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Is it possible to over feed my 3 week old baby? He's breastfeeding, not bottle feeding.

Is it possible to over feed my 3 week old baby?  He's breastfeeding, not bottle feeding.

Possible: Breast fed babies usually stop sucking when they feel full. If your baby is spitting up a lot, that could mean he is taking more than he needs, but at this age, don't worry about overfeeding. The baby needs lots of calories for growth. ...Read more

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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


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My 3 week old baby vomits some after every feeding, but is doing fine in general. Why is she vomiting?

My 3 week old baby vomits some after every feeding, but is doing fine in general.  Why is she vomiting?

See below: This is normal baby spitting. It can be due the baby taking to much at a feeding, not burping well, or being laid down right after feeding. This will resolve as your child ages. ...Read more

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Is it concerning that my 3 week old baby squeeks while breastfeeding? Sometimes she squeeks outside of feeding but not as often as when she is feeding

Is it concerning that my 3 week old baby squeeks while breastfeeding? Sometimes she squeeks outside of feeding but not as often as when she is feeding

Noisy feeder: It is very common for infants to make noises while they are feeding and the causes are many, most of which are of no major concern. Noises associated with color change of the face, choking and gagging, or feeding difficulties should be evaluated. Adequate weight gain as monitored routinely by your pediatrician is a good sign that this is not a significant issue. ...Read more

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I have a 3 week old baby and I breast feed and do formula , he be fuzzy and getting red from his face and he didn't poop yesterday or today is it norm?

I have a 3 week old baby and I breast feed and do formula , he be fuzzy and getting red from his face and he didn't poop yesterday or today is it norm?

Hard or pellet-like: stools are a sign of constipation. If an infant of 6wks. or younger strains to pass soft stool, it can be normal. The smooth muscle of the intestines is not yet coordinated to propel its contents, so they may draw up their legs, grunt, turn red in the face & use voluntary abdominal muscles to assist. Solely breast-fed babies hardly ever have hard stools; adding formula can make them harder. ...Read more

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My 3 week old baby has a lot of gas. She only gives 1 BM a day. She is strictly formula fed. What could cause this? How can I help her?

My 3 week old baby has a lot of gas. She only gives 1 BM a day. She is strictly formula fed. What could cause this? How can I help her?

Common: For Babies started on formula soon after birth it is common to develop lots of gas. Reasons cld be 1) lactose intolerance 2) cows milk protein sensitivity 3) neither , with lots of swallowing of air during feeding from a bottle. Discuss these with pediatrician & u may want to try a different formula or bottles to address the problems. One BM a day, esp constipation, is also common with formula . ...Read more

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My 3 week old baby hasn't pooped. It's almost been 24houea and she pushes really hard like she needs to go. She is bottle fed.

My 3 week old baby hasn't pooped. It's almost been 24houea and she pushes really hard like she needs to go. She is bottle fed.

Simple measures: You can help baby go by coating a q-tip with vasaline & inserting it the length of the cotton & moving it in a circle. If there's poo to go it should come out.There are otc babylax suppositories that work the same way. For longer term an ounce of full strength apple or prune juice 1-2x/d will losten baby within 3 days. ...Read more

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My 3 week old baby sleeps all the time. I usually have to wake him to eat. He has a good appetite. Is this normal?

My 3 week old baby sleeps all the time.  I usually have to wake him to eat.  He has a good appetite.  Is this normal?

Yes: Baby needs a lot of sleep when growth hormone is secreted by the body. If he is otherwise healthy, i won't worry over it in a few years, you will likely wish that he will sleep a little more. ...Read more

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What to do if my 3 week old baby been coughing a lot?

What to do if my 3 week old baby been coughing a lot?

See the doctor: Its important that your baby's pediatrician check your baby to make sure there is no pneumonia, wheezing or other problem causing this cough. ...Read more

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My 3 week old baby has coughed a few times today. Is it normal for newborns to cough?

My 3 week old baby has coughed a few times today. Is it normal for newborns to cough?

Yes and no: Three times in a day doesn't sound like an illness as much as it may be baby clearing his/her airway. Babies are quite sensitive to smoke/ dust/fragrances/ cleaning odors/etc. and may become congested and or cough in response. You need to eliminate these from babies environment and flush the nose if needed with saline. Increasing cough or change in feeding habits could signal a problem. ...Read more

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Why does my 3 week old baby have herpes oral sores?

Why does my 3 week old baby have herpes oral sores?

M.D. visit: At this age, there may have been exposure during delivery. It is important to have him examined by your pediatrician. Infections may spread quickly, so this is an urgent visit. ...Read more

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