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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?

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?

See below: Most 6 week old children are around 4 ounces at a feeding. However, if your child is growing okay. I always let them tell you how much they want to eat at a time. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How much and how often does a 6 week old with reflux eat?

How much and how often does a 6 week old with reflux eat?

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

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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?

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?

I seldom do: If a kid is over 9 pounds, they don't need to be awakened at night to feed. They live off what is in their gut, not the content of their stomach, and each can go 8 hours or more after feeding is well established. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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)?

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)?

Let her sleep: As long as she is eating when she is awake and wetting and filling diapers. Let her sleep. She will wake when she's hungry. Get some sleep yourself. ...Read more

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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?

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

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My 6 week old eats about 5 oz, 6-8 times a day. Is that a lot more than average?

My 6 week old eats about 5 oz, 6-8 times a day. Is that a lot more than average?

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

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My 6 week old son keeps gagging and coughing at night mainly, very flemmy when he brings up his bottle?

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

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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?

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

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Can my 6 week old just now be getting colic?

Can my 6 week old just now be getting colic?

Yes: Colic in its simplest form is gas in sections of the bowel that have bowel spasm around them. It can make an infant miserable. ...Read more

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Is catnip and fennel drops safe to give my 6 week old?

Is catnip and fennel drops safe to give my 6 week old?

Supplements: No, if your baby is exclusively breast fed then add a daily multivitamin. Otherwise, your child needs none. ...Read more

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What are signs of growth spurt I think my 6 week old is going threw one?

What are signs of growth spurt I think my 6 week old is going threw one?

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

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My 6 week old mini schnauzer is sick. Could it be contagious to my kids?

My 6 week old mini schnauzer is sick. Could it be contagious to my kids?

Yes if infected: Dogs are a source of a number of illness that can be contagious to humans. Children in particular may be susceptible as their immune systems develop. Among the illnesses are GI infections which present with vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort. ...Read more

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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.

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

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What can I give my 6 week old for constipation?

What can I give my 6 week old for constipation?

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

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Can my 6 week old babys underarm temp of 98.6 be anything to worry about?

Can my 6 week old babys underarm temp of 98.6 be anything to worry about?

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

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Hi I just wanted to know is it safe to make homemade formular from almonds for my 6 week old son?

Hi I just wanted to know is it safe to make homemade formular from almonds for my 6 week old son?

Please do not give: A 6 week old needs breast milk feedings. There is no substitute, and if you are unable to breast feed, standard formula is available. Almond milk is mostly water and not safe for babies. Infants should not have regular cows milk until one year of age. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Try this: Try pdialyte only for 24-48hrs. Give a much and as often as wanted. If the gas is gone, then the problem is a formula intolerance. If no better, look for other causes. ...Read more

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Am weaning my 6 week old infant onto formula and he is struggling to poo. Is he constipated?

Am weaning my 6 week old infant onto formula and he is struggling to poo. Is he constipated?

Change pattern: Weaning from breast milk to formula can result in a change in consistency of the stool. If your baby has not had a bowel movement in a few days, I would advise a visit with your pediatrician. The baby's mouth and eyes should be moist. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Why does my 6 week old spit up so much like 4 times after a feeding!

Regurge: Infants easily have reflux or just spit out due to the small stomach. If you pat on the back does not help, then try to feed a little less. If still does not work, go to see the pediatrician. ...Read more

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My 6 week old daughter is always constipated, can I give her miralax (polyethylene glycol)? If so how much how often?

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

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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?

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?

Avoid cow's milk: Many infants have an difficulty digesting cow's milk protein that comes through breast milk. You need to follow a strict dairy free diet and see if his stools improve over the course of 5 to 7 days. ...Read more

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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?

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