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does anyone know of any babies having enterocolitis?

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Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Milk protein allergy: Newborns with milk protein allergy can present as enterocolitis with blood in the stool. These infants often have to be on a predigested infant formula. If mom is breast feeding, she might have to do an elimination diet to find out the allergen that is passing into the breast milk and causing this reaction in the infant.

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Are babies born knowing how to hold their breath and swim?

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Dr. Adam Naddelman
Pediatrics 24 years experience
No: Babies are not born knowing how to swim. A baby can sometimes hold their breath as a reflex, but this should not be mistaken as an innate ability to swim. Water can be very dangerous for your baby: it takes a very short time for a baby to drown. It is extremely important that you carefully monitor your baby at all times whenever he or she is near water, and this includes the bath tub.
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When do play groups become beneficial for babies?

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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Not so much : Playgroups are not especially useful for development or socialization for babies less than a year of age. Playgroups are for parents to get together and share their new world of parenting. They are for forging new relationships with other families that are meaningful given the context of your changing family. Playgroups are helpful of course for stay at home moms, but dads are welcome to jump in!
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Is structured play or free play better for babies?

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Dr. Adam Naddelman
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Yes: Actually, a little bit of both is ideal for babies. Letting babies play freely with their toys or even common (safe) household items is a great way for them to explore and use their imagination. More structured play can help teach routines and can often provide great opportunities for socialization and shared experiences.
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Is it normal for babies to be crawling backward?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: This often happens in the course of development when the babies are testing themselves and gaining movement. My own son was a backwards speed demon!
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Do ultrasounds let doctors measure babies?

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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Yes: Ultrasound machines are invaluable in managing pregnancy today, especially high-risk pregnancies. Not only do we measure the baby's size (head, abdomen, thigh bone), but we can evaluate all of the internal organs, from brain to bladder. We also can make sure the house is in order -- evaluating the placenta and the amniotic fluid quality, even measuring the cervical length.

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