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How Much Should My 6 Week Old Eat
How much should my 6 week old eat? She is eating 2 oz every 3 hours with rice added or acid reflux. 14-18 oz a day?
Can't get my 6 week old to eat more than 2-3 oz of formula at a feeding. He therefore feeds every 2-3 hours. How can I change the pattern?
Don't: He's six weeks old and telling you what he needs. If he's growing well, then this is a good schedule for him. ...Read more
Feedings: No more than 4 oz (60ml) per feeding. If breast milk, then no sooner than 2 hours from the last feeding. If formula, then no sooner than 2 1/2 hours from the last feeding. If a large amount of the feeding is spit up on a regular basis, then reduce the amounts fed and feed more frequently. Most 6 week old infants eat about 2-4 ounces a feeding. ...Read more
My daughter is a little over 6 weeks old and has been gaining weight with no medical problems. When can we stop waking her at night to eat?
Baby is 6 weeks old and been fussy all day. Not wanting to eat much, cries when eats. Poop is mustard/seedy w/ dark mucus and a tiny blood. Concern?
This may be fixable: This is the time and behavior associate with colic that is common. No one really knows the cause but I believe there are many different causes given a young infant digestive tract. Stools sound normal. As a normal stage, fussy times begin between 3 to 6 weeks, resulting in a unconsololable baby between 6/9 pm of age. These episodes usually last for one ...Read more
My 6 wk old was born 8lb3oz and was 9lbs14oz at his 4wk check. How much formula is safe for him to eat? Should I wake him during the day to eat?
Varies some, depends: The average kid can take 1/2 his poundage as ounces at a time every 3-4 hours. This adds up to 24-3-28 oz /d at this age. Baby should sleep longest when you get your basic sleep, & be wakened after no longer than a 2 hour nap /time to feed during the day. Longer day naps may flip the day/night cycle & result in sleep disturbances. ...Read more
How long should I let my 6wk old sleep before I wake her up during the night to eat. (how long can she go without eating)?
Bf 6 wk old he has cow milk allergy I'm trying to stay dairy free but found out something's I eat have dairy, would goat formula be best or breastfeed?
Breastfeeding Best: Food protein-induced proctitis/proctocolitis is caused by proteins from cow's milk, which are ingested through breast milk or standard cow's milk based formulas. Treatment consists of complete elimination of cow's milk from the diet. Breastfeeding is always best. Strict avoidance is key, read labels and stay vigilant. Good news is that sensitivity resolves by one year of age in almost all infants. ...Read more
Newborn feeding: She should probably be eating about 5 oz per kg every day. At her age, this would probably amount to approximately 24 oz a day. It sounds like she is eating a little more, up to 40 oz a day. Listen to her though - she will ask for what she needs and, if it isn't making her sick, don't cut down too much. ...Read more
My 6 week old son keeps gagging and coughing at night mainly, very flemmy when he brings up his bottle?
Sounds like: Gastro-esophageal reflux (milk goes back up to his throat from his stomach). For now, limit feeds to two ounces max and feed as often as he asks (2-3 hrs). Keep his head elevated above his stomach area for at least 30 min after feeds. See your doctor on monday. If at any time he seems to breath fast or develops fussiness and fever, take him to er. ...Read more
My 6 week old grandson is trying to crawl and stand. He also rolls onto his side on a flat surface and is trying to roll all the way. Is this unusual?
Wishful thinking: The infant nervous system is not programmed to do what you report. Babies do have some creeping movements early and will jut out their feet in a stiff support response when held up, but this is not crawling or standing. Kids can flip over using the head righting response at birth but it is not a voluntary roll. Enjoy the baby and let things happen, it will come in time. ...Read more
Not a growth spurt: 6 week olds normally grow very rapidly. The term "growth spurt" is used to describe the rapid growth which accompanies puberty which is extremely rare at such a young age. Enlargement of the genitals or rapid breast enlargement would be seen if your baby were truly having a pubertal growth spurt in which case you should see a specialist ...Read more
Is it okay to feed my daughter more less often? My 6 week old takes 3 to 3 1/2 oz every 2 hours. Would it be okay to give her 4-6oz every 4-6 hours? I am trying to put her on a schedule for when I return to work.
Unless: Unless your child is a preemie, has growth problems or has a metabolic disorder, it is perfectly fine to start spacing her feedings to a more manageable schedule. Let her eat as much as she can without spitting and see how long she'll go before she insists on her next feeding. Many babies will start to automatically eat more and go longer between feedings between 4 to 8 weeks. Good luck! ...Read more
Constipation: It really depends on the details. How long as it been since the last bowel movement? When a bowel movement is produced, what is the stool like (hard vs mushy)? What are you feeding the baby (formula vs breast milk)? How is the baby behaving? So much of the time what young parents think of as constipation is really normal for an infant. ...Read more
Normal findings: If taken appropriately, this is within normal limits. A more accurate reflection of core body temperature would be one done rectally. ...Read more
Hi I just wanted to know is it safe to make homemade formular from almonds for my 6 week old son?
After my 6 week old eats formula. He is really gassy and screams right after he eats for up to 2 hours. Any suggestions to ease the pain?
My 6 week old has picked up my cold she has no temp she is very congested I am using saline drops and have elevated moses basket what else can I do?
Continue: What you are doing is good if symptoms worsen tak her to her doc. ...Read more
My 6 week old babies sick smelt like bile, this has only happened once and was only a small amount but is this normal?
My 6 week old baby has had a stufy nose since he was 2 weeks old. Its not a cold because their is no mucas any sugestipns as to what it could be?
Little noses: Irritants like perfume & dust can make the nose swell inside & the mucous they make may rattle. As the swelling increases the work of breathing increases & breathing becomes more noticeable. If babies activity or feeding is pretty normal, simple nasal wash out with saline can improve things. If babies activity changes & they seem fussy, tired or not interested in feeding, it's time for a visit. ...Read more
My 6 week old daughter is always constipated, can I give her miralax (polyethylene glycol)? If so how much how often?
NO: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is not a good choice at this time. Depends on feedings - if she is TOTALLY breastfed then 2-7 days between stools are normal as breastmilk is almost fully digested. Formula babies more likely to have issues. ADULT apple juice good shot of it in each bottle can help soften stool. Glycerin suppositories will help lubricate/pull water to anus. See MD soon for more guidance. ...Read more
My 6 week old seems to struggle so much to poop now and it still comes out watery (exclusivelt breast fed). What's up? How can I help him?
Does it mean my 6 week old is allergic to formula if she is breaking out from it under her chin and her chest?
My 6 week old is always constipated so I've been inserting a cutip up her anus to get her to go and it has been working. Is doing this habit forming?
Rectal Stimulation: This is not habit forming. An infants nerves to the rectum are still immature. There's a automatic reflex to relax when stimulated. This will improve with time. If formula fed, add ADULT apple juice to each bottle and shake well to help soften the stool. Use a thermometer tip with little bit vaseline instead of qtip in case cotton comes off in rectum - won't hurt but might make you nervous! ...Read more