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Is there a difference in the brands of formula for babies (similac, parents choice) my baby has acid reflux and throws up on PC formula not any other?

Is there a difference in the brands of formula for babies (similac, parents choice) my baby has acid reflux and throws up on PC formula not any other?

Minor difference: Most milk-based infant formulas are essentially the same, although different companies will sometimes make very minor changes such as a different amount of calcium. There are some formulas which are designed to be easier to digest, and some babies with acid reflux have less spitting with these formulas. Powder vs ready-to-feed can make a difference, too. ...Read more

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Last nite i woke up with the worst headache ever my eye lids and forehead were very warm to touch but temp was normal main pain in eyes & parental lob?

Last nite i woke up with the worst headache ever my eye lids and forehead were very warm to touch but temp was normal main pain in eyes & parental lob?

See a doctor.: If the condition still persists, see a primary care dorctor or er. The worst headache of your life needs evaluation. Many possibilities to what it could be. Cellulitis (infection of the skin and tissues underneath. Possibly allergies, orbital inflamatory psuedotumor, ect. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean an infant (1~12 month)? What I do now is take off her clothes first, then dip into a baby tub filled with warm water.

What is the best way to clean an infant (1~12 month)?  What I do now is take off her  clothes first, then dip into a baby tub filled with warm water.

Bath time can be fun: You can put her in a partially reclining baby tub or other baby bath device (some even come with safety belts!), and using a baby or sensitive skin cleanser and a washcloth, bathe her all over, then rinse all over. Babies do fine with only a few baths each week. Make bath time fun by talking or singing to her entertaining her with bath toys. ...Read more

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Which humidifier are better for babies cool or warm humidifiers?

Which humidifier are better for babies cool or warm humidifiers?

Humidifier: Ideally a warm humidifer is better, but because of the risk of spilling a cool humidifier is recommended. ...Read more

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How hot do I need to get water in a pan on the stove to warm up babies formula?

How hot do I need to get  water in a pan on the stove to warm up babies formula?

Why ever?: Babies do fine with formula at room temperature and some even enjoy it right out of the refrigerator. Warming is a step you can skip and spend the time nurturing your baby. ...Read more

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My baby is two days old and he seems to be shivering and random times. I know that babies don't shiver to keep warm, should I be concerned?

My baby is two days old and he seems to be shivering and random times. I know that babies don't shiver to keep warm, should I be concerned?

Swaddling may help: A very young baby can loses heat easily and shiver. Newborns also have normal shivering reflexes especially when they are placed for diaper change .
All thing being equal if baby feeds well is alert try swaddling for a bit ...Read more

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Premature infant lacks subcutaneous adipose tissue so how do they stay warm?

Premature infant lacks subcutaneous adipose tissue so how do they stay warm?

Excellent question: this is why premature infants are kept in thermal-neutral incubators until they mature enough to maintain they're temps. ...Read more

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Is it possible a portable heater could make my nursery a little too humid & warm, causing my babies to get sick more easily?

Is it possible a portable heater could make my nursery a little too humid & warm, causing my babies to get sick more easily?

Unlikely : Heaters will actually dry out a room, not make it humid. Often, the humidity can drop 10% or more in a room with a heater compared to the rest of the house.A simple humidity gauge can help you monitor the situation. Many run on button batteries and can register rapid change in humidity.The preferred humidity within a kid space runs 40-45%.Above 50% you increase dust mites, below 30% they cough. ...Read more

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My infant, 19 months, has been limping almost to the point of not walking on her left foot. It's warm to the touch with slight swelling. Broken?

My infant, 19 months, has been limping almost to the point of not walking on her left foot. It's warm to the touch with slight swelling. Broken?

Hard to say: Possibilities range from a bug bite reaction to an infection in her foot/ankle .Without an exam, its just to hard to say.Pick up the phone and call her doc, you can discuss all the things you see and decide how soon and where to be seen. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to interview a parent of an infant 0-12 months old; can someone help me out?

What to do if I have to interview a parent of an infant 0-12 months old; can someone help me out?

I don't understand : Your question doesn't make sense. Why do you have to interview the parent? ...Read more

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Is it ok for one parent to speak to an infant with more than one language?

Is it ok for one parent to speak to an infant with more than one language?

Absolutely: Infants/children who grow up in 2 language homes will usually become fluent in both languages. ...Read more

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What are some signs or symptoms that a parent may observe if their infant has autism?

What are some signs or symptoms that a parent may observe if their infant has autism?

In infancy: Core symptoms of autism look different at different ages, but always include delays in social communication. A 4-month-should goo and coo " in sync" with mom, a 6-month-old should raise his arms to be picked up, a 9-month old should respond to his name. The diagnosis includes much more, but these are things parents can notice early. Firstsigns.Org has good checklists for parents. Check it out! ...Read more

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Will it confuse an infant if one parent speak to him/her in two or three languages (on separate occasions)?

Great question: When we live in taiwan we spoke english to my brother who was a baby and the amas spoke chinese to him. He ended up speaking a mix of english and chinese. You would only understand it if you spoke both languages. We later moved to scotland and he quickly forgot the chinese and spoke only english. I hope one of the developmental pediatricians responds to this question. Fascinating. ...Read more

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If an infant has fifth disease but the parents don't, does that mean it's not hereditary?

If an infant has fifth disease but the parents don't, does that mean it's not hereditary?

Confusing question: Fifth disease is a pattern illness caused by a common viral illness.It is transient, self cures, and has nothing to do with heredity. When a kid has it and his/her parents do not get it, it means the parents had it as kids and are immune. Fifth disease occasionally affects adults if they never had it a kids. It can be quite entertaining. ...Read more

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How can a parent prevent infant skull "deformity"?

How can a parent prevent infant skull "deformity"?

Change head position: The best prevention, and treatment for infants under 3 months of age, is not allowing the baby to sleep with the same head position. One the baby is fully asleep, change the head position to the opposite side of the previous sleep period. If there already is head "deformity", have the infant sleep on the normal or less deformed side consistently until the head becomes normal appearing. ...Read more

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Will all babies with a parent that is a dwarf have achondroplasia?

Will all babies with a parent that is a dwarf have achondroplasia?

Not necessarily.: Achondroplasia may be inherited as an autosomal dominant trait, meaning that getting the gene from 1 parent causes the child to have the disorder. If 1 parent has achondroplasia, the infant has a 50% chance of inheriting the disorder. If both parents have the condition, chances increase to 75%. However, most cases appear as spontaneous mutation, meaning 2 parents w/o it may have a child with it. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a a parent of an infant who has chicken pox spread the virus?

Might it be possible that a a parent of an infant who has chicken pox spread the virus?

Unlikely to happen: The spread of cpx occurs through airborne droplets & direct contact with infectious material. The uninfected parent cannot spread the virus through their own cough but might if they carried recently obtained infected debris from the child on their hands. Simple washing or sanitizing removes this threat. ...Read more

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Is there a support system out there for parents of babies with dysphagia aka swallowing disorder?

Is there a support system out there for parents of babies with dysphagia aka swallowing disorder?

Childrens Hospitals: Most children with swallowing disorders are seen by a team of providers including occupational therapy, gastroenterology and sometimes ear, nose and throat. If you are associated with a children's hospital they can connect you a local support group. You are not alone in your community. ...Read more

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After infant receives her first dose of oral polio vaccine, the nurse explains to her parents the side effex?

After infant receives her first dose of oral polio vaccine, the nurse explains to her parents the side effex?

Oral vaccine rare: Most doctors use ipv which is injectable. The administering office will give a handout that is for the specific vaccine. Nurses will often explain what to expect and doctors usually review understanding of vaccination and answer your questions. ...Read more

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Exposed to MRSA while babysitting infant & 91 year old -parents, grandma, & baby have skin MRSA - 91 yr old also has MRSA in bladder. Am i at risk?

Exposed to MRSA while babysitting infant & 91 year old -parents, grandma, & baby have skin MRSA - 91 yr old also has MRSA in bladder. Am i at risk?

Contagious: Mrsa is contagious but your level of exposure is important. If you had direct physical contact with an infected person that in turn had touched their lesions then you might have picked it up. For it to cause infection it would probably have to penetrate your body thru broken skin. Don't panic, but take a good shower and be on the lookout for any "pimple like" lesions. Seek med help is u see some. ...Read more

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Should I feed my baby bottle milk or give him food before he sleep?

Should I feed my baby bottle milk or give him food before he sleep?

Feed as baby wakes : Babies develop a better schedule if you feed as they wake up. Baby has strength from the rest & can take a good feed before tiring. Then do diaper changes & cleaning. Playing after cleaning allows good mommy time. As baby tires they will settle if you put them down. They do not sleep longer if fed before sleep, they have more night waking because they have been taught to need food to settle. ...Read more

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3 year old child, signs of autism, parents told to cut out bottle. 4 days pasted and child has not taken any liquids the child only eats raw whole apple slices and puffs. She will not touch any other food. The pediatrician has said to hold on for another

3 year old child, signs of autism, parents told to cut out bottle.  4 days pasted and child has not taken any liquids the child only eats raw whole apple slices and puffs. She will not touch any other food. The pediatrician has said to hold on for another

Go to urgent care: now since dehydration Is a concern. Certainly the liquids a should not continue to be refused by your child for hours on end as dehydration is more important to avoid especially in the Summer. An assessment there is needed for dehydration and possible treatment . With an autistic child transitioning as always done slowly. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can i warm baby puréed gerber foods in the microwave? What is necessary to warm and what isn't?

Can i warm baby puréed gerber foods in the microwave? What is necessary to warm and what isn't?

IMHO: Yes, you can - but be careful not too warm! stir well to avoid hot spots. Also, it is not necessary. Room temp is fine, so is refrigerator cold. Unless your baby really doesn't like it without warming. The guide might be warm foods that you'll serve warm later as your baby eats table food with you. Enjoy your little one! ...Read more