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Suddenly my 5 week old baby boy wakes up and screams for milk at every hour. Used to be every 2 hours. Been feeding him formula.

Suddenly my 5 week old baby boy wakes up and screams for milk at every hour. Used to be every 2 hours. Been feeding him formula.

He may be : Going through a growth spurt. According to kellymom.Com "common times for growth spurts are during the first few days at home and around 7-10 days, 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks, 3 months, 4 months, 6 months and 9 months (more or less). " I am an oncologist, but have a 6 week old too :). Keep it up! ...Read more

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My wife spoon feeds milk to our 15 months baby during night when he is asleep. Is it safe? Also she feeds him every 4 hours be its day or night, safe?

My wife spoon feeds milk to our 15 months baby during night when he is asleep. Is it safe? Also she feeds him every 4 hours be its day or night, safe?

Potentially harmful: Potential harms are development of dental caries with night feeds and obesity from overfeeding. A neurotypical child that age can both finger-feed himself & use a spoon, spilling little. Not allowing him to do so hampers development of independent self-help skills. First you & your wife together need to hear what his pede has to say. Try to state the problem without shame or blame. ...Read more

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Is an exersaucer toy harmful to 5 months old supported sitter baby?

Is an exersaucer toy harmful to  5 months old supported sitter baby?

No: If your 5 month old has some abdominal strength and ability to sit up a little then it would be a great idea to start using the exersaucer. ...Read more

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How much time should baby feed. My 2 months old baby is feeding for 5 minutes in every hour. Is it ok or something to worry.

How much time should baby feed. My 2 months old baby is feeding for 5 minutes in every hour. Is it ok or something to worry.

Volume is important: The amount of time is irrelevant how much volume are they getting. If you are breast feeding are they gaining weight? If your bottle feeding how much formula are they drinking per day and are they gaing weight, too much weight? Discuss this with your child's physician. If they are gaining normal amount of weight and staying on their growth curve ther is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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My 2 month old chokes often. When she breastfeeds, bottle feeds and even while she's sleeping. What is the safest way to help her catch her breath?

My 2 month old chokes often. When she breastfeeds, bottle feeds and even while she's sleeping. What is the safest way to help her catch her breath?

If choking...: Babies who choke during breastfeeding, bottle feeding and sleep may have some kind of problem with their upper airway. This is especially true for newborns who had been intubated. If your baby is having blue spells along with choking, this is a medical emergency, get care immediately. Otherwise followup with your child's doc to assess for need for further evaluation by a pediatric ent. ...Read more

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5 month old baby always throwing up his milk. I'm afraid, will the baby be alright?

5 month old baby always throwing up his milk. I'm afraid, will the baby be alright?

"reflux": Inadequately functioning sphincter at lower gullet allows spitting ups in infants. Attention should be paid on infant's weight gain and respiratory complication, e.g., wheezing. ...Read more

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My 7 month old baby has fever.she wants to be held always and is refusing to be put down.is that normal?She also is crying mostly.she takes her feed.

My 7 month old baby has fever.she wants to be held always and is refusing to be put down.is that normal?She also is crying mostly.she takes her feed.

Shd be seen: 7 month old baby who is crying all the time shd be seen by a doctor to ascertain the source of infection. Particular attention be paid to presence of ear infection and urinary tract infection. U can use paracetamol (acetaminophen ) to make her comfortable but see a doctor as soon as possible. Avoid giving the medicine for 3-4 hours before u see the doctor so as not to mask the infection. ...Read more

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Can a 5 month old baby have nightmares? My baby sometimes suddenly cries as if in pain while sleeping.

Can a 5 month old baby have nightmares? My baby sometimes suddenly cries as if in pain while sleeping.

Possible: Nightmares usually occurs after 6 months of age, but if there is nothing else that could have caused the pain, it's possible that your baby has nightmares. Here is an article on it: https://www.evernote.com/l/AAVlj1BX6HBE0IjAymlGtJjgMHWZ-IzOj1A I hope this helped. ...Read more

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Is it normal that 8.5 month baby boy eats formula during night time? At 00:00, 04:00. Eats 6 time in 24 hours. Can not be cheated with water or tea.

Is it normal that 8.5 month baby boy eats formula during night time? At 00:00, 04:00. Eats 6 time in 24 hours. Can not be cheated with water or tea.

Common but...: There is a wide range of "normal." that said, a baby at 8 months is nutritionally ready to last a good 8 hours without feeding. He might need a bit more before sleep, he might be waking up out of habit, or he could just want mommy. Talk to your pediatrician. ...Read more

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I have 2 month old baby, i've noticed that she slept well while lying in prone position, is that good or safe for her age?

I have 2 month old baby, i've noticed that she slept well while lying in prone position, is that good or safe for her age?

Deadly possibility: In 1992 dramatic data from the scandinavian countries changed the american preference for belly sleeping to back sleeping do to changes in crib death rates. The crib death rate in the us has fallen 40% since this change. We can only speculate why, but the results are real. I encourage back sleeping for babies safety until at least 6 months but don't fret if the baby begins to turn over earlier. ...Read more

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My son is 6 months old and likes to fall asleep with something soft. When is he able to sleep with something to sooth him? He can roll, sit up, crawl

My son is 6 months old and likes to fall asleep with something soft.  When is he able to sleep with something to sooth him? He can roll, sit up, crawl

When he can stand: We lose about 100 kids a year in the US to suffocation in bed linen, bumpers,soft toys when they fall asleep on/in them. When a baby has the physical capability of getting away from these things with ease they can have them in their bed.Until then, it is a deadly choice.Don't offer it and he will adapt. ...Read more

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Is it normal for 5 weeks old baby to sleep through the day 9-12 hours without breast feeding her ? As I couldn't wake her up . Thank you

Is it normal for 5 weeks old baby to sleep through the day 9-12 hours  without breast feeding her ? As I couldn't wake her up . Thank you

NO: No it's not normal for a 5 week old baby to sleep so long between feeds. She needs to be evaluated NOW! If you can't get in to see her pediatrician then she needs to go to the closest emergency department for eval. ...Read more

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When can babies move to fformula as 3 week grandaughter is hungry baby and wakes regularly for feeds?

When can babies move to fformula as 3 week grandaughter is hungry baby and wakes regularly for feeds?

See below: There is no difference in the calories provided by formula and breast milk. 3 week old babies should be feeding around every 3 hours. And they should be waking at night for feeding. There is no reason to switch to formula. ...Read more

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When my baby (4 months) plays, she enjoys being vigorously bounced. How much movement is safe for babies at this age?

When my baby (4 months) plays, she enjoys being vigorously bounced. How much movement is safe for babies at this age?

Bouncing a baby on : one's knee usually doesn't cause Shaken Baby Syndrome. How vigorous is vigorous? Be sure her neck strength & control keeps her head aligned, not flopping or snapping back & forth. "Tummy time" on the floor promotes raising the head, neck & upper trunk. By 5 months, she should shift her weight to one forearm, reach for & attain a toy with the other arm & hand. ...Read more

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My daughter is premature born at 31 weeks. She is 5 weeks old and she is straining during feeds and doesn't finish her bottle. How can we help her?

My daughter is premature born at 31 weeks. She is 5 weeks old and she is straining during feeds and doesn't finish her bottle. How can we help her?

Weight gain?: If this is happening with normal weight gain, you may be overestimating her feeding needs. If weight gain is inadequate, ask your doctor for help - lots of different issues could be responsible, heartburn (reflux) being one of the most common. ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more