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When is it safe to take the rails off my baby's bed?

When is it safe to take the rails off my baby's bed?

Big bed!: Once a toddler is able to climb onto and off of a toddler bed easily, you can remove the safety rails. It is usually a good idea to use a baby safety gate on the door of the child's room, to prevent them from wandering too far if they do get out of bed. ...Read more

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The are no bed rails at nursing home; bed was lowered to the floor. Is that safe if pelvic fracture?

The are no bed rails at nursing home; bed was lowered to the floor. Is that safe if pelvic fracture?

Yes: It's probably the safest thing to do if there are no bed rails. The firm support is good and it is impossible to fall out of bed if the patient forgets where she is. ...Read more

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How concerned should I be about an elbow injury (twisted in fence rails) that is numb to the touch?

How concerned should I be about an elbow injury (twisted in fence rails) that is numb to the touch?

Talk to MD: This could be simply swelling in the joint at the sight of the injury pressing on the nerves. The best course is to see a physician to make sure that there is no permanent damage to the nerves. Go to an urgent care center or an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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My son is almost 7 months old and has started head butting the rails in his crib. Is it safe to put bumpers on the crib?

My son is almost 7 months old and has started head butting the rails in his crib. Is it safe to put bumpers on the crib?

Normal/no: head butting is a normal transitional behavior in some infants.It is usually a self soothing activity like thumb sucking.They do not injure their head doing this.A 7mo can suffocate if the fall asleep next to a soft toy or bumper, so don't be tempted or tragedy may be the outcome. ...Read more

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Can i ride the rails with my arrhythmia? I have arrhythmia and was wondering whether it's safe for me to ride roller coasters. I've ridden them before i was diagnosed and nothing happened, but i wanted to make sure.

Can i ride the rails with my arrhythmia? I have arrhythmia and was wondering whether it's safe for me to ride roller coasters.  I've ridden them before i was diagnosed and nothing happened, but i wanted to make sure.

Depends: Different arrhythmias might make me give you different answers. If you have not had a problem before, likely you will not have one in the future. The triggers for events vary between patients. If your arrhythmia keeps you from enjoying your life, all the more reason to consider getting it fixed. ...Read more

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Saw dr. On fri. Given zpac for bronchitis. Feel like I have a sinus infection now/lungs hurt a lot when i cough. Some rails at night. Pneumonia?

Saw dr. On fri. Given zpac for bronchitis.  Feel like I have a sinus infection now/lungs hurt a lot when i cough.  Some rails at night.  Pneumonia?

Maybe: The symptoms of chest pain with coughing are non specific and can be seen with severe bronchitis, pneumonia, and other problems, "rales" are also not specific, someone in this situation should discuss with their doctor. ...Read more

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What number of different disabilities are there?

What number of different disabilities are there?

Can't calculate them: Disability us more than just an injury or loss of function of a body part it has to do with your occupation and your ability to be retrained. As an example if you lose you 5th finger you would not be disabled if you drive a truck but you could be if you were a concert pianist. If you could train the pianist to play the drums you would no longer be disabled. Disability is a legal not medical term. ...Read more