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How Can I Prevent My Baby From Getting Colds
It's hard to prevent: You obviously should keep the child from other people with colds and clean things other babies have played with before letting your baby play with it. However, our immune system needs to fight infections to become stronger and you really can't stop it. So prevent what you can but realize that it's going to happen at some point. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sunlight: Babies and parents suffer jet lag (an imbalance between your internal clock and local time) after rapid east- or west-bound travel such as a plane flight. If possible, before traveling try to move your baby's daily routine by a few hours towards the new time zone. Once you have arrived, get out into the day light to help your baby naturally adjust to the new time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Vaccine if qualified: Dr.Roberts has detailed the basics. Yet parents can bring the virus home from the workplace so kids are not the only source. There is a RSV vaccine that is quite expencive and sometimes given monthly during the season. It provides a transient booste in babies immunity to that virus. Treatment is limited to the most vunerable premi's. The shots run into thousands of dollars per dose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Breastfeed!: Breastfeeding is shown to be protective for children with a strong family history of allergies. If unable to breast feed, try a hypoallergenic formula such as "nutramigen" or "alimentum". Try to avoid introducing baby foods until 4-6 months of age; once you do, introduce them slowly. Interestingly, exposure to dogs & cats appears to reduce the risk of becoming allergic to those household pets! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vaccinate!: Measles is very very preventable - the MMR vaccine (the only available product for measles prevention in the US) is safe and should be used universally. There is absolutely no connection between giving MMR vaccine and conditions such as autism. There are many studies available to document this from very credible sources, especially the CDC. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
For a healthy baby..: ...Without an additional risk factor (such as prematurity or family history of sids), sleeping on her back in a clean, smoke-free, well-ventilated room, without pillows or heavy covers, and without co-sleeping, offers the best chance for avoiding sids. Additional measures may be needed for high-risk babies. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: If you are referring to the present scare, this reported flu strain has only been associated with pig to human transmission, not human to human transfer. It is also a mild strain and no one has died and only 2 have needed hospitalization. What i would like to point out here is the "news press" and it's affinity to blow things out of proportion and only report what will get ratings. Talk to docs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sunlight : Jet lag is caused by switching time zones suddenly in east or west direction; this causes your internal clock to be out of synch with the 'real world'. Jet lag often creates sleep difficulties, irritability, upset stomach and headache. Your body uses sunlight and melatonin to set its internal clock. Take it easy the first few days and expose your baby to daylight to help reset his internal clock. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Barrier cream: Always use barrier cream or ointment with each diaper change. Baby's get diaper rash because their skin comes into contact with their urine and feces. If you form a barrier on their skin, this helps prevent rash. Examples include vaseline, aquaphor, desitin, (zinc oxide diaper cream) bag balm, etc. ...Read more
Conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis is very common, usually caused by commonly found viruses or bacteria. The most important safeguards you can take are to avoid contact with anyone who has pink eye and to make sure you wash your hands thoroughly when you are concerned that you have touched something that is contaminated. Also, keep your hands off your eyes in case there are germs on your hands. ...Read more
Avoid staining foods: Teeth become yellow for 2 main reasons- staining foods- the most common are coffee, tomato sauce, and wine. Avoiding these and other staining foods are your best bet. If you can using a straw so it does not get in your front teeth helps. The second reason is due to loss of enamel or the harder outer white layer of teeth. Unfortunatley this happens as you get older, but acidic drinks/foods also. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Poultry farmer risks: Best info I have seen so far on keeping chickens: http://www.Cdc.Gov/features/salmonellapoultry/?S_cid=fb1544. ...Read more
Stay away from: people who are sick. Wash hands often & thoroughly. Try to sleep 8 hours a night if an adult. Exercise regularly. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables and 4 of fruit per day. Avoid Coffee, Caffeine, Alcohol & salt or just use them in moderation. Use effective stress control. Enjoy your life. Stay well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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