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Child. Age 3.5yrs. Mass law. 41.4 lbs how much until she's out of a car seat and in a booster seat in back?

Child. Age 3.5yrs. Mass law.   41.4 lbs  how much until she's out of a car seat and in a booster seat in back?

Booster seats: You can safely switch your child to a booster seat if she's at least 4 years old and she weighs 40 pounds or more or has grown too tall for her car seat (when her shoulders are higher than the top set of harness-strap slots in the car seat's back). ...Read more

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My 5 mo old stepped on a slightly protruding carpet tack while jumping in his jump seat and pricked his toe, drawing blood. Should i be concerned?

My 5 mo old stepped on a slightly protruding carpet tack while jumping in his jump seat and pricked his toe, drawing blood. Should i be concerned?

Depends : If you cleaned the wound & he has started his immunizations which include tetanus, i don't think i would worry. Monitor the area for redness or swelling that might occur if an infection set in, if not, the issue will pass without further problems. ...Read more

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Which car seat is safest for my 3 month old child?

Which car seat is safest for my 3 month old child?

Rear facing harness: The rear facing five point harness system is my choice for all infants under two and up to three if your child is still in the seats weight range. I prefer the convertable systems since you can get four or more years of use out of one seat. The model you understand how to install is your best bet. ...Read more

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After a baby outgrows an infant car seat, what type of car seat should they use?

After a baby outgrows an infant car seat, what type of car seat should they use?

Varies : If you started with a rear facing only infant seat, they next go to a convertible seat & stay rear facing until at least 2 yrs (can stay that way to the rear facing weight limit, often 30-40 lb). After that they forward face up to the seat weight limit usually 50 lb. I recommend that parents start off with a convertible car seat which you get a full 4-5 years use from before it needs replacing. ...Read more

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Is an exersaucer toy harmful to 5 months old supported sitter baby?

Is an exersaucer toy harmful to  5 months old supported sitter baby?

No: If your 5 month old has some abdominal strength and ability to sit up a little then it would be a great idea to start using the exersaucer. ...Read more

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My 4yr old is 3ft tall but only 26 pounds, is it safe for her to sit forward facing in a car seat or should I keep her rear facing until she gains wgt?

My 4yr old is 3ft tall but only 26 pounds, is it safe for her to sit forward facing in a car seat or should I keep her rear facing until she gains wgt?

REAR FACE: After 3+decades as a pedi and 16 years as a certified Child Passenger Safety Tech, I wish more parents like you asked the question.The seat absorbs more energy in a rear facing position that would otherwise throw the babies head forward and risk spinal cord injury.The best practice is to rear face until the RF weight limit of your seat.Most convertible seats now have 40-50 lb RF limit. ...Read more

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My 8 month old baby fell off a king sized bed about 3 feet tall. He cried for about 2-3 minutes. Is he ok?

My 8 month old baby fell off a king sized bed about 3 feet tall.  He cried for about 2-3 minutes.  Is he ok?

Quick cry, prob OK: Babies can move and fall in the most amazing ways- that is why people get so frantic about child-'proofing' things. If your baby fell, especially onto carpet or a rug, cried immediately, and then was normal in behavior, then all is probably ok. However, if you are unsure if he is acting normally, please see a dr for an exam. Ed worthy: baby very sleepy, vomiting, bruising around eyes, or worry! ...Read more

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Is it safe for kids to play on old playground equipment like high slides?

Is it safe for kids to play on old playground equipment like high slides?

Safety is relative: Kids benefit from outside activity and old playground equipment is safe in general when used appropriately. Newer construction often focuses on making ground surfaces more fall friendly, and use at certain times of the day/temperatures can have a significant burn risk on metal equipment. Proper supervision is important to help kids get the best and safest use out of such equipment. ...Read more

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What is the height and weight for a child to go from an infant seat into a high back booster seat?

What is the height and weight for a child to go from an infant seat into a high back booster seat?

Depends: Each restraint system has a sticker on the body that details the ht &weight range for the seat. Kids should rear face until @ least 2y or longer to protect their neck from spinal cord injury. Boosters with improved integrated 5 pt harness are available up to 60-85 lb which remain the best protection in a roll over or t bone crash. You never get to pick your type of crash. ...Read more

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How to handle toddler safety at bed time?

How to handle toddler safety at bed time?

Toddler bed: Once a child starts climbing from the crib, injuries from falls can occur. Most toddler beds are age approved for 18 months and up. When introducing the bed, be sure to check the room for things that could be swallowed, tangled in or fallen over/in. A good quality baby gate at the door of the room is a good idea to prevent some of the inevitable wandering that will occur. Good luck!! ...Read more

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My 15 month old son fell off kitchen island onto a wooden floor, should I take him to the er. He cried a little and stopped when i comforted him.

My 15 month old son fell off kitchen island onto a wooden floor, should I take him to the er. He cried a little and stopped when i comforted him.

Precautions: These may help-- make sure he is alert wake up every 3-4 hrs for 24 hrs to make sure he is ok make sure pupils are equal make sure no repeated vomiting is happening make sure balance is ok- if any of these are awry, call your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Can rusty old school scissors cause tetanus?

Can rusty old school scissors cause tetanus?

Any skin opening: An untreated foot laceration that clogged thru the swamp, mud ; dirt would be the prime illustration of tetanus risk. Yet, a simple shallow opening in the skin, contaminated by tetanus spores ( that are all around us but predominantly outside in dirt) could give you tetanus. You put yourself at risk every time you let your system weaken ; the booster is simple ; readily available. ...Read more

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At what age should toddlers transition from bottle feeding to a sippy cup?

At what age should toddlers transition from bottle feeding to a sippy cup?

Feeding: I recommend getting rid of the bottle before the second birthday. I generally say anywhere from 1 to 2 years is a good age, Most of my patients seem to do it starting at between 15 and 18 months. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 3 mth old baby had to get his hepatitis b; polio; dtap shots over again, why?

My 3 mth old baby had to get his hepatitis b; polio; dtap shots over again, why?

Building immunity: The infant has a weak immune memory, leaving the protection from single vaccines to a duration of months rather than years unless they receive booster doses. After the boosters are given, and the kid gets older, the protection can last years.Even then, some will require boosting (tetanus) well into old age to maintain a protective level. ...Read more

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3yr kid throws up after dinner?

3yr kid throws up after dinner?

Soewing toddler: On the face of it, not an uncommon occurence. However, if it is projectile, happens frequently after meals, contains blood, or associated with weight loss,fever, or pain, then you should see your family doc or pediatrician. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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When should my child receive his dtap shots?

When should my child receive his dtap shots?

2, 4, 6, 15 months: The usual schedule for dtap shots in normal babies is at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and a booster at 12-18 months. Another booster is at 4-5 years, and then the tdap booster is at 11 years. ...Read more

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I gave 3/4 table spoon of children's Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to 5 year, 9 month old son. Will he be ok?

I gave 3/4 table spoon of children's Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to 5 year, 9 month old son.  Will he be ok?

Probably: By the time you read this, if he is okay he likely will be. The effects are brief. It can cause drowsiness, but you would have seen this already. Always follow the directions on the bottle. ...Read more

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