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My 5 Month Old Grunts
It depends: Often infants will grunt as they develop speech and control of their voice. Some infants grunt due to underlying problems such as heart or lung problems. You may want to have your doctor evaluate the grunting. You can help your doctor by making a quick video of the grunting, with your phone or camera, and bring it along with you to your doctor's appointment. ...Read more
Hi my 5 month old baby just grunts and cries like she is in pain with her tummy. Dr changed her milk but still doing it. And being sick. What could this be?
Need more info: It's best to have your pediatrician re-assess the situation- they are going to have all the pertinent details that are needed: How long has this been going on? How long ago was the milk changed? Has there been any change to the symptoms? What are the baby's bowel movements like? How well is the baby growing? The answers to these plus a good physical exam are necessary to adequately assess the prob ...Read more
My 2.5 month old baby is always grunting and it sounds like she's straining her voice. She also pushes her legs straight out. What does this mean?
Normal events: At this age infants make a wide collection of sqeaking & grunting sounds that have no significance. They have rubbery, pliable airways that vibrate to make additional sounds & they have no social skills, they don't care if the noise they make is odd or not. The legs placement response is also normal until 6 -9 mo. When it becomes less frequent or dissapears. ...Read more
Baby given dexamethasone to treat stridor at 3.5 mo old (1 mo corrected age). Is there risk for neurological impairment if this prescription given at this age?
Short periods ok: Short term steroid use beneficial for respiratory problem and does not have long lasting effects. Chronic steroid use can result in complications. ...Read more
Soda to a 5mo old: Don't worry, there won't be any lasting harm if it was just a one time thing. They'll be a little gassy and burpy, but that's it. I probably don't even have to say it, but soda is not a good idea for any baby (and the same goes for toddlers and kids). At 5mo old their endocrine systems are still developing and the effects of that much sugar and caffeine are not good. The same goes for juice! ...Read more
Is it okay for five month old to sleep in an aircon room during night time? Arircon alone is better or aircon and fan at the same time is better?
Air con: A fan improves your aircon. If it is comfortable for you, it is probably good for your baby also. Save some of your energy bills and use the fan. Your baby will spend the money you save now, later! ...Read more
My I phone hit my five month old will he be ok my sister's a nurse but is at work I was n urseing him?
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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Almost perfect: Timing for your precious child to begin showing deciduous teeth. Usually the lower front two "baby " teeth come first, followed closely by either two more lower front teeth immediately adjacent to the first two and/or the upper front two middle teeth. You can some times witness 6-8 teeth erupt rather quickly. Enjoy! He/she will be in college very very soon! ...Read more
Five month old stooling four times a day. He is at 60% for weight and 90% for height, no apparent weight problems. Could this be malabsorption?
May be normal: If your baby is breastfeeding, four stools daily is entirely normal. If on formula, this may still be normal. If the stools are odorous and loose, it may suggest a lactose intolerance if he/she is on a dairy-based formula, however. In any case it does not sound like malabsorption as his growth is entirely appropriate at this time. Do talk to your doctor about your concerns. ...Read more
I welcome, my five month old daughter all the time "downpour". Every now and then she burps with what she consumed. What can it be caused with?
Let me rephrase my five month old does not seem interested in trying baby foods purees not solids sorry. What age should they start to be interested?
Too early: Babies do not need solids in the first year.Formula or breast milk are total nutrition. As a culture, we generally begin offering solids as a puree as soon as they sit up, which is about the time their tongue thrust fades. Six months is the earliest I start and I let the kid decide when they are ready. You may offer an item a dozen times before they decide to try it. Be patient. ...Read more
Sounds normal: Many young babies have yellow or yellow-green, loose or seedy stools. ...Read more
Started giving my five month old some water and finely blended pawpaw once a day, hasn't pooped in 2 days? Is that the cause?
Continue Observation: Papaya (paw paw), is a nutritious fruit. Unknown if baby is breast or bottle fed. Normal babies can go a few days without stools. If baby is comfortable, good appetite, normal growth/development, normal well baby exams, then no action is needed. Paw paw is safe as you are using it. See your doctor if no stool after 3 more days or if baby shows increasing discomfort. Start solid foods at 6 mos. ...Read more
My five month old only will eat when he drowsy or sleep he has been on reflux medication for awhile and he doesn't have big appetite what could it be?
Normal feeding?: You mention reflux medication and I see on the profile "hydrochlorothiazide." I assume that's your medication and not your baby's. If he is breastfeeding or formula feeding well and is gaining weight, then there is no concern. I was not clear from your question if you meant he was not having a big appetite for solids or for his milk? ...Read more
Varies: Baby food will usually alter the stooling pattern based on the items involved. Some items;applesauce, rice cerreal, bananas tend to slow baby down while peaches, pears, prunes speed them up. If baby is skipping days a reduction in the volume of the solids can increase stooling. Solids this young are meant to teach baby to handle solid foods, not replace the nutrition in breast of formula. ...Read more
Nothing: Breast feeding mothers frequently miss periods during the interim. It is nature's way to prevent a new pregnancy too close to the baby who needs your full attention. Once your breast feeding schedule lightens up, your periods will come back. Regardless, you should continue to practice safe sex to avoid pregnancy during this period. ...Read more
No.: Diluting the formula with juice or extra water may result in your baby not getting the nutrients important for brain and body growth. I would suggest trying a different formula or talking to your pediatrician. Your baby is growing very rapidly now, so proper nutrition is important. Apple juice is mostly sugar water. ...Read more
22 month old has strep she's around five month old a lot. Five month old has all the symptoms of strep. Doc refused to take a culture. What to do?
See another: Strep although is not seen often on a five month old can happen. If your five month old has fever and acting differently (not eating well or very fussy) it would be very reasonable to test for strep in this circumstance. If you are dissatisfied with your doctor see another. ...Read more
My five month old does not seem intrested in solids I have been feeding him a little cereal and some avocados when are babies usually ready for solids?
Stop: No where in the world would a new mother be recommended to be giving such a young baby solid food. This is not appropriate. Please stop. Then, please contact your baby's doctor to learn when to start this. You are increasing the risk of life long allergy, respiratory diseases and childhood obesity. Please stop. ...Read more
Yes, when indicated-: And sometimes less than an entire vial. ...Read more
Colored tongue: Impossible to answer without complete history. Discoloration of the tongue can be from many causes-often the color of a liquid or food. It is often caused by yeast also. When some one is on antibiotics the oral flora changes - bacteria is less, yeast increase; bacteria can also cause color changes. Some diseases, variants may cause changes. See a specialist in oral disease-trained in oral medicine. ...Read more
We have a five month old girl child who seems to suffer from constipation, although the poops aren't extremely hard.?
Five month old had been on Omnicef (cefdinir) for almost 48 hrs and still irritable and restless at night. Does this mean it's not working?
Not necessarily: Irritability in an infant with otitis is related to the pressure caused by the fluid/infection and the discomfort caused by fever.I find the omnicef a day or so slower than amoxicillin or Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) in producing symptom change. It relates to the way the med works and the difficulty getting it into the middle ear muck through the blood. I'd expect the fever gone soon, if not, call in for phone followup ...Read more
Spit ups: Spit ups are not uncommon in infants, what's more important is its frequency and whether the baby is otherwise playful or normal as usual. If the baby is febrile, irritable, not playing or not sleeping then you definitely need professional assistance. ...Read more