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Can you tell me how to know if my baby is ready for solids?

Can you tell me how to know if my baby is ready for solids?

Depends: in a baby who is meeting developmental milestones and has no underlying medical conditions that would prohibit introduction of solid foods, the earliest they should be introduced is between age 4-6 months. Breastmilk or formula should still be the main source of calories at this age. Make an appointment with your pediatrician to talk about how to introduce solids and to see if your baby is ready. ...Read more

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Crying (Definition)

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How can I get my baby to let me comfort her when she cries?

How can I get my baby to let me comfort her when she cries?

Gentle reassurance: By being there for your child, and using soothing techniques: quiet voice and gentle touch, he/she will eventually realize that you will make him/her feel better. It's easy to get frustrated when your own child won't come to you, but be patient and your love will shine through. ...Read more

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How will I know when to feed my baby?

How will I know when to feed my baby?

Facial Gestures: Hungry babies make faces. They scrunch up their noses or raise their eyebrows or move their mouths in various ways. They don't cry until they are famished. Please, don't wait until your baby is crying to offer breastmilk or formula. You will have a happier baby and fewer problems with vomiting or reflux. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how and when to wean a breast feed infant?

Can you tell me how and when to wean a breast feed infant?

Weaning: Weaning your child is a personal choice,but the American Academy of Pediatrics that you breastfeed for at least a year ...Read more

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Tell me when do babies begin to talk?

Tell me when do babies begin to talk?

Really varies !!: Think of it like an apple tree blooming! not all boom turn ripe at same time! however , you can estimate if they are same batch! same as speech! they can babble at 6 months , say mama at 9 , dada at 1 ... There are some early bloomers, ..Conversing @ 2 yr, some of my 2 year old can turn on ipad , swipe it to open "angry birds" game!...While I have grand parents who can't turn on an iphone ... ...Read more

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Why wont they tell me if we have a baby boy or girl? They say to wait for the special doctor.

Why wont they tell me if we have a baby boy or girl? They say to wait for the special doctor.

Who is "they"?: The ultrasound technician is not really supposed to comment on, or interpret the study, including sex of baby, or any other findings. It does not mean anything is wrong. Be patient and wait to the appropriate doctor to answer all your questions. ...Read more

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What can I do for my baby to not become a cry baby?

What can I do for my baby to not become a cry baby?

Accept and nurture: Babies cry to get basic needs met early & later cry in tantrums & responding to negative events.Nurturing does not create a cry baby.The kid who stubs his toe will cry loud & briefly, settle & return to play. The parent who tells him to stop crying invalidates his decision that it hurt & degrades his self worth.Try to strike a balance accepting the valid cry & rejecting the self indulgent whining. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could tell if my baby is ready for cereal?

Can you tell me how I could tell if my baby is ready for cereal?

Depends...: in a baby who is meeting developmental milestones and has no underlying medical conditions that would prohibit introduction of solid foods, the earliest cereal should be introduced is between age 4-6 months. Breastmilk or formula should still be the main source of calories at this age. Make an appointment with your pediatrician to talk about how to introduce solids and to see if your baby is ready ...Read more

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Baby wants to suck on it so need to know what a pacifier can do to the teeth if anything?

Baby wants to suck on it so need to know what a pacifier can do to the teeth if anything?

Altered growth: Its best to try to discontinue the pacifier once the teeth begin to erupt into the mouth. Once the permanant front teeth begin to come in at about age 5-7, it will alter their growth. ...Read more

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What age should I let my newborn let me know when shes ready to eat I sometimes have to wake her to feed her other wise she'll sleep. Im breastfeeding?

What age should I let my newborn let me know when shes ready to eat I sometimes have to wake her to feed her other wise she'll sleep. Im breastfeeding?

Now! : Feed her every three hours during the day, let her fall asleep on her own.Get her into the habit so it is not something new that she has to do in case she wakes up in the middle of the night.Goal-for you & your baby to sleep thru the night at least 8 hours & no night feedings!you will enjoy your baby much better, always happy & work faster.If you want a life, do it. My moms are very happy! ...Read more

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Pediatrician what to do when a baby can't poop?

Pediatrician what to do when a baby can't poop?

Can't or won't?: Babies don't have to poop every day. Some will poop with every feeding, whereas some breastfed babies may only poop every few days. As long as the stool is not hard and the baby continues to feed well without really straining to poop, there probably isn't a problem. However, if you're concerned, see the pediatrician so he or she can check the belly and offer further guidance as needed. ...Read more

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My doctor said that he might have to do an episiotomy when she delivers my baby in about an hour what can I expect her to do will she tell me before ?

My doctor said that he might have to do an episiotomy when she delivers my baby in about an hour what can I expect her to do will she tell me before ?

She should: It would be helpful to ask your doctor about the procedure. From what I can remember, it usually involves making an incision in the perineum in case the baby has hard time coming out. ...Read more

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My14 year old friend, wants to know how can she tell how big her boobs will grow? Also how can she tell, if they have stoped growing?

My14 year old friend, wants to know how can she tell how big her boobs will grow? Also how can she tell, if they have stoped growing?

Wait and see: I don't know any reliable way for your friend to tell, though seeing the breast size of her mother, aunts ; older sisters may give a general idea. I also don't know a way to tell if they have stopped growing but most women's breasts continue to grow well past age 14- jus compare the average breast size of 14 year-olds to women in their twenties to see that they tend to keep growing! ...Read more

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What happens if I go to a psychologist or psychiatrist, will they tell my parents what I say?

What happens if I go to a psychologist or psychiatrist, will they tell my parents what I say?

Age depending : If you are a minor, which typically means less than 18 years old and your parents want to see the psychologist records, by law they can. However if you are 18 years or older, and not a minor, then your parents have no right to see the records. This is called confidentiality, in accordance with HIPAA laws. ...Read more

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When can I let my baby start to feed herself?

When can I let my baby start to feed herself?

9 months: When baby begins to reach and hold things, he also puts them into his mouth. He may start finger feeding by 9 mo, using utensils by 12-15 months. The majority of feeding, however, will still be from you, as he will lack the coordination to load the spoon and get the contents to his mouth without spilling. That will occur about 2 years of age. Just because they can use utensils, doesn't mean will. ...Read more

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Can you tell me exactly when is it safe to allow a baby to sleep on its stomach?

Can you tell me exactly when is it safe to allow a baby to sleep on its stomach?

Varies : I don't put them down on their bellies until after a year of age. After they begin to turn over on their own around 4-5 mo the stastical risk of crib death has declined & i don't wake them to re-position them. ...Read more

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How do you tell girlfriend she pooos too often when asleep and what is remedy?

How do you tell girlfriend she pooos too often when asleep and what is remedy?

Please Clarify: Is she defecating while asleep? If so, this need medical evaluation. Or do you mean snoring or passing gas by the term "pooos". Please explain this more clearly and re-ask the question. Take care. ...Read more

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What can I give my 11mnth old to eat.. All he wants to do is breastfeed.

What can I give my 11mnth old to eat.. All he wants to do is breastfeed.

Solids: Once an infant is 6 months old solids are introduced like rice cereals, vegetables, fruits, soft chicken. Infants breast fed wants breast feeding all the time but one needs to have more scheduled timing for solids/breast feediing. ...Read more