Do pacifiers mess up teeth or delay speech?

Do pacifiers mess up teeth or delay speech?

They can, but only if they’re kept in children’s mouths for several hours a day after they turn 2 years old. Many studies and analyses have found that regularly keeping a pacifier in a child’s mouth past the age of two can negatively affect the way...
Is it safe to drink alcohol when breastfeeding?

Is it safe to drink alcohol when breastfeeding?

Yes, in moderation. Less than 2 percent of the alcohol a breastfeeding mother consumes makes it into her breast milk, and research has found no effect to the nursing child from a couple of drinks. That being said, health authorities recommend that if a breastfeeding...
What bug sprays are safe and best for kids?

What bug sprays are safe and best for kids?

Any bug spray containing near 20 to 30 percent DEET has been shown to be most effective and safe for both pregnant women and children older than 2 months. Other bug sprays with different ingredients have been shown to be safe and relatively effective, too, but...
What kind of paint is safe for a pregnant woman or baby?

What kind of paint is safe for a pregnant woman or baby?

Any new can of interior household paint is probably fine if inhaled for only a few minutes, hours or even days, but a “low VOC” or “zero VOC” paint is definitely safer, doesn’t necessarily cost more and can work just as well as regular paint. What happens if a...
Are fluoride supplements necessary and safe for babies?

Are fluoride supplements necessary and safe for babies?

Extensive evidence over several decades has found fluoride to be safe, but U.S. health authorities only recommend fluoride supplementation if your child meets all these criteria: Has at least one tooth. This is because fluoride works best topically, meaning it is most...
What is tummy time, and is it important?

What is tummy time, and is it important?

It’s the idea that you should schedule time for your baby to be on its stomach every day to strengthen its arm and neck muscles, but there’s limited evidence it makes a difference in your child’s development. By age 1, there is no significant...
What’s normal baby poop color?

What’s normal baby poop color?

The only baby stool colors that should cause concern and warrant an immediate call to your child’s pediatrician are red, dark black and white. Both red and dark black could indicate blood in the baby’s system, and white could be a sign of an internal health issue....
What pain medicines are safe for babies?

What pain medicines are safe for babies?

As far as over-the-counter, non-prescription painkillers go, acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) can be safe for babies if the right strength is given in the right dosage based on the child’s age and weight. What painkillers are dangerous...