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When is it safe for kids to ride in the front seat?

When is it safe for kids to ride in the front seat?

13 yrs old and 100lb: Cars and safety features such as air bags, are simply not made for children under those points. And there is no reason (unless its a pick up or single seat car) for children to sit in the front seat. If a car only has a front seat, and a child is under those measurements, turn to air bag off or dont use that car. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to drive my baby around in a small car, even if I keep her in the back seat?

Is it safe for me to drive my baby around in a small car, even if I keep her in the back seat?

Car seats!: Properly securing an appropriate car seat is vital to the baby's safety. Safe driving practices are obviously essential too! The size of your vehicle is a factor in car safety as well, but this is not specific to your baby. ...Read more

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23 month old throws fits when we have to get in the car seat. Can last an hr. Is it ok to turn the car seat to forward facing now? I can't force him

23 month old throws fits when we have to get in the car seat. Can last an hr.  Is it ok to turn the car seat to forward facing now?  I can't force him

I wouldn't: You wouldn't ask the question unless you were ambivalent or really frustrated.You might try to locate a child passenger safety tech locally for help.Risk of neck/spine injury for forward facing kids depends on size, muscle tone and the crash involved.The European standard is rear facing to 3. Sometimes just giving small gifts for getting into the seat properly can help. ...Read more

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Is it safe to put my baby to sleep in a travel crib all the time?

Is it safe to put my baby to sleep in a travel crib all the time?

Yes: Make sure it is safe and the appropriate size for your baby. Check the mattress, as many models of travel cribs provide a very thin one. Many online vendors sell the thicker travel crib mattresses that may be more comfortable for your baby. Avoid anything else in the crib like pillows, blankets a baby may become entangled in and toys. Check always for recalls and safety issues with your crib. ...Read more

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Is it okay to let my child eat in front of the pc?

Is it okay to let my child eat in front of the pc?

? long term effect ?: Pc's like televisions are used by many as a convenient distraction for kids.In the short term i see little problem with the practice. However, if the kid begins to internally link pc viewing with food they can begin having brain generated hunger messages any time they sit & view one. Over the years this may add to their risk of obesity the way we know tv viewing does today. ...Read more

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Is it ok for the bug man to spray in the kids rooms?

Is it ok for the bug man to spray in the kids rooms?

If you can keep : Them from licking the baseboards, they should be just fine. Is this a computer generated question or is there a person out there asking this from a medical doctor? Seriously? ...Read more

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When is it safe to put my baby in a bike seat or a bike trailer?

When is it safe to put my baby in a bike seat or a bike trailer?

Depends: Once baby has reliable strong head control, usually by 6 months, either should be safe. Children in bike seats should wear a helmet. Look for a five-point restraint system and less-traveled roads with bike paths. ...Read more

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When is it safe for kids to use a slide?

When is it safe for kids to use a slide?

Depends! : Toddlers and small children need close parent supervision on slides and playground equipment. At around 15 months your child may be ready to start climbing up a slide. Stay close by and be sure the slide is age appropriate. Many equipment will have recommended ages. Common sense is your best bet! ...Read more

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

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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When will my baby be able to sit in a booster seat at the dinner table?

When will my baby be able to sit in a booster seat at the dinner table?

6 months: Your baby can join you at the table now (in a bouncy seat or carseat), but they won't be able to sit well in a high chair until at least 6 months of age. It'll be even longer before they no longer need a high chair and it depends on how tall they are and how tall your table is. ...Read more

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When is it safe for my child to leave the hospital if immunocompromised?

When is it safe for my child to leave the hospital if immunocompromised?

Depends: Your physician will best be able to make that decision. While there are risks with leaving the hospital, there are also risks of staying in the hospital and catching a hospital acquired infection as well. Talk you your doctor so you can together make the best decision for your child. ...Read more

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I will be taking a zumba class and brining my baby w/me she is 6mo..She'll be in her car seat. Do you think the environment is bad for her, the germs?

I will be taking a zumba class and brining my baby w/me she is 6mo..She'll be in her car seat. Do you think the environment is bad for her, the germs?

Germ exposure: You cannot keep your child in a protective bubble. There is a school of thought that feels germ exposure enhances immunity. Go to your class with your baby and enjoy. ...Read more

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When is it safe for a newborn to travel via plane internationally? How old must they be?

When is it safe for a newborn to travel via plane internationally? How old must they be?

Depends on situation: During a stint in the military, i routeinly discharged newborns that traveled to the airport for a flight back to the US for their first month or two before returning to Japan. They traveled better than most toddlers or older kids.Considerations such as infectious exposure in transit, risk at the destination ; availability of health care factor in. Live life but plan ahead to protect baby. ...Read more

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We painted the ceiling in a room where a one year old sleeps yesterday. Is it dangerous for him to be in there overnight - if so how long till its OK?

We painted the ceiling in a room where a one year old sleeps yesterday.  Is it dangerous for him to be in there overnight - if so how long till its OK?

Latex/don't worry: Most DIY painting today is done with latex paints (less work and smell).Even though there will be a scent after painting, it has no worrisome qualities that would make me concerned.Your 1 yo can sleep there if you wish. ...Read more

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When is it ok to take a newborn to the beach or pools??

When is it ok to take a newborn to the beach or pools??

Any age...: There is nothing inherently unsafe at a beach/pool if you are conscious of environment.No submerging until the cord has dried and fallen off. Be conscious of temperature (of water and air) because younger babies have harder time maintaining body temp. Avoid direct sun exposure. How crowded is the environment if your child hasn't gotten first set of vaccines (2mos) yet. all things to consider... ...Read more

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