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Doctor insights on: At What Age Can You Stop Warming Up A Bottle For A Baby

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Which humidifier are better for babies cool or warm humidifiers?

Which humidifier are better for babies cool or warm humidifiers?

Humidifier: Ideally a warm humidifer is better, but because of the risk of spilling a cool humidifier is recommended. Read more

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Is it possible a portable heater could make my nursery a little too humid & warm, causing my babies to get sick more easily?

Is it possible a portable heater could make my nursery a little too humid & warm, causing my babies to get sick more easily?

Unlikely: Heaters will actually dry out a room, not make it humid. Often, the humidity can drop 10% or more in a room with a heater compared to the rest of the house. A simple humidity gauge can help you monitor the situation. Many run on button batteries and can register rapid change in humidity. The preferred humidity within a kid space runs 40-45%.Above 50% you increase dust mites, below 30% they cough. Read more

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How hot do I need to get water in a pan on the stove to warm up babies formula?

How hot do I need to get water in a pan on the stove to warm up babies formula?

Why ever?: Babies do fine with formula at room temperature and some even enjoy it right out of the refrigerator. Warming is a step you can skip and spend the time nurturing your baby. Read more

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What is the best way to clean an infant (1~12 month)? What I do now is take off her clothes first, then dip into a baby tub filled with warm water.

What is the best way to clean an infant (1~12 month)? What I do now is take off her clothes first, then dip into a baby tub filled with warm water.

Bath time can be fun: You can put her in a partially reclining baby tub or other baby bath device (some even come with safety belts!), and using a baby or sensitive skin cleanser and a washcloth, bathe her all over, then rinse all over. Babies do fine with only a few baths each week. Make bath time fun by talking or singing to her entertaining her with bath toys. Read more

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My baby is two days old and he seems to be shivering and random times. I know that babies don't shiver to keep warm, should I be concerned?

My baby is two days old and he seems to be shivering and random times. I know that babies don't shiver to keep warm, should I be concerned?

Swaddling may help: A very young baby can loses heat easily and shiver. Newborns also have normal shivering reflexes especially when they are placed for diaper change.
All thing being equal if baby feeds well is alert try swaddling for a bit Read more

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Premature infant lacks subcutaneous adipose tissue so how do they stay warm?

Premature infant lacks subcutaneous adipose tissue so how do they stay warm?

Excellent question: This is why premature infants are kept in thermal-neutral incubators until they mature enough to maintain they're temps. Read more

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My infant, 19 months, has been limping almost to the point of not walking on her left foot. It's warm to the touch with slight swelling. Broken?

My infant, 19 months, has been limping almost to the point of not walking on her left foot. It's warm to the touch with slight swelling. Broken?

Hard to say: Possibilities range from a bug bite reaction to an infection in her foot/ankle. Without an exam, its just to hard to say. Pick up the phone and call her doc, you can discuss all the things you see and decide how soon and where to be seen. Read more

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I accidentally left my bottle in the bottle warmer alittle to long and it melted the bottom of the bottle just a little is that gonna harm my baby?

I accidentally left my bottle in the bottle warmer alittle to long and it melted the bottom of the bottle just a little is that gonna harm my baby?

I would throw away: And use a new bottle. So many things in plastics are harmful and melting would destabilize the plastics Read more

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Using breastmilk that is frozen in ice cube trays to place in bottle, what is the best/fastest way to warm it up for baby? Would a bottle warmer work?

Using breastmilk that is frozen in ice cube trays to place in bottle, what is the best/fastest way to warm it up for baby? Would a bottle warmer work?

Why warm it?: Freezing breast milk inactivates the benificial immunoglobulin in the milk, it reamins balanced and good nutrrition, but not as good as the fresh stuff. Some babies will actually enjuy a chilled feed and I don' see any reason to warm it. Some babies want it warm if they are used to warm bm from the real thing, but there is no biological need for it to be warmed. Read more

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I am waking up in the night with a very cold feeling along with tingling in my head. Thought I was cold, warming up doesn't stop it. Recent changes: quit smoking and Celebrex (celecoxib). Only occurs at night.

I am waking up in the night with a very cold feeling along with tingling in my head. Thought I was cold, warming up doesn't stop it. Recent changes: quit smoking and Celebrex (celecoxib). Only occurs at night.

Difficult to tell: It is difficult to assess your symptoms over the internet. Certainly, recently quitting smoking may predispose you to having headaches/tingling at night but see your physician for a proper evaluation. Read more

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If I take a bottle of expressed breast milk out of fridge and warm it up, feed to baby, and then have leftovers., is it okay to reuse? Back in fridge?

If I take a bottle of expressed breast milk out of fridge and warm it up, feed to baby, and then have leftovers., is it okay to reuse? Back in fridge?

Is Not Safe: Re-use of bottled breast milk from a prior feeding is not considered a safe practice. There is risk of bacterial contamination with serious consequences in babies. Additionally, deterioration of beneficial nutrients occurs. To eliminate waste, add to bottle normal amount of milk your baby consumes plus 1-2 oz extra to allow for increase in appetite as baby grows & day-to-day hunger patterns. Read more

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At what age should an infant stop using a car seat?

At what age should an infant stop using a car seat?

Confused?: A child passenger should ride in a proper passenger safety restraint for size and age until they are old enough to graduate to seat belts. This is usually age 12 yrs in the US. Kids change from a rear facing 5 point system to a forward facing no sooner than age 2 yrs. The best forward facing systems include a 5 point restraint which are available up to 60-80 lbs. Boosters are then used until 57" tall Read more

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When is it safe to stop sterilizing your babies bottles and water?

When is it safe to stop sterilizing your babies bottles and water?

Clean versus sterile: All dishes, cups, and silverware should always be 'sterile' or at least cleaned in hot water with soap. No eating should be done, regardless of age, from unclean dishes, glasses or silverware. I do not understand the question. Hot water suffices to clean or 'sterilize' the eating utensils we use as humans whether we are babies or adults. Read more

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What is the best remmedy/cure for heat rush on babies age 1-2years old?

What is the best remmedy/cure for heat rush on babies age 1-2years old?

Prevention first: Obviously, the first thing is to try and prevent it by not overdressing baby/toddler when out in heat and if out in the heat, try things to cool off (sprinklers, etc). If rash has developed keep clean and dry, apply over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to area or apply a corn starch based powder (put powder in your hand first and then rub on to affected areas). Diaper area use a zinc oxide cream. Read more

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How can I keep my baby warm?

How can I keep my baby warm?

Hat, gloves, socks: Babies lose the most head through their head, so make sure your baby is always wearing a hat. Covering their hands and feet is also a good idea to help them keep warm. A useful tip is to see what you are wearing for the weather and dress your baby in one extra layer. This extra layer may be a swaddling blanket. Read more

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