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Sharing Your Bed With Baby (Overview)

Co-sleeping means sharing your bed with your baby.


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Can sharing baby wipes between babies in a church nursery spread disease? What about diaper changing surfaces that may not be cleaned between kids?

Can sharing baby wipes between babies in a church nursery spread disease? What about diaper changing surfaces that may not be cleaned between kids?

Baby wipes: Sharing baby wipes & unclean diaper changing surfaces & no hand washing can of course spread germs & infection among infants & also daycare staff. You need to complain to the person in charge about this problem. Good luck. ...Read more

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Sharing Your Bed With Baby (Overview)

Co-sleeping means sharing your bed with your baby.


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Will sharing a bed with my baby make breastfeeding easier?

Will sharing a bed with my baby make breastfeeding easier?

Yes: Yes, but sharing a bed is more dangerous. Just use a bassinet next to the bed, instead of sharing a bed. A baby sleeping with an adult is at risk of suffocation from fluffy blankets and pillows, from getting his head trapped between the mattress' edge and the wall or headboard, and from getting squashed by a 150-pound adult. ...Read more

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Can I catch a flu illness from sharing beds (when the other person is not in the bed)?

Can I catch a flu illness from sharing beds (when the other person is not in the bed)?

Flu from the bed: Yes, but it is not the bed's fault. Respiratory flu is spread mainly by droplet spray from coughing or oral secretions. If you're lying in bed with some one, you are highly likely to be exposed directly, more so, obvsiously, with kissing. If you're just using a partner's bed without the partner in it, the risk is minimal. Same logic applies to stomach flu, but the risk is lower. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract HPV from using same bed sheets and sharing a drink?

Is it possible to contract HPV from using same bed sheets and sharing a drink?

Not likely: Hpv is generally spread by close contact such as sexual intercourse. It is not spread simply by sleeping on the same sheets as someone with the virus, or from sharing a drink. ...Read more

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Can the HPV virus spread through sharing towels, bed sheets, etc?

Can the HPV virus spread through sharing towels, bed sheets, etc?

Unlikely, but... : A 1997 study in the journal of infectious disease demonstrated that hpv-16 showed 100%, 50%, and 30% of infectivity when dehydrated on a surface for 1, 3, and 7 days, respectively, at room temperature. But the real-world transmissibility of genital hpv when present on fomites such as towels, underwear, or gloves is unknown. I would be conservative, and take precautions to avoid trasmission. ...Read more

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Can anything be done to reduce or eliminate snoring? My husband doesn't have sleep apnea but his snoring prevents us from sharing a bed.

Yes: He might have an easily overlooked condition called upper airways resistance syndrome. If not, check with an ENT physician for a thorough evaluation and possible surgical options. ...Read more

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Can you suggest how to get bed bugs off my babies crib?

Exterminator: Getting rid of bed bugs effectively usually requires help from a professional exterminator with experience in bed bug control. They are very difficult to permanently get rid of on your own. There are bed bug mattress covers now available to help prevent re-infestation. Wash all bedding and clothing in hot water. ...Read more

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Is it safe to put a suppository in my infant before bed?

Is it safe to put a suppository in my infant before bed?

Yes: Are you talking about suppository tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever, or suppository for constipation. Either case it is safe to use before bed time. ...Read more

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I have a small fever, can my infant still sleep next to me in bed?

I have a small fever, can my infant still sleep next to me in bed?

Please read the : American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations for safe sleep: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/A-Parents-Guide-to-Safe-Sleep.aspx or HealthyChildren.org. Please put your baby to sleep on his/her back in a crib with a firm mattress, no loose bedding or stuffed animals, not in your bed. It truly reduces the chance of SIDS, which can occur up to one year. ...Read more

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My baby will be one on xmas today she got in to the infant ibprophen it was enough for six doses for her a lot of it was on the bed an clothes ?

My baby will be one on xmas today she got in to the infant ibprophen  it was enough for six doses for her a lot of it was on the bed an clothes ?

A 4-5 fold overdose: ...Of Ibuprofen will at worst cause her to throw up, but this is valid only if you are sure there wasn't more Ibuprofen than that in the bottle. Also this is a wake-up call - next time she might get into something more dangerous. Drain unclogger is one of the nastiest things commonly found in the home, but many others aren't much better. ...Read more

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