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Pacifier (Definition)

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Is it normal for my 3m old to never suck on a pacifier?He will spit it out after 5 seconds, and have tried multiple kinds. He does suck on his fingers

Is it normal for my 3m old to never suck on a pacifier?He will spit it out after 5 seconds, and have tried multiple kinds. He does suck on his fingers

Hard to retain: A 3 mo kid enjoy a pacifier as much as any other.What they don't have is the ability to reach up and push it back in or hold it in until they are older.For some it is easy to retain because they sort it out early, others not. Just because it came out doesn't mean they planned it.His fingers are easier to catch, as they stay close and don't get lost. ...Read more

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Is pacifier good for an infant?

Is pacifier good for an infant?

Yes: The general answer is yes. It is a great way to calm a baby and avoid overfeeding. It has also been thought to decrease chances of sudden infant death syndrome. Do consider: do not start until 3-4 weeks if you are breast feeding (nipple confusion) and definitely take away by age 1 yr. Although you could use it up to age 18-24 mo, it is harder to wean at that age and may affect teeth and speech dev. ...Read more

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I have infant who is 1 year old whose teeth are crooked/is it because using a pacifier?

I have infant who is 1 year old whose teeth are crooked/is it because using a pacifier?

Doubtful: Usually other causes (crowding) for crooked baby teeth @ age 1. Make sure to take your child for cm-up, evaluation of tooth and jaw growth, hygiene instruction, Fluoride instructions, and so much more. Don't wait 'till 2-3, please go now. Ask dentist to ck tooth alignment. ...Read more

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Inhaler vapor sometimes reaches my daughter's eyes when using mask. She's an infant. Also, is the pacifier adapter good for Pulmicort nebulizer?

Inhaler vapor sometimes reaches my daughter's eyes when using mask. She's an infant. Also, is the pacifier adapter good for Pulmicort nebulizer?

Check the fit: Some leaking of mist around the nebilizer mask is normal, and for the most part produces no health risk. Most children will close their eyes as a normal response if the mist is irritating. Consider using a different sized mask to reduce leakage. The pacifier adapter is useful for those who do not tolerate a mask, but does not deliver the medication as effectively. ...Read more

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Why would an infant's fingers & toes always be clenched?

Why would an infant's fingers & toes always be clenched?

Common finding early: In early infancy the babies often clinch their fingers to any stimulus on their palm and toes if anything touches their forefoot pad. These are primitive reflexes that give way to relaxed fingers and toes over time.The hand clinch is gone by the time they can grasp and release from 4-6m while the toe grasp can remain until the end of the first year.Failure to fade is a neurologic problem. ...Read more

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What is the minimum acceptable age to collect blood from an infant by finger stick instead of a heel stick?

What is the minimum acceptable age to collect blood from an infant by finger stick instead of a heel stick?

Above 3 months ofage: Pediatric blood drawing is not a complex science. Venipuncture, finger stick and heel stick are the three most common techniques utilized to draw blood from infants. The best method for pediatric blood drawing ultimately depends on the child's age. Heel stick technique is used on infants less than 3 months of age. For infants greater than 3 months of age the preferred technique is finger stick. ...Read more

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Infant son had kidney infection which was treated.He now has small area on his thumb and and middle finger that looked like it peeled off.What is this?

Infant son had kidney infection which was treated.He now has small area on his thumb and and middle finger that looked like it peeled off.What is this?

Peeling Skin: With a history of recent antibiotic therapy, it is possible this represents an allergic reaction to the antibiotic, especially if it was a penicillin derivative. As long as it doesn't appear to be getting worse or his condition remains the same, it might be a mild, self-limited reaction. As an alternative, children often get eczema in these areas, which responds to cortisone creme. ...Read more