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When is it safe to travel with a new baby?

When is it safe to travel with a new baby?

Soon after birth: The major issue is that when you are traveling, you are around other people with illnesses. In the first 2 months of life you want to be especially careful with exposing your child to others who are sick. Your baby otherwise can handle travel, but just be ready for frequent breaks for feeds! ...Read more

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When is it safe to take my new baby to the mall and supermarket?

When is it safe to take my new baby to the mall and supermarket?

Safe??: All excursions into the public have pros and cons. The first 2 months are a special period because labor and delivery may have exposed baby to hitch-hiker germs that show up later as dangerous illness. At that age, it is impossible to tell if they have a little cold from shopping, or bad illness coming on. Things they haven't been vaccinated for can also be deadly. Most say wait until after 2 mo ...Read more

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I am 36 and 4 day And I am on baby #5 and 2 1/2 cm is it safe to travel and the baby' is already estimated to be 2 weeks bigger?

I am 36 and 4 day And I am on baby #5 and 2 1/2 cm is it safe to travel and the baby' is already estimated to be 2 weeks bigger?

Maybe: Were you term on your previous deliveries? Was labor short or long? You should NOT fly, but driving may be an option. The greatest risk is going into labor en route and either not having a hospital close by, or ending up at a hospital where none of your prenatal care was done. I would say you are ok for short trips of two hours or less, but plan ahead. Know what you will do if labor begins. ...Read more

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When is it safe to travel abroad with my baby?

When is it safe to travel abroad with my baby?

Depends: We live in a globalized world and sometimes travel is a necessity. The youngerr the infant the more immature the immune system and their ability to fight infections. If you need to travel try to do so on a day that is not as busy, and check the CDC website for any disease outbreaks and additional immunizations that might be needed for your baby. ...Read more

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If someone is sick, is it safe for them to hold your newborn baby?

If someone is sick, is it safe for them to hold your newborn baby?

No: Your newborn has not been immunized against vaccine preventable diseases, is not immune to influenza, and cannot localize infections as well as an older child can. It is best to keep your newborn away from anyone who has a communicable disease. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a newborn baby to be living in the basement?

Is it safe for a newborn baby to be living in the basement?

Possibly: Presuming that it is adequately heated/cooled, and does not have mold growing in it, it should be no different than any home. ...Read more

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Is it safe for newborn baby, 4 month-old to watch television and how far should keep the distance between baby and tv? Thanks

Is it safe for newborn baby, 4 month-old to watch television and how far should keep the distance between baby and tv? Thanks

Sure it's safe, but: It won't hurt the baby now, but the more time children spend parked in front of a tv isn't good for them. It's never too early to start reading to them and letting older kids entertain themselves. There is a reason they call tvs "idiot boxes." good night moon. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a newborn baby to fly on an airplane?

Is it safe for a newborn baby to fly on an airplane?

Children's health: Yes. Of course. You may want to have something for them to suck on when taking off and landing to help with their ear pressure/pain. ...Read more

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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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My wife gives our newborn premature similac bc some1 gave her a case of it for free and she doesn't wanna 'waste' it. Is it safe for my baby to drink?

Depends: This depends on the level of prematurity. If you said to me baby was a 36 week preemie, this would not be a big deal. What did the NICU send you home on? Similac is definitely safe, however, I want to say, since that is your primary concern. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use Johnson and Johnson baby products like body wash and shampoo for newborn babies considering they have fragrances?

Is it safe to use Johnson and Johnson baby products like body wash and shampoo for newborn babies considering they have fragrances?

Safe vs advised: Many of these products survive over the years because adults project their personal interest in pleasant smells or fragrances on to the baby. We have no way of knowing if the baby can appreciate the fragrance or not, but you can count on many smaller infants becoming congested from their use. If you can smell it, tiny noses get congested from it. I advise fragrance free only. ...Read more

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Is it safe or advisable for my HIV positive nanny to continue caring for my new born and 18 month old babies?

Is it safe or advisable for my HIV positive nanny to continue caring for my new born and 18 month old babies?

Yes: I am going to assume that she is having her illness managed. Even if she is not, during the bad old days in which there was no treatment, household contacts (family members, caregivers) simply did not become infected. The virus is basically impossible to transmit in the home except through honest-to-goodness sex or needle-sharing. ...Read more

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I can't breast feed my newborn baby. Is there a way to give him all the antibodies breast milk contains? Is it safe to buy breastmilk?

I can't breast feed my newborn baby. Is there a way to give him all the antibodies breast milk contains? Is it safe to buy breastmilk?

Not reproducible: Modern science has been unable to re-create human breast milk. If pumping your own breast milk and bottle feeding it is not an option, choosing an infant formula will still give your baby proper nutrition for growth and development. Many infant formulas now have probiotics, felt to be beneficial for the digestive tract. Buying breast milk is a personal decision, but know your source. ...Read more

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Is it safe to travel with angina?

Is it safe to travel with angina?

Travel with angina: Angina not specifically attributed to a known and adequately treated etiology would be a risk for travel. I would not advise travel if you're having chest pains that have been termed "angina" if the exact etiology has not been identified and adequately treated. ...Read more

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Is it safe to travel with a hernia?

Is it safe to travel with a hernia?

Be Aware of Risks: Patients must be aware of the risks that go along with not having hernias surgically repaired. These include an increase in pain and the size of the hernia. More importantly, if the intestine becomes trapped in the hernia pouch, obstruction may occur with sudden pain and vomiting. This requires an immediate operation with a possible resection of the involved intestine. ...Read more

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