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Doctor insights on: Give Infant A Finger Or Pacifier To Suck On

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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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When to give a baby pacifier?

When to give a baby pacifier?

No rules: There has been much arguing over the years about pacifiers. In the end, though, there are no rules. When you say baby, i assume that you really mean a baby, under a year of age. My rule: if you baby likes sucking on a pacifier, its fine. Eventually, you need to get rid of the pacifier, but that is something to do in the second year of life. ...Read more

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At what age should a toddler be able to use a spoon instead of relying on a feeding bottle?

At what age should a toddler be able to use a spoon instead of relying on a feeding bottle?

Spoon feeding: By six months you should be adding baby food/cereal by spoon. Your baby is still going to get most of their calories from milk but as you are able to feed more items, you'll be able to decrease how much milk they need. By their first year, your baby should be off the bottle entirely. Drinking from a regular or "zippy cup" and it should not be their main source for nutrition. ...Read more

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What is better: sucking on thumb or pacifier?

What is better: sucking on thumb or pacifier?

Pacifier: If given a choice, sucking on a pacifier is better than on a thumb. A parent can make the pacifiers disappear when the child is old enough, but it's hard to make the thumbs "disappear". Also, sucking on a pacifier won't cause the calluses and cracked skin on the thumbs. ...Read more

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When should a child be taken off a bottle and pacifier? How do you ween also? My son is drinks milk from a bottle and use a pacifier for security.

When should a child be taken off a bottle and pacifier?  How do you ween also? My son is drinks  milk from a bottle and use a pacifier for security.

The natural time of : Weaning is around a year, when whole milk & milk products are limited to 16-21 0z./day to avoid constipation, iron deficiency anemia (which can cause developmental delays), & ?'ed appetite for solids. Juice is limited to 4-6 oz./day. Sipping milk/juice off & on or falling asleep with a bottle promotes cavities. Use an open-mouthed cup with 2 handles to promote lip closure for speech. ...Read more

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Is sucking on a pacifier any better for a baby's dental health than sucking on a thumb? Our daughter sucks her thumb all of the time, and we've heard about the damage it can do to a child's teeth. Since pacifiers are softer, we were hoping we could someho

Is sucking on a pacifier any better for a baby's dental health than sucking on a thumb? Our daughter sucks her thumb all of the time, and we've heard about the damage it can do to a child's teeth. Since pacifiers are softer, we were hoping we could someho

Pacifier better: But it is likely too late. Your child always has access to the thumb, and it can do significant harm especially if respiratory patterns and facial growth pattern is genetically problematic. Pacifier usually smaller and bears less weight than the thumb. Any sucking habit will tend to narrow the upper jaw and cause front tooth occlusion to be harmed. ...Read more

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Can a baby using a bottle to long screw up their teeth?

Can a baby using a bottle to long screw up their teeth?

Yes: The pressure of sucking on the bottle and pacifer or thumb can push the developing teeth out of line. I try weaning at 15-16 months of age.In addition allowing the milk or juice to sit in the mouth for a long time may cause severe dental cavities. ...Read more

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Should a 3 month old be able to keep a pacifier in his mouth? Will that affect his oral health?

Should a 3 month old be able to keep a pacifier in his mouth? Will that affect his oral health?

Define should: A 3 mo does not have the physical ability to retrieve and re-insert a pacifier if it pops out of their mouth. For some, it pops out routinely and they fuss until it is replaced. Pacifiers are a valuable tool when used properly and are an easier habit to break than thumb or finger sucking. Most will toss them by the age of 2 leaving no problems with their teeth,mouth. ...Read more

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Will letting my baby use a pacifier make it harder for her to nurse?

Will letting my baby use a pacifier make it harder for her to nurse?

Nipple Confusion?: The short answer, of course, is "maybe." babies have a reflexive need to suck, but the way they need to suck to nurse is different than how they can suck on a bottle or pacifier. In the first week or so of nursing, the different shape of a pacifier may make learning a good latch at the breast harder, but many babies do great with both. If she nurses well, it should not be a problem for her or you! ...Read more

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How to teach a child to switch his milk from feeding bottle to cup?

How to teach a child to switch his milk from feeding bottle to cup?

Put water in the Btl: Kids often resist change, but can be drawn to it if there is a reward. If you quit putting good tasting stuff in the bottle & only put in water, the kid will learn that the good stuff comes from the cup & decide to make the change. It can take several days to a week or so, but keep with it & it will happen. ...Read more

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My 3-month-old, breastfed baby refuses to suck on a bottle of expressed milk. What can I do? I'm returning to work soon.

My 3-month-old, breastfed baby refuses to suck on a bottle of expressed milk. What can I do? I'm returning to work soon.

Try Several things: Try having dad feed the baby. Also a different nipple may work.Make sure the baby is truly hungry at the feeding.Talk to your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can i give a new born baby a tea spoon of water in between feeding , please help?

Can i give a new born baby a tea spoon of water in between feeding , please help?

Yes,but: For breast or bottle fed babies there is no need for additional water for a balanced nutrition.If it pleases you to offer it and baby finds the practice entertaining, i see no reason not to. ...Read more

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What age can I start giving my bottle fed baby some water in a sippy cup in addition to his formula? And how much can I give him?

What age can I start giving my bottle fed baby some water in a sippy cup in addition to his formula?
And how much can I give him?

Kid will decide: Kids don't need supplemental water but many seem overly focused on giving it. Breast milk or formula have the appropriate balance of liquid(water) to nutrients. Kids growing faster needmore/take more. Many kids will be ready to take slowly from a cup as early as 6-9 mo. A sippy cup with a hard snout is preferred.The ones with a soft snout are basically bottles that look different. ...Read more

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How to apply cpr on a newborn if the baby chokes?

Cpr: If patting on the back doesnt work, apply CPR by usinf two fingers of presssure just under the nipple line in a rhythm of 15 taps to 2 breaths. Use can also squeeze the chest with two thumbs on the sterum at the same 15:2 ratio. ...Read more

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At what age a person can put or use a brace on her/his teeth?

At what age a person can put or use a brace on her/his teeth?

Most any age: Starting with the eruption of the 6-year molars for early intervention dental orthopedics and on. My most senior patient started her braces at age 79! still smiling at 87 and still going strong--very happy she did it! remember: it's easier to clean (and therefore keep) straight teeth. Do it before problems develop. You are never too old to be healthy! ...Read more

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Can you give a baby under a year pedialyte?

Can you give a baby under a year pedialyte?

YES: It is entirely safe to use pedialyte in any age infant. We occasionally use it even in the newborn nursery. It is designed for use if a baby is vomiting from a viral gastroenteritis in place of formula to help settle down the GI tract and keep the baby hydrated. If baby has been vomiting, give just a few sips initially, and then very slowly increase amount as long as no recurrent vomiting. ...Read more

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Child put a rusted nail in mouth will he get sick, what to do?

Child put a rusted nail in mouth will he get sick, what to do?

Just monitor: The nice thing about the mouth and stomach is they kill a lot of nasty things that may try to get in to your system. It is very unlikely that just sucking on a rusty nail is going to cause any problems or illness. Just monitor closely for a few days and if develops any mouth sores, fever or vomiting a visit to doctor is warranted then. ...Read more

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