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Babys Arm Is 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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Pacifier: Absolutely wrong. She needs psychological evaluation.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: Doesn't sound like a big deal...Your arm is there, so why not just suck on it? Makes sense to your little one. Eventually, your little one will move on to just a passy. In the meantime, when he/she starts to suck on your arm, place a pacifier in his/her mouth and take your arm away. It will get better..Just takes time. Have you ever seen a teenager still sucking on their parents arms? Me either. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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