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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lay Off the Mustard, Stock Up on Medicine

Smearing mustard plaster upon a baby's chest for a cold? How about swaddling an infant, no matter how much he or she protests? Or placing layer upon layer of warm clothing over a child who is stricken with a fever?

As the world hurtles toward the 21st century, homespun remedies like these are still being practiced throughout Moscow.

"There are some crazy Russian ideas out there about raising children," said Dr. Timothy Meade at the American Medical Center. "We try to talk [parents] out of these weird Russian remedies."

Besides avoiding folk potions with questionable effectiveness, Western physicians in Moscow have the following tips for new parents in Moscow:

?For mothers giving birth abroad, purchase hard-to-find medicines before returning to Moscow. Two of the most useful are pediatric ibuprofen for fevers and sore throats and pediatric decongestant syrup.

?Use bottled water for baby formula. If you don't use bottled water, at least boil tap water. Purchase fluoride supplements for bottled water. The Clearwater company will add fluoride to their bottled water for an extra charge.

?For parents who employ a Russian nanny, clearly discuss how the baby should be dressed and fed and played with. Be prepared for a multitude of cultural differences.