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8 Month Old Baby Chapped Lips What Do I Do For It
Vaccination: If your your kid is at high risk for measles or is going to be traveling in an area where it is common, the measles vaccine, as part of the mmr, can be given as early as 6 months and should provide protection within 2-3 weeks. Research data supports a booster after 1 year and at 4-5 yr to maintain protection if it is given this early. Avoiding known exposure and good hadwashing are also important. ...Read more
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.
Probably normal: If your baby's poop is hard, that may be the cause of her crying. If so, giving 1-2 oz fruit juice, such as prune juice or apple juice, once a day can help. If the poop is soft, it is actually normal for babies to grunt, strain, and cry to have a bowel movement. Their muscles are not well-developed yet, so they must really work to do what comes so naturally to grown people - poop! ...Read more
Starting to get a cold, I'm exclusively breastfeeding my 1 month old baby what can I take for this cold and what
To do so my baby doesn't get sick?
Colds+breastfeeding: Avoid taking decongestants such as pseudoephedrine (the D component in combo antihistamine-decongestant) as that will decrease breast milk production. Antihistamines such as zyrtec, allegra or claritin are fine. Your body is creating antibodies against the cold which will be excreted into the breastmilk. Your baby may end up with a cold but no need to stop breastfeeding. ...Read more
Picky eaters: Picky eating habits will drive most parents crazy.At 22m their growth rate has slowed to ~5lb/3inch/yr which is much slower than earlier.Feeding matches need. Most feed well 4days a month & nibble the rest.Single item days are common(breads, vegies, etc) & a balanced week is more common than a balanced meal. If you only offer nutritious choices, they will get what they need.Discuss with your dr too. ...Read more
Normal variation: Teeth can be present at birth or not erupt until 15 mo in otherwise normal children. It is not a sign of a dietary deficiency or other worrisome problem.Although average is 1st @ 4-6m and 1/m thereafter, many delay until older. Those that do often get several at the same time. ...Read more
Infant stuffy nose: Stuffy nose in infants is very common. If he is able to nurse then there is nothing to worry about. You can always use Normal Saline drops and a nasal bulb to clean out his nostrils. As he grows, his nose will get larger and the stuffiness will go away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Crying vs pain: Please do not get into the habit of equating crying with pain. Babies cry for hours every single day. This is how they communicate, stretch out their lungs, get you to come and hold them, get you to feed them. Make sure you are burping well, swaddle baby so they feel more secure, make sure baby getting enough to eat. If questions about normal stool patterns and whether she is constipated, ask doc. ...Read more
I breastfeed my 16 months son. Now i want to stop breastfeeding. How do I do this? He can't fell asleep without sucking.. Any suggestions?
Change pattern: Initially you should change any breast feeds to when he wakes and limit the effort to a few minutes on a side. As he tires, do not offer the breast or any other feed. The ritual should help him wind down. A warm bath may set the mood followed by reading to him from a few feet away. Try to eliminate direct contact as he settles so he can learn to do it alone ; will do so if he awakes in the night. ...Read more
Other forms of dairy: At ten months of age your child should be taking in 16-20 ouncesof milk. This can be in the form of milk for her cereal, or in form of yogurt , cheese or other milk products. ...Read more
Not much to do!: At 8 months old your child is just beginning to get teeth. While possibly there are other issues such as sinus or ear infections (which your md can check out) it is probable the baby has a para-functional habit that mimics a sucking action or a response adaptation to teething pains. Carefully brush the teeth and wipe the inside of the mouth before sleep. Only water in bottle once mouth is clean! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more
What can I do if my 8 month old got sun burned on face and legs, what can I use or what should I do?
Moisturize: Unfortunately, the damage is done - the baby has sustained burns. Make sure to keep well hydrated - offer extra fluids. Slightly cool baths (but not to the point the baby shivers) to help take the heat out of the burn. Air dry after bath or gently pat dry, no rubbing. Finally, liberal application of moisturizing creams/lotions, preferably with aloe added. Avoid further sun exposure until healed. ...Read more
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