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Is it ok if I put sunscreen on my baby hands and she puts them in her mouth?

Is it ok if I put sunscreen on my baby hands and she puts them in her mouth?

No: It's not a good idea for infants to ingest sunscreen. For this very reason, i recommend that sunscreen not be put on the hands of babies. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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My infant was kissed on her hand by someone with a history of cold sores (no active sore). She put her hand in her mouth; could she contracted hsv-1?

My infant was kissed on her hand by someone with a history of cold sores (no active sore). She put her hand in her mouth; could she contracted hsv-1?

An older infant?: Actually, the majority of the population has had hsv-1 oral herpes already. We try not to spread obvious germs, so people with cold sores shouldn't kiss until the sores are gone. With young babies, it's best to avoid getting infections from other people. After a baby is older and stronger, such as at the toddler age, getting an hsv-1 infection causes mouth and gum sores, but the toddlers recover. ...Read more

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I use chemical sunscreen on my face daily. Should i be concern if my baby touch or brush across my face briefly and puts his hands in his mouth later?

I use chemical sunscreen on my face daily. Should i be concern if my baby touch or brush across my face briefly and puts his hands in his mouth later?

Likely not: I would not be concerned unless you have just applied it to your face and it is still wet. If the babies hands are wet when they touch your face then wash the babies hands before he puts them in his mouth. Well that is probably overkill but if you are concerned then it gives you some peace of mind :) ...Read more

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What is a common hand, foot and mouth disease in babies?

What is a common hand, foot and mouth disease in babies?

Fever/spots/pain: Hfm is a viral gut infection. Some kids can have it & run a brief temperature & never show other symptoms. Some have fever, localized spots on their wrists & nothing else. Some have terrible mouth sores, spots on wrists/forearms/legs feet & around the bottom & have cramping & loose stools. So fever, loose stools &cramps, amount & location of blisters seem to be the main variables. ...Read more

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My infant and toddler both have hand foot & mouth. Are they still contagious once the spots appear? Also my infant is 9mths old. Dangerous or ok?

My infant and toddler both have hand foot & mouth. Are they still contagious once the spots appear? Also my infant is 9mths old. Dangerous or ok?

Hand Foot and Mouth: Hand, foot, and mouth disease is usually not serious. The illness is typically mild, and nearly all patients recover in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment. Complications are uncommon except for dehydration. Hand foot and mouth is contagious roughly for a few days before the symptoms appear untill they start to feel better and the spots and ulcers have healed over, so usually about 7 to 10 days. ...Read more

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Do all babies who are exposed to hand, foot and mouth syndrome always get sick?

Do all babies who are exposed to hand, foot and mouth syndrome always get sick?

No: As with any exposure to virtually any infection ever, the one exposed does not always get sick, including infants. Many factors come into play, including the degree of exposure and the competence of the immune system of the one exposed. With many infections, symptoms become apparent within 2-4 days of the exposure. If you are concerned about your baby's health, let your pediatrician know. ...Read more

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Ate cookie with molasses. Scared I dropped cookie crumbs and my 4 month old possibly got them on hand/ into her mouth. Could she get infant botulism?

Ate cookie with molasses. Scared I dropped cookie crumbs and my 4 month old possibly got them on hand/ into her mouth. Could she get infant botulism?

Possible: It is possible to get botulism but it is unlikely. Watch out for symptoms 18 - 36hrs after ingestion. Symptoms in infants are lethargy, weakness, poor feeding, weak cry. Constipation is usually the first symptom to occur. There is nothing for you to do now except observation. If your baby seems to be floppy or develops any of the above symptoms, you need to go to the nearest ER. ...Read more

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Why does my baby put her hands in her mouth?

Why does my baby put her hands in her mouth?

Teething: Teething babies often will put their hands in their mouths to make themselves feel better. Other signs of teething include if they are drooling as well, or tugging at their ears (nerves to the jawbone are shared with the ear which can lead babies to tug at their ears). It may be just exploring their environment too. Just make sure her hands are clean! ...Read more

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My child has cornelia de lange syndrome is it normal for this kids to put their hands in their mouth?

My child has cornelia de lange syndrome is it normal for this kids to put their hands in their mouth?

Yes: It is normal for any kid to put their fingers or hands in their mouth. There are thousands of pleasure nerve fibers in the lips, and kids find them soothing. Normally functioning kids usually grow out of this habit, while those that are mentally challenged may not adapt the social skills of older regular kids. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child has cornelia de lange syndrome is it common for this kids to put their hands in their mouth?

What do you suggest if my child has cornelia de lange syndrome is it common for this kids to put their hands in their mouth?

Foranswers/reference: Putting hands in the mouth is a common feature of children everywhere. Not necessarily related to any specific genetic disorder. Attached there is a link to a site that offers general information and also provides other links to support sites for parents etc. Good luck! http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/cornelia-de-lange-syndrome ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my child has cornelia de lange syndrome is it common for this kids to put their hands in their mouth?

Should i be concerned if my child has cornelia de lange syndrome is it common for this kids to put their hands in their mouth?

Cornelia de Lange: Children with Cornelia de Lange syndrome of often developmentally delayed. The frequent placement of objects and hands in the mouth is common in developmentally delayed children, but does put them at higher risk for self poisoning, illness and choking. ...Read more

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Can a baby start teething at 2 months old he is almost 3 months he puts his hand in his mouth and cries if he can't put it in his mouth?

Can a baby start teething at 2 months old he is almost 3 months he puts his hand in his mouth and cries if he can't put it in his mouth?

Yes: Teething at 3 months is a normal. You can use teething rings and damp frozen wash clothes to help your child cope with the process of erupting the new teeth. Use the appropriate amount tylenol (acetaminophen) for severe teething pain. Avoid using medications that you rub on the gums b/c it only will last for 10 to 15 minutes and will not provide lasting relief. ...Read more

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Ceiling tile removed and particles fell. Baby touched carpet underneath. Put hand mouth. What if she swallowed tiny amount of fiberglass?

Ceiling tile removed and particles fell. Baby touched carpet underneath. Put hand mouth. What if she swallowed tiny amount of fiberglass?

Unlikely: Unless the baby was there for an extended period of time , I would not be concerned! Vacuum thoroughly!!! and NOT TO WORRY...it will pass in feces. ...Read more

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How long after brushing my teeth should I wait to kiss my baby or let her put her hands in my mouth?

How long after brushing my teeth should I wait to kiss my baby or let her put her hands in my mouth?

Don't worry: Just rinse well after brushing to flush away excess toothpaste, then give your baby all the kisses you want. And best possible 1st b'day present, a trip to a Pediatric Dental Specialist for his/her 1st Dental Examination to evaluate dento-facial growth, tooth emergence, oral hygiene for babies, fluoride management, prevention of baby bottle syndrome, etc. ...Read more

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My 9 month baby missed his measels vaccine last week since he is recovering from hand foot mouth disease. When can I put him measels vaccine? Pls adv

My 9 month baby missed his measels vaccine last week since he is recovering from hand foot mouth disease. When can I put him measels vaccine? Pls adv

Okay to wait: Most in the US give the first dose at 1 yr unless there is a significant outbreak in the area, then as early as 6 mo. As long as the baby is well into recovery (drinking well again and fever free) the vaccine could be given at your convenience. Often we wait a month after a bad case of HFM. ...Read more

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Is head crawling in 10.5 months old infant normal? He is also doing weird hand movement (twirling his right hand).

Is head crawling in 10.5 months old infant normal? He is also doing weird hand movement (twirling his right hand).

Concerned : Using the head to crawl is unusual, especially when combined with abnormal head movements. An evaluation of motor strength and unusual muscular tone is warranted. A general pediatrician should be able to perform the initial exam and determine if further work up or referral is necessary. ...Read more

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Why 4 month baby put thumb in her mouth?

Why 4 month baby put thumb in her mouth?

Thumb sucking: Babies tend to put their thumbs in their mouth…their fingers too. As they get older they like to put anything they can hold into their mouths. It's all a part of their development, self-soothing and discovering their world. Remember to keep small items that may be choking hazards out of reach to keep them safe. ...Read more

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Child put a rusted nail in mouth will he get sick, what to do?

Child put a rusted nail in mouth will he get sick, what to do?

Just monitor: The nice thing about the mouth and stomach is they kill a lot of nasty things that may try to get in to your system. It is very unlikely that just sucking on a rusty nail is going to cause any problems or illness. Just monitor closely for a few days and if develops any mouth sores, fever or vomiting a visit to doctor is warranted then. ...Read more

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My son constantly put hands in mouth and smells he smells everything is it cause of concern?

My son constantly put hands in mouth and smells he smells everything is it cause of  concern?

No: How old is your son? If he is a child, it is likely to be phase he is going though and it is harmless, as long as you keep chemicals out of his reach. Wish you and your son good health! ...Read more

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Why does my daughter put her hand in my mouth?

Why does my daughter put her hand in my mouth?

Depends on age: If your daughter is very young, an infant or young child, then putting her hand in your mouth is part of her normal curiosity and exploring of the world around her. If she is older then I would suggest that you talk to her doctor about this behavior. ...Read more

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