Health: Infant

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Air Travel with Infant During Flu Season

Hi Everyone! So I have a 3 week old baby and I want to go visit my parents. When is it safe to travel with an infant? I'm worried because its flu season and he might catch something in the air on the airplane. Its a direct flight thats 2 hours long.


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Have a Beauty Secret/tip You Are Willing to Share?

Just read the beauty tips from Nerida Joy on the Mamapedia home page. I was just wondering if anyone out there has any beauty secrets/tips you are willing to share with the rest of us?? I read once that hair conditioner can be used to shave your legs rather than those expensive women's shaving creams. Thanks everyone!

Bladder & Kidney

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Urinary Tract Infection While Pregnant

Hi moms, So, I had a doctors appointment on Wednesday and had some protein in my urine so my OB said she was going to have it tested for a urinary tract infection (I haven't had any of the other symptoms except for wanting to go pee all the time). Anyway, I called the office twice today and the results hadn't come back yet so they said I'd have to wait until Monday for the results. So my question is if anyone knows of anything natural I can do until then to maybe help with the infection (if I have one). I think I heard that cranberry...


Is This a UTI

Could this one be a UTI? even though i don't have any burning, just...

Broken Bones & Sprains

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Broken Arm :(

wow i did not think i'd have to deal with this so soon. my almost-5 year old (meaning - HE'S ONLY FOUR!!) fell off the top of a swingset (the ones with the little clubhouse platform) and landed face-and-arm-first and snapped his arm cleanly in two. thankfully for a break it's as good as it gets really. but that's the only good news of course. we have been up all night, after spending all evening in the we go for a real cast, right now he has it in a splint. he isn't sleeping because the hydrocodone tastes terrible and he is...


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Fear of Dentist

My daughter had open heart surgery a few months ago. At her last check-up...

Childhood Illnesses

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What Would This Illness Be?

Any suggestions will help. I do plan on calling my doctor again today. I have had a fever with chills and sweats off and on since Sunday. I did go see my general physician and he didn't see any bacterial infection. Since Monday my left back has been hurting (like a pulled muscle). Also when I use the bathroom the is a strong smell. I am not sure if it is my urine or the results of having a beautiful baby boy 4 weeks ago. I believe that the back is from holding my son while breast feeding him. He is a heavy little guy and we...

Children's Hospital

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Children's Hospital or Children's Home

I have in perfect condition beanie baby bears and rather than selling them on ebay or putting them on free cycle, my kids had a great idea of giving them to sick children to make them happy or to children in a children's home that have no family. My question is does anyone know of the best place to take them? Like I said these are in excellent condition as I used to collect them, so it's not like I'd be taking them used stuffed animals. No kids have ever played with these. I appreciate your help in finding them a lovable home.


Baby in NICU

My 9 day old is in the NICU and has been since birth, basically because he...


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What to Do About This Orthodontist?

So my daughter has completed her “phase one” of orthodontic work to fix an overbite. During that course of treatment, starting around the age of 10, she had 6 teeth pulled. The first two by a dentist and the other 4 by a oral surgeon with laughing gas. After the first teeth pulling my daughter was beyond traumatized so that is why we spent the extra dough to have an oral surgeon do the next recommended teeth to extraction. Now 2 years later, we are in the limbo phase before the 2nd phase where the orthodontist wants to put braces on...


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Reccomendations for a Book on Infant Development

Hi. I was just wondering if there are any suggestions to books about child development. Things I should be expecting, milestones, etc. and approximate age of these things. I have twin girls who just came home from the hospital and looking for some guidance.

Diapers & Diaper Changing

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Need Diaper Changing Advice

My 7 month old has turned diaper changing in to a challenging game. I am a first time Mom and have to say this is one topic I haven't read about and wasn't ready for. He flips over so fast and wants to crawl off the changing table. This sounds like something all parents probably go through as I'm sure they get bored on their backs. I'm just not sure what approach to take. The other night I made him stay on his back and he reacted so dramatic that it made me feel awful. I don't want to start a bad habit (have been changing him while he...


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Help with Digestion Issues

Hi Moms, I need some help for my little boy. For the past two weeks he has had a cold/infection (stuffy nose, cough, etc). It runs for a couple of days, gets better, and then comes back. At the same time he is having some digestion issues, mainly diarrhea. He has not had a solid bm in 2 weeks. On doctors orders, we fed him nothing but formula, pedialyte, rice cereal and bananas for days. Not helping. Do you have any of your own ideas on how to treat this chronic diarrhea? We need it to stop as we can not give him antibiotics for the...


Infant with Gas

My 2 month old son has been suffering from long periods of excessive gas-...

Dr. Visits

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Taking Son to My Doctor's Appointment?

Is there anything wrong with brining my 16 month old son with me to a doctor's appointment? I have an appointment with a dermatologist and would rather not drop him at the babysitters for an hour. Is this an acceptable practice?

Early Intervention

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Eye Glasses

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Vision Therapy??? Really? Does It Work?

Anyone ever had to go through our put their child through vision therapy? My 3yr old has strabismus (not constant, but her eyes will turn inward) and we've done the patching thing for almost a year. It helped, but then the other eye started to get lazy on us and started to do the same thing. The opthamologist thinks surgery is her best bet. However, I've heard and researched that VISION THERAPY could be a good thing to turn this around. Have you done it or know someone who has gone through this type of therapy? And what where the...


Infant Eye Test

My daughter is 6 weeks old. Last week when I had her at the Dr., the Dr....

Eyes & Vision

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Seeking Eye Doctor

I am looking for an eye doctor in Irving or Coppell. Does anyone have a...

First Aid

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CPR And First Aid for Child Care Providers

I am looking for CPR and First Aid courses. Any suggestions on where to take them? I need them by the end of the summer and the class through dakota county and mpls red cross dont seem to fit with my schedule.


Infant Cpr Classes?

Has any one every went to a class to learn infant CPR. My daughter is just...


Do You Know CPR?

There was a question earlier this morning that got me wondering why so many...



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Do You Exercise?

Why or why not? If you do exercise, what do you do? If you don't exercise what would be a form of exercise that you think you would enjoy? I exercise about five days of week. I run mostly, but I also do kick boxing. I am supposed to be strength training, but I shy away from it because it's hard and not a whole lot of fun!


When to Exercise?

I am about 20 pounds overweight, due to having 3 kids and lack of self...

Foot & Toe

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Pain in My Foot

Hello, I am at 33 weeks with twins. Lately I have either a sharp, immobilizing pain in my right heel or it is numb. Does anyone have any experience with this? Thanks, R.


Pain in Heel of Foot

Hi I have had pain in my foot when ever I walk for 5 days. I work all night...


Daughters Foot Pain

First, I just want to say--how much I appreciate all the moms that take the...

Good Hygiene

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10Yr Old Niece with Terrible Hygiene...

Hello moms, I'm in need of some advice this morning. My sister in law and her daughter are temporaily living with us, and her daughter, my niece, has extremely poor hygiene. I'm sure it's just because no one has properly showed her how to care for herself however, when I try to say something to her or show her a better way to care for herself she gets embarassed and becomes sassy or upset. I know she does not wash her hands when she uses the restroom, in fact I don't think she cleans herself well either. Her hands are always filthy and then...


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Baby Hair Care

Hi ladies,My 7 month old was born with lots of hair.  She has already had 3-4 haircuts.  The problem is that her hair gets really snarled in the back when she sleeps or rides in her car seat.  It is really difficulf to comb through.  I don't want to put product in her hair because of her age.  Am I washing her hair too often?  Is it just her hair type? Other solutions?


Hair Falling Out

hi every one i don't know if any one else has this problem but my hair is...


Chewing on Hair!

My daughter use to chew on her hair, so we cut it so she couldn't chew on it...

Health Insurance

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No Health Insurance :(

Hi, Does anyone know of any low cost health insurance. I work 2 jobs and go to school, since I have to part time jobs I am not offered insurance. I have applied for some dental insurance thru Oxford but still don't know what I will do for Hosp, Check-ups, and OB-Gyn. I live in Union County go to school in Essex, any suggestions? Thanks

Healthcare Providers

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Midwife and Doula near Palatine, IL

I've always visited an Ob-Gyn and am not familiar with midwives or doulas. Now that I'm pregnant, I've heard a lot of good things about midwives/doulas. If you've had experiences before, can you share the pros/cons from your point of view? Additionally, do you have a personal referral for a midwife and doula in the area that you can share? If you could also kindly describe reasons why you recommend them that would be very helpful as well. I live in Palatine but nearby suburb areas may work too. Thanks!!

Height & Weight

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My Daughter Afraid of Being Overweight

My daughter is 4'6 and a quarter weighs 74.2 pounds 10 december 11. is she overweight? she seems average. Her 4'3 best friend 9 years old weighs 58 pounds says she overweight! IS SHE?????????

Home Remedies

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Natural Cough Remedies

Hi Moms! I am currently 19 weeks pregnant and have had a lingering cough for about a week now and it seems to be getting worse. I do not want to take any OTC drugs even though my ob said it was fine to take Robitussin DM. I have coughed so much my throat feels raw and my abs have been hurting due to the constant cough. My cough is the dry kind, with not too much plehm. What natural remedies do you guys know of that I can try and that is 100% safe to try for me and my baby? I have been taking hot water, lemon, and honey every day. Doesn't...


At Home Remedies....

My daughter had a HORRIBLE diaper rash last week and bad diareah. It didn't...


Uti Home Remedy!!!

does anybody know any good home remedy's for a urinary tract infection? iv'e...


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Mentally Ill Father

To make a very long story short, the father of my 5 month old daughter has a severe mental illness. The diagnosis is schizo affective disorder. I knew him in high school, and that was before he developed his illness. We reconnected on facebook last year and started dating by the end of April. Due to past circumstances, I honestly believed that I was not able to have children, so I was not as careful as I should have been. I became pregnant very soon after we started dating, and then soon after that I found out that he had this illness....


My Baby Is Sick

Hi my 5 mos is sick she has a runny nose and a cough, and i did take her to...


Too Sick or Not?

Hi Moms. I am a daycare provider and recently I have had some pretty sick...

Illnesses & Symptoms

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9-Month-old with a Runny Nose...

Hi Moms! I have a 9-month-old son and for the last few days he has had a very runny nose and is all stuffed up. He does not let me suck his nose out or even wipe it for that matter unless I pin him down. He has been teething lately and already had 2 bottom teeth. Is this becasue of the teething? Otherwise, he is okay. No fever, coughing, etc. I am going to try to run the humidifier tonight and see if that helps. My questions are: is there anything I could give him over the counter and does anyone have a better solution for me cleaning his...


2 Year Old Coughing.

my son has been coughing terribly for almost 5 weeks now.we have gone to the...


Constant Runny Nose

Hi momma's since starting preschool my DS constantly has a runny nose every...


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Breastfeeding - Anyone Had to Take Prescription Medicine?

Hi area moms- I was just diagnosed with strep throat and my Dr gave me a prescription (zithromax) and I can't breastfeed for 10 days... I have to pump/dump and use up my supply in the freezer. My daughter is almost 7 months old and is exclusively breastfed (except for cereal). Has anyone else had to take prescription medicine while breastfeeding? I don't know what to do b/c I'm worried if I don't feed her for 10 days that my supply will go down and she won't want to feed anymore... but I also need to get better. Any advice is much...

Mental Health

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Working Moms and Mental Health Day

I was just curious as to how many moms who work outside the home moms take a day off for no reason but only to get some free time for yourselves while kids are at school and husband at work? I call them mental health days. Sometimes the weekends are not enough because I'm usually grocery shopping or housekeeping and helping with homework. So, I usually take at least one day a month off and I don't do anything except lay in bed for however long I want,watch television and eat. On rare ocassions I have driven to the mall on clothes I...

Potty Training

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Ready to Potty Train??

My 15 month odl daughter has started telling my husband and I when she pees, or poops in her diaper. She wants us to change her as soon as she does it. Is this a sign that she is getting ready to potty train, or is she simply telling us she doesn't like a dirty diaper??


When to Potty Train?

Audrey is 1 yr 1 month old and is staying dry 90% of the time during the day...

Preventative Care

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What Products to Use for an Infant Who Has a Rash

Hi I was wondering what products many of you recommend for an infant (2 month old) who has a very bad sandpaper like rash all over her body. Her back is actually peeling today since her skin has been so dry. I did take her to her Pediatrician who ruled out any illness. He stated it may be sensitive skin or she may be having a reaction to a food that I am eating as she also has very bad reflux along with it. I use dreft detergent on all clothes/linens that come into contact with her. I use Eucerin on her skin which does seem to help a...


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Infant Mortality Rate

OK. For those of you who watch the news. The numbers are in. The US's infant mortality rate is skyrocketing. We're ranked 41st in the developed world for delivering babies safely down from 20 something several years ago. I personally know several of the millions of women like myself without health care insurance who skimped on prenatal care to save money. Surely this lack of prenatal care on a grand national scale impacts the statistic a bit among other factors contributing to failed...


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Upper Respiratory Infection

I have a 7 month old daughter and a 3 year old daughter that are both sick. I'm more concerned about my baby because she can't take medicine like my 3 year old can. She is so stuffed up, can hardly breathe, stopped wanting to eat baby food, only will be nursed but not as often as usual, lost a little weight, only wants to be held by mom, not wanting to play, has a very bad cough, just lost her voice today, and doesn't want to sleep but when she does not for long. I keep cleaning her nose by using drops and then use a sucker to clean it out...


3 Yr Old Pneumonia

My poor baby had RSV @ 2 and now he has pneumonia at 3!!!! He is in a smoke...

Shots & Vaccines

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To Vaccine or Not to Vaccine...

Can you please give me your experience and advice on vaccinations. I have a dear friend with an autism child. He started showing signs of it a little bit after his MMR vaccine. I've heard so many different things about vaccinations. My 2 year old has had all of his and my 17 month old is due for his 18 month vaccines but I'm not sure I want him to have them all at the same time or at all. What are the known health risks and what are you all doing? Thanks!


To Vaccine or Not?

Hi Moms, you helped me before when my two year old daughter wouldn't brush...


Opinions on Vaccines

I would like to know what others think about vaccinations. My two year old...


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Skin Problems After Having My Baby

I am a mom of a soon to be 4 year old and an 8 week old. I had no problems with my skin with my first born, but when I was pregnant with my second, my skin became extremely oily. I thought nothing of it and just washed my skin more. A few days after having my son, my skin did a 180 and is now acting strangely. I have dry patches all over my face that flake and hurt. They become red and inflamed and no matter what I do, they just won't go away. I have just been caking on the lotion in those areas in hopes that it is just dry skin and will go...

Skin, Hair & Bath Care

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Skin Care Line Recommendations Needed

Hi- I am 33 years old and have quite a bit of sun damage and am starting to feel the effects of aging :-( I have fairly oily skin and I break-out on occasion. I am looking for a new professional line of skin care. I don't mind spending money if it is worth it. I have used non-professional lines like Proactive, Mary Kay, Benefit, Mac, Clinque and I am looking for something I can stick with that is very high quality. I need a facial cleanser, exfoliater, moisturizer, and foundation (maybe another brand for the foundation). Thanks for...


Infant Skin Care

My 11 wk old son has x link ichthyosis that requires him to be lotioned from...


Pre-teen Skin Care

I have a friend whose 10 year daughter is starting to break out, primarily...


Sleeping Habits

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Little Girl with Sleep Problems.

My little girl Alannah will be one on Sunday. Just recently she has been waking up 2-3 times a night screaming, which scares me half to death. I'll get up and run to her room and will have to sit with her until she goes back to sleep! She doesn't have a problem going to sleep at her usuall bedtime. I never had this problem with my oldest child who is 2 1/2 years old. Is there anything I can do to make her sleep or feel more comfortable during the night?

Social Workers

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Infant 2 Month Immunization Appointment

Friday morning I will be taking my infant for his 2 month check-up. At that time he is to receive about 4 immunizations. So far we have had no major problems with our infant. I am; however, concerened with the possible risks to these immunizations such as brain damage, autism, etc. Does anyone have any words of encouragement for me as I take my baby in to receive these vaccines? Is it the norm to get several immunizations at once? Has anyone infant experienced any negative reactions to these immunizations?

Speech Therapy

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Speech Therapy or Not?

I just love this site! You have all helped me so much. My oldest 2 1/2 says words. But no sentences other that bye dada or I love you (in her own way). She repeats things she hears others say, "wheres my shoe" SHOE! Get the ball-BALL! Says hi, hello, pap pap, & some others. Her sister is 6 months younger and I was wondering if she isn't speaking because of her sister being younger & not quite caught up to her, she might be holding her back? Or is it the"twin thing" they have their own language? Shes very bright otherwise, she...


Speech Delay in Son

My son just turned 2 1/2 and has a speech delay. I went through the...

Stages & Milestones

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Hitting the Milestones

My daughter is 3 months old and was only 4lbs at birth, now she is just under 10lbs. Does anyone else have a premie and when did they hit thier milestones such as holding things in thier hands and holding themselves up when on thier tummy? When I try to put something in my daughters hand she can't hold it,like her hand is too small. And when I put a teething ring in her mouth she couldnt bite that either,like her mouth is still too small. She seems to be hitting all of her developmental milestones but not the physical ones. The dr says...

Support Groups

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How Do You Know When to Test for ADD or ADHD

Hi, I am very frustrated with my 8 1/2 yr old son. I don't know if he just is stubborn and doesn't want to listen to me, or if something is wrong as far as his attention span. How do you know when it's time to test for ADD? What kind of symptoms do you look for? My son is defiant, he doesn't pay attention, he doesn't remember what I say, even if I said it two seconds ago. I have to constantly remind him to do things that should be habit by now. It' s like every day he wakes up and has forgotten the rules. I yell at him almost every...


ADD / ADHD Help!

My 5 year old son was just dianosed with ADHD. We have been having a lot of...

Taking Temperature

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Which Thermometer to Buy?

Any advice on what kind of thermomter to buy that will work for my 18 month old? I know that taking his temp rectally is the most accurate, but let's say he doesn't like that. I can't decide between an ear one or a temporal one. Any thoughts?

Teaching Good Hygiene

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Suggestions for Helping 5 Year Old with Hygiene Issues

I am looking for suggestions to help me teach my 5 year old daughter good hygiene skills. She seems to have trouble with wiping herself although she is at the age where she is perfectly capable of doing so. I try not to be harsh or overly critical with her since I am afraid she will become anxious, but I also feel it is not something I can overlook since it can lead to medical issues like urinary tract infections or worse. Whenever I try to talk to her about it she shuts down and cries. Any suggestions on how to approach this obviously...


Help with Hygiene

I am at my wit's end about my son's lack of hygiene. Background: he had...


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I May Need Glasses

Actually looking at the computer at the moment I am pretty damn sure I need glasses. Last week I put my son's glasses on and damn it was soooo much clearer plus that minor headache I have lived with for some time now wasn't there. Anyway I am far to vain not to have contacts but my question is for those that have contacts, do you have glasses as well? If so why? The funniest thing was Troy pouting cause he will be at work and can't help me pick out glasses. God I love that man!

Weight Management

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Healthy Eating Out ?

Can anyone suggest a place for lunch or diner out that has a little more healthier menu. Vegatables/Fruit. Thanks

Wisdom Teeth

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Off Topic: Wisdom Teeth Poll

I read an article about wisdom teeth. It indicated that 80-95% of the population have wisdom teeth (apparently there isn't a lot of wisdom tooth research/statistics) and most of those people, 70%, have them removed. So do you have your third molars? Did you have them removed? Never had them? I don't have any wisdom teeth. They never developed. Lucky me! Or maybe that means I'm a fool. My mom has all four of her wisdom teeth. No problems. My sister had three and had them removed. My dad had his removed. My husband has his and...


Wisdom Teeth Removal

Has anyone had their teenager's wisdom teeth removed? If so, did you have...