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Is It Ok To Hold Baby While Standing Near Microwave
Yes: Stray microwaves do not escape from the microwave oven when it is in operation. ...Read more
IMHO: Yes, you can — but be careful not too warm! Stir well to avoid hot spots. Also, it is not necessary. Room temp is fine, so is refrigerator cold. Unless your baby really doesn't like it without warming. The guide might be warm foods that you'll serve warm later than your baby eats table food with you. Enjoy your little one! ...Read more
I stood in front of a microwave in use while looking for something in the shelf above it have I caused damage to my unborn baby?
Microwave oven=safe: Modern microwave ovens do not emit appreciable amounts of radiation because of their inherant design. You got very little exposure because of the 'protective grid' on the front of the oven prevents the microwaves at 2, 450 mhz from escaping. Also, an interlock switch is used to deenergize the magnetron when the door is opened. Finally, the door is sealed. Time to worry only if the door/grid are damaged. ...Read more
No!: Radiation produced by a microwave is "non-ionizing." it does not have cancer causing risks like ionizing radiation from x-rays. The biggest hazard is microwaving liquids: superheating to over the boiling point without bubbles of vapor forming in the liquid. When the liquid is disturbed-boiling can explosively start-violently ejecting boiling liquid from the container causing severe scalding. ...Read more
Husband opened microwave before it stopped (twice). I was sitting about 7 ft away. 26 weeks pregnant. Can that harm baby?
No: Do not worry. No issues known for this situation. ...Read more
When I was a young child I put an old thermometer in the microwave and it exploded. Could I be at risk of mercury poisoning ten years later?
Maybe: It doesn't take much mercury to be toxic. If you ate any food that was prepared in the microwave, no telling how much methylmercury you've consumed. I recommend you see a physician member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) or International College of Integrative Medicine (ICIM) for evaluation for treatment. I would use a combination of oral DMSA and IV or oral EDTA. ...Read more
I am 9 wks pregnant and I melted a plastic bowl in my microwave. My house still smells like burnt plastic. Can I harm my baby because of the fumes?
37 weeks pregnant and burnt a plastic cup in microwave. When I opened microwave, fumes poured out. I inhaled much of the fumes. Any risk to my baby?
No significant risk: Plastic fumes are not good for anyone but by 37 weeks your baby is almost fully developed and this should not have a significant effect. This would have been more worrisome in the first trimester (but even than would probably be OK unless you really inhaled a large amount). Don't worry. Hope your delivery goes smoothly! ...Read more
19 weeks pregnant and been eating microwave popcorn a few times a week. Someone said the lining in the bag could cause miscarriage or damage to baby. Is this true? I never heard this before.
Not likely: The main risk is from inhaling diacetyl fumes and most who got sick did so through occupational exposure. Many manufacturers have since removed diacetyl from their microwave popcorn. You can make your own microwave popcorn by putting plain kernels in a clean brown paper lunch bag, fold the top over a few times, and heat on the popcorn setting of your microwave. Add melted butter if you like. ...Read more
No: Babies are not born knowing how to swim. A baby can sometimes hold their breath as a reflex, but this should not be mistaken as an innate ability to swim. Water can be very dangerous for your baby: it takes a very short time for a baby to drown. It is extremely important that you carefully monitor your baby at all times whenever he or she is near water, and this includes the bath tub. ...Read more
Breath holding spell: Breath holding spells are common in infants, frightening looking, but the baby can easily be stimulated to take a breath. Should wake up and be normal, not drowsy. ...Read more
Why is my 9month old so active? Ever since she was an infant, she has been very active. Moving all the time, won't hold still at all. Dr says she's fine.
Maybe normal : An extremely active 9 month old may be normal, or the hyperactivity might be an early sign of a neurodevelopmental problem. If it persists, discuss with pediatrician at every visit. ...Read more
Is it normal for a 3 mth old infant to hold his stools inside while he sleeps and only pass motion when he wakes up after 8-10 hrs?
Yes: This is fine and totally harmless.Get a more detailed answer ›
Bad idea: The microwave can zap a lot of heat into a bottle that you only realize after baby has burned her mouth. Feeling the outside of the bottle won't cot it & sticking your finger in it is not hygienic. Some kids will enjoy it cool & those who like it warm deserve the sauce pan/thermometer method. ...Read more
?FOOD: It is not bad to eat microwaved food. The microwave heats the food up and microwave "radiation" if that is what you are concerned about, is not harmful from a normally functioning device or found in any significant levels of the food. ...Read more
Really the: The Greatest danger that a microwave poses to your food, is if you use non-microwave safe storage/cookware in a microwave, particularly plastic based. As this can allow harmful toxins to leach into your food. ...Read more
For the most part:
If you fry foods at too low a temperature or put too much food in the pan it will lengthen the time it takes to cook and will cause the food to absorb more fat from the oils. Some oils are less healthy than others. Studies support the notion that fried foods increase the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Frying in a canola oil
for very brief time at high temp may be less harmful. ...Read more
Controversial: I am not aware of a difinitive answe to that question. ...Read more
No: The reason that we cover food in the microwave is to protect the microwave against splattered food, not to protect the food. ...Read more
No valid info: There is no scientifically valid information that would define a lifetime limit on microwaved food. ...Read more
It depends:: Don't eat microwaved butter popcorn. When microwaved it produces the poison gas phosgene. Some people eating 3-4 bags a day developed advanced lung disease. Avoid microwaving in plastic containers, even those labeled "safe". Microwaving vegetables lightly is fine, but microwaving too long destroys the nutritional content. ...Read more
Mayonnaise: Possible, not serious, stomach upset that goes away. If not, consult your pcp. ...Read more
Microwave is safe: If used properly a microwave is safe. Better to warm things in glass than plastic and cover with a moist piece of papper towel to prevent splatter. Be careful, since things can getvery hot in a microwave-do not want to get a burn. ...Read more
Do microwaves cause cancer? I've heard several times that microwaving your food can cause cancer.
There is no evidence that microwaving foods causes cancer.
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