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Is 38 Too Old To Have A Baby
Natural or assisted?: I believe unassisted pregnancy into the fifth decade has been reported. It is rare now since risks of a genetic defect are so high. Assisted pregnancy (internationally) with mom having special care & donor embryo has been reported as late as ~60 if memory serves me right. Sadly, i believe that mom died a few years later. There are amazing things we can do, but whether we should do them is ? ...Read more
Not the issue: Dad's can produce babies forever - the age of the mom is important for safety of the mom and health of the baby. You need to decide how old is too old - you want to make sure that you are able to enjoy your child and their milestones. ...Read more
Depends: It is unusual for women past their mid 40s to conceive though it does happen. While medically it is possible with donor eggs for women to conceive well past menopause, there are medical concerns about the health of the mother, and ethical concerns about bringing a child into the world in which the mother is unlikely to live long enough too see them through to adulthood. ...Read more
Depends on situation: As long as you are still ovulating you can have kids.Any pregnancy has at least 4% risk of unexpected issues, including birth defects, prematurity or other problems. To that basic risk you must add that of your health & the increased in chromosome defects with age.At 44 your down syndrome risk rises to 1%. Talk with a genetic counselor to understand your specific risks (includes dad) ...Read more
I have a newborn who is throwing up a lot. How much is too much? When should I consider going to hospital? She is a female and is three weeks old
You : You should contact you pediatrician as soon as possible, first to make sure she is not dehydrated and second to make sure she does not have a GI problem that needs addressing. This may only be a case of "spitting up" after a feeding but it requires immediate evaluation by her physician. ...Read more
Not typical, but: That's not typical but within normal limits. It's about time for you to take your child to a pedodontist for his\her first check-up anyway. Often, teeth can be felt below the gum line by a dentist when they may not be apparent to you. ...Read more
My 3 year old has a cold. She is coughing a lot. Is there anything that i can give her that is safe for her age?
Not very: A 16 year old who is a full adult size, and otherwise healthy, with a healthy body weight, is not in much danger to have a baby physically. Emotionally, however, that may be a different story. It is difficult to raise a child as a 30 year old let alone at 16 years old. With a good support system, however, anything is possible. ...Read more
Is it healthy for a teenager to have a big appetite? Is it wrong for a teenager to have a big appetite? My daughter is 14 years old and she eats all the time but she doesn't gain weight. She says she loves food. Is this normal. I was young too and can eat
Most : Most girls have a growth spurt between the ages of 10 to 14 years old. This is a time of growth as well as the development that comes with puberty. Your daughter may require extra calories. If she is physically active she will be burning calories faster. You can check with your doctor to see if she is in the normal weight range for a girl of her height. What is important is that she eats healthy and well balanced meals, hydrates well with water and remains physically active. One possible drawback to eating large amounts is that it can become a habit. As she gets older or if she becomes more sedentary, her caloric needs can decrease. If that happened and she continued to have a high food intake (especially if we are talking junk food); then she could experience an unhealthy weight gain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it bad if my five year old has pinworms and I have an infant not even a week old yet how could this effect him ?
Pinworms: Enterobius vermicularis is a colonic intestinal parasite that is incredibly easy to spread among multiple family members. Treating everybody simultaneously and laundering any clothing and bedclothing likely to have become contaiminated is the best way to manage this. See your pediaticain. There are otc meds available but i cannot vouch for their efficacy. ...Read more
I have a 5 month old baby and my in-laws want to give her a bottle of tea. Is this ok for babies?
Not really: Need to find out what triggered it off.Please take your child to his/her pediatrician before things get out of control. ...Read more
I am a male aged 53 years and my wife is 38 years old. We have a kid which is five years old. We would like to have a another baby. Is it possible?
Absolutely!: You most likely have viable sperm still. You have already proven that you can do it by having your 5yo. The fact that your wife is still in her 30s is great, because the risks of pregnancy and baby-trouble in 40yo mothers is much greater. I would say, "go for it!". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How old do you have to be to use a tampon... Because my mom thinks that I should be older... By the way, my mom is Asian so she is a bit strict.......?
Need communication: If you are asking the question personally as it appears, you may be old enough as you seem aware of your body and options. But cultural issues are very important, as are the ability to communicate openly between mother and daughter. Once you start having your period is often a reasonable time to look at options; in your case, it may help to have you and your mother talk with your physician. ...Read more
Is it possible to have a baby with my bf 42yrs old, while im 21yrs old? Is it healthy to have a baby?
Sure.: If you both are reasonably healthy. Men in their 80s have fathered healthy babies. ...Read more
Find a sitter: No kid at this age can see far enough to be entertained by such a show. They cannot retain any memory of the event, and it's caretakers may be so distracted that they neglect the babies needs.Having a small baby requires you modify your life to accommodate them, not the opposite. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I think i may have a super baby ! is it ok for him to hold hi own bottle, he is a little over 3 months?
If he can: If he can, why not? Hate to tell you though that nearly everyone thinks her/his baby is super and deservedly so. ...Read more
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