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How Can I Prevent My Baby From Getting A Cold
It's hard to prevent: You obviously should keep the child from other people with colds and clean things other babies have played with before letting your baby play with it. However, our immune system needs to fight infections to become stronger and you really can't stop it. So prevent what you can but realize that it's going to happen at some point. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not likely to catch: Breastfeeding an 8-week-old makes it less likely she'll catch the family cold. In addition to immune factors and targeted antibodies in breast milk, young babies do still have some remaining protection from respiratory viruses transferred from their mothers before birth, making colds less likely. The peak age for colds is 6 to 12 months old, when inherited immunity is fading. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sunlight: Babies and parents suffer jet lag (an imbalance between your internal clock and local time) after rapid east- or west-bound travel such as a plane flight. If possible, before traveling try to move your baby's daily routine by a few hours towards the new time zone. Once you have arrived, get out into the day light to help your baby naturally adjust to the new time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Barrier cream: Always use barrier cream or ointment with each diaper change. Baby's get diaper rash because their skin comes into contact with their urine and feces. If you form a barrier on their skin, this helps prevent rash. Examples include vaseline, aquaphor, desitin, (zinc oxide diaper cream) bag balm, etc. ...Read more
Vaccinate!: Measles is very very preventable - the MMR vaccine (the only available product for measles prevention in the US) is safe and should be used universally. There is absolutely no connection between giving MMR vaccine and conditions such as autism. There are many studies available to document this from very credible sources, especially the CDC. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
For a healthy baby..: ...Without an additional risk factor (such as prematurity or family history of sids), sleeping on her back in a clean, smoke-free, well-ventilated room, without pillows or heavy covers, and without co-sleeping, offers the best chance for avoiding sids. Additional measures may be needed for high-risk babies. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Vaccine if qualified: Dr.Roberts has detailed the basics. Yet parents can bring the virus home from the workplace so kids are not the only source. There is a RSV vaccine that is quite expencive and sometimes given monthly during the season. It provides a transient booste in babies immunity to that virus. Treatment is limited to the most vunerable premi's. The shots run into thousands of dollars per dose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sunlight : Jet lag is caused by switching time zones suddenly in east or west direction; this causes your internal clock to be out of synch with the 'real world'. Jet lag often creates sleep difficulties, irritability, upset stomach and headache. Your body uses sunlight and melatonin to set its internal clock. Take it easy the first few days and expose your baby to daylight to help reset his internal clock. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Breastfeed!: Breastfeeding is shown to be protective for children with a strong family history of allergies. If unable to breast feed, try a hypoallergenic formula such as "nutramigen" or "alimentum". Try to avoid introducing baby foods until 4-6 months of age; once you do, introduce them slowly. Interestingly, exposure to dogs & cats appears to reduce the risk of becoming allergic to those household pets! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: If you are referring to the present scare, this reported flu strain has only been associated with pig to human transmission, not human to human transfer. It is also a mild strain and no one has died and only 2 have needed hospitalization. What i would like to point out here is the "news press" and it's affinity to blow things out of proportion and only report what will get ratings. Talk to docs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Normal finding: Infants have gas from 2 sources; the air they swallow while feeding & that created during digestion. If they burp poorly it has to go all the way through. If you have things in their diet that makes them gassy, it comes fro there.Burp better & avoid gas producing feeds to reduce the problem. ...Read more
Lowered immune : Valrex may be appropriate for you.Get a more detailed answer ›
No guarantees: Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your dermatologist can also provide laser treatments. ...Read more
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