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Are simple finger foods safe for nine to twelve month old babies?

Are simple finger foods safe for nine to twelve month old babies?

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. I will do a blood check for anemia. ...Read more

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Are simple finger foods safe for six to nine month old babies?

Are simple finger foods safe for six to nine month old babies?

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

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Is it okay to give simple finger foods to four to six month old babies?

Is it okay to give simple finger foods to four to six month old babies?

Yes: Some simple foods are often added now to teach baby a new way to feed. Dry cereals can be mixed with water, breath milk, or formula to yield a paste. Start with a teaspoonful and work up to a few tablespoons if baby seems interested. Adding new foods can bring allergic reactions like vomiting or diarrhea. Waiting a week between new items will limit confusion over this process. ...Read more

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When is it ok to feed my baby finger foods?

When is it ok to feed my baby finger foods?

Finger foods: Finger foods can be introduced at age above 1 year, so that the baby may not choke on them. ...Read more

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Why would an infant's fingers & toes always be clenched?

Why would an infant's fingers & toes always be clenched?

Common finding early: In early infancy the babies often clinch their fingers to any stimulus on their palm and toes if anything touches their forefoot pad. These are primitive reflexes that give way to relaxed fingers and toes over time.The hand clinch is gone by the time they can grasp and release from 4-6m while the toe grasp can remain until the end of the first year.Failure to fade is a neurologic problem. ...Read more

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Can babies sucking two fingers cause any dental problems?

Can babies sucking two fingers cause any dental problems?

Yes: If they continue to suck their fingers after age 4 or 5 they can move the teeth. Thumb sucking is a bigger problem imo. ...Read more

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Why are the tips of my babies fingers peeling?

Why are the tips of my babies fingers peeling?

Not a problem: It is common for infants to have peeling skin on their hands. Sometimes a little lotion may speed the process. Not to worry-this will go away by itself ...Read more

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What is the minimum acceptable age to collect blood from an infant by finger stick instead of a heel stick?

What is the minimum acceptable age to collect blood from an infant by finger stick instead of a heel stick?

Above 3 months ofage: Pediatric blood drawing is not a complex science. Venipuncture, finger stick and heel stick are the three most common techniques utilized to draw blood from infants. The best method for pediatric blood drawing ultimately depends on the child's age. Heel stick technique is used on infants less than 3 months of age. For infants greater than 3 months of age the preferred technique is finger stick. ...Read more

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