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Is It Safe For A Newborn Baby To Be Living In The Basement
One week: Make sure you air the room out well to get rid of the ofor which can serve as an irritant. ...Read more
Yes: Healthy birds & babies can easily share the same home. Proper hygenic practices (handwashing etc. ) are needed in the care of both. I would confine the bird to an aviary or cage with limited overlap in their activities. Be aware that babies, infants or todlers do not understand the frail nature of some pet birds and some will not tolerate an inquisitive poke or touch without biting baby hard. ...Read more
Yes: Any illness that mom experiences during pregnancy that has a "blood" phase (germs circulating in the blood) can pass that to baby. That includes std's(syphillis, aids), viruses like the flu, chickenpox& rubella. After the water breaks, the baby can acquire germs from mothers vaginal tract like group b strep. ...Read more
Chickenpox: Chickenpox is a very contagious from one day before to approximately one week after the illness. One is no longer contagious once all blisters have dried up and scabbed. However, you will not contract chickenpox again if you had the disease previously. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unhappy environment: Kids need to witness love + good communications + forgiveness so they can grow up in harmony and be healthy physically and mentally. If they only in the opposite of all that, they will grow up in mental anguish and constant fear and can be damaged for life, depending on the degree of unhappiness (and the verbal + physical violence they witness or suffer from). ...Read more
I have a Wi-Fi router in my baby's room. Is this a health concern/risk for the baby? If so is it still a risk even if the router is in another room?
Not a risk: the router is not a risk; however, it is an electrical device and should be kept away from the infant's reach ...Read more
Yes: The developing fetus shares a blood connection with mom through the placenta. Any germ that enters moms blood may infect the fetus & cause injury or death.This could be as simple as the flu, or as bad as syphilis (std). The sac will protect baby from genital germs unless or until the sac opens prior to or during labor.Invasion of a small hole in the sac by group b strep is often fatal. ...Read more
Crib is ok: A crib is fine. It must meet safety standards so be careful of used cribs avoiding any built in the 1970's or earlier. Those have crib spindles/slats that are too widely spaced and may have lead paint. Also check for any mfg recalls. No bumpers, pillows, toys should be in the crib. A blanket snuggly swaddled around baby is fine but no other blankets. Check at www.Aap.Org for all crib safety tips. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on situation: A newborn must first pass the dark sticky meconium stool ; this starts day one or is abnormal.Once it clears, if baby is breast fed they may stool a little smear every feeding or one big crib full once a week. Breast milk is so well digested that it may not leave much behind for poo. If it is soft, the frequency of stooling is not important.Formula babies go more often. ...Read more
No immunity - no-no: Unless all lesions are scabbed over, if one has an impaired immune system such as a pt with aids, transplant, pregnant, or autoimmune disease on significant immunosuppressive drugs, it's best to stay away from the baby with chickenpox. Otherwise, if you were immunized or had chicken pox in the past, then you are ok. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Cribs are very safe for infants, and cribs make life less stressful for babies and their parents. In a crib, a baby can fall asleep, wake up, make noises, play with toys, look around the room, and fall asleep again . . . All without the intervention of a parent. If a crib and its contents are properly set up, an infant cannot climb out of the crib. Therefore, the infant can't get into trouble. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Staph Infection: Probably avoid. Ask your obstetrician.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have a small apartment, kitchen which is also bedroom, my baby is coming up in few weeks how safe is to place a bed for a newborn in a kitchen?
Crib: Keep the baby in a crib away from the stove and baby proof the stove and lock all the cabinets and put away the knifes. In short make sure the baby cannot reach anything that could hurt her/him. Keep the temperature optimal and safe. ...Read more
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