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How Much Can My Baby Hear
Complicated: This is a very complex question. Mercury sources include food (certain fish), biologicals (thimerosal), industrial. Blood tests only measure acute exposure, not chronic, which is typically the concern. Other tests - urine, hair, stool - are very difficult to interpret and have strengths/weaknesses depending on the clinical situation. Consult a local pediatric environmental health center. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Learn babies ques: In early infancy babies love to interact with their caregivers and have a hard time letting go of the aleart state. The drift thru wake and sleep states like an adult drifting off in a boring lecture. If baby is tired, they may fuss to let you know they are tired & want you to fix it. If you reduce stimulation and let them settle in their "tired place" they will often drift off. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Consistency: Consistent bedtime routines, even at this young age, will help your newborn sleep better as an older baby and toddler. Many parents find a warm bath, massage, songs, rocking and feeding are good bedtime routines. Try to start the routine around the same time each evening. It takes practice but eventually your little one will come to expect this and will associate this with going to bed easily. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chill bumps: Babies do some unique and some common things when cold. The common thing is chill bumps, the bump representing a hair that would be raised in a furry animal. The unique thing is shifting blood flow away from the skin in areas we know are lost to frost bite.The pale hands, feet, ears, nose &lips (that pink up in a warm bath) show the process. Mild palor is common in a room at normal ac temperatures. ...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
Enough: Most babies will self regulate. They know when they are hungry and when they are satisfied. Establish a feeding routine after the newborn period and take cues from the baby. Confirmation of adequate intake will come at the check ups when the baby is weighed and measured. As far as overfeeding, two problems occur; one is sticking a bottle in the baby's mouth whenever he cries and feeding junk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lots of playtime!: Babies are social creatures- they love looking at human faces. Allow them to socialize with others by singing, smiling, and talking with them at a distance of 8-12 inches. Encourage others to do the same with them. This helps develop both their language and social skills. The more interactions they have the more social skills they will develop. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Saline, bulb suction: Over the counter cold medications should not be used for infants. The safest approach is saline nose drops and gentle bulb suctioning for thick nasal mucus if it is causing nasal congestion. If the cold is not better within 10 to 14 days or seems to be worsening, then consult with your pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Let her chew: Chewing on something cold and firm is helpful. One idea is to give them a damp washcloth that as been frozen in the freezer to chew on. Commercial teeth rings that can be frozen are available as well. Teething is a normal process. I would avoid medication like painkillers unless absolutely necessary. Most babies really don't need them. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Shouldn't matter: There are a number of issues that can give rise to premature birth, and those effect the mother having premi babies. It is not transmitted as a genetic trait. That said, an evaluation by an OBGyn at the first sign of pregnancy, along with consistent medical care during pregnancy is the best way to get your best possible outcome. ...Read more
More than you think: Babies are generally credited with clear vision out to 12-15 inches but it gets fuzzy further out. They are nearsighted because the eye is small but it grows and kids should be at their best vision by 5 or so (20/20) . They are fascinated by lights and bright colors and can often mimic some of your facial expressions and tongue movements within the first few months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Three typical approaches: cold turkey, you just stop, bind yourself & you & baby are miserable for a week. Substitution, you drop 1-2 feeds every other day or so, supply slows, you wean in a couple weeks. Short feed, you use baby to start flow until soft but interrupt baby & supplement every feed.This slows milk production & the wean is more comfortable but may take 2 or more wks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to tell: I find that most kids will crawl when ready because they want to check out their extended environment. Having enticing toys out of reach adds incentive. But your ? did not list an age. The range to first crawling runs 8-12 months with many transitioning through crawl/pull to stand and cruse in a several week period.It helps us if you list more info. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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