Health: Toddler

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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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Personal Beauty Tips

Hi ladies, just wandered if you have any personal beauty tips that you follow on a daily basis. Are you putting on make-up when you go to work, go shopping ? Regarding weight loss what helps you, what motivates you? When I come home from work the first thing i do is eating, and eating and after that i have zero enery. I admit that I often indulge in chocolate and fast food. So, would you chare with me your beauth and weight loss tips?


20 Month Old Biting

My 20 month old twin boys are currently going through the biting phase. I...

Bladder & Kidney

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My 13 Month with a Bladder Infection

My daughter recently just got her second bladder infection. She got her first one at 7 months old and now has another one. My doctor said it can be very common for little girls to get them. I am paranoid about them and just want her to be ok. I am seeking other mothers who's daughter has had bladder infections and any advice or reassurance. She did have the reflux test and does not have it.


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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Sprain or Not?

My son seemed to have hurt his foot on the trampoline today at first he would take a few steps then itd just fold in he did that a couple times but never cried of pain well when it first happened he did but not at all after that he can walk on it now but for some reason hes walking with that foot pointed to the side idk if its sprained or not he can handle pain well even tho hes only a year an ten months old hes a tough guy I plan on taking him to the doctors tomorrow was looking for opinions could this be a sprain even tho he shows no sign...


Broken Arm :(

wow i did not think i'd have to deal with this so soon. my almost-5 year old...


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6 Year Check-up

My son will be 6 soon and I am wondering if a 6 year check-up is neccessary....


Fear of Dentist

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

Childhood Illnesses

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When Mom Has an Illness

How do you cope? When you have an illness and you still have to be a mom. I have an illness that i have to live with.Unfortunealy it is not one that end my life. When i have bad days(which are starting to be everyday) it takes all my might not to get angry at my children for being children. Life doesn't stop just b/c you sick. On my bad days i just want to crawl in a coffin and die, but when you have a family to take care of, that is not an option. So if anyone has any advice . Please share on how to be a mom when your in misery due to an...

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...


Failed Eye Exam?

My 6 year old daughter came home yesterday with a form that said she failed...

Eyes & Vision

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Can an Eye Doctor Be Wrong?

I took my son to an eye doctor here in town because of a slight lazy eye he had developed. She did a full eye exam and told me that his eyes looked fine and he may end up needing glasses in the future because he's a little near-sighted like I am, but nothing that needs glasses yet. Regarding the lazy eye she gave us an eye patch and told us to strengthen the lazy eye by covering up his other eye and force him to use the lazy eye. She went ahead and got us an appointment at a pediatric eye doctor in a bigger town just to double check her. ...


Eye Doctor to MRI!?

I took my daughter to the eye doctor today Bc she had said she was having a...

First Aid

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First Aid Class in West L.A.

My baby is 5 months old. I'd like to take a baby first aid and CPR class (just in case!). I live near West L.A. Any suggestions?


Do You Know CPR?

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


First Aid Kit

What do I need for a home first aid kit? Of course I have the basics: ...



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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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How to Teach Potty Hygiene???

My daughter, 3 years old last September, is potty trained. Yay for us. This has, thankfully, been a non-issue for some time. But I have been helping her "wipe" when she goes "big potty," (poop) since forever, and have always taught her to "pat-pat-pat" when she goes pee. Her aim at the pat-pat-pat is painfully ineffective, but I supposed I remember when I was young, I didn't even remember wiping when I went pee as a little girl, lol! Now that she has moved up into a new class room at day care with 3-4 year olds, the teachers don't help...


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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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Any "Natural" Remedies for Asthma Out There?

Hello, I have a 17 month old who is on a nebulizer 2-3 times a day (more when he sounds bad) he is also on an allergy medicine that he takes at night. I'm concerned that we are relying too heavily on drugs and was wondering if there are any natural remedies out there that anyone has found successful.


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....


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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Constant Runny Nose

Hi momma's since starting preschool my DS constantly has a runny nose every couple of weeks and it drives me crazy. I take him to his ped to make sure it's not a cold and it's not. They said I can give him zertec so we do, but it doesn't seem to help. He's a healthy kid! So yesterday his nose starts to run and when I picked him up from school his teacher asked me not to brim him back till his nose clears. I find it to be frustrating. Before preschool he had one cold. Never a runny nose and not it's a constant thing. I don't know what to do....


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Old Prescription Bottles - What Do You Do with Them?

Just curious - my daughter and I both have prescriptions we take every month. The bottles have our names, address, the name of the medication, the prescription number, the pharmacy, etc., on them. So I've been trying to black out that information with a permanent marker and then throwing them in the trash. What do all you mamas do with your old prescription bottles?

Mental Health

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Mental Health Insurance

I'm wanting to take my son to see a counselor or at least go on ADHD meds. But all those things are classified under Mental Health and you will get charged full price to see a doctor for any of these things. We currently have Medical Health Insurance through my husbands work but they don't offer Mental Health Insurance. Any advice? I thought about dropping him from our Medical Health Ins and trying to get Medicaid but the risk there is how long it takes to get Medicaid my son would be without insurance that could be several months. The...

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?

I have twin girls, almost 18 months old. One of my daughters is constantly...

Preventative Care

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Chiropractic Care in Children

Hi all you fabulous moms! I hope you are all having a great day! I recently started seeing a chiropracter and his office believes in treating the whole family. My husband who used to receive this care as a pre-teen has also started going too. You are not required to have your child treated to be treated there and as of yet I have decided to not have my child treated. At this time my train of thought is that I just could never forgive myself if my child was that one in a milllion where something went wrong. Still, I am curious about...


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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...


Help with Pneumonia

Hi all, my son will be 4 in October and this is his 4th time getting...

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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Pre-teen Skin Care

I have a friend whose 10 year daughter is starting to break out, primarily on her forehead. I am mentioning that she is African-American because I know there are different hair care and skin care strategies and issues to consider. Has anyone used Pro Active on thier child at this age. Is it safe? What were the results? Any other tips/suggestions/ideas? She will be starting at a new school in the Fall and her parents don't want her to be more self-conscious than she will probably already be. Thanks for the help.


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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*SWH ADDED Does Anyone Here Happen to Be a County Social Worker?

I am just curious about something. We have been working with a team of mental health and dd social workers at our county (including their supervisors) for nearly 2 months on a very high pressure situation (we actually work with them all the time, but normally nothing is really going on). Our son who requires 24hr awake care had to leave the facility he was currently staying at. While the process took several left turns, today they were able to secure a new facility willing to take him and he can be transferred in two weeks. Our son...

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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13 Month Old Is Only 19 Pounds

today we went to Braydens dr appt.. a well check.. well, when she put him on the scale and it said "18" pounds, she wasnt suprised, but inside i was like, What the? then when she came back with a different scale, i figured she WAS alarmed, but hadnt shown it. so on the digital scale he was 19 pounds. my son has been breastfed since birth, and he still nurses occasionally during the day, usually when he wants to go to sleep. i would say im more of a human pacifier than a food source. lol. however he does eat other things...gerber...

Support Groups

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Support Groups for Adhd Parents

I have a 7 year old with ADHD/Impulsivity who has trouble focusing at school. He is on medication. Any suggestions on how to help him focus at school?


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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Helping Teen with Beauty and Hygiene

I currently work with teenagers at my church. One teen in particular is a precious girl, who does wonderfully academically, and is just a great kid in general. However, due to her situation at home, she often wears clothing from the thrift store that would either better suit an old lady, or is completely mismatched. It is often not clean. Her personal hygiene is not too good either. I don't think she showers daily, her fingernails are dirty, hair often uncombed, etc. Unfortunately, she is also frequently bullied at school. While I...


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Does My Son Need Glasses?

My 7 yr old complains that his eyes hurt and sometimes of headaches. I am thinking he may need glasses. I also catch him squinting his eyes every once in a while. How do I know if he needs glasses? Also do pediatricians test for this or does he need to see an eye dr? Thanks!

Weight Management

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Diet for Weight Loss

I am curious to know what diet you have followed during weight loss and how much you have lost per week and also what kind of exercise routine did you stick to? I have hit a plateau and in the process of making changes to my exercise (adding strength exercise along with my usual cardio) and diet. I have already made big changes to my diet ever since I got in weight loss mode 2 months ago. From a carb heavy diet , I am now in reduced carb high protein diet. So I guess now I need to completely leave out bread from my diet which will be...

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...