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Is polyester safe for babies to sleep on?

Is polyester safe for babies to sleep on?

Yes: Some parents prefer natural fibers like cotton, but polyester is fine. Unlike cotton, if it catches fire, it melts rather than burns. That's the main safety difference. Poly tends to be less breathable or moisture absorbent than cotton, but it also depends on the type of fabric. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Is wish garden herbal sleepy nights for kids safe to use occasionally?

Is wish garden herbal sleepy nights for kids safe to use occasionally?

Safety not known for: herbal products, as well controlled studies have not been done. One ingredient, passion flower, is contraindicated in pregnancy and lactation in drugs.com. Melatonin has been more widely studied and although not approved as a drug, does help regulate sleep cycles and has not been found to have toxicities. Avoid caffeine, high activity and TV, along with reg bedtime rituals seem to work the best. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give an 8-year-old child ibuprofen every night for sleep aid?

Is it safe to give an 8-year-old child ibuprofen every night for sleep aid?

Not really.: Reason is that Ibuprofen is an anti inflammatory medication and not a sleep medication. It is probably safe for nightly use, but my concern is, "what are you treating?" i would stop using it and make sure that his sleeplessness is not from an area of chronic pain. ...Read more

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Is ipad safe for babies?

Is ipad safe for babies?

Yes: Yes, it's fine. No worse than a tv, cell phone, or any other piece of electronics in your house. ...Read more

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Is chlorpheniramine maleate safe to use as a everyday sleeping aid or at least for occasional sleeplessness?

Is chlorpheniramine maleate safe to use as a everyday sleeping aid or at least for occasional sleeplessness?

Try to avoid long: term use. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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Is lactaid safe for babies?

Is lactaid safe for babies?

Not lactaid...: Babies under a year should be fed either breastmilk or formula. There are several formulas that do not contain lactose. If the child does not tolerated a milk based formula, you can try a soy formula or a formula such as alimentum or nutramigen. If you are breastfeeding, you can try removing dairy from your diet. Always discuss changes in formula with your baby's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Is calahist safe for infants?

Is calahist safe for infants?

Not recommended: Calahist has a strong anti-itch medication which can be absorbed erratically in young children. I would not recommend it. It for use in children over 2 years old. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a child to take children's nyquil and melatonin?

Is it safe for a child to take children's nyquil and melatonin?

Not togerher: You do not mention. The age of the child. But i would not give these together. ...Read more

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Is it safe for teenagers to use melatonin?

Is it safe for teenagers to use melatonin?

Must ask why need it: Although melatonin is quite safe in the recommended doseages and has been used in children as young as 6 months and up..To help with troubled-sleeping issue...Often trouble with falling asleep or jetlag issues etc... I would do is first to find out why the teen needs this-consult doc. Avoid use with other meds that can cause drowsiness and some blood pressure meds-- good luck. ...Read more

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Is the sleep medicine gentle care baby zzz safe for babies? It says it's safe and paraben free.

Is the sleep medicine gentle care baby zzz safe for babies? It says it's safe and paraben free.

Avoid: I would avoid giving a baby any type of meds without Dr. approval. A second opinion may be warranted. Be careful! ...Read more

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Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) safe to take for a sleep aid during pregnancy?

Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) safe to take for a sleep aid during pregnancy?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for sleep: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be taken safely in pregnancy for sleep if the problem is falling asleep. It is unlikely to help if the problem is staying asleep. ...Read more

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Is ciprofloxacin hydrochloride safe for kids to use for their eyes?

Is ciprofloxacin hydrochloride safe for kids to use for their eyes?

Yes: Cipro (ciprofloxacin)floxacin is a common antibiotic used for eye infection in both adults and children. It is safe for the eyes. Pediatricians use oral Cipro (ciprofloxacin)floxacin sparingly in children because oral has not been well tested in children and studies indicate that oral Cipro (ciprofloxacin) may lead to joint growth problems as seen in 1 study on doberman puppies. ...Read more

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Is propofol safe for a patient with sleep apnea?

Is propofol safe for a patient with sleep apnea?

Yes, no problem: In fact i had surgery just last week, and Propofol was used for my anesthesia too. I have sleep apnea, and there were no issues whatsoever. Your physician and anesthesiologist do need to know about your apnea, so be sure you tell them in advance. ...Read more

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Is aspirin safe for babies?

Is aspirin safe for babies?

Not recomended: Aspirin when given during certain childhood illnesses can cause rye syndrome. If baby has fever best to go with tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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Is melatonin 3mg nightly safe for long term use?

Is melatonin 3mg nightly safe for long term use?

Yes: Conventional wisdom is that this is as natural a sleep aid as possible, and safe for longer term use. ...Read more

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Is it safe for an 11 year old who weighs 81lbs to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and melatonin every night as a sleep aid together?

Is it safe for an 11 year old who weighs 81lbs to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and melatonin every night as a sleep aid together?

Yes and no: The answer to your question is yes it is safe. The next question that comes to my mind though, is why she needs a sleep aid every night at age 11. If she has a type of sleep initiation disorder,have behavioral interventions with her bedtime routine been tried, including no computer or LED screen time for two hours prior to bed? Will meditation and relaxation techniques help rather than chronic med ...Read more

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Is magnesium safe for sleep to take every day?

Is magnesium safe for sleep to take every day?

YES!: Magnesium is an essential nutrient and we need it every day. It is safe ; non-toxic. If you take too much (esp. A poorly absorbed form) it can cause loose stools. The only potential hazard is in those with kidney failure, who are at risk of toxicity. Otherwise it is perfectly safe to take every day. See http://bit.Ly/1dpai09. ...Read more

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What is a safe OTC sleep aid for insomnia? Is melatonin ok?

What is a safe OTC sleep aid for insomnia? Is melatonin ok?

Melatonin: Melatonin is a very safe and effective substance for insomnia. We naturally produce melatonin in our pineal gland every evening, because the release is triggered by low light or darkness in the environment. If you are under artificial light, melatonin is produced but not released. Also, it has been found that it is an antitumoral agent. Sometimes melatonin needs higher doses, up to 20 mg is safe. ...Read more

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How safe is infant sleeping in airline basinette in bulkhead?

How safe is infant sleeping in airline basinette in bulkhead?

Bulkhead???: To clarify you do not mean bulkhead as in overhead compartments? If yes then obviously that is not safe. If you mean in a bassinet at your feet for long flights it is just as safe as as infant being in your arms. I would recommend if airline allows that the bassinet is somehow secured during takeoff and landing. ...Read more