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Pacifiers are Artificial Nipples

Pacifiers are Artificial Nipples says the Dr. Sears site. His site is one I take with a grain or two of salt, but it is definitely a good second-ranked site for me. First rank are actual medical organizations in the US, UK and UN, as well as actual healthcare research (though of course one must look at the research). The American Family Physician has a nice article listing various studies (and evaluating the evidence in them. It turns out that pacifiers should be used for different purposes at different times and in different settings. There are some advantages, and some
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China Wants to Kill my Child

Well, no not all of China, and not the government, at least not specifically. But indeed, the manufacturing in China is almost wilfully hazardous. Stories abound on a near daily basis of the kinds of products that are passed off as genuine, both to the Chinese people themselves (such a homicidal/suicidal country) and to export markets. Here is a sampling of either newspaper headlines or word of mouth: Sticks of meat, actually made of wood (the meat, not the sticks) Dead chicken carcasses collected from a village, then butchered and the flesh painted to look healthy Melons injected with growth
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Englishes, Websites, and Country TLDs

The issue of various Englishes is one that can help increase customers when targeting different native English speakers from different countries. English as we know is not monolithic, but most sites have a single site per language. The complication there is of course flags are used, so either a British or American or some composite monstrosity of a Brit/Yankee flag is used. Country Code TLDs vs. Language-specific Sites This is confusing and potentially off-putting. The idea then would be to have websites that would be country-code-tld with natural geographic targeting. And so, a Canadian site with a Canadian TLD. Since
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Teething at 3 Months

Turns out that teething can start as early as 3 months. This was news to our doctor (which is quite sad). The state of health care with children is unfortunately the same as that as with adults, which is even more inadequate for several reasons: Adults can tell you symptoms and the like Adults with children still need to know what signs to look for and how to interpret Pediatricians should spend time examining and educating parents, instead everything seems like the same kind of adult treatment model Most doctors are actually not up-to-date in the field, but with the
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Birth Tourism

The big issues for prenatal (besides choice of the mother) included (but are not limited to): Place of birth Country of birth Hospital/home or birthing center Country of Birth Note for country of birth, the idea is to get dual or triple citizenship. This is possible if one or both parents are from a country which grant citizenship with birth, even if not present at birth. The two doctrines are jus soli – right of earth, and jus sanguinis right of blood. For Jus Soli the main countries are the US and Canada, which grant unrestricted citizenship to anyone born
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First week with a newborn

My son was born on 28 October, and the first week has been exciting, eventful, as well as tiring. A few points for others: Emotion In a newborn, emotion is quite simple. It begins and ends in the guts. To be hungry is to be upset, and to use the only faculty at its command, namely the vocal cords. Emotion that lights up the face in various ways are twofold: burping and defecating. Yes, for the newborn, what you think is a smile at you, is really only (but fundamentally and amazingly, not merely) the operation of the intestines. Anticipation
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Colic – Causes, Effects, Cures

Colic affects between 10% and 30% of babies at some point. It is defined as excessive crying, > 3 hours/day, 3 days/week, for at least three weeks. However, apparently the causes of colic are unknown. The normal span of such colicky behavior is between 2 weeks to 6 months of age. However, some last longer, and many are intermittent or simply take place once or twice. Not only that, but as an extremely common phenomena, there are an amazing number of opinions and cures, which simply do not work. There are some coping tactics, but the main thing is to
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Death in Thailand

Currently I am expecting the birth of a son, sometime around early November (about two months). This of course makes me reflect on safety and other issues. Taking a look at lifespans and probabilities due to various causes, here are some comparative charts. The biggest problems for infant mortality are well-known. The gap between developed and developing nations is essentially that of public health issues. The main risks have to do with basic sanitation/bacteria/virus and resultant dehydration/diarrhea, accident prevention, maternal disorders, and non-communicable diseases. These can be quite adequately addressed by public health increases, and thereby create significant savings for
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Tips for Travelers to Thailand

Avoid tips and tricks from people who have lived in Thailand for 2-3 years. Their experience is too partial and what they find memorable is not very useful. And their sad attempt at providing a glossary or phrasebook is a waste of time (the tones are as important as the sounds, if you don’t get the tones right you are saying the wrong thing). That said, here are some things that cannot be overestimated: This is a different culture from the west. Very different, in many ways. Learn about culture shock, you will have it here. Expectations are regularly violated,
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Living in Chiang Mai

Living in Chiang Mai has many aspects, and what it’s like will be as much about the person doing the living as the place being lived in. My guess is the question is more like “what is it like as a foreigner to live in Chiang Mai”. Here are a few aspects that come to mind. Language: if you don’t speak Thai, it can be frustrating, but a little Thai can go a long way. The local people in Chiang Mai are generally friendly and easygoing and so basic stuff is quite low-friction, even with minimal Thai. That said, this
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