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My husband developed shingles this week, we had a new baby born into our family this week. How long does he need to wait to see the baby?

My husband developed shingles this week, we had a new baby born into our family this week.  How long does he need to wait to see the baby?

Depends on situation: Shingles differs from chickenpox, the other disease this virus causes. In shingles, the germ is not present in the saliva or respiratory tract, so the weeping blisters are the only source of possible spread. If the site is covered or dried out and regular hand washing is done, i see no reason to keep your hubby in quarantine. ...Read more

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Should I wean my toddler before my new baby is born?

Should I wean my toddler before my new baby is born?

Unless you plan: to tandem-feed, nursing the newborn first, wean your toddler now to avoid its being a cause of sibling rivalry. Wean to an open-mouthed cup. Limit milk & milk products to 16-21 oz./day. Juice is not needed. If 15 mos. or older, (s)he may resist weaning. Use bright-colored plastic cups; cut out a semicircle so his/her nose isn't inside the cup. If (s)he hasn't seen a pediatric dentist, it's time. ...Read more

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What are the chances of my new baby being born with cerebral palsy, just as a random case?

What are the chances of my new baby being born with cerebral palsy, just as a random case?

Quoted risk 5/1000: The basic risk of any pregnancy for unexpected outcome is ~4% which includes the 5/1000 risk of cerebral palsy. If concerned, a detailed review of your family tree and personal health with a geneticist may shed light on your personal risks for specific issues. ...Read more

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What age do you suggest it is safe to take your new born baby out?

What age do you suggest it is safe to take your new born baby out?

No absolute rules: There are no absolute rules for this. Remember that your newborn just came from a very protected environment (the womb) so when you do start to take your baby out, keep contact and stimulation to a minimum, as they gradually learn to handle the changes in their environment. For the first couple of weeks, have family and friends come to see you and the baby, rather than going out to see them. ...Read more

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How long does it take for new born babies to develop kneecaps?

How long does it take for new born babies to develop kneecaps?

Read on: Depends on the wording. Newborns develop kneecaps 4 months in utero but the are all cartilage, not bone. After birth the are growth centers and bone will develop. Around 3 yrs in girls and 5 to 6 in boys they are ossified(bone). Am interesting fact. Some say that they develop into bone later as we bear more weight on the legs and need support also crawling is easier on the knees when not bone! ...Read more

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What is a good typical daily routine for a new born baby?

NEWBORN BABY: It is easy to take care of a newborn at daytime. They sleep most of the time after feeding with light music. Problem is at night when you have to wake up for feeding . Bath the baby in rhe am, feed and put to sleep. ...Read more

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Is it good for a new born baby to go toilet all the time in a day?

Is it good for a new born baby to go toilet all the time in a day?

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

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How old can a new born baby be before they can take a plane trip?

How old can a new born  baby be  before  they can take a plane trip?

No reason Not to: I am unaware of any medical reason that a baby can not fly if necessary. ...Read more

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Is honey safe for new born baby?

Is honey safe for new born baby?

Absolutely not!!!: Especially less than a year old. Some honey carries the spores and can cause infant botulism. ...Read more

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