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Is it safe to give an 8 month old baby Infant Tylenol (acetaminophen) every day during teething to help with teething pain & discomfort? Baby's weight is 18 lbs.

Is it safe to give an 8 month old baby Infant Tylenol (acetaminophen) every day during teething to help with teething pain & discomfort? Baby's weight is 18 lbs.

Prob not necessary: Usually the parents have more discomfort than baby. Fewer drugs are better than more drugs. Cold teething rings are safe to use without relying on Tylenol (acetaminophen)

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When is it safe to let my baby play with chalk?

When is it safe to let my baby play with chalk?

Depends: Your baby can play with chalk as soon as he realizes that the chalk should be used on the ground or chalkboard and not be put in his mouth. Not that the chalk is particularly harmful, but if he breaks a piece of it off in his mouth, he could choke on it. Scribbling with chalk can be a lot of fun with babies, as long as they realize it's not food!

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Is it safe for babies to sleep overnight or nap in Baby Swings or Rock n' Plays?

Is it safe for babies to sleep overnight or nap in Baby Swings or Rock n' Plays?

No, it is not safe!: Infants should not sleep in "Baby Swings", or "Rock n' Play" by Fisher Price. The best way to prevent "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome" is to place infants on their back, which also encourages normal physical and motor development. They should sleep on a firm, flat surface.

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A child in our playgroup is unvaccinated. Is it safe to let our children play together?

A child in our playgroup is unvaccinated. Is it safe to let our children play together?

I wouldn't: I never let these folks come into my waiting room in over 3 decades of practice. All vaccines have a potential for failing complete protection. I would consider it a risk and avoid it if and when possible.

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Is it safe to have baby sleep in pack-n-play (all mesh around, flat surface w/exception of crease down middle to fold mattress) for first 3-4 months?

Is it safe to have baby sleep in pack-n-play (all mesh around, flat surface w/exception of crease down middle to fold mattress) for first 3-4 months?

Sure: Sure this is fine. Many parents prefer to do this and have the baby sleep close in their bedroom. It's especially great for nursing moms to be close to baby, but for baby to have his own space. Just be sure and put baby down on his back to sleep! Other SIDS reduction factors include keeping the room cool, 68 degrees rather than 72. Put baby down without a hat, as well.

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A toy train has some rust on a small part. Is it safe to let my 23 months old play with it?

A toy train has some rust on a small part. Is it safe to let my 23 months old play with it?

No: You should not let your child play with toys with small arts due to choking hazards. The rust may not be safe either.

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Is it safe to let my 18 month old play with a battery powered toy while taking a bath?

Is it safe to let my 18 month old play with a battery powered toy while taking a bath?

Battery powered toy: Absolutely not. First, he can get an electrical shock if the battery comes in touch with water. Secondly, he can swallow the battery which can cause erosion of his esophagus or his bronchial tube.

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Is it safe anywhere for kids to just go outside and play without adult supervision?

Is it safe anywhere for kids to just go outside and play without adult supervision?

Kids play: Yes and no. It depends on many factors and circumstances and the ages of the kids.

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Is it safe for me to keep playing hockey after three concussions?

Is it safe for me to keep playing hockey after three concussions?

Unknown: There is no magic number of concussion allowed before not returning to play. You will be at greater risk of another concussion since you have had so many. Each concussion should be evaluated and monitored by a doctor familiar with concussion treatment. If each concussion has completely healed without any residual symptoms you can discuss returning to full contact sports with your doctor.

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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.

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Is it safe to sing or play an instrument when you have strep?

Treated: If you're not too ill and feel up to it, those activities shouldn't make a difference while you're on treatment.

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Is it safe to play football with spondy?

Is it safe to play football with spondy?

Do you mean?: Do you mean "spondylosis" or "spondylolithesis"? The most severe complication from spondylosis that I can think of would occur in the cervical spine and cause reduction in flow of the vertebrobasilar artery (due to arthritic processes) which feeds the brainstem. Of course, injuries and prolonged pain are likely more easily acquired playing in people who have spondylosis and play contact sports.

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Is it safe to wear glasses when playing sports?

Is it safe to wear glasses when playing sports?

Yes, but...: The must be safety glasses and not be made from glass. They should also have uva/uvb ultraviolet ligh blocking properties. And special padding arounf the \ears may bee needed, as well as a guard to keep them falling off. Most sporting activities can be enoyed without issue with glasses. Exercise is for everyone!

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Is it safe to wear a retainer when playing sports?

Is it safe to wear a retainer when playing sports?

Mouthguard: All players engaged in sports should wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth! I have been called in to the office too many times to try to salvage broken, displaced and knocked out of the mouth teeth to advise anything else. It is not worth the risk!

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Is it safe to play football with just my socks on?

Is it safe to play football with just my socks on?

Football: Unless both teams are playing with no shoes on, I would not advise it.

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Is it safe to play football with a bad back iv'e had for 22 years?

Is it safe to play football with a bad back iv'e had for 22 years?

Need more info: In general yes. If you have spinal stenosis or a failed fusion then it is a very bad idea. Without more information it is hard to say.