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At What Age Should My Baby Sit Up On Her Own
Put my 3 1/2 month old to sleep on her back. When I check on her find her on her side or tummy. Should I be worried about SIDS? Been turning her back.
Great Question! : When your baby gains the strength to move away from the back position around 4 month, you don't have to worry about going back in and flipping her back to her back. SIDS risk not zero, but drastically decreasing between now and six months. Bedding still important, no big fluffy stuffed animals or crib bumpers! Thanks for using Healthtap! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 6 month old baby fell asleep on his belly should I put him on his back or let him sleep that way?
My baby is 11 weeks I put her in her crib on her side but she ends up on her back. I always put her back on her side. Is it ok to leave her on her back?
Yes: In studies since the "back to sleep" campaign in the early 90's we find it just as dangerous to place a child on its side as it is to leave them prone.In the us, the crib death rate has dropped 40+% since we moved to back sleeping. It becomes a bit futile to control their position after they roll over, but starting them on their back is best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Now is fine: To develop good sleep patterns. Feed/ nurse/rock till baby is drowsy, but put her in her own bed without a pacifier after you wipe out the last bit of feed with a soft cloth. That way, when baby is 5-6 months old, she will not develop cavities as her teeth erupt and when she night wakes briefly or cries out in light sleep, she will settle herself back down and not become a "trained night feeder.". ...Read more
How can I incorporate tummy time on my baby's routine. If I hold her she keeps her head up & when on my tummy she moves it side by side. Hates floor!
Any time while awake: If the cord is shriveled & dry or has fallen off. Playing in prone position, moving around brightly-colored toys ( esp. Red ones with a " face") promotes her lifting her head to 90 degrees by 2 mos., head & chest up by 4 mos. Talk & read to her when you cuddle. Wipe out her mouth with a soft cloth after the last feed. Always put her on her back in her own crib, drowsy but awake, to fall asleep. ...Read more
My baby is two months and moves from back to belly at night and is scooting all over his crib! he keeps waking up cuz he bumps his head on the sides of crib. What do I do!?
Lay on back to sleep: At 2m your baby is still in a sids risk period for belly sleeping so it is important to start on his/her back & re-position when you find him/her prone.I would do this up to at least 4 mo at which point you can comfortably let it go.The prone creepers will bump their head but it does no harm & at this point alerts you to the bad position.Please do not invest in bumpers (linked to suffication). ...Read more
About 6 months: Most babies can bear weight when held upright at 6 months of age. I would not expect your baby to be able to pull himself into a standing position at that age however. Also, it is likely not until 9 months that most babies are pulling to stand and then cruising around on their own. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
At what ages can I start sleep training my baby? She's 2.5 months old and the minute i put her in bed she starts screaming.
At birth: The best time to start sleep training is now. If a kid is fed upon waking, changed after, entertained until tired & put down alone & awake, they learn to settle into sleep. If you make carrying, rocking or feeding part of the go to sleep pattern, they cannot separate from you.You can start over now with the pattern above & let her fuss, checking her every 5 min until she accepts the change. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 1 year old son fell off a bed at his doctors office and now he has trouble moving his back when tries to crawl. What should I do?
Fracture ?: He needs x-rays to rule out fractures or injuries after the fall. Your md knows what to do.I hope it is not serious. ...Read more
Can i give my 1 yr baby the bottle while she's laying flat on her bed?If she falls asleep do I have to still remove her snd put her in a burp position
My 1 month baby nurses then, sleep on my breast. then when I put her in bed she wakes up crying nurse again and so on till midnight. Is this normal?
Infants consolidate : sleep from 1-4 mos. of age. At a consistent bedtime, nurse your baby, wipe out her mouth with a soft cloth, read to her & cuddle, then put her on her back in her crib in her own room when she's drowsy, but awake, to learn to self-calm to sleep. You'll be less likely to try to feed her when she cries out in light sleep. This prevents " bad" bedtime habits & lowers her risk for cavities at 5-6 mos. ...Read more
6 months: Years ago, breastfeading was frowned on & many made "formula" from boiled cow milk&karo. Since cow milk is designed for calves, infants were fed early & often to make up for deficiences in cow milk. Now that breast is back, or formulas mimic breast, solids are optional. The sitting child is more capable of participating & few sit before 6m. Babies can wait past a year and thrive. ...Read more
What age should children start to floss their own teeth? My son is five, and i'm not sure when I should start letting him floss on his own.
Age 9-10: Eye-hand coordination to properly floss take until about 9-10 to develop. Make sure child brushes 2x/day for 2 full minutes by the clock w a pea-sized portion of toothpaste. Make sure you floss your child's teeth daily.N see your dentist for individualized oral hygiene instructions. Thanks for being so conscientious. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
5mo girl learned how to roll front to back & back to front. She now prefers sleeping on her belly and rolls when I put her on her back. S this ok?I
Pragmatism rules: I always put them down on their back for the first year. Yet I don't fight them when they begin to roll over.The definition for crib death encompasses the first year, but by the time they start rolling the risk has dropped off considerably.Don't spend your nights re-positioning her , just accept that you did what you could to keep her as safe as possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should my daughter get medical attention?! my daughter puts a balnket on her vagina and crosses her legs she presses down hard. Also moves up and down she says at first it hurts but at the end the feeling is unbelieveable she does it all the time what sh
How : How old is your daughter? Any vaginal odor or discharge? ...Read more
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