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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
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
What do I do if my 5 month old baby has bad acid reflux? I put rice cereal in his bottle but it only makes him constipated.
Reflux: Sometimes changing the milk helps. Sometimes medicine is required. Your doctor can help you determine what you need. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I took my 5 month old to the Dr. Today. One hand is noticeably swollen. He believes it is from my infant sucking on his hand. Is that possible?
Cause or not: I would suspect the kid may be sucking that hand a bit more because of an un-noticed bug bite. These also can cause a bit of painless swelling. ...Read more
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
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
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
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?
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
My 5 month old baby swallowed a small piece of hair (my husband moustache) will it be a problem? What can I do? Am.already worried Pls help
Relax: This to shall pass. Prepare for other strange items. It seems babies/toddlers use their sense of taste as part of exploring their world. The main items I worry about are drugs/button batteries and small magnets. Keep these away from baby and life will be easier. ...Read more
Ped. Urologist orderd karetyping for 5 month old baby. It is 13 days now since blood samples taken. Longer time means problem with result? How long ittake
It varies: Kareotyping may take some time depending on what they are looking for. They may require the sample being ran more than once to be complete. ...Read more
8.5 month old baby has had problems breathing through her nose every day since day 1. It never goes away... What does this mean? Is it serious?
Maybe: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages & exposure to dust, fragrances, smoke & other irritants. Baby tries to flush these out of the nose with mucous but this often ends as congestion & produces rattling with breathing. Removal of nasal irritants helps. There are rare structural abnormalities that are easily excluded by exam that might require surgery.I've seen 1 in 4 decades. ...Read more
Please eloborate various harmonal/gentic problems which a karetype test in a 5 month old baby boy can reveal. Results came and it comfirms baby is boy?
Why order test?: Hi. Why was a karyotype ordered on your son? Does he have ambiguous genitalia? They ordered the test for some reason you're not disclosing. It's not a routine test to order. There are cases of ambiguous sexual differentiation that are NOT due to gross chromosomal abnormalities. We need more info. Good luck. ...Read more
My 5 month old baby is diagnosed with bilateral nonpalpable undescended testicles. What are the future problems associated. Can he have a baby?
Constipation in baby: I would start by asking if the baby is actually constipated. Often babies (especially breast fed infants) don't stool as often. Many people think this means they are constipated. Some breast fed infants poop once a week! If the baby is gaining weight well and the stool is soft when it comes out then the baby is fine. If the stool is hard (like rabbit pellets) then you should talk to your doctor. ...Read more
Can Pedialyte and water be used for infant constipation? My 7 wk old has hard stools and pain since switching to AR formula for reflux.
My 12 week old formula fed infant appears to be constipated. Is there anything I can do to help him have a bowel movement?
Yes, but...: Keep in mind the symptoms of constipation are by definition hard and painful to pass stools. Remember a little pushing and uncomfortableness is ok as long as the stools are soft. Also an every other day stool for some bottle fed babies is fine. Keep in mind the position babies are in as they stool, FLAT ON THEIR BACK. Can you imagine? One oz water and one oz apple juice once will help. ...Read more
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