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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?
Wait: When he can stand up in his crib he will be beyond the age when these soft cuddly things can cause suffocation. We lose about 100 infants a year to soft bedding, plush toys, etc. I hope we can help you avoid the risk. ...Read more
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 more
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?
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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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
My child has pink eye, which the doctor says is contagious. Is it necessary to wash stuffed animals?
How long can viruses or bacteria from eye infection live on surfaces - porous (stuffed animals)& nonporous (door knobs)?
How long does the pink eye virus stay infectious on objects? I'm specifically thinking of my children's toys, especially their stuffed animals. My son has pink eye, and we're trying to avoid my daughter getting it, so I'm not allowing them to share toys r
There: There are several different viruses that can cause pink eye. In general I would say a few days. Some viruses can likely live longer. The scientific studies on this subject seem to be all over the place. Regardless, this points out the hand washing. ...Read more
Many bad effects: Bruxism, or grinding of the teeth at night can be devastating to the teeth, muscles, the jaw joints and your overall health. It can wear down the teeth, affecting a domino effect of gum disease, loose teeth, shifting and moving of the teeth, headaches, on and on. It is not something that should be ignored or put off. See a dentist asap to avoid problems later. ...Read more
Dentist: Should see a dentist and possibly get to source of the grinding or have a custom mouthpiece constructed. If the teeth are worn down, this will change your bite, which in turn can cause muscle and TMJ problems. ...Read more
How well does the guard fit? Why are you doing it?
The guard must fit well. But:
problems: peroxyl is no longer in gel form only liquid, so it would be hard to place it in your guard and then the guard on your teeth, without spilling the peroxyl. (that won't work)
if you want to whiten your teeth, see your dentist who can evaluate the guard fit and dispense proper whitening gel. ...Read more
Growth: Jaw develops for years sometimes after you have finished growing. Grinding can affect your TMJ joint making this worse. ...Read more
Varies: There are a number of conditions that can contribute, most of which involve an abnormality on the under surface of the scapula. Osteochondroma a and other bony prominences can impinge on the rib cage, with motion; sometimes an increased thoracic kyphosis or a hyper mobility syndrome can contribute as well. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated. ...Read more
Molars: Molars are designed to crush food and to grind it up, unlike your incisors that are designed to cut through the food. Without your molars you will have a difficult time chewing or grinding food, and the excess wear and tear on your incisors will result in their premature loss. ...Read more
I'm having crepitus and grinding over my shoulder blades over a year now. I never had injury, had PT but didn't work. What is it?
Arthritis: The presence of crepitus and grinding in a joint such as a shoulder is usually indicative of arthritis. There may also be some ligimant damage as well. A MRI would provide more information. Generally PT will help with strength and range of montion, but when PT fails the usual last resort is surgery. ...Read more
I've been grinding walls in an 100 year-old house and I feel terrible last time I felt this way it was from the fixadent recall 6 years ago?
Please clarify: You did not include anything on which to give you an answer. The word "terrible' is not in any way descriptive nor are you including any symptoms on which we can comment. ...Read more