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How Do I Know If My Baby Is Latching Improperly
Comfort: Improper latching is uncomfortable. It hurts. Proper latching should not hurt. Also, you should hear your infant swallowing milk, which indicates good milk flow from the breast, as well as good transfer from the front of the mouth to the back of the throat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Look for these...: Look for signs of hydration, like good urine output, most mouth and eyes, tears with crying. Also, look for adequate stools. Babies who are getting adequate milk (and who are otherwise well) usually seem satisfied after feedings, have adequate alert, awake periods, and grow normally along standard growth curves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Modified scale: Motor development is the most common gauge we use for infant development.Charts used to assess motor skills are based on babies born at term.In premi's we adjust the expectations by how many weeks they were early. For example, tripod sitting for a few seconds is expected in term infants by 6m or 6m+wks premi for premi's.By 18-24m they seem to catch up. They should check this at ur checkups. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Poop, pee and weight: Two ways really... Is baby pooping and peeing often? Most babies will have some urine with each feeding, or close to it. If that is the case and stooling is frequent, then intake should be fine. Also, babies should gain about an ounce per day, or a pound every two weeks for the first 4-6 months. If that is occurring, then intake is very solid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Weight and diapers: All breastfed babies lose a little weight in the beginning. Signs your baby is getting enough milk: 1) look for the same number of wet diapers as your baby is days old (1 pee on day 1, 2 on day 2...), then by day 4 onward 5-8 wet diapers a day. 2) stool changes from black to yellow by day of life 4. 3) your pediatrician will also check baby's weight frequently the first week of life. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hunger Cues: You'll learn your baby's various cries and cues over time. In the meantime, some hunger cues are fairly universal. While babies cry for all kinds of reasons, if it's been awhile since her last feed, and she begins fussing, puts her hand to her mouth, sucks a lot, or roots her face toward anything that it touches, she's hungry. Feeding at the onset of fussing can prevent the "frantic baby" later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Poor urine output: There are several ways you can tell if your baby is dehydrated. The most important one is if you notice that your baby's diapers are drier than normal or that he or she has fewer wet diapers. Other signs include dry lips, flat fontanelle if your baby is less than six months old, crying without tears, and decreased activity level. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below.: As dr. Hossain said, drool, fussing, and biting may be signs of teething (although babies can start chewing and drooling months before the teeth start coming). The gum overlying the tooth can get red and swollen, and you may feel something very sharp just under the gum there. Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen helps, as does cold teething toys. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Assume the need: All infants swallow air of variable amounts during feeding. An infant may slow the feed or squirm as they feel bloated, if so gently place them in a burp position & let them. Some burp easily & some never seem to burp. I only work hard on burping if they tend to wet burp a lot. If they feed well enough to grow normally, i wouldn't worry about the burpless infants. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Set a good pattern: One of the best ways to establish an efficient breasting pattern is to do it first. As you get baby up from a nap, start baby at the breast and let him/her use their energy to to their job first. Diaper changes and other maintainance can wait and don't require their assistance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Swallowing, comfort: Your baby should be in a comfortable position, head not turned awkwardly. You should see the swallowing action in the facial and throat muscles. The baby's lips should be flared outward and on the areola, not the nipple itself. After 20-30 seconds of skin tugging, you should not feel any discomfort at all. If something is not right, unlatch and start over. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Amenorrhea Wnts Baby: If you have no periods (amenorrhea), then you are not ovulating and you will have trouble getting pregnant. Eventually you might ovulate but it would be about 2wks before period. The best idea is to see a fertility specialist who can find out why you do not ovulate and then use meds to make it happen. Your problem is treatable but you almost certainly need help to succeed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Your baby knows best: Most babies know better than we do what their bodies need to grow. As long as you burp her frequently during the feeding, she will eat the right amount. Don't get hung up on averages published in books/websites. I have seen growing newborns who only wanted 1 1/2 ounces and others who needed 8. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Poor urine output: If you are changing few diapers, your baby may be getting dehydrated. Other symptoms include dry mouth, few tears when crying, and extreme fatigue. These are particularly important symptoms to watch out for if your baby has been having vomiting and diarrhea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Biting: If your baby bites while nursing, immediately put your finger in his/her mouth and remove him from your breast. Minimize distractions, try to remain calm, and allow her to start nursing again. If the biting continues, he/she may not be hungry. Try again later. If babies receive a consistent message that biting equals no more nursing, they will stop. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Swollen red gums: Teething: the specific act of the primary teeth of infants breaking through the gums. While grandmother refers to the drooling infant that chews on everything in sight for weeks as teething, actually medically diagnosed teething lasts only a short while. The gums are swollen, red, perhaps bleeding. There may be a low grade fever. The advancing edge of the newly erupting tooth often can be felt. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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