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How Often Should A 5 Month Old Baby Eat
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Not common: Under a year of age, but can happen. Should have a strep test to confirm. The doctor will calculate the dose based on weight (@ 40mg/kg. ...Read more
My 3.5 month old baby sleeps for max 45 min stretches at night. This doesn't seem normal for babies of this age. Is this bad for his development?
Will get by: Baby will do better than you with this. I would change the kid back to a more traditional night pattern. If you never allow the kid more than 2 hours of sleep at a time during the day, waking him to feed or whatever, you can get his deep sleep segment to go back to nights when you don't wake him. Don't feed prior to sleep, only feed on awakening. ...Read more
6 months: Years ago, breastfeading was frowned on & many made "formula" from boiled cow milk&karo. Since cow milk is designed for calves, infants were fed early & often to make up for deficiences in cow milk. Now that breast is back, or formulas mimic breast, solids are optional. The sitting child is more capable of participating & few sit before 6m. Babies can wait past a year and thrive. ...Read more
My 3.5 month old baby smiles and babbles the whole time but he does not laugh yet. Should I be worried? When do babies generally start to laugh?
Laughing and babblin: Your son is doing just fine! Babbling responsively is the beginnings of verbal communication and probably more important than laughing. The deliciousness that is a baby's laugh is not far behind. It can be hard to wait. ...Read more
What is the appropriate dose of infant tylenol (acetaminophen) to give to a 5 month old for fever?
Dose by weight: The recommended dose range is 10-15 mg/ kg (2.2lb). There can be a wide range in weight at 5 mo. A 16 lb (7.3kg) kid would get 73-110 mg. You need to verify the concentration of the medicine you are using and work out the dose. It can be repeated after 4 hours. ...Read more
No: Colds are caused by viruses. Colds have no cure and are self limiting. Aim is to make the infant / child comfortable. Febrex plus syrup has paracetamol (safe) an antihistamine called chlorpheniramine (not safe) and an oral nasal decongestant phenylephrine (not safe). This combination shd be avoided in infants and children. Can cause dryness, sedation, irritability at times and high BP. ...Read more
I took my 5 month old to the Dr. Today. One hand is noticeably swollen. He believes it is from my infant sucking on his hand. Is that possible?
Cause or not: I would suspect the kid may be sucking that hand a bit more because of an un-noticed bug bite. These also can cause a bit of painless swelling. ...Read more
What precautions can I take if I have a cold sore and am nursing and looking after my 1.5 month old infant? Worried she will catch it from me : (
Cold Sore-: There is no contraindication to breast feeding if you have a cold sore. It may rather help the baby to get immunity from you through breast milk. Just maintain personal hygiene, cover the sore on your lip or face with petrolatum jelly or similar, clean yourself, wash hands before nursing. ...Read more
My 5 month old has a really bad cough. I took him to his pediatrician. The doctor said nothing is wrong. How do you get rid of an infant cough?
Many things help: You can put a humidifier in the room (cool mist is best), raise the head of the crib a few inches, and a number of other things depending on what the cause is. Problems in babies can look different from one day to the next. If there is trouble breathing, poor feeding, irritability or fever, see your pediatrician again. ...Read more
My friend's 5, 5 month old baby doesn't eat or sleep, cries all the time, has eczema, used so many creams but nothing helps, is lactose intolerant?
Needs care: The baby needs to be seen by a pediatrician for allergy testing and better care for eczema. Lactose intolerance is not an allergy. It is an inability to break down the milk sugar, lactose, leading to diarrhea. More likely is a protein intolerance or allergy. The baby may need a hypoallergenic or amino acid based formula. Severe eczema can be worsened by bacterial colonization of the skin. ...Read more
Is head crawling in 10.5 months old infant normal? He is also doing weird hand movement (twirling his right hand).
Concerned: Using the head to crawl is unusual, especially when combined with abnormal head movements. An evaluation of motor strength and unusual muscular tone is warranted. A general pediatrician should be able to perform the initial exam and determine if further work up or referral is necessary. ...Read more
Why mucous in infant stools sometimes accompanied by tiny blood strains. My baby is almost 5 months old. We have switched to goat milk one month ago.
Nothing: Breast feeding mothers frequently miss periods during the interim. It is nature's way to prevent a new pregnancy too close to the baby who needs your full attention. Once your breast feeding schedule lightens up, your periods will come back. Regardless, you should continue to practice safe sex to avoid pregnancy during this period. ...Read more
Hi, I'm breastfeeding my five month old baby. I have salmonela type o & h. Started ceftriaxone 1gm t?
Ok: If the question is it ok to continue breastfeeding- yes. But you need to use very good handwashing techniques and maybe consider even wearing gloves until your infection is gone. ...Read more
Five month old baby teething. Ears seem to be very sore as hands are there permanently. Is this part of teething or should I get him checked out?
Have it checked out: While some babies will have teething discomfort and even run a mild low grade fever hen teething, severe permanent ear pain is not typical. This is especially true for a 5 month old and they are not usually teething on back teeth yet. You should have him checked out by your Pediatrician to make sure he does not have an ear infection. ...Read more
ANY: If you believe your baby is sick enough that a trip to the ER is needed, just go. The fever in minor illness for a 5 month old can range from normal to 104+, and reflects the strong response baby is having to illness, it does not dictate how serious it is. Failing to feed, drink, play, respond to you are more predictive of serious illness. ...Read more
Feeding: Stage 1 baby foods are usually started between 4 and 6 months old. Table foods (yogurt) are typically started after 6 months old but can be ok sooner. Remember, nothing with honey in it until after 1 year old, and when introducing something new give it 3-4 days to make sure the baby doesn't have a reaction before trying something else new. ...Read more
Maybe: I use this occasionally for kids who have had diarrhea. Yogurt with living beneficial bacteria can be helpful in these kids. I don't suggest it as a treat, or a part of their regular diet. An infant can do well on breast milk or formula alone for the first year, although adding some solids at 6 mo are traditional. ...Read more
Diet: If formula fed, then switch to a lactose free formula or soy based formula. If on solids, give rice cereal, bananas and applesauce to thicken the stools. Keep this up for 2-3 days and then slowly advance the diet by adding in the normal diet. That should help. If not, then see the doctor for help. ...Read more
How long will ittake for the kareotyping results on a 5 month old baby. Its been 10_days now. Longer time means any prob with results?
Karyotyping takes up: To a month for results to return, depending on the lab. The results reveal chromosomal abnormalities. A Chromosomal Microarray reveals deletions or additions in smaller sequences of the genes that are arranged into the chromosomes. For a child with developmental delays, a DNA probe for Fragile X is also done. To detect Down Syndrome or other chromosomal anomaly, a karyotype is sufficient. ...Read more
Feed more breastmilk: If a normal 5 month-old baby is hungry soon after breastfeeding, Mom can breastfeed again, so that her milk supply will increase to match the baby's needs. If Mom's milk doesn't increase, she can use formula. Solid foods are started at 6 months, but if Mom really wants to try solids sooner, baby cereals can be tried at 5 months. If the baby eats cereal fine and poops don't harden, he should be ok. ...Read more
Can a 5 month old baby have nightmares? My baby sometimes suddenly cries as if in pain while sleeping.
C an I administer HyperSal and Budesonide back to back to a 5 month old baby via nebulization? Could I combine them?
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