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Is living in basement safe for newborn baby?

Is living in basement safe for newborn baby?

It can be: Basement, main floor, attic or other basic area, can all be safe places for a baby. It is the people around him/her that can make the space safe. ...Read more

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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth. Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


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Is it safe for newborn baby, 4 month-old to watch television and how far should keep the distance between baby and tv? Thanks

Is it safe for newborn baby, 4 month-old to watch television and how far should keep the distance between baby and tv? Thanks

Sure it's safe, but: It won't hurt the baby now, but the more time children spend parked in front of a tv isn't good for them. It's never too early to start reading to them and letting older kids entertain themselves. There is a reason they call tvs "idiot boxes."

good night moon. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a newborn baby to be living in the basement?

Is it safe for a newborn baby to be living in the basement?

Possibly: Presuming that it is adequately heated/cooled, and does not have mold growing in it, it should be no different than any home. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a newborn baby to fly on an airplane?

Is it safe for a newborn baby to fly on an airplane?

Children's health: Yes. Of course. You may want to have something for them to suck on when taking off and landing to help with their ear pressure/pain. ...Read more

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When is it safe for a newborn baby to go in a swimming pool?

Not recommended: While we may see some infants 'swimming' in a pool on you-tube-as a pediatrician and neonatologist-it is too risky. No rush to learn to swim. Wait till 1-2 yrs of age. Better to be safe. Want to avoid any risks if you come. ...Read more

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Can newborn baby safe to take a bath in the afternoon?

Can newborn baby safe to take a bath in the afternoon?

Yes: As long as the belly button has fallen off, the baby can get a bath anytime of the day. Just remember never to leave the baby alone, even for a second, in the bath tub. ...Read more

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Regarding germs & virus & parasites, is it safe to let a newborn baby touch pets such as dogs and cats? If not, at what age a baby can have enough immunity to safely play with pets?

Regarding germs & virus & parasites, is it safe to let a newborn baby touch pets such as dogs and cats? If not, at what age a baby can have enough immunity to safely play with pets?

Why even try: Why you would project an adults enjoyment of pets on to a newborn is confusing. They cannot enjoy a pet, nor do they need to. They can become infected by the many germs they maintain on their fur or in their mouth or be injured by a pet who is confused during contact. They should have no contact at all until at least their first set of shots & preferably until they are walking & seek them out. ...Read more

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Have u heard about ergo baby carriers with infant insert? How safe is that to use for new born to go outside for a wallk?

Appears safe: Ergobaby carriers look good. For newborns I prefer a sling. Anything that supports baby's head and keeps it from flopping around will be ok. Use common sense....These carriers look better to me for slightly older infants. ...Read more

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My niece has smallpox and I have a new born (6days) can she catch the smallpox? Knowing we live in the same house. What can I do to keep the infant safe

My niece has smallpox and I have a new born (6days) can she catch the smallpox? Knowing we live in the same house. What can I do to keep the infant safe

Odd statement: Smallpox has not been reported in the world since 2 lab associated cases in 1980. Perhaps you mean chickenpox. Baby would be at low risk if you ever had them. If not, being in the same room for half an hour is enough time to expose the infant.Best clarify the issue with your local doc. If it is really smallpox, the world needs to know. ...Read more

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Is it safe or advisable for my HIV positive nanny to continue caring for my new born and 18 month old babies?

Is it safe or advisable for my HIV positive nanny to continue caring for my new born and 18 month old babies?

Yes: I am going to assume that she is having her illness managed. Even if she is not, during the bad old days in which there was no treatment, household contacts (family members, caregivers) simply did not become infected. The virus is basically impossible to transmit in the home except through honest-to-goodness sex or needle-sharing. ...Read more

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What ages to newborns/babies have growth spurts? When should I be expecting her to nurse more often and will I make more milk during this time?

What ages to newborns/babies have growth spurts? When should I be expecting her to nurse more often and will I make more milk during this time?

Growth Spurts: There are no specific exact times. Babies go through their growth spurts, they cry to nurse more frequently and yes, your body meets their demands by producing more milk. Let nature do her work and you will notice she will send your body clues as she needs more nutrition. :) ...Read more

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How does a newborn infant get a pneumothorax and what's the difference between that an a tension pneumo?

How does a newborn infant get a pneumothorax and what's the difference between that an a tension pneumo?

Colapsed Lung: A pneumothorax occurs when air gets in the the space between the chest wall and the lung. This space should not contain anything. So when air gets in, the lungs have to become smaller. A tension-pneumothorax is when the contents of the chest (heart, lung, collapsed lung) all shift to one side. Typically this is life threatening because blood cannot flow well. We don't always know why this is. ...Read more

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Under what circumstances is ecmo used for newborns? When is ecmo used, and how long do babies typically need it for?

Under what circumstances is ecmo used for newborns? When is ecmo used, and how long do babies typically need it for?

Many conditions: There are many conditions for which ecmo is used. Some of the more common ones are very low oxygen levels due to immature lungs or meconium aspiration (when baby inhales their own poop before they are born) or heart disease from abnormal anatomy/development. ...Read more

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I have a newborn baby. What are the risks associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

I have a newborn baby. What are the risks associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

SIDS: Some risks involved is the baby sleeping on their bellies, co-sleeping, not getting vaccinated, bumpers in the crib, etc. Here is a link from the AAP for further info
http://www. Aap. Org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Expands-Guidelines-for-Infant-Sleep-Safety-and-SIDS-Risk-Reduction. Aspx ...Read more

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Can similac advance infant formula with iron make a newborn constipated?

Can similac advance infant formula with iron make a newborn constipated?

Not specifically: This is an old myth that is perpetuated year to year. Iron given at therapeutic levels can cause constipation, but studies find no correlation with the level in formula. Infants may process one brand of formula slower or faster than another and any delay in emptying will lead to constipation. ...Read more

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My newborn baby that 19, days old and she keeps crying I think she constipated, what can I give my new infant baby for the pain. Can suppositories use?

My newborn baby that 19, days old and she keeps crying I think she constipated, what can I give my new infant baby for the pain. Can suppositories use?

Constipation: Is hard and infrequent stools. You can give a glycerin suppository once and see igf that helps. Baby may be crying if mom is breastfeeding and drinking milk, eating dairy. If using milk based formula then can also cause tummy ache. Baby could be colicky too. Go see your doctor and discuss this. You will feel better and so will baby! ...Read more

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What if newborn infant boy pees into his eyes? Does he need any medicine to prevent infection? Thanks!

What if newborn infant boy pees into his eyes? Does he need any medicine to prevent infection? Thanks!

Little risk.: Unless he has a urinary tract infection, urine is sterile and essentially poses little risk. I’d gently irrigate his eyes with an artificial tear or eye wash. Generally, don’t worry. ...Read more

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Are babies born without kneecaps. I'm reading in my breast feeding book on newborns and this is what they say?

Let me explain: Newborn have knee cap. Kneecaps form about the fourth month of fetal life. However, they don’t show up on x-ray very well because they’re not ossified, or bony. At this point in life, the kneecaps are made of a cartilaginous material. The growth centers surrounding the kneecap form late in developmental life in utero and may not appear until just before or just after the infant is born. ...Read more

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What is youngest age you can give infant pedialyte? Newborn? If 2or 3 week old is vomiting few times (no fever) try to see if pedialyte is tolerated?

What is youngest age you can give infant pedialyte? Newborn? If 2or 3 week old is vomiting few times (no fever) try to see if pedialyte is tolerated?

Being baby to dr: Bring baby to pediatrician, vomiting in newborn can be sign of congenital disorder, you shouldn't need pedialyte for newborn, do not give it before discussing with pediatrician ...Read more

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I have a hh agency (new), peds & just had first time request for light therapy for newborn jaundice infant. What complications are there?

I have a hh agency (new), peds & just had first time request for light therapy for newborn jaundice infant. What complications are there?

See below: Blue light therapy for jaundice is standard for breaking down the bilirubin that is being produced and seen in the skin and sclera. As long as the child's eyes are protected and hydration is monitored along with the bilirubin levels (by a health care professional), I fore see no complications as long as the bilirubin level is lowering and the child is not sick as well. ...Read more

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New born babies to Sooth used pacifier?

New born babies to Sooth used pacifier?

NO: Do not give a used pacifier to a newborn. It carries a risk of introducing bacteria and fungal elements to an immature immune system. Most hospitals will give you a bew pacifier if you must have one. Or you could let your baby nurse to soothe. ...Read more

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What surgeries are performed on new born babies?

What surgeries are performed on new born babies?

Different reasons: Some babies may be born with anatomical defects requiring emergency surgery like certain heart malformations or a hole in the diaphragm allowing abdominal organs to push up and take up lung space. Certain neurological problems may also require surgery, like spina bifida or hydrocephalus. These are just a few examples. ...Read more

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What causes hypothyriodism in a new born infant, and what are the effects?

What causes hypothyriodism in a new born infant, and what are the effects?

Poor development: Of thyroid gland. Thyroid hormone replacement will be needed lifelong. With proper treatment, most of them do well. ...Read more

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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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New Born babies with pacifier?

New Born babies with pacifier?

Pacifiers: Yes please! Pacifiers are wonderful in my opinion. They satisfy babies need to suck, they sooth baby, they help mom and dad. They don't hurt teeth. Best of all there are studies which show a decreased incidence of sudden infant death with their use. This doctor and grandpa endorses them! ...Read more

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