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Can a 3 month old eat baby food?

Can a 3 month old eat baby food?

Only liquid food: A 3-month old baby eats only liquid food, called breast milk. If for some reason, the mother cannot produce breast milk, she can feed the baby a liquid food called baby formula. Solid foods, such as rice cereal mixed with formula or mixed with water, can be started at age 6 months... unless there is a special reason the doctor is asking for early use of rice cereal (such as in refluxing babies). ...Read more

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My 3-month-old sleeps 6-9 hrs straight at night. During the day, he's alert and smiley and nurses every 2-3 hrs. Should I wake him up at night to eat?

My 3-month-old sleeps 6-9 hrs straight at night. During the day, he's alert and smiley and nurses every 2-3 hrs. Should I wake him up at night to eat?

Let sleeping baby...: As long as your baby is happy and healthy, and gaining appropriate height, weight, and head circumference, there is no need to wake him. Be aware that sleeping patterns can change. With this in mind, be thankful for those 6-9 hours a night. ...Read more

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My 3 month old won't eat more than 3 ozs at a time & acts hungry every 2 hrs. How do I get him to eat more at a time & go longer between feeds?

My 3 month old won't eat more than 3 ozs at a time & acts hungry every 2 hrs. How do I get him to eat more at a time & go longer between feeds?

Don't force it: Eating 3 oz every 2 hours is pretty good for this age. Don't force it. There is no guarantee feeding them more will space out the time between feeds. This will happen naturally as the child gets older. The most important thing is that the child is gaining weight appropriately. ...Read more

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My 3 month old has been fussy for 2 days now and wants to eat all the time. Could she be hitting a growth spurt? I don't want to over feed help!

My 3 month old has been fussy for 2 days now and wants to eat all the time. Could she be hitting a growth spurt? I don't want to over feed help!

American Academy of: Pediatrics' recommends introduction of iron- & zinc- fortified cereal at 4-6 mos., 14-16 lbs., if baby takes more than 32 oz. Of formula/day or nurses more than 8-10 times/day & has enough upper body strength to lean toward a spoon when hungry & turn away when full. Follow with iron-rich meats around 6 mos., then veggies, leaving fruits for last. If she's had a cold, check for middle ear fluid. ...Read more

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My 3 month old keeps pooping and won't eat. She doesn't show signs that her stomach is hurting. What could be wrong?

My 3 month old keeps pooping and won't eat. She doesn't show signs that her stomach is hurting. What could be wrong?

Hard to tell: Babies can have a soft or loose bowel movement every feeding, or a couple of times a day, and still be normal. If she's not eating, check with her doctor to find out if she is sick. What milk is she taking? Has there been any change? Any fever. Baby's don't always show obvious signs of illness, but a change in eating or sleeping should be checked out. ...Read more

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My 3 month old spits tha majority if her for? La out or lets it run down her chin. How can I be sure she's getting enough to eat?

My 3 month old spits tha majority if her for? La out or lets it run down her chin. How can I be sure she's getting enough to eat?

Measure her growth: Many babies spit a small amount of formula. If she is letting it run down her chin she is telling you she is full. Continue to feed as usual and have your doctor measure the growth at her 4 month check up. You don' t need to worry unless it is causing coughing, fussiness or poor growth. ...Read more

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My 3 month old is vomiting up all of her food she eats right afterward, its not a little spit up she will only eat two ounce and it all comes back up?

My 3 month old is vomiting up all of her food she eats right afterward, its not a little spit up she will only eat two ounce and it all comes back up?

3m vomiting: I agree. More information is needed. How long has it been going on? Is the vomit projectile? Is your child having a fever? Is there a change in the number of wet diapers? These are all important questions to determine the cause. I would recommend taking your baby to the pediatrician or er immediately if there is associated fever, decreased urine output, projectile vomiting, or lethargy. ...Read more

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How many servings of 5 oz should a 3 month old baby eat within 24 hours?

How many servings of 5 oz should a 3 month old baby eat within 24 hours?

Depends!: This of course depends on the size of your baby and his growth percentiles. BUT anywhere from 24 to 30 ounces is in the rough ballpark. Be sure and check his growth percentiles at the four month checkup. As long as he is gaining well and satisfied with feedings you are just right! ...Read more

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How much should a 3 month old male eat? Currently eating 3.5 oz but get hungry in about 2 hours vs the 3 hours it used to take him. Thank you.

How much should a 3 month old male eat? Currently eating 3.5 oz but get hungry in about 2 hours vs the 3 hours it used to take him. Thank you.

Variable: The estimated feeding size for an infant is half their pound weight in ounces of feed. For example, the 10 lb kid would usually be able to take up to 5 ounces. The normal interval would be 3-4 hours. ...Read more

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My almost 3 month old son is sleeping almost over 5 hours. He has not eat since over 6 hours. He has a cough but not a constant cough & congested?

My almost 3 month old son is sleeping almost over 5 hours. He has not eat since over 6 hours. He has a cough but not a constant cough & congested?

Sleeping longer: A 3mo begins to develop more mature sleep patterns & can often put themselves back to sleep after a 3-4 hour sleep segment if they are still tired. Many can go 6-8 hours without eating at this age if you let them. They will eat more frequently during the day to meet their needs, if you are concerned this is a change I would call the office today & discuss this with the nurse. ...Read more

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Does molasses carry the same infant botulism risk as honey? I'm scared for my husband and I to eat food with it around our 3 month old.

Does molasses carry the same infant botulism risk as honey? I'm scared for my husband and I to eat food with it around our 3 month old.

Botulism: Botulism poisoning in infants has been caused by contaminated honey, molasses, and Caro syrup. Best to avoid these in your infant's diet. ...Read more

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3 month old vomiting after she eats, she also don't want to eat a lot, but after she vomits she's normal and she has no fever at all.

3 month old vomiting after she eats, she also don't want to eat a lot, but after she vomits she's normal and she has no fever at all.

Vomiting in newborn: Most of the time in young babies the cause of vomiting is over feeding especially if they don't have any other symptoms. Usually at that age no more that 4 oz with each feeding should be enough to avoid this problem. Also gastroesophageal reflux is a common cause at this age due to immature gastric system. If she looks sick, has fever, or changes in behavior should be checked by pediatritian. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding a 3 month old. I had three 5% beers, waited for 3 hours and then had three 16oz bottles of water, muffin, a roll and chicken. Is it now safe to breastfeed?

I am breastfeeding a 3 month old. I had three 5% beers, waited for 3 hours and then had three 16oz bottles of water, muffin, a roll and chicken. Is it now safe to breastfeed?

How often: How often do you do this? If you question your behavior you might have a serious issue to confront. Frequent behavior like this might make you want to consider getting some help if this is a regular thing for you. Alcohol getting into your milk may affect your baby's development. Here's an article http://pubs. Niaaa. Nih. Gov/publications/arh25-3/230-234.Htm. ...Read more

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How high does a fever have to be to take a 3 month old back to the emergency room? Just left the emergency room at 10pm last night they done a spinal tap and blood work and urine test. He is only three months old I can not give any tylenol fever is 99.9

How high does a fever have to be to take a 3 month old back to the emergency room? Just left the emergency room at 10pm last night they done a spinal tap and blood work and urine test. He is only three months old I can not give any tylenol fever is 99.9

Assuming: Assuming the er physician felt your infants fever was due to a viral illness, you can observe at home if your infant is alert, eating well, having his usual number of wet diapers every few hours, no breathing difficulty and not fussy or irritable. 99.9 is not considered a fever. No need to give tylenol (acetaminophen) for 99. Always call your regular physician to see if a trip to the er is needed. ...Read more

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How do I find out what my 3 month old is allergic too?

How do I find out what my 3 month old is allergic too?

See an allergist: You don't tell me what symptoms your son has nor whether he is breast fed. Food allergy is the commonest at that age is food allergy, less frequently there is allergy to pets or mite. To find out, a full history, examination and allergy blood tests +/- skin tests need to be performed. Depending on the history, a special formula may be tried. See a board-certified allergist/immunologist. ...Read more

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My 3 month old just started refusing the bottle?  please help

My 3 month old just started refusing the bottle?  please help

NOT FEEDING: Babies not eating at 3 months needs to see his md. He could be sick. ...Read more

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My 3 month old is only eating 2, 7 oz bottles a day should I worry? H

My 3 month old is only eating 2, 7 oz bottles a day should I worry? H

Daily Total?: Please reply whether this is just during the daytime or is a 24 hour total, if you are also nursing, & if your pediatrician has recently weighed the baby to determine if his weight gain is adequate. If you have not seen the doctor recently, you should. Also pay attention to whether you are seeing a wet diaper every 4 hours, and regular pooping (at this age, many babies don't have daily b.M.S). ...Read more

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I was just wondering if it is ok to feed my 3 month old both formula.?

I was just wondering if it is ok to feed my 3 month old both formula.?

Yes: I think you are asking if it's okay to feed the baby formula and breast milk. Yes, you can. I don't recommend mixing them, but you may give breast milk at one feeding and have dad or a grandparent give a bottle of formula at another feeding so you can have a break. It's best to do this after your breast milk is well-established and the baby is feeding well. ...Read more

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My 3 month old weighs 6.03 kgs and about 60 cms long. Is this a healthy weight?

My 3 month old weighs 6.03 kgs and about 60 cms long. Is this a healthy weight?

Both weight and: Height are right at the average if your 3 month old is a boy. If it is a girl, the weight is a little bit higher than average.

If you have any questions or concerns, please discuss them with your doctor. ...Read more

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My 3 month old is 50% height but 80% weight. Does this mean I'm feeding her too much?

My 3 month old is 50% height but 80% weight. Does this mean I'm feeding her too much?

Not necessarily: I find these numbers in the first 3 years more a simple set of parameters that help focus on growth. It is rare to have any kid with identical ht/wt/head size parameters. I don't find what you mention means anything more than baby is not underweight. ...Read more

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Took my 3 month old to the dr they said he had fire butt...what exactly is this? And what causes it?

Took my 3 month old to the dr they said he had fire butt...what exactly is this? And what causes it?

? fire butt: This certainly is not a medical term, but I believe it refers to a diaper dermatitis. The wet, moist environment, as well as when stool or diarrhea is on the skin in a "closed" diaper, the skin can get inflamed, red, and raw. ...Read more

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My 3 month old has his first cold temp of 98.2 and coughing and stuffed up and not sure if I should take him in or not?

My 3 month old has his first cold temp of 98.2 and coughing and stuffed up and not sure if I should take him in or not?

Doubt it: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages & exposure to dust, fragrances, smoke & other irritants. Baby tries to flush these out of the nose with mucous but this often ends as congestion & produces rattling with breathing & cough.The best rx is washing out the nose with saline & suctioning the remainder. The temperature listed is not a fever.If the kid feeds well you can monitor at home ...Read more

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I have just realised I have been given my 3 month old son 6 month plus formula. I am really really worried. Can you give me some advice?

I have just realised I have been given my 3 month old son 6 month plus formula. I am really really worried. Can you give me some advice?

Relax: This is not significant. His brain won't suffer & he will grow up fine. Remember mom's used to make their own formula from evaporated milk/karo and water & a generation or two grew up fine. Much of the time specific issues with these products is more gimmick than need. ...Read more

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My 3 month old baby has a temp of96.3 is this OK?

My 3 month old baby has a temp of96.3 is this OK?

Where: Where was it measured and why were you measuring it. Regardless of the temperature, if your baby seems sick have him/her seen. To get an accurate temperature at this age, a rectal temperature is best. ...Read more

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Why is my 3 month old constantly sucking her tongue?

Why is my 3 month old constantly sucking her tongue?

Normal: Neonate's tongue sucking is very normal, there is a lot of speculation about it like hunger, dreaming of suckling, etc. It is benign and normal and it will eventually go away. ...Read more

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I'm starting to think my 3 month old has scoliosis. What should I do?

I'm starting to think my 3 month old has scoliosis. What should I do?

Why?: In more than 3 decades of pediatric practice, I have never seen an infant with scoliosis. There are rare kids born with some abnormalities of some vertebrae, but I don't see haw it would be evident at 3 months. Are you using the right term? ...Read more

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My 3 month old baby is feverish. What should I do?

My 3 month old baby is feverish. What should I do?

Fever?: Check temperature underarm with a thermometer. Temperature of 101.5 or more under arm is concerning. See you pediatrician asap if it is so. Anything less than that, wait and watch baby for 24 hrs, if good PO intake and no vomit or diarrhea; miners to worry, if other symptoms then also baby needs tone evaluated by md. ...Read more