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How To Get A Splinter Out Of My Baby Daughters Mouth
Splinter: Depends on the situation. The splinter definitely needs to come out. If it is relatively small and is partially sticking out and the child is not hysterical or in distress, then you could restrain the child and try to pull the splinter out. Then report to the doctor. Otherwise it is best to get the child to the emergency room for a doctor to examine the baby and remove the splinter. ...Read more
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
No: As with any exposure to virtually any infection ever, the one exposed does not always get sick, including infants. Many factors come into play, including the degree of exposure and the competence of the immune system of the one exposed. With many infections, symptoms become apparent within 2-4 days of the exposure. If you are concerned about your baby's health, let your pediatrician know. ...Read more
Ate cookie with molasses. Scared I dropped cookie crumbs and my 4 month old possibly got them on hand/ into her mouth. Could she get infant botulism?
Possible: It is possible to get botulism but it is unlikely. Watch out for symptoms 18 - 36hrs after ingestion. Symptoms in infants are lethargy, weakness, poor feeding, weak cry. Constipation is usually the first symptom to occur. There is nothing for you to do now except observation. If your baby seems to be floppy or develops any of the above symptoms, you need to go to the nearest ER. ...Read more
My husband was drinking a soda and his finger accidentally touched my 3 year olds mouth. Could she get infant botulism from the high fructose corn syr?
Varies: Dental eruption patterns are quite variable in healthy babies with no deficiencies or abnormalities. Some can have a tooth at birth, or not until 15mo. The average is 1/m starting at 4-6m. Those coming later often have multiple erupt @ the same time. ...Read more
Very tender spot on top of head where babies get soft spots that burns when touched sometimes. Liquid comes out (clear smooth liquid). What is this?
Scalp lesion?: The bones of the skull should have been fused for a very long time now (you are 26, right?). I suspect that what you are referring to is a superficial scalp lesion; however, the only way to determine is to be seen by a physician so that they can examine the area of concern and then treat accordingly. Take care of you can make an appointment. ...Read more
Can a 3 week old infant get baby acne on her head? All over her face also including eyelids. Everyday it's getting worse. What can I do?
My year old daughter (who has just gotten teeth) is starting to bite when she doesn't get her way or becomes frustrated; me, other babies, toys, etc.?
Feedback: Keep telling her that biting isn't nice and offer her words to express her needs instead of biting. If you (and her other caregivers) are consistent, biting should quickly give way to more acceptable behavior. Also, if you ever "play bite" with her, stop now, as it makes her feel that biting is ok in some circumstances, when it really is not. Good luck! ...Read more
Is there a proven link between breastfeeding and improved lifelong dental health? Do formula-fed babies get weaker teeth/thinner enamel? Thanks!
No direct link: Infants who fall asleep while either breast feeding and/or bottle feeding are both more prone to tooth decay as they don't swallow the last of thy milk or formula and it sits around their teeth all night causing decay. Bottles tend to be worse as the baby does not have to actively suck for liquid to keep dripping into their mouths. Either method used improperly will cause decay. ...Read more
Infant black tongue. Tried nystatin, then swabbed for culture and tried fluconazole, no yeast on culture. Dr said iron stain? Doesn't get supplement.
Prob okay, but...: Hairy black tongue can occur in infants because of infection or failure of the tongue papillae (bumps) to properly shed their cells like it should. It is important to distinguish if the black could be melanin, since that might indicated a skin disorder. Black 'spots' can also be a sign of a genetic condition, so it is important to have this evaluated further, likely with biopsy. ...Read more
Depends on Situation: Infants are obligate nasal breathers as they prefer breathing through their nose rather than mouth. Most infants, however, are able to breathe through their mouth if their nose is blocked. Variation in the length of time until a baby begins oral breathing, but most children and adults are nasal breathers at baseline and mouth breathe to compensate during exercise and colds/stuffy nose for example. ...Read more
Why do babies always stick everything in their mouth? Also my son is almost two, is it normal for him to still be doing it?
Of the 5 senses that: Allow us to explore & understand the world, what touches our lips/ mouths in a pleasurable, fulfilling way is one of the first. If that's so rewarding, why not try other things to see if they're as enjoyable? Developmentally, from 6 mos.-3 yrs is typical for mouthing objects. Insuring that access is limited to safe, clean objects too large to swallow or choke on is a parent's responsibility. ...Read more
Human trick: Babies are orally focused, so if they identify how they did that cool thing and how to repeat it, they'll be self-amusing. Of course, when the grown ups all get goofy when they do it, we reinforce it further. ...Read more
May be thrush: Thrush is a whitish coating inside the mouth (on the tongue, inside cheeks, the gums, etc...) caused by an overgrowth of yeast (candida). Candida is normally in people's mouths, but in small amounts so is invisible. Thrush is non-urgent if a baby is behaving fine, but should be evaluated by a primary care doctor who can prescribe medication if needed (if no over-the-counter treatment available). ...Read more
Probably nothing: Babies usually breathe through the nose except for when crying, but if her nose is clogged up, she will breathe through her mouth. Make sure the nasal passages are clear of mucous by using the salt water nose drops and a bulb syringe. If you baby is comfortable and doesn't sound congested, no treatment is needed. ...Read more
Fever/spots/pain: Hfm is a viral gut infection. Some kids can have it & run a brief temperature & never show other symptoms. Some have fever, localized spots on their wrists & nothing else. Some have terrible mouth sores, spots on wrists/forearms/legs feet & around the bottom & have cramping & loose stools. So fever, loose stools &cramps, amount & location of blisters seem to be the main variables. ...Read more
Depends on age/posit: In the first 6m the neck is so short the baby must hold the head up & back to drop the jaw & mouth breathe. This is not a natural position so babies seldom sleep well. The growth of the neck by about 2-3 cm over that time allows the head to be neutral with the jaw open. In early infancy the nose must be clear to breathe without a struggle. ...Read more
My babies mouth was open through my antenatal ultrasound. The tech could even see his tongue. Could this be a sign of something wrong.?
Mouth: Having the mouth open is normal. Andcsreing the tongur isca normal variant. Usually not worrisome. ...Read more
Infant (age 1yr 3 months) had fever. Now his mouth have started bleeding. Pls let me know the reasons and possible remedies for the same.
Probable viral infec: Fever with a small amount of bleeding from the mouth could be a viral infection like coxsackie. Small ulcers can be painful -- treat with increased fluids and tylenol (acetaminophen). Other cause could be gingivitis -- inflamed gums. Massage the gums gently and give fluids and tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain. If lots of bleeding, your baby needs to be seen and evaluated! ...Read more
Can the infant formula alimentum cause a rash around the mouth, which is worse if it lays in the babys skin?
Possible: Prolonged exposure to moist conditions can cause skin rash. ...Read more
I came on this site to find out at what age babies put feet in their mouths. The 'crafted' baby shoes from Etsy came and smell so toxic, not safe?
At 9-10 month age: Normally babies start putting feet in mouth by 9-10 months of age. Better not to use shoes at very early age, it may hurt the baby. ...Read more
I'm a healthcare worker and my snot dripped into my babies mouth. If MRSA were to be living I my nose what will happen to the baby? She's 7 weeks.
Digestion is great: Chances are the enzymes in babies saliva will begin neutralizing the material and it will be destroyed by acid when it gets to the stomach. MRSA doesn't survive the transit into the distal GI tract. I would be more concerned if you dripped it into her nose. Plan to modify your practices when dealing with baby. Wash hands well and ware a mask if you think you might carry something home from work. ...Read more
Is it safe for dogs to lick babies on the mouth my daughter in law allows their dog to lick their baby on the mouth. She says that it is safe. Please let me know if this is safe for the baby.
By asking this question on this forum, you already question the safety of your daugther-in-law's decisions, and therefore you have already answered your own question.
Dogs lick the floor, their hair, and even their private parts. I know I would not want to have that tongue anywhere near my mouth. At the very least it is unsanitary, and that is not good for the infant. ...Read more
What happens if an infant accidentally gets a small amount of her own poop in her mouth? Do infants have e.coli in their feces?
10 1/2 mnth with dry red bumpy rash around mouth, chin, nose & cheeks. Getting worse, seems to itch. What can I put on to heal it? Aquaphor for babies
Itchy skin rashes: Persistent dry, red and itchy skin rashes are consistent with dermatitis, most commonly it is atopic dermatitis or eczema. You can try otc Hydrocortisone cream apply to the area twice a day. Keep using aquaphor. Sometimes you need an antibiotic course if it gets infected. See an allergist or dermatologist if it does not improve by those simple measures so we can look at the rashes. ...Read more
Can too much saline nose spray/drops for babies hurt my 3month old? Quite a bit went in her mouth as I was putting the drops in her nose.
No problems: They are similar to the IV fluid we use for them when they are dehydrated. I would only worry if you were poring it in in buckets. ...Read more
We often carry babies upright, it's natural for our mouth to be very near to their ears and we talk to them regularly. Can that harm their hearings?
It's possible: Babies hearing is sensitive, it is possible to injure them from loud sounds close to their ears. Sound energy dissipates by the inverse square law, meaning that if you are 1/2 the distance, the sound energy is 4 times as much, so speak to them softly if you can. ...Read more
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