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8 Month Old Baby Chapped Lips What Do I Do For It
Is it safe to give an 8 month old baby Infant Tylenol (acetaminophen) every day during teething to help with teething pain & discomfort? Baby's weight is 18 lbs.
Can I use abuterol sulfat and infant Advil (ibuprofen) with my 8 months old? He is wheezing and his head is a little bit hot (forehead 101f for 2 days straight).
Yes: You can use both medications. It is advisable to treat the fever when it is more than 101, and to follow up with your physician. Keeping the baby well hydrated and using the albuterol for hacking cough and wheezing helps to relieve bronchospasm. At this age a spacer device or nebulizer is used to help deliver the medication to the lungs. If the fever or cough/wheezing persists, please see your M.D ...Read more
My 8 month old baby has two tiny little ball like thing on the back of his head what could they be it doesn't seem to bother him should I be worried?
Sounds: Like his lymph glands are swollen from his infection. Normal reaction to infection and should resolve in time ...Read more
Clarify question: Do you mean that she is congested, or that she had a study (CT scan or MRI) that showed " fluid in the sinus" (infants really don't have much in the way of sinuses anyway)? If congested for less than ten days, it is most likely just a cold, and there is nothing to do other than saline & suction nose if difficulty feeding (too much can irritate). If other symptoms, she should see her doctor. ...Read more
My 8 month old baby developed head tic/jerk to left shoulder when excited or sleepy. Her pedia prescribed extra b complex. Will she outgrow this?
Depends: Keep meticulous follow up with your pediatrician for your infant's development and growth. Keep a watch/diary of these events. Does she have a neck muscle that is tighter than the other side-muscular torticollis? If these events are more frequent and longer lasting-ask your pediatrician if a pediatric neurologist is worthwhile to consult with. ...Read more
8 month old baby was diagnosed with ear infection and is tilting head to the affected side. Is this normal? Any advice to help sooth the discomfort?
Ear infection: No this is not normal so please get her examined soon ...Read more
Why is my 8 month old baby vomiting after eating dairy (milk based porridge for babies or cottage cheese) but yet he doesn't after vomit eating formula
Whole milk products: Whole milk products may not be tolerated until after 12 months of age. Use infant formula (or breast milk) to make sure your baby gets the right balance of digestible nutrients. If your baby still doesn't tolerate whole cow's milk after a year of age, you may need to try a lactose free cow's milk or soy milk. Some babies can tolerate yogurt, since the lactose is broken down more. ...Read more
A lot: There are several phases of sleep and one of the most important levels for maximum rest and renovation is delta phase. This is the deepest level of sleep in which hgh (human growth hormone) is released and in children provides one of the most potented hormones that naturally helps the body to grow and develop. This is why infants require so much sleep. ...Read more
Ate cookie with molasses. Scared I dropped cookie crumbs and my 4 month old possibly got them on hand/ into her mouth. Could she get infant botulism?
Possible: It is possible to get botulism but it is unlikely. Watch out for symptoms 18 - 36hrs after ingestion. Symptoms in infants are lethargy, weakness, poor feeding, weak cry. Constipation is usually the first symptom to occur. There is nothing for you to do now except observation. If your baby seems to be floppy or develops any of the above symptoms, you need to go to the nearest ER. ...Read more
Infant (age 1yr 3 months) had fever. Now his mouth have started bleeding. Pls let me know the reasons and possible remedies for the same.
Probable viral infec: Fever with a small amount of bleeding from the mouth could be a viral infection like coxsackie. Small ulcers can be painful -- treat with increased fluids and tylenol (acetaminophen). Other cause could be gingivitis -- inflamed gums. Massage the gums gently and give fluids and tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain. If lots of bleeding, your baby needs to be seen and evaluated! ...Read more
Is head crawling in 10.5 months old infant normal? He is also doing weird hand movement (twirling his right hand).
Concerned: Using the head to crawl is unusual, especially when combined with abnormal head movements. An evaluation of motor strength and unusual muscular tone is warranted. A general pediatrician should be able to perform the initial exam and determine if further work up or referral is necessary. ...Read more
Get an x-ray: If the head shape has not normalized by 3 months of age, skull x-rays should be taken to be certain that all of the separations ("sutures") between the skull bones are open. If they are open, the baby might be referred for evaluation for a skull molding helmet. If there is a question about the bones of the skull, a ct scan may be ordered to clarify the situation. ...Read more
My infant is 2 weeks old and I've been bad about supporting her head so that it has flopped back or forward. Worried I did damage. How do I know??
My infant 9 m old head most of the time sweats while sleeping in night. Is it normal? What r the possible reasons
Sweaty infant: Many babies are over bundled due to fear of the child getting cold. This can cause overheating and increase the risk of SIDS. Your infant should wear the same amount of clothes as you. Monitor baby carefully for blue and cold fingers and toes. Don't use too many blankets. Here's a good hand-out: http://www. Nih. Gov/news/health/nov2010/nichd-02.htm (If that doesn't solve it, see your pediatrician). ...Read more
This is regarding my 3week old infant. He's developed a number of pimples on his face and head. Is there anything I can do or possibly give to him?
Be patient: A baby floating in the slick moist environment of the womb will have pristine skin at birth. Between 2 wks and 2 months, more than half of infants will have transient baby acne triggered by the hormones that came across during pregnancy.Keeping it clean allows it to run its course. If any sites are more inflamed or persistent, your doc should evaluate. It should fade completely by 3 mo. ...Read more
Can a 3 week old infant get baby acne on her head? All over her face also including eyelids. Everyday it's getting worse. What can I do?
My husband was drinking a soda and his finger accidentally touched my 3 year olds mouth. Could she get infant botulism from the high fructose corn syr?
Child had 2 separate head CT scans as an infant, now healthy 6 year old. How concerned should we be about increased risk of cancer as a child?
Stop worrying...: ... And be effective. The slight increase is real but there is not a thing to do about it, and ct's that get ordered appropriately in children are worth the tiny risk. Plan for your child to have a normal life, teach him/her the social and job skills that tomorrow's competitive world will require, and create a winner rather than a worrier. ...Read more
Child had 2 head CT scans as an infant, now is a healthy 6 year old. Should we be concerned about increased risk of childhood cancer or lifetime risk?
Probably not: If you or your child's doctor are able, ask the radiology group where the ct scans were done about the dose of radiation. Higher radiation doses are associated with better resolution of the ct images, and so children's hospitals struggle with the trade off between radiation and great images. Likely your child's risk of cancer from the radiation of 2 scans is low. ...Read more
My infant and toddler both have hand foot & mouth. Are they still contagious once the spots appear? Also my infant is 9mths old. Dangerous or ok?
Hand Foot and Mouth: Hand, foot, and mouth disease is usually not serious. The illness is typically mild, and nearly all patients recover in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment. Complications are uncommon except for dehydration. Hand foot and mouth is contagious roughly for a few days before the symptoms appear untill they start to feel better and the spots and ulcers have healed over, so usually about 7 to 10 days. ...Read more
Feeding: He should take 24-32 ounces of formula or breast milk daily, before he gets water or other liquids. He can have up to 6 oz of juice daily. Some of the milk he gets can be in the solids, such as cereal mixed with milk. Once babies are 6 months and older they become more independent in how they eat and don't eat. He should eat as much as he wants of solids, up to 3 times a day. ...Read more
Milestones: No, crawling can start after 8 months and some may even skip crawling and start walking. Other milestone achievements need to be considered when identifying a baby who is developmentally delayed. See your pediatrician if you are concerned. ...Read more
8 month old baby has hypothyroid. Is this alarming? Should this require further check up and medication?
My 8 month old baby is having hard time to pass a stool for almost 3 days. What should I do? Please help.
More Fiber: If your baby is not uncomfortable try increasing the fiber with apples, prunes, leafy vegetables. Stay away from starchy foods that may make the stools firmer. Increase her fluids. If the baby is uncomfortable glycerin suppository may help to pass a hard stool. If the pain persist then consult your doctor ...Read more
What can I do about a foul/fishy odor coming from my 8 month old baby's underarms? . ..Starts to smell about a day or so after I've taken her a bath
Dry her skin: After you wash her and rinse off any baby soap, be sure to dry her well. Pat the skin rather than rub it (so you won't take the natural oils off of her skin). If the area looks red or irritated, there may be a yeast infection and you may need to treat it with an anti-fungal med such as lotrimin (clotrimazole) af twice a day for a week. If it doesn't get better, see your doctor. ...Read more
Used humidifier in my 8 month old baby's bedroom, now there's a 20cm tall stripe of black mould all along a wall. Risks? How do I clean it? I am bf
Mould: This is the cdc recommendations about mould. If you have any doubts, call a company that does it, professionally. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/mold/stachy. Htm ...Read more
My 8 month old baby was ok today until I gave him a bath and he seemed drowsy and whiny usually he's happy after his bath&fellasleep on his own unusal?
Hrd to say what's hpn: With your list of symptoms it is hard to say whether this is important or not. Some babies relax during a bath and find it a happy part of a pre-sleep ritual. If other issues like fever, are also in play, this could be early in an illness. Plan accordingly and seek help when it becomes more apparent. ...Read more