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What happens at hospital if i opt not to breastfeed? Will i be forced to do it anyway? Or will they give formula? Or do I have to provide my own?

What happens at hospital if i opt not to breastfeed? Will i be forced to do it anyway? Or will they give formula? Or do I have to provide my own?

Not forced: If you choose not to breast feed the hospital usually supplies formula while you are inpt. It is absolutely the best thing you can do for your baby's health and has significant health benefits for you as well so perhaps you should reconsider breast feeding. ...Read more

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I have a 16 month old baby - i would like to know when do you decide to keep your baby at home or when he must go to school?

I have a 16 month old baby - i would like to know when do you decide to keep your baby at home or when he must go to school?

Socialization: It is developmentally good for most children to attend preschool around 3--the age that they can begin to understand concepts like "sharing" , "taking turns", personal space, & negotiating the social world. If you have a large family or lots of neighbor kids, you can teach the same concepts (with close supervision!) for academic success in kindergarten, start preschool by 4. ...Read more

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Do I need to get my baby vaccinations?

Do I need to get my baby vaccinations?

Deadly choice : Vaccines prevent illness & death.In spite of the misinformation put out by vaccine haters, they are safe & effective. Cases of whooping cough (pertussis) have increased in the us from ~2500 in the mid 90's to over 15000 per year due to increases in unvaccinated infants & children. This has resulted in > 30 preventable deaths, primarily in kids <6mo. Deaths attributed to dapt in the same period =0. ...Read more

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My 2m baby won't take a pacifier or a bottle anymore. I feel like I have to be attached to him 24/7. He even wants to comfort eat. What do I do?

My 2m baby won't take a pacifier or a bottle anymore. I feel like I have to be attached to him 24/7. He even wants to comfort eat. What do I do?

Feeding: One of the hardest thing is babies tend to nurse more frequently. I hope by this time you have established feedings to do them every three hours during the day and try to space them out every 4-54 hours at night. Make sure you get some help to burp, change or bath the baby so you can get some rest. If you feel depressed and crying alot, call your doctor to see if you need any help with that ...Read more

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I want to know if i breastfeed my baby what if i need to sleep at night and wht will I do when i go to work can I gave him bottle milk one per day .?

I  want to know if i breastfeed my baby what if i need to sleep at night and wht will I do when i go to work can I gave him bottle milk one per day .?

Pump: You can pump breast milk and leave it in refrigerator while you are at work. Also father can help with night time feeds if you have it pumped and refrigerated. ...Read more

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Which vaccines do I need to get my baby?

Which vaccines do I need to get my baby?

There's...: Hepatitis a and b, and measles and also tetanus, and polio, rotavirus, mumps, rubella and hemophilus, there's thirteen flavors (serotypes) of streptococcus pneumoniae, and whooping cough, and chickenpox, influenza and diphtheria. (apologies to gilbert, sullivan, tom lehrer, and anyone who knows anything about vaccines or poems). See this: http://www.Immunize.Org/shop/views/childsched_pg2.Pdf. ...Read more

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I just want to know if 8 weeks is enough time for baby and me to be clean?

I just want to know if 8 weeks is enough time for baby and me to be clean?

Huh?: Sorry but your question doesn't make much sense. Please try and be more specific. What do you mean by 8 weeks? Clean in what way? ...Read more

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When do I need to give my babies vitamins?

When do I need to give my babies vitamins?

Yes: It appears that a fair number of children benefit from vitamin d supplementation starting at birth if breast fed and when cow's milk is started for the others. This is based upon research that as many as 1/3 of kids are not receiving enough vitamin d or sunlight or both.Thus safety dictates a vitamin d supplement for protection. ...Read more

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Do i need to take hCG while using testim? I do want to have children in the future

Do i need to take hCG while using testim? I do want to have children in the future

Kinda sorta: If you want to father children in future, then avoid any & all t products eg androderm, (testosterone) androgel, axiron, fortesta, striant, testim & injectable t b/c it's being studied as form of reversible male contraception. You can use HCG + testim etc to minimize testicular atrophy but there's no guarantee of maintaining fertility. But studies suggest hcg, tamoxifen or anastrazole can increase sperm & t. ...Read more

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Forgot to take birth control this AM and won't be able to until 4pm. Do I need to take it ASAP when I get home or what? Def don't want to get pregnant

Forgot to take birth control this AM and won't be able to until 4pm. Do I need to take it ASAP when I get home or what? Def don't want to get pregnant

Take ASAP: It depends on what type of birth control pill you are taking, but in most cases, taking it when you get home should be fine. If you forget to do that, then taking 2 the next day is okay as well. If you are taking a Progestin-only pill, such as Micronor, (norethindrone) then you definitely need to take ASAP. If taking a combined birth control pill (that contains estrogen), then taking ASAP or 2 tomorrow is fine. ...Read more

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I think my child may have eaten some foam off of a ball.Will he pass it or do I need to take him to the hospital?

I think my child may have eaten some foam off of a ball.Will he pass it or do I need to take him to the hospital?

I'd ignore it: If the kid can drink fluids without problems, the foam made it to his stomach and will pass eventually without extra help. ...Read more

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What to do if i just had a baby and i need to lose the baby weight, any ideas?

What to do if i just had a baby and i need to lose the baby weight, any ideas?

Try this: 4-6 small meals (100-200) calories each. When you eat like this, you reduce cravings, keeping your blood sugar level. And thereby consume fewer calories. Plenty of water moderate exercise, plus try a "mom's and tot's" group to have fun with your baby in a group setting of new moms be sure to talk to your physician first to make sure you are able to do these safely for you and your baby. ...Read more

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I and my wife want have a kid next year.What do we need to do to make sure we have a healthy mother and child? Thank you!

I and my wife want have a kid next year.What do we need to do to make sure we have a healthy mother and child? Thank you!

Here are some basics: First, make sure your wife is in good health and that there are no major medical issues that haven't been dealt with. She should be taking prenatal vitamins at least three months before conceiving. If your wife is in her mid-thirties, you might consider getting started sooner than later. Chromosomal problems increase with maternal age, and you want time on your side if any problems arise. ...Read more

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When do I need to get my baby a hearing screen?

When do I need to get my baby a hearing screen?

At birth!: It is now recommended universally for babies to be screened for congenital hearing problems right after birth. This should be done at the hospital your baby is born at and you should receive a written report. If this was not done or if you ever have any concerns about your child's hearing, request that your doctor refer you to a pediatric audiologist. ...Read more

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Do you have to keep giving a baby pain releiver after they recieve their first shots from the doctor. If so how much do you give them

Do you have to keep giving a baby pain releiver after they recieve their first shots from the doctor. If so how much do you give them

If : If your baby appears to be fussy or in pain after immunizations, it is ok to give a pain reliever, but you don't have to. Acetaminophen can be used for babies over 2 months and Ibuprofen can be used in babies older than 6 months. If your baby has a fever or is inconsolable, then you should call your child's doctor. Dosage depends on the baby's age and weight. The Acetaminophen dose is 7.5mg/lb and the Ibuprofen dose is 5mg/lb. For example: if your baby is 10 lbs then they can have 75mg of Acetaminophen every 4 hours or 50mg of Ibuprofen every 6 hours. If you are not sure how much medicine your baby should get or if you think your baby might be sick, call your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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What do I need to bring when traveling with a baby?

What do I need to bring when traveling with a baby?

A few days' supplies: When traveling with a baby, parents should bring a few days of supplies, including formula and medicines if needed. If there is no crib at the destination, parents can bring a foldable playpen. Also, parents need to check regulations, as a passport for the child may be needed; or a letter from the non-traveling parent may be needed, if the child is entering another country with just one parent. ...Read more

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What to do if I cannot help but want a baby.?

What to do if I cannot help but want a baby.?

Try to have a baby: I may be misunderstanding your question. But it is not abnormal to want to have a baby. If it is causing you distress then I would recommend seeing a psychiatrist. If you need help having a baby then you may want to see a reproductive specialist. At 43 your chances of having success are dropping rapidly with each 3 months and would recommend you see a fertility soon. ...Read more

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What to do if i didn't want my kid to get autism, so i refused the MMR for him?

What to do if i didn't want my kid to get autism, so i refused the MMR for him?

Sad for your kid: You took a myth created as fraudulent research by dr wakefield (who lost his license because of the fraud) and now leave your child susceptible to an illness that can kill him.We are now finding genetic errors in kids with autism that are present at conception.There is no link to the mmr, although their are many that continue to push the idea. It is sad that parents are caught up in this battle. ...Read more