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Doctor insights on: How To Help An Infant Adjust To Daycare

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Is it safe to give an 8-month-old baby Infant Tylenol (acetaminophen) every day during teething to help with teething pain & discomfort? Baby's weight is 18 lbs.

Is it safe to give an 8-month-old baby Infant Tylenol (acetaminophen) every day during teething to help with teething pain & discomfort? Baby's weight is 18 lbs.

Prob not necessary: Usually the parents have more discomfort than baby. Fewer drugs are better than more drugs. Cold teething rings are safe to use without relying on Tylenol (acetaminophen) ...Read more

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Toddler's daycare administered infant tylenol (acetaminophen) without my consent. Is the drug safe?

Toddler's daycare administered infant tylenol (acetaminophen) without my consent. Is the drug safe?

Yes,at proper doses: This med has been around for at lease 5 decades that I know of and is well tolerated by infants. The proper dos for size is well studied and on most produces. Like any good medicine, it is strong enough to do good, but used wrong, can do harm. ...Read more

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Does a non-immunized baby in the daycare pose a risk to my child?

Does a non-immunized baby in the daycare pose a risk to my child?

Potentially: As long as we have international air travel and illegal immigration, we are exposed occasionally to vaccine preventable diseases. At the market, eating out, at school, they can bring it to your community and not have symptoms. Any unimmunized kid is at high risk to get and pass these diseases. I never let them in my practice for 30+ years and encourage parents to avoid them. ...Read more

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Baby will be 7w5d on Thursday and is scheduled to start daycare. However, her first round of shots will be administered a week later. Risk?

Baby will be 7w5d on Thursday and is scheduled to start daycare. However, her first round of shots will be administered a week later. Risk?

Day care: First I want you to be aware that your baby still has passive antibodies she received from you that will protect her from many of the common viruses. Picking a day care that has 5 or less other children will also decrease the number of illnesses. Most of the shots she will get will protect her from very serious illnesses, like meningitis. Make sure all other kids are immunized. ...Read more

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Is it too late to start a routine for baby at 7 weeks old? I'm consistent with feedings but fail at everything else. She starts daycare next week.

Is it too late to start a routine for baby at 7 weeks old? I'm consistent with feedings but fail at everything else. She starts daycare next week.

Fail?: I am not sure what you mean by "fail". It is almost impossible to put a baby that young on a set schedule. Roll with the changes, don't stress and enjoy the smiles.
If the daycare you have chosen is rigid, rethink your choice. ...Read more

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Baby will be 6m in 2w. I'm clueless as to how to introduce solids. She's in a daycare environment and don't know how to go about it and how often.

Baby will be 6m in 2w. I'm clueless as to how to introduce solids. She's in a daycare environment and don't know how to go about it and how often.

Food introduction: The general recommendation for food introduction in infants is rice cereal at 4 months, vegetables at 5 months, fruits and fruit juices at 6 months, finger foods & meats at 9 months. A three meal two snack schedule is the usual goal, but adapting this schedule to your family's normal routine should be fine as long as your baby is comfortable and gaining weight appropriately. ...Read more

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Baby is 9w old & while I tried to for all these weeks, I never established a routine other than for feeding. Starts daycare. Am I too late for routine?

Baby is 9w old & while I tried to for all these weeks, I never established a routine other than for feeding. Starts daycare. Am I too late for routine?

Nope: You can start a routine now but please be flexible as babies need for sleep, feeding, and bowel/bladder will change and go through changing phases. Daycare will also help to start some routine. Look to the daycare providers on time honored tips and routine as they are often skilled in the care of infants. Treasure your time with your baby as it goes by quickly! ...Read more

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What are some good tips for transitioning my baby to daycare?

What are some good tips for transitioning my baby to daycare?

Practice with others: If you are the main caregiver, it is wise to allow your baby to spend some time with other people (a grandparent or friend). This will help to ease the transition to his/her care with a less familiar individual. Also, if you are breast feeding, be sure to slowly introduce your baby to taking a bottle for ease of transitioning to bottle feeding well before your baby will leave the home. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my baby to get sick from other kids in daycare?

Is it normal for my baby to get sick from other kids in daycare?

Yes: For the first 6 months of daycare, children do tend to catch many colds. It's inevitable and yes, a normal part of being in daycare. It is merely a function of being exposed to many other children who will unknowingly spread viruses before they become sick themselves. Be proactive by making sure your baby is eating and sleeping well and is up to date on all his immunizations. ...Read more

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Should I feel guilty about going back to work and leaving my baby at the daycare?

Should I feel guilty about going back to work and leaving my baby at the daycare?

We all do...: We all feel guilty when we leave our babies and must return to work, but you should not!
We work in order to provide for our kids and give them diverse opportunities. Keep these things in mind. You are not a "bad" mom because you work and your baby is in day care.
Make the most of your time at home with him and if you find working full time unbearable, see if your company offers flex scheduling. ...Read more

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3mnt old baby came home from daycare hoarse. Should I be worried?

3mnt old baby came home from daycare hoarse. Should I be worried?

Abruptly hoarse: There are several causes of hoarseness in infants, but abrupt development of this is usually caused by viral infections, coughing/vomiting or prolonged periods of crying. ...Read more

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Is it okay to be in the same daycare as a baby who has chickenpox?

Is it okay to be in the same daycare as a baby who has chickenpox?

Chickenpox: Chickenpox is a very contagious from one day before to approximately one week after the illness. One is no longer contagious once all blisters have dried up and scabbed. However, you will not contract chickenpox again if you had the disease previously. ...Read more

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How do I decide whether to hire a nanny or put my baby in daycare?

How do I decide whether to hire a nanny or put my baby in daycare?

Tough choice.: Nanny is better if safe, reliable and affordable. Day care is better for peer socialization, but more likely to increase the number of infections during early childhood. ...Read more

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If my baby has a cold, how long should I keep him home from daycare?

If my baby has a cold, how long should I keep him home from daycare?

Tough answer: Most children in daycare are susceptible to frequent infections because they seem to pass viruses to each other through contact. It's probably best to keep them away if you think they have more serious symptoms like high fevers or a productive cough or they have a known bacterial infection. Once they have been treated by a pediatrician with antibiotic for a day or two, they should be ok. ...Read more

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I wonder why I can remember having my diaper changed as a baby at daycare. Now I feel so safe if I wear one. Is it ok to wear them?

I wonder why I can remember having my diaper changed as a baby at daycare. Now I feel so safe if I wear one. Is it ok to wear them?

Personal choice...: Is it okay with you? If the answer to that is yes, you don't need to seek outside approval for your personal choice. If you are not okay with your tendency to be drawn to wear a diaper, then consider speaking to a psychologist to get at the core of why they make you feel safe (and why you don't feel safe regardless). Take care. ...Read more

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Gerber baby food I've noticed has more ingredients than beechnut, but my daycare provides Gerber. Is Gerber okay, or should I bring my own?

Gerber baby food I've noticed has more ingredients than beechnut, but my daycare provides Gerber. Is Gerber okay, or should I bring my own?

Depends: If your kid does not have any food intolerance/allergies to the products they use the differences are not worth worrying over. Any problems would show up as a food reaction like hives/chronic diarrhea/etc. ...Read more

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Is it ok for my baby to eat similac formula during the day while at daycare and then eat generic target formula made to be like similac at night?

Is it ok for my baby to eat similac formula during the day while at daycare and then eat generic target formula made to be like similac at night?

Likely fine: As long as the components are similar to each other (milk based, lactose free, soy, elemental), interchanging brands of formula does not usually present problems. ...Read more

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Is there any validity to the comment " exposing baby to sickness builds their immune system"? I had a premmie baby who starts daycare soon very skepti

Is there any validity to the comment " exposing baby to sickness builds their immune system"? I had a premmie baby who starts daycare soon very skepti

Yes: That and vaccines is how we all develop our immune resistance. In the pre-daycare world, kids had the same result with family gatherings or church nursery. By the time of school entry, most dropped illness frequency from 5-7/yr to 3-5. Premis are a diverse group. Some have no special needs as they approach day care and others may have issues. Your doc should guide you on specifics. ...Read more

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My baby has been diagnosed with pertussis. How long should I keep him home from daycare?

My baby has been diagnosed with pertussis. How long should I keep him home from daycare?

5 days: Once a baby has been diagnosed with pertussis, the normal treatment is Azithromycin (zithromax). One is considered contagious until one completes the 5-day course. After that your baby will not be contagious, even if he/she is still coughing. The cough can go on for a while.
Hopefully this was not because of missing vaccinations, which are quite effective at preventing pertussis in children. ...Read more

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Should a 2-month-old baby be sent to daycare with croup cough? Is it contagious?

Should a 2-month-old baby be sent to daycare with croup cough? Is it contagious?

Confusing question: In more than 3 decades of caring for kids, I have never labeled a 2-month old as having the croup. Cough, maybe, and usually from environmental irritants, and not contagious, but never croup. Any crouping at that age would indicate an airway abnormality that deserves evaluation (laryngomalacia). ...Read more

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5 cases chickenpox @ 7 mo. Baby's daycare. Should we yank from daycare until the incubation period ends so she doesn't keep getting exposed?

5 cases chickenpox @ 7 mo. Baby's daycare. Should we yank from daycare until the incubation period ends so she doesn't keep getting exposed?

Probably too late: The difficult thing about controlling chickenpox is its contageous period. Kids are often most contagious 1-2 days before they break out & may have no other symptoms. You may get lucky & avoid it, but 10-21 days after first true exposure your infant may or may not develop the illness. ...Read more

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When can a baby with stomach virus go back to daycare?

When can a baby with stomach virus go back to daycare?

Within one week.: It depends on severity of the Viral illness. If the baby's virus is not complicated with dehydration etc, baby can return to daycare in one week. ...Read more

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Baby started first dose of Polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) on Saturday night before bed. Next 4 will be given in the morning Sunday. Can she go to daycare Monday?

Baby started first dose of Polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) on Saturday night before bed. Next 4 will be given in the morning Sunday. Can she go to daycare Monday?

Probably so: Polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) is usually prescribed to be administered 4-6 times in a 24-hour period. If you administer a dose just prior to daycare on Monday, sufficient medication has likely been given to reduce transmission to others and minimize your baby's symptoms as long as the daycare can continue the schedule during your child's time with them. Check their policy. ...Read more

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