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Why is it unsafe to use deet bug sprays on children?

Why is it unsafe to use deet bug sprays on children?

DEET bug spray: When used in concentraions of 10% and lower, deet insect repellents are safe. Higher doses cause neurotoxicity like slurred speech, confusion, and seizures. The product should be applied to clothing when possible, and the hands, eyes, and mouths of young children should be avoided. ...Read more

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Is tempra (acetaminophen) paint on the baby's skin safe?

Is tempra (acetaminophen) paint on the baby's skin safe?

Yes: Tempera paint is safe to use on skin and has been widely used as a body paint. However, it flakes away from the skin very quickly after it dries, so it is not suitable for long-term use. ...Read more

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Is taking tizanidine 4mg safe for children under the age of 16?

Is taking tizanidine 4mg safe for children under the age of 16?

No data exists: You have stumbled into the world that the typical pediatrician deals with daily. For many medications such as this one there is no data to answer your question. No research has been done in children to answer the therapeutic question you pose. Ergo, as a pediatrician & a parent we must weigh the possible beneficial effects vs the unknown for the use in a child. Consider an alternative medication. ...Read more

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Is is safe to use menthol gel on babies?

Is is safe to use menthol gel on babies?

No: Ingesting (putting it on the mouth) menthol can be poisonous and even fatal in some cases. There have been even reports of infants developing respiratory difficulty and turning blue with the application of menthol containing products near the baby's face/ nose (like vapor rub). Please consult with your pcp if you are planning to use it in another area of your child's body (i will not recommend). ...Read more

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Is there any type of safe mosquito repellant to use on a 21 month old child?

Is there any type of safe mosquito repellant to use on a 21 month old child?

Agree though: Keep baby safe but you can use deet 30% & below if follow safely rules. Children may wear clothing with long pants & long sleeves while outdoors. If high risk area, permethrins can be used sparingly on clothing and deet on exposed skin if hands, eyes and mouth are kept safe from deet since that age group would end up licking the deet! the cdc & american academy of pediatrics both endorse this plan. ...Read more

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Is calamine lotion safe to use on babies?

Is calamine lotion safe to use on babies?

No: The only thing calamine lotion will help with is drying up blisters. If there are blisters, then put it only on the blisters and not the normal skin. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use bug spray with deet on young children, and if so should the amount used differ from adult to child?

Is it ok to use bug spray with deet on young children, and if so should the amount used differ from adult to child?

Deet 10-30%: Both the cdc and american academy of pediatrics support the safe use of deet 30% and below for children over 2 months of age. Parents should not let children apply it themselves and it should only be applied to exposed skin and not hands that may go into little ones mouths. Repeated studies have shown safety. Avoid oil of lemon eucalyptus for those under 3 years of age --it is not safe. ...Read more

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Is it safe to buy used toys for my child?

Is it safe to buy used toys for my child?

Yes: In general, it is safe to buy used toys. Disinfect them before use, and check them against recall lists to make sure they have not been recalled. ...Read more

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Is it safe to vaccinate children?

Is it safe to vaccinate children?

Risk:benefit: No medication, supplement or vaccine is 100% without risk to all people. In the case of vaccines, the risk of serious illness, disability or death is considered far higher than the risks of vaccination. For this reason, Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization have adopted vaccine schedule recommendations which have been spectacularly successful in reducing disease. ...Read more

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Is the meningococcal vaccine safe for children under 3?

Is the meningococcal vaccine safe for children under 3?

CDC recomendations: The cdc has recommended the use of the Meningococcal vaccine as early as 9 months to kids with specific medical risk factors. (traveling in endemic areas, immune issues)its use between 2 -10 years has also been recommended for kids with a broader group of medical conditions. It is considered as safe & effective but the child may need booster shots to maintain protective effect when older. ...Read more

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Is behr paint safe for pregnant women and newborns?

Is behr paint safe for pregnant women and newborns?

Best to hold off: Every paint has organic solvents that evaporate into the air. I am not aware of any studies on this topic. Since we really don't know the answer and there is no reason to expose pregnant women & newborns to this-i would hold off on painting for awhil, or keep away from the fumes for 1-2 days and let the place air out. ...Read more

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Is the supplement congaplex safe for young children?

Is the supplement congaplex safe for young children?

Probably, but...: Congaplex probably will not cause harm, but I do not see any dosing recommendations for small children. Unfortunately, with vitamins and supplements more is not always better so caution is advised. There are also numerous components that could be allergenic - thymus, kidney, adrenal gland, and wheat germ. So if you choose to give it, I would watch closely for a reaction. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use anti-itch cream on my child?

Is it safe to use anti-itch cream on my child?

Yes: Small children have thinner skin, and are more sensitive to the effects of topical preparations. ...Read more

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Is there a brand of bug spray that's safe for babies or young children? Or is it safe to use ordinary bug spray?

Is there a brand of bug spray that's safe for babies or young children? Or is it safe to use ordinary bug spray?

DEET: Up to 20% DEET can be put on the skin as long as it's not on longer than 4-6 hours and you wash it off with soap and water at the end of the day. 100% DEET can be put on clothing as a repellent. There are also now wrist repellents that kids can wear, although might be a bit big for a baby or toddler. Light weight long pants and sleeves also helpful. If any skin irritation, stop use. ...Read more