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9 Month Old Babies Crawling With One Hand
I took my 5 month old to the Dr. today. One hand is noticeably swollen. He believes it is from my infant sucking on his hand. Is that possible?
Not really: Everybody's mouth has germs. Your baby putting her hands in their mouth, and then, quite naturally, putting them in her own mouth, passes germs. Your baby is exposed to a lot of germs (bacteria and viruses) every day, but there is no need to increase that with other people's mouth germs! There is research to show that this can also increase the risk of dental cavities in children. ...Read more
Yes: Baby may enjoy bath time now, splashing, cooing, and playing. Never leave your baby alone in the tub for even a minute. Genital care is often overlooked. Girls need the folds opened to clean away any buildup of creams or debris. Circumcised boys need the foreskin drawn back to expose similar buildups of body secretions or debris that can be gently washed away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Try to avoid foods that often trigger allergies in babies. Egg whites and chocolate should be avoided until after one year. Orange juice, tomatoes, peanut butter and strawberries are often hard on babies. This is also a good time to begin massaging babies gums with a soft cloth so a toothbrush will be accepted later. ...Read more
Seldomly: A baby is seldom ill in the first few months of life. Much of mother's immunity transfers to the baby providing temporary protection that begins to wear off by three months. At this point, we begin to see fever, congestion, or diarrhea as a sign of babies new susceptibility to viruses. ...Read more
Fever in infants: Check his temperature with a thermometer, temp more than 100.4f is considered fever. If you take temp under armpit add one degree, if you take in his rectum then no need to add a degree. If he had fever then give age appropriate tylenol (acetaminophen) and see his doctor next day. 102f or higher and not responding to tylenol (acetaminophen)/ Ibuprofen take to er. ...Read more
9 month old stuck her hand in my hot potatoes on my plate, no blister so far just really red. Will she be OK?
First Degree Burn: If you are seeing red skin but no blister this is going to be a first degree burn. I would just put a dab of neosporin on it tonight and take a look at it in the morning. Babies can move fast! Take this opportunity to start thinking about safeproofing the house and plan to have it complete by babies first birthday! Splash burns are common as they start to toddle! She will be fine! ...Read more
My 9 month old will sometimes randomly stick his hand in my mouth if im talking to him. is that normal?
Yes: Not unusual at all !Get a more detailed answer ›
I gave my 9 month old zyrtec (cetirizine) and after 1 dose he developed a blister looking rash on his back, hands, and feet. Is this a normal side effect?
Drug Allergy: Rash is not a known side effect of zyrtec (cetirizine), (cetirizine) but any drug can give rise to allergic reaction. Zyrtec (cetirizine) is used mainly to treat allergy, and a lot of time we use this to dry middle ear fluid after an ear infection. May be this rash is a co-incidence. Stop zyrtec (cetirizine) for now and talk to his pediatrician. ...Read more
My 9 month old has hand foot mouth disease and has large blister looking spots all over his hands/fingers. Is there anything I can do?
Keep 'em clean: This is tough - i hope your baby feels better soon. Don't break the blisters. You may want to try to keep gloves on his/her hands. If the blisters break, don't pull off the skin - it will help protect the raw skin underneath. If there is any sign of infection (redness, pus, pain), see your pediatric care physician. ...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
Don't assume allergy: If i blow pepper in your face, you sneeze ; drain the same as those with allergy. I find babies have more congestion with scented cleaning products, perfume, smoke ; other irritants than they do with animal dander or pollens. The tiny nasal passages that become very noisy with a little mucous or swelling gives many the wrong idea. Nasal wash out with saline nasal spray helps most. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a 9 month old baby girl. I accidentally bought children's acetametiphen instead of infant's. Do I need to go exchange it or is there a dosage appropriate for infants?
Fine to use : As long as the proper dosage per weight is given, it doesn't matter what preparation you use. The infant drop preparation is more concentrated & helps moms who struggle with kids to get the medicine down. Verify the concentration of the product you bought. Most have 160mg/5ml. The average 9m girl @ ~19lb would get 1/2 tsp every 6-8h. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Snoring can: Be normal unless your baby is having sleep apnea from enlarged tonsils and adenoids, then they would need to be taken out by ent.We all do snore to a certain degree. It can be very annoying, unhealthy, disrupting .A lot of people suffer from it but, without any respiratory issues. If concerned , please consult with your pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Food in infant: After 4 months of age it is safe to introduce all foods into an infant diet, but their are caveats. Only 1-2 new foods per week, and slowly at that to ensure no adverse reactions. Breast feeding is still recommended as 1st for first 4-6 months. If the child has eczema, there is a higher rate of food hypersensitivity. If unsure, speak with an allergist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes, but...: In a healthy 9-month-old no food, including tuna, needs to be delayed to reduce allergies (in fact, feeding may reduce allergies). Great omega-3s in tuna, but watch out for accumulating mercury, especially during first 3 years. Wild salmon is a better first fish. If choose tuna: small, infrequent portions. And 'light' tuna better than 'white'. Some brands have lower mercury (smaller fish) options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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