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My baby is 3 months old and he is sucking on his hand constantly, is it a sign for teething?

My baby is 3 months old and he is sucking on his hand constantly, is it a sign for teething?

3: Although 3 months is a little early for teething, your child may be dentally advanced and may be teething already. ...Read more

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Is it better for my baby to suck his thumb or a pacifier?

Is it better for my baby to suck his thumb or a pacifier?

Yes: Thumbs rarely detach and get lost and are much easier to clean. Regular cleaning of pacifiers and making sure they don't have cracks where yeast can settle is important if you use them. There is a lot of controversy re the benefit/risk of pacifier use and breastfeeding initiation, ear infections and sids risk. My preference is keep things simple and pacifier free. ...Read more

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Is sucking on a blanket dangerous for my baby?

Is sucking on a blanket dangerous for my baby?

Possibly...: ...If the blanket has loose or frayed edges, then your child runs the risk of having a piece of the blanket come off and pose an aspiration risk. As a general rule, you usually do not want to allow babies to have objects which may break off, fall off, or otherwise separate into tiny objects that can obstruct airways. If you must give something, a baby teething ring or pacifier will do just fine! ...Read more

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Is it bad for a baby's ears to breastfeed him in a lying down position?

Is it bad for a baby's ears to breastfeed him in a lying down position?

Yes and no: There is some concern for the presence of milk over the Eustachian tube exit in this position, but positioning the kid vertically for 5-10 min after such a feed can cancel this out. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my baby to fall asleep sucking her thumb?

Is it normal for my baby to fall asleep sucking her thumb?

Yes: All babies need to develop self-soothing skills and many babies do this with non-nutritive sucking (for example, thumb-sucking). The fact that she has learned to soothe herself with her thumb and to fall asleep with that is both normal and wonderful. Most babies will drop thumb sucking on their own in toddlerhood, though some keep it going longer. ...Read more

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Baby is 3 months old. She started getting out of her carseat a little before she was 7 weeks old. Is this normal?Carseat is not strapped, not in car

Baby is 3 months old. She started getting out of her carseat  a little before she was 7 weeks old. Is this normal?Carseat is not strapped, not in car

Confusing question: No 3mo infant should have the motor skills to separate the chest clip or other straps of an infant car seat. If you mean she wiggles out of an unrestrained setting in a car seat , yes they can.Infants can wiggle & flip & have been known to become entangled in blankets & suffocate or flip the seat off a table.Best to strap them in during use as a seat. ...Read more

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Is it harmful for a brest feed baby if his mom dye her hair?

Is it harmful for a brest feed baby if his mom dye her hair?

Hair dye: Hair follicles are technically dead tissue and the process of dying them should not have any effect on breast feeding your child unless by some strange way you ingest any of the hair dye. This would be a different story. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my baby to be teething on his hands?

Is it normal for my baby to be teething on his hands?

Yes: Sure, hands and fingers are like built-in teethers! plus, they're hard to leave at home or in the car! ...Read more

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My 2 month old baby is a little fussy and keeps sucking on his fist and biting on my shoulder, could it be too early to be teething? He is well fed

My 2 month old baby is a little fussy and keeps sucking on his fist and biting on my shoulder, could it be too early to be teething? He is well fed

Sucking/biting: The newborn is endowed with a tremendous drive to suckle, based on the pleasure sensors in their lips. This helps them learn to feed, after 9 months of nutrition via umbilical cord. The sucking,biting, gnawing behavior of infants is more one of self soothing than hunger or teeth.I'm not convinced teeth have much to do with the symptoms of infants,though they take the blame for a lot. ...Read more

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My 4 month old is crying and is biteing down on his arm is this teeth Already?

My 4 month old is crying and is biteing down on his arm is this teeth Already?

Teething: Yes he could be teething. Give him cold things to numb the pain like frozen bagel half for example ...Read more

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Is it safe to use "baby" orajel on a 6 month old who is teething?

Is it safe to use "baby" orajel on a 6 month old who is teething?

Yes: it is safe, but may not be the most effective remedy. Cold applied to the area, such as chilled teething rings and acetaminophen orally may be more helpful. ...Read more

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When is a normal time for my baby stop sucking her thumb?

When is a normal time for my baby stop sucking her thumb?

4 years: Even if it persist after 4, if it is an infrequent event don't worry to much, it is usually outgrown. If it is very persistent, then ask your pediatrician for help. You can use reward charts, put on socks if it's before bedtime or during bedtime, replace the thumb sucking with something else (squeeze ball), can also use these terrible tasting (of course non toxic) vegetable nail polishes (otc). ...Read more

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My baby is 2 month old .can i give him feeder on his baby seater type cot.is it safe ?

My baby is 2 month old .can i give him feeder on his baby seater type cot.is it safe ?

Feeding an infant : Infant feeding is best in mother's arms with a warm hug and a big smile. Feeding with propped bottles or any device is not recommended. Feeding is a nurturing process and is quality time for both mom and baby. If it is not working well see your pediatrician for more suggestions. ...Read more

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My sister is 5 months preg. He baby has a clubbed hand and foot. Is this is a sign of downs or something else that can't be fixed. ?

My sister is 5 months preg. He baby has a clubbed hand and foot. Is this is a sign of downs or something else that can't be fixed. ?

Not Downs: Club foot is not necessarily related to downs syndrome and is usually its own finding. Fixing a club foot should be done when the baby is an infant. Serial casting is the most common treatment. If done correctly, the results are very good. In some cases, surgery is required, but an exam is required to know the best treatment. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my baby to like sucking on her blanket?

Is it normal for my baby to like sucking on her blanket?

Yes: Sucking is very soothing for babies, be it there thumb, a pacifier or favorite blanket. Sucking normally decreases with age and does not need to be discouraged at this age. ...Read more

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My 2 year old daughter has a little hair under her arm and gets body odor when she is sweaty is this a problem? Is there a deodorant she can use?

My 2 year old daughter has a little hair under her arm and gets body odor when she is sweaty is this a problem? Is there a deodorant she can use?

Have her seen by ped: Children should not have body odor or arm pit hair before puberty. This may be a congenital hormonal disease. There have been cases where breastfed children of mothers taking hormones may be absorbing these. Also, if any parent is using topically applied hormones, take care not to let child come in contact with area of application. Have child seen by a pediatrician or pediatric endocrinologist. ...Read more

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My niece is almost 4 months and is teething is it safe to give a baby her age Oragel teething gel?

My niece is almost 4 months and is teething is it safe to give a baby her age Oragel teething gel?

Treatment overratted: Teething is a subject that gets many parents very anxious. I am of the opinion that over the counter meds treat parents more than the infant. I recommend cold teething pacifiers or toys. Teething is universally benign and may only require gum massage or teething toys-not meds. ...Read more