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do breech babies carry congenital defects?

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Dr. James DuRant
Pediatrics 11 years experience
Hip Development: The big issue with breech babies is they can at higher risk for developmental dysplasia of the hip. (ddh) your pediatrician will just need to do a hip exam at well child follow ups to screen. Because female infants with a positive family history of ddh and females born in breech presentation have the highest risks of ddh, imaging with an ultrasound or radiography is recommended for these infants.
Dr. Bin Sung
Dr. Bin Sung commented
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Your pediatrician will refer the baby to orthopedics if the suspicion is high on exam.
Apr 13, 2013
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Rarely: Rarely does this happen where babies have congenital defects that are severe enough that they either neurological impair the baby and prevent movement or simply get in the way of a baby being able to flip on its own. This is a rare cause of breech though.

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Do premature babies need special car seats?

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Pediatrics 38 years experience
Yes: Every baby born less than 37 weeks gestation should have a car seat trial before discharge from the hospital, to ensure breathing is adequate. The hospital staff should check to see if the car seat you've selected is appropriate for the baby's size, and they should teach you how to use it safely. Baby may need a car bed if s/he fails the car seat test. Always place the car seat rear-facing.
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Where should our infant sleep when we stay in a hotel?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Portable crib: Most hotels will have cribs available to rent, but it might make sense to invest in a portable "pack and play" type crib. Babies need to sleep on a firm surface, and should not be in the bed with you. Also, since hotels are not "babyproofed", the portable crib can also be used to help keep an older baby safe.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How can I get my infant to sleep through the night?

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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Good sleep routine: This is possible for almost all little ones, but is more than can be described in 400 characters. Consistency, a regular sleep routine, keeping the home quiet and dark at night, and helping them learn to self-settle are essential. Talk with your pediatrician about the details, but know that it is possible - once you are ready! (the secondary gain from "comforting" your baby at night is powerful.).
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Do I need to give my baby a helmet if he has a flat head?

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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Not generally. Usually repositioning does wonders, making things of interest be on the other side of the room. Of course, make sure there isn't abnormal neck tightness, and that the flatness isn't too far gone. A pediatrician can tell if a helmet is necessary, but most don't need that. Once they sit up for awhile, starting at 4-6 months, the head returns to a normal shape.
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A 28-year-old female asked:

What the best thing to use on infant heat bumps?

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Leave them alone: The best thing to do is to leave them alone. Try to get rid of the offending agent, heat, over bundling; consider an office visit if baby's skin does not improve. It may be eczema or another common childhood rash.

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