And infection needs to be coveredGet a more detailed answer ›
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Wait...: I don't generally recommend any objects in the crib except your baby. If you must I would at least wait until over one year in age, probably closer to two years. After one year the risk of sids is greatly diminished but I would recommend a longer period of time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I feel stuffed up about the same time everyday. I've lived in same home for years. No new plants or animals. It only lasts two hours or so?
I am wondering when it is appropriate for me to give up my stuffed animals due to asthma and allergies and should I feel bad about needing to do it?
See an allergist: The only reason to give them up is if you're allergic to dust mites, and the exposure to the allergens in the toys is making your symptoms worse. Short of getting rid of them, you can reduce the allergen content by putting them in the freezer overnight to kill the dust mites, then put them in the dryer on the fluff cycle to shake most of the allergen out of them. Repeat every 1-2 months. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Used Lysol professional spray on my daughters stuffed animals and she broke out in hives. Could the Lysol have done it?
My 2 yr old has started to hump her stuffed animals & pillows. What does this mean? Is it a form of masturbation? Do I make her stop or set boundaries
Masturbation is a: Normal phenomenon in toddlers. You need to take your child to her pediatrician if she masturbates to the point of soreness or injury, numerous times a day, cannot stop masturbating, inserts objects into her vagina or anus, makes groaning or moaning sounds when masturbating or engages in thrusting motions while masturbating, as these may be signs of child molest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does bad germs like coughs and flu stick to soft surfaces like blankets and clothes and stuffed animals.
Depends on the germs: Pink eye can be caused by a variety of germs, including various viruses and bacteria. If your kiddo has pink eye and likes to snuggle stuffed animals, it'd be a good idea to make sure the stuffed animals were given a thorough cleaning once the pink eye is cleared up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer