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Should I be worried that my baby crawls backwards?

Should I be worried that my baby crawls backwards?

No: Crawling is a preferred activity. Some babies crawl forward, some backward. Some crawl only commando style, on their bellies. And, some babies never crawl: they roll and wriggle to get where they want to go. Any and all these methods are normal developmental variations. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Should I be worried that my baby looks cross-eyed?

Should I be worried that my baby looks cross-eyed?

Yes: It is normal for young infants, under 4 months of age, to periodically look cross-eyed. Older children should be promptly evaluated to rule out more serious eye conditions which could include vision problems. Catarracts, or even tumors. Sometimes the baby's nasal bridge gives the false appearance of cross-eye, this is known as pseudostrabismus. ...Read more

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Should I be worried that my baby tugs on his penis?

Should I be worried that my baby tugs on his penis?

No: Absolutely not. It is completely normal for an infant to tug on, fondle or rub his penis once he's developmentally capable of finding it with his hand. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my nipples are inversed.Because of this i coulnt feed my baby when he was born. What should I do?

Should i be concerned if my nipples are inversed.Because of this i coulnt feed my baby when he was born. What should I do?

Manageable: Many moms have inverted nipples. Some manage to nurse their baby anyway, with the help of a lactation specialist. Others are unable to get baby to latch and nurse properly, but can still pump milk and give their baby breast milk from a bottle. ...Read more

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Should I be worried that my baby nurses loudly?

Should I be worried that my baby nurses loudly?

No: It is quite common for babies to ignore the expectations of "civil society" and make noises that may be embarresing. I enjoy the idea that "barracuda" baby is so robust in his/her efforts. Aside from extra air swallowing & need for more burping or gas, i don't see a downside. Perhaps you could record this symphony of joy and keep it for later. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned that my baby always spits up?

Should I be concerned that my baby always spits up?

No: Many babies spit up normally in the first 4 months, even with every feeding. If you feel your baby is not growing well, is uncomfortable when spitting up, or appears sick, they need to be examined. ...Read more

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Should I be worried that my newborn crosses her eyes?

Should I be worried that my newborn crosses her eyes?

How severe?: If she briefly crosses her eye, but they usually are "straight", monitor the frequency and duration and discuss it with your pediatrician on the next visit. If they are perpetually crossed, i would have her seen by a pediatric ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned that my baby is not babbling at 6 months?

Should I be concerned that my baby is not babbling at 6 months?

No: I wouldn't necesarially be concerned at this age if he or she was cooing at 4 mo. To learn more about speech development read: http://sparkspeds.Blogspot.Com/2011/07/major-speech-milestones.Html. ...Read more

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Should i worry if my baby only does bottom scooting?

Should i worry if my baby only does bottom scooting?

Maybe: this depends on your baby's age and what other developmental milestones they are or are not meeting. You should schedule an appointment with your pediatrician to discuss your baby's development. If a problem is discovered, early intervention would be required. ...Read more

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Should I be swaddling my baby?

Should I be swaddling my baby?

Yes: I am a huge proponent of swaddling newborns, they love it. Perfecting a snug swaddle, one where your baby cannot shake free, will prove beneficial for both you and your baby. Not only do babies love that snug feeling, like they were inside your womb, but they are less likely to startle themselves awake. Large swaddle blankets work best for a snug burrito wrap. Happy swaddling! ...Read more

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Should I be worried that my baby is hairy?

Should I be worried that my baby is hairy?

Yes: If the hair does not go away after several months, or is limited to a tuft of hair on the lower back, bring this to the attention of your physician. The first may just be familial, or could be related to a number of problems. The second could indicate a problem with the spine. ...Read more

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Should I be worried that my baby uses my arm as a pacifier?

Should I be worried that my baby uses my arm as a pacifier?

No: Doesn't sound like a big deal...Your arm is there, so why not just suck on it? Makes sense to your little one. Eventually, your little one will move on to just a passy. In the meantime, when he/she starts to suck on your arm, place a pacifier in his/her mouth and take your arm away. It will get better..Just takes time. Have you ever seen a teenager still sucking on their parents arms? Me either. ...Read more

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My 6 week old baby tends to gasp/lose breath while sleeping, what could it be should I be worried?Her provider said it's just baby noises but it's not

My 6 week old baby tends to gasp/lose breath while sleeping, what could it be should I be worried?Her provider said it's just baby noises but it's not

Hard to say: In early weeks, babies can go though a transition pattern called periodic breathing. This is the system figuring out how fast/deep to breathe during the varying states.(sleep/rest/feed/active) It can be fast panting or s;ow deep, there can be a short pause up to 10 sec. By 6 weeks this is usually less noticeable, but occasional pauses can remain. If you think your doc is clueless,get a 2nd opinion ...Read more

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I am scared that something may be wrong because my baby went from kicking constantly to barely kicking at all.... I am in my third trimester and I am starting to worry that something may be wrong. I don't know if I am over reacting or not, but she went fr

I am scared that something may be wrong because my baby went from kicking constantly to barely kicking at all.... I am in my third trimester and I am starting to worry that something may be wrong. I don't know if I am over reacting or not, but she went fr

I : I hope you have seen your doctor by now. If not you must do so immediately. For you or anyone reading this post, when you feel decreased fetal movement you must contact your doctor right away.. Fetal movement will decrease as the baby get larger and there is less room, however "barely moving in the past few days" is a serious sign. I hope all is well. ...Read more

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Hi. i m 38 weeks pregnant. i m little worried that the baby is not kicking anymore but i could feel him moving everytime . should i be concerned about?

Hi. i m 38 weeks pregnant. i m little worried that the baby is not kicking anymore but i could feel him moving everytime . should i be concerned about?

Not much room: At 38 weeks there is little to no more room for the baby to be moving much and no kicking is probably just as normal as it can be given how tightly he is held in that stretched out uterus. ...Read more

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Is it normal that my 7 month old baby is still not sitting up or crawling he grabs everything and i put him on the floor but when I do he screams cry?

Is it normal that my 7 month old baby is still not sitting up or crawling he grabs everything and i put him on the floor but when I do he screams cry?

Try putting him : in prone on a quilt. Put a toy just out of reach in front of him, then move it side-to-side. . He should hold his head & chest up steadily with weight on both forearms, then shift his weight to one while reaching for & attaining a toy with the other. When placed in a sit, he should maintain a "tripod ", flexed at the waist & propped on both hands. GE Reflux can cause discomfort in prone. ...Read more

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My 8m old daughters righteye crosses inward when she looks at something close.I thought it's been happening but just confirmed it.Should I be worried?

My 8m old daughters righteye crosses inward when she looks at something close.I thought it's been happening but just confirmed it.Should I be worried?

That does commonly: happen when a baby is younger and if both eyes are doing that only when looking at objects close up, it may be fine. However if it is only happening with one eye, there could be an eye muscle problem. Please have her checked by her pediatrician. ...Read more

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Babies crawling backwards sign of intelligence?

Babies crawling backwards sign of intelligence?

No: Crawling is not even considered a milestone of development. 50% of babies do not crawl, but go straight from sitting to standing with support. ...Read more

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At what age do babies begin crawling?

6-12 months: Full term healthy babies can start crawling as early as 6 months old or as late as 12 months; some babies go straight from scooting to cruising and walking! ...Read more

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Should I be worried about my babies health if I still smoke cigarettes at 5 weeks ? I'm trying to cut down but can't quit cold turkey.

Should I be worried about my babies health if I still smoke cigarettes at 5 weeks ? I'm trying to cut down but can't quit cold turkey.

Keep trying: We know the nicotine has a negative effect on the quality of your placenta and how well it transfers nutrients. Its effect is dose related, so the fewer smokes you do the less it messes with baby.Keep at it. Don't worry about a cleft palate or 3 eyes or other scary stuff. You just don't need a shrimpy baby with a possibility of learning issues later in life who grows up wanting to smoke. ...Read more

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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 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??

Mgt: It is important to support her head, but if the head went only in one direction, it is probably alright. I would suggest a follow up with your PCP. If there is any change in her usual behavior or feeding pattern, please see the ED. ...Read more

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Is it normal for babies to skip milestones? My 7mo is army crawling but just started pulling up on things. Seems he should have mastered crawling 1st.

Is it normal for babies to skip milestones? My 7mo is army crawling but just started pulling up on things. Seems he should have mastered crawling 1st.

Crawling is the most: variable gross motor milestone, moreso since infants are now placed on their backs for sleep. More infants with neurodevelopmental disorders skip crawling than typically-developing infants, but it happens in both. Your pediatrician & OT/PT at your state's Early Intervention Program can check muscle tone, strength, reflexes, & pattern of movement. Developmental screens are on firstsigns.org ...Read more

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I am 38 .i have triplets pregnancy for 7week.I'm worried this situation. is that possible that three babies carring for 36 weeks.

I am 38 .i have triplets pregnancy for 7week.I'm worried this situation. is that possible that three babies carring for 36 weeks.

Yes: Most will end up in labor earlier and deliver by urgent C-section, but some get lucky. I had one mom carry to 37 wks with triplets & all did well. Just make sure you maintain good communication with your delivery team so they can work with you to get as far as possible. ...Read more

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I am worried about having an miscarriage so far the babies healthy I am 7 weeks and 4 days?

I am worried about having an miscarriage so far the babies healthy I am 7 weeks and 4 days?

It happens: At least this conception has implanted and formed a placenta. An percentage don't get that far. When you miscarry later, a significant percentage don't have the proper genetic/chromosome material to sustain normal life. All you can do now is keep yourself well nourished & well rested. Most will go on to have a healthy baby.Focus now on what you must do when baby gets here.It's a lot. ...Read more

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If my infant of two months has a cold for three days should I be worried ?How long is too long?

If my infant of two months has a cold  for three days should I be worried ?How long is too long?

Depends: Watch for difficulty sucking or breathing. Look for fever, irritability, listlessness or vomiting. If these symptoms occur call your pediatrician. May last a week or so. ...Read more

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I added another half a scoop of infant formula by mistake while making formula milk. Baby has drank it. Should i be worried?

Not necessarily: Sometimes we do this to thicken formula in a baby who spits up too much. It shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more

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Should i be worried about how forceful and sporadic my babies moves are as long as she is moving 10x an hour or more? Im 28 weeks

Should i be worried about how forceful and sporadic my babies moves are as long as she is moving 10x an hour or more? Im 28 weeks

No: Babies move differently at different times when in utero. You may notice more movement at night or when you lay down. They can even get hiccups. Don't worry, as long as she is moving everything is fine. ...Read more

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I bought Rowse honey to sweeten my 4 months baby food, I just found honey to be dangerous 4 infant, its been 1 week of use, wat shld I do, im worried?

I bought Rowse honey to sweeten my 4 months baby food, I just found honey to be dangerous 4 infant, its been 1 week of use, wat shld I do, im worried?

The issue: Honey can contain botulism spores. In the immature gut of a baby these can hatch into botulism germs & form a toxin that paralyzes their muscles. The most worrisome would be those that control breathing. Infant botulism can come on quietly, but if you monitor your baby with feeds & these proceed vigorously the baby is likely fine. If feeding falls off, movement becomes less, etc take it to be seen ...Read more

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Should i be worried about a green and seedy mucous stool in an infant?

Should i be worried about a green and seedy mucous stool in an infant?

Normal: The stool color is provided by the bile from the liver that is adds to fecal debris.It starts out a deep green & slowly changes thru greens to yellows to browns as the germs in the intestines metabolize the bile.Green generally means the stool in question moved through faster or was subject to less change by gut germs. ...Read more

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Doctors are worried about me having a premature baby -- I know a lot of moms who have babies early and their kids are fine?

Doctors are worried about me having a premature baby -- I know a lot of moms who have babies early and their kids are fine?

It's complex: There can be many issues with premature babies . They can have breathing problems associated with immature lungs. They can have feeding and digestion issues due to immaturity of the GI tract. Preemies may have difficulty regulating their temperature, which puts stress on their bodies. They have delicate blood vessels and can have bleeding into the brain. Future developmental issues possible. ...Read more

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I managed to breastfeed my baby for 11 weeks, im worried her immune system is not strong. Do formula fed babies get ill more often? :(

I managed to breastfeed my baby for 11 weeks, im worried her immune system is not strong. Do formula fed babies get ill more often? :(

In the 3rd world : Breastfeeding for 11 weeks is great providing your infant with adequate amounts of antibodies to line the intestine & combat viral infections that cause vomiting & diarrhea. While pregnant you transferred antibodies to your infant that will provide protection for the first 6 months of life. If your child is healthy & growing then there's nothing wrong with the immune system. Enjoy your new one. ...Read more

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How much insecticide can harm an infant? Abit was sprayed in the house. Though the packaging says "safe even for babies", i'm still worried.

How much insecticide can harm an infant? Abit was sprayed in the house. Though the packaging says "safe even for babies", i'm still worried.

Use it sparingly: Use of insecticides can be done for babies as young as 2 months old. Use them sparingly -- use deet conc of only 10-30% max. Keep away from mouth. You may apply to clothing. Natural products like oil of lemon eucalyptus can also be used. For any products, best to spay or apply to a cloth and then apply to skin. Infrequent sparingly used insecticides will not be a problem! ...Read more

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Are crib bumpers really unsafe for babies? Are the breathable mesh options safer? I'm worried about her getting her hands stuck if i don't use one.

Are crib bumpers really unsafe for babies? Are the breathable mesh options safer? I'm worried about her getting her hands stuck if i don't use one.

Crib safety: Any bumper is unsafe. You want as little as possible in your child's crib to reduce suffocation hazards. Pillows should also be avoided. Here is a video from the consumer product safety commission about crib safety tips: http://www.Cpsc.Gov/safety-education/safety-education-centers/cribs/. ...Read more

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There is no information about babies under one year old with swine flu and I am very worried.?

There is no information about babies under one year old with swine flu and I am very worried.?

Varies: Infants under a year of age have no immunity to swine flu. They can be vaccinated and the vaccine works about 50-60 percent of the time after 2 doses. Most do well with illness eventually. They can get very ill, need hospitalization or even die from swine flu. They are in the high risk group for complications and would benefit from treatment with the anti-flu medicine tamiflu (oseltamivir). ...Read more

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Am 10wks pregnant with twins but I find it hard to eat and am losing weight. Am worried for my babies.

Am 10wks pregnant with twins but I find it hard to eat and am losing weight. Am worried for my babies.

Your best efforts...: will be good enough. Please keep your perinatologist, and OB informed. Babies are the ultimate parasite. They will stay healthy longer than the host. Try to eat many small meals a day.High calorie foods, High in Protein. Two babies will put pressure on your stomach so you will have a smaller stomach to work with.Listen to your cravings as well they are trying to tell you something. ...Read more