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Can I Feed My Baby After Orajel
Orajel is a trade name for a topical preparation of benzocaine...A local anesthetic. It is used topically to numb the area to which it is applied. Typically, it is applied to oral tissues to reduce pain from canker sores, sore gums or other sensitive areas of the mouth. It is ...Read more
12 months: We recommend avoiding honey -- as a food or as a cough medicine -- until a baby is 1 year old in order to reduce the risk of infant botulism. Besides, babies don't need added sweets. The adventure of exploring a variety of fruits and vegetables can be more fun if not distracted by sweets. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
6 months: There's no convincing evidence that delaying any food beyond 4 to 6 months reduces the odds of allergies. The main reasons to delay foods are if they 1) are a choking hazard (like peanuts), 2) might cause an infection (like honey or raw eggs), 3) contain questionable ingredients (such as artificial colors), or 4) aren't good foods that you want kids to learn to love (such as soda or french fries). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Smile..er Cheese :-): Assuming no allergies have been plaguing your child, table foods are usually started at 8 to 9 months of age. While baby foods are introduced at about 6 month of age, real honest to goodness table foods are delayed until we know the child is able to chew and swallow well. Cheese is good for kids. Small amounts are started then increased as the child is able to tolerate more volume. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
8 months: I recommend that parents avoid yogurt as a baby food until after 8 months and limit volume to 3-4 ounces. Yogurt contains intact cow's milk protein which should be avoided in large quantities. But as a chid approaches her first birthday milk protein naturally becomes a component of their diet. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
6-9 months: Eventhough shellfish is in the "top 10" most allergenic foods, the american academy of pediatrics reversed the recommendation on waiting off until the first yeat of life stating there is no evidence that delaying certain foods prevents a reaction to them. However, be sure you introduce something that you can purree and never give uncooked seafood. As with any foods, watch for allergic reactions! ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Clip the tongue tie: Some babies are born with an extra piece of tissue anchoring the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Occasionally this restricts tongue movement enough to interfer with nursing. Your pediatrician (or sometimes an ear, nose, throat specialist) can simply cut the excess tissue and fix the problem in a few seconds. Until then feed your baby expressed breastmilk with a syringe or bottle. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Its up to you & babe: Over three decades I have seen consultants pro/con write about pacifiers.We are told babies are to confused if started early, but most will still breast feed well & they will never tell us why if they don't. I find babies put down to sleep with a pacifier will wake in the night and cry until someone puts it back in, not a good scene at 3am. Best use is when alert as a self soothing tool. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the form: I think the real question is, "when can my child have corn kernels?" corn can be given as a normal solid with the other solids at 8-9 months when table foods are being introduced. There is nothing special about corn. However, corn kernels with skins are a choking hazard, and should be reserved until later, usually 15 mo or so, when chewing and swallowing are better coordinated. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
10-12 months: If a parent wants to feed a baby fish, wait until the baby is old enough to be able to eat pureed meats, which are a bit drier/stickier than the baby-food veggies or fruits. This is usually around 10-12 months. Fish have little bones, so are more dangerous. A parent must take each flake of fish and massage it between his fingers until it is mushy (that is the best way to check for bones. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
After 3 years of age: Popcorn, nuts and similar items can be inhaled into babies lungs, go unnoticed for days, then trigger life threatening pneumonia. The item may have to be retreived thru a special scope in the operating room if you are lucky enough to figgure out what happened. They don't show up on xray. Until your child is old enough to talk and tell you this happened you are better off using something else. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
6 mo is fine: In previous years when homemade formula from cow milk was routine, early feeding was necessary to improve nutrition. Now we understand breast or formula alone is fine & allows baby to develop motor skills that improve their transition to solids.I like to start @ 6m when baby can prop sit.Making your own is a great way to avoid some of the additives & preservatives in commercial products. ...Read more
TOO EARLY: It is recommended not to feed babies any solid foods until 4-6 months of age. The intestinal tract of an infant is not ready to digest anything but breast milk or infant formula until then. if you are breast feeding and the increased hunger is recent your child may be going through a growth spurt and attempting to have you produce more milk. ...Read more
Wait until talking: Nuts are not necessary for a balanced infant nutrition but do have valuable nutrients. I have had parents offer nuts, popcorn & similar fare as snacks, only to have the infant suck pieces into the lung. Days may go by before a terrible pneumonia starts & baby couldn't get better until the nut piece was removed in the or.Wait until they can talk well so they can tell you if they inhaled the snack. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Around 10 to12months: Once babies show interest in adult food, around 6 months of age, you can start solid feeds with basics like iron fortified cereals. Subsequently, babies should be given vegetables, fats and protein one at a time, e.G a week, watching for allergies or any other reactions to the new food. The berries smashed and later on cut into small quarters(to avoid choking) can be offered around 10 to 12 months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Post Breastfeeding: Your breast tissue will change after breastfeeding- often less dense. The best thing for firmer breasts is toning the pectoral muscles supporting the breast tissue. Try doing upper body exercises to strengthen those pecs, also do core exercises and improve your posture. A great support bra will help and yes you might be a different size after breastfeeding.. I certainly was:). ...Read more
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