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When Is It Safe To Let My Baby Play With Chalk
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.
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! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Regarding germs & virus & parasites, is it safe to let a newborn baby touch pets such as dogs and cats? If not, at what age a baby can have enough immunity to safely play with pets?
Why even try: Why you would project an adults enjoyment of pets on to a newborn is confusing. They cannot enjoy a pet, nor do they need to. They can become infected by the many germs they maintain on their fur or in their mouth or be injured by a pet who is confused during contact. They should have no contact at all until at least their first set of shots & preferably until they are walking & seek them out. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
I play drums for a living, is it safe to do so while taking coreg, (carvedilol) Norvasc and baby aspirin?
Coreg (carvedilol): You should be fine drumming on those meds. ...Read more
Kids play: Yes and no. It depends on many factors and circumstances and the ages of the kids. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
Treated: If you're not too ill and feel up to it, those activities shouldn't make a difference while you're on treatment. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
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! ...Read more
Football: Unless both teams are playing with no shoes on, I would not advise it. ...Read more
Yes: It should not cause major issues.Get a more detailed answer ›
Are headaches I'm getting almost every night after rugby practice linked to a concussion I got 3 weeks ago playing rugby and is it safe to go back?
See your MD: Headaches are never normal but we do get one on occasion. 1 headache a month can be considered normal not every night. Particularly troubling is that they occur at night. There is also the possibility that you could have damaged your jaw joint (TMJ) during the concussion event. Tmj has a female predilection and is associated with headaches. See your md for a diagnosis. ...Read more
It can be:
If there is no significant swelling or pain, and you are on the recovery side of the sprain it might be. You might need to use an elastic brace for support. Listen to your ankle. If starts to hurt, stop.
If you have pain and difficulty with walking and everyday activities, do not play and see a podiatrist for treatment and specific guidelines. ...Read more
My son has hemophilia, but hasn't had a major bleed in about 6 years and takes regular shots. Is it safe for him to play tackle football for his hs?
No: I think you need to speak to your son'e hematologist. As you know hemophilia is graded as mild, moderate, and severe. I don't know the severity of your son's hemophilia. Even if he has mild hemophilia, it is still very risky to have him play tackle football. I have seen a 16 or 17 year old boy who developed severe muscle bleed after playing football first time in his life. ...Read more