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My 5 month old baby is constipated. What can I give him to relive the problem?

My 5 month old baby is constipated. What can I give him to relive the problem?

Water: Most constipation is due to dehydration. Give him or her a little extra water or dilute his milk or formula with water. You can also try mineral oil, which is a clear oil, that you can mix with food or drink and this will naturally soften stool. If baby is throwing up, fevers, or not eating and excessively fussy, you need to contact your pediatrician. Try vaselline on rectum too. ...Read more

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I need help with 5 month old baby who is constipated?

I need help with 5 month old baby who is constipated?

CONSTIPATION: Breast fed babies can have a bowel movement every 5-7 days, or 5-7 times a day. Don't know whether your child if on breast milk. If not, give extra fluid/water, oatmeal cereal, more vegetable with some green leafy vegetables, some prune juice. Sometimes change of formula with whey protein containing one helps in regular bowel movement with bulky stool. If still concern, see baby's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can u Give A 5 Month Old Infant solid foods?

Can u Give A 5 Month Old Infant solid foods?

6 months: Years ago, breastfeading was frowned on & many made "formula" from boiled cow milk&karo. Since cow milk is designed for calves, infants were fed early & often to make up for deficiences in cow milk. Now that breast is back, or formulas mimic breast, solids are optional. The sitting child is more capable of participating & few sit before 6m. Babies can wait past a year and thrive. ...Read more

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What is the appropriate dose of infant tylenol (acetaminophen) to give to a 5 month old for fever?

What is the appropriate dose of infant tylenol (acetaminophen) to give to a 5 month old for fever?

Dose by weight: The recommended dose range is 10-15 mg/ kg (2.2lb). There can be a wide range in weight at 5 mo. A 16 lb (7.3kg) kid would get 73-110 mg. You need to verify the concentration of the medicine you are using and work out the dose. It can be repeated after 4 hours. ...Read more

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My breastfed infant is a month old and for the last few days she has been having 1-2 bowel movements a day. Is she constipated if so what to give her?

My breastfed infant is a month old and for the last few days she has been having 1-2 bowel movements a day. Is she constipated if so what to give her?

Probably OK: It is not unusual for babies to have change in stool pattern as they grow. . Also, it is normal for breastfed babies to have longer periods of time with no stools. Breast milk is the perfect baby food, thus there is less "waste" so to speak. If the baby's stomach is not distended, and he has a large soft stool infrequently this is not constipation requiring intervention. ...Read more

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How to treat a five month old infant?

How to treat a five month old infant?

Confusing question: Treat for what ?Questions posted on the site should contain basic background information and a specific question related to the data provided.Please start over.Questions are not linked on the site. ...Read more

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Can amoxicillin treat strep throat in an infant? What would be the dosage for a five month old?

Can amoxicillin treat strep throat in an infant? What would be the dosage for a five month old?

Not common: Under a year of age , but can happen. Should have a strep test to confirm. The doctor will calculate the dose based on weight(@ 40mg/kg. ...Read more

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My 3.5 month old baby sleeps for max 45 min stretches at night. This doesn't seem normal for babies of this age. Is this bad for his development?

My 3.5 month old baby sleeps for max 45 min stretches at night. This doesn't seem normal for babies of this age. Is this bad for his development?

Will get by: Baby will do better than you with this. I would change the kid back to a more traditional night pattern.If you never allow the kid more than 2 hours of sleep at a time during the day, waking him to feed or whatever, you can get his deep sleep segment to go back to nights when you don't wake him.Don't feed prior to sleep, only feed on awakening. ...Read more

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My 3.5 month old baby smiles and babbles the whole time but he does not laugh yet. Should I be worried? When do babies generally start to laugh?

My 3.5 month old baby smiles and babbles the whole time but he does not laugh yet. Should I be worried?
When do babies generally start to laugh?

Laughing and babblin: Your son is doing just fine! Babbling responsively is the beginnings of verbal communication and probably more important than laughing. The deliciousness that is a baby's laugh is not far behind. It can be hard to wait. ...Read more

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What to do about constipation in a 7 month old infant?

What to do about constipation in a 7 month old infant?

Get baby checked: Constipation at this age is either diet related, i.e excessive dairy intake or some reason for them to hold stools like an anal fissure, for which a proper exam will be helpful. In the meantime, u can add more vegetables to his diet and give him Karo syrup or prune juice. ...Read more

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Is Febrex Plus syrup good for infant(4-5 month old) to get rid of cold?

Is Febrex Plus syrup good for infant(4-5 month old) to get rid of cold?

No: Colds are caused by viruses. Colds have no cure and are self limiting. Aim is to make the infant / child comfortable. Febrex plus syrup has paracetamol(safe) an antihistamine called chlorpheniramine( not safe) and an oral nasal decongestant phenylephrine(not safe). This combination shd be avoided in infants and children. Can cause dryness, sedation, irritability at times and high BP. ...Read more

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What precautions can I take if I have a cold sore and am nursing and looking after my 1.5 month old infant? Worried she will catch it from me :(

What precautions can I take if I have a cold sore and am nursing and looking after my 1.5 month old infant? Worried she will catch it from me :(

Cold Sore-: There is no contraindication to breast feeding if you have a cold sore. It may rather help the baby to get immunity from you through breast milk. Just maintain personal hygiene, cover the sore on your lip or face with petrolatum jelly or similar, clean yourself, wash hands before nursing. ...Read more

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My 5 month old has a really bad cough. I took him to his pediatrician. The doctor said nothing is wrong. How do you get rid of an infant cough?

My 5 month old has a really bad cough. I took him to his pediatrician. The doctor said nothing is wrong. How do you get rid of an infant cough?

Many things help: You can put a humidifier in the room (cool mist is best), raise the head of the crib a few inches, and a number of other things depending on what the cause is. Problems in babies can look different from one day to the next. If there is trouble breathing, poor feeding, irritability or fever, see your pediatrician again. ...Read more

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My newborn baby that 19, days old and she keeps crying i think she constipated, what can I give my new infant baby for the pain. Can suppositories use?

My newborn baby that 19, days old and she keeps crying i think she constipated, what can I give my new infant baby for the pain. Can suppositories use?

Constipation: Is hard and infrequent stools. You can give a glycerin suppository once and see igf that helps. Baby may be crying if mom is breastfeeding and drinking milk, eating dairy. If using milk based formula then can also cause tummy ache. Baby could be colicky too.. Go see your doctor and discuss this. You will feel better and so will baby! ...Read more

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What is the best way to relieve an 8 month infant of constipation? He was 2 months premature, does this affect what I can and cannot give him?

What is the best way to relieve an 8 month infant of constipation? He was 2 months premature, does this affect what I can and cannot give him?

Pear juice: 2 to 4 oz of pear juice for infants once or twice daily can help with constipation. The juice contains sorbitol, a natural sugar which is not well absorbed intestinally. This causes a gentle osmotic effect on the stool, pulling in more water into the stool making it softer. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give an infant of 1 month a suppository? How often and what's best for infant constipation?

Is it safe to give an infant of 1 month a suppository? How often and what's best for infant constipation?

Sometimes: Many children become constipated but it is by no means normal - many parents use an occasional glycerin suppository without issue but you really should discuss this with your doctor and have the child checked as this is not normal and possibly a change in diet or a medication may be more helpful especially if this is chronic ...Read more