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You serious ??????: This site is not a chat room and the 400 character limit for each answer can never cover a complete answer. There are thousands of books available on the subject.A good site for general info is HealthyChildren.org. If you have a specific question for this site, provide background info and ask a specific question. We cannot see uploads or questions you asked in the past. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Baby teeth- how important are baby teeth? Can rotten baby teeth affect babies? When should I take baby to the doctor?
Yes. Peds dentist: Rotten baby teeth can reflect more than poor hygiene, and can sometimes be a sign of a nutritional or systemic disorder. Although they will be replaced by adult teeth, rotten teeth and associated bacteria in the mouth have been linked to heart disease in adults. Get your baby to a pediatric dentist as soon as you can. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
On demand: It is advisable to feed your baby on demand, on his or her schedule. Consider breast milk may be digested in an hour to two hours as opposed to formula that can take 3 to 4 hours to become digested. That is why breast fed infants feed very frequently and it is not unusual for them to feed 10 t0 12 times in 24 hours. Newborns may loose a little bit of weight the first week and then start gaining. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Depends on sitter: I encourage new parents to create a list of their own needs, including a half hour tub soak or time to read a book chapter or whatever.They should do at least 1/day to break up the parenting pressure. In addition i encourage couples to have at least 1 date night /wk to maintain their relationship separate from baby. The selection of the sitter should be a close adult friend or family member. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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It could: Studies have shown that elevated levels of the hormone cortisol, the latter of which can be a sequelae of chronic depression due to the stress it often creates for the mother, can adversely and significantly affect the unborn baby's neurodevelopment. This is one of many other reasons that treatment for maternal depression is absolutely essential. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Don't worry: Human babies are made to drink human milk. Their guts can be so efficient at absorbing all the nutrients there might not be much to eliminate. It is not unheard of to go 2 weeks or more without a bowel movement in a baby only getting breast milk. It is not considered constipation in this case. As long as baby eats, nurses, behaves, grows and acts normally baby is fine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most are safe: From the time when babies are sitting to when they walk is a marvelous opportunity to introduce many flavors of foods (www.Drgreene.Com/colorin). Kids with g6pd deficiency should avoid fava beans. Some kids - depending on their variant - should also avoid blueberries (& yogurts containing them), soy, other legumes, some chinese herbs, or tonic water (not great for babies anyway). I love g6pd.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Minor prematurity is often managed by the pediatrician but for sick or more premature babies the neonatologist often will take care of the baby until such time the baby can be cared for by the pediatrician. ...Read more
Breast or formula ?: Breast fed infants can go a little every feed or overflow a diaper once a week. If it is soft when they go i don't worry about it. Formula fed babies usually have a more predictable pattern of daily stools. If stools are getting hard, i often try full strength prune juice, 1oz once or more/d.Takes about 3d to get things moving. ...Read more
See below: The nicu can be a very stressful place for the babies. There is a lot of activity and noises. They maybe undergoing procedures, and the incubators amplify sound. The interventions you mentioned help to provide a relaxing environment for the babies. ...Read more
Thing to consider: Make sure your child´s immunizations are up to date. Have a good physical exam prior several weeks prior so you can discuss any concern with your child´s doc. If there is any medical history, be sure to mention it on the health form, no matter how trivial it might seem to you. If your child takes any medication, make sure it is a fresh prescription with instructions clearly labeled. ...Read more
Infrequent Bathing: The number one thing you can do to prevent baby eczema is to bathe the baby infrequently. Every other day bathing is fine. Just wash the bottom gently and pat to dry. A mild cortisone creme for treatment is fine. In the US we use a 1% over the counter cortisone. Congratulations on your baby! You are doing a great job! We Healthtap docs are excited to learn more about your needs in China! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Teen boy's going away to college. Immature in taking care of his business matters. Should mom do it?
Can you tell me how can the environment of traditional neonatal intensive care units (nicus) influence preterm babies cognitive, and social development?
NICUs and developmen: The noisy and painful experiences in nicus of the past appeared to affect babies development. Added to that, the lack of parental contact has been shown to be detrimental. Modern, progressive nicus encourage parents to participate in their baby's care or provide surrogates (cuddlers). They cluster care to minimize interruption of babies' natural cycles. They decrease noise and other stimuli. ...Read more
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