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My child clenches his teeth and holds his breath when he gets angry. Is this normal?

My child clenches his teeth and holds his breath when he gets angry. Is this normal?

Ignore It: The purpose of a tantrum, even involuntary, is to obtain a goal. Ignoring it teaches the child that this action gains no reward. Even if they turn blue!! The brain will naturally protect the child from damage. When done, give them a hug, reinforcing the "good " behavior. Over a period of 2-3 weeks, if consistent, the tantrums will lessen in frequency and severity. ...Read more

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My baby cries every time he turns his neck, is he okay?

My baby cries every time he turns his neck, is he okay?

No: Your baby needs to be seen by your pediatrician. Some babies have torticollis: a condition where the neck muscle is a little short or tense. Physical therapy helps this a lot. It is hard to tell without seeing the baby, so please make an appointment. ...Read more

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My 6 month old twists and turns and arches his back whenh aving his bottle. Is he ok?

My 6 month old twists and turns and arches his back whenh aving his bottle. Is he ok?

Since birth?: One of the many signs of reflux is babies that arch their backs and seem uncomfortable when feeding, sometimes they seem as if they are choking on their milk. Has he had this since birth? Have you discussed with your doc? Is the milk coming out of the bottle to quickly? This can cause the symptoms you describe. Things to consider is how is he growing, how frequently he has problems or spit up-. ...Read more

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My son has black spots on his tongue and every time I feed him. He throws the milk back up. But he acts normal?

My son has black spots on his tongue and every time I feed him.  He throws the milk back up.  But he acts normal?

Vomiting: How old is your baby? Dark spots on the tongue could be from iron in his vitamin suppliment. I'm more concerned about his vomiting after each feeding. Please speak to his pediatrician. ...Read more

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When my 7 mo baby girl cries, her eyebrows become red and red specks form on her forehead. It normalises when she calms down. Is it ok?

When my 7 mo baby girl cries, her eyebrows become red and red specks form on her forehead. It normalises when she calms down. Is it ok?

Yes: You are well describing a phenomenon that happens with hemangiomas. These typically are worse when the child is 18 months to 24 months. They typically go away by themselves at 2 to 3 years. The only time that we worry about them is when they are close to the eyes, nose or mouth. Have your physician examine your child to make sure these are not a concern. ...Read more

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My child use to blurt out words when he turned 12 months and now he is 21 months and doesn't really talk he throws tantrums bangs his head is he ok?

My child use to blurt out words when he turned 12 months and now he is 21 months and doesn't really talk he throws tantrums bangs his head is he ok?

He is not OK: It soulds like your child has regressed, clearly this is a big concern and he needs to be evaluated by someone familiar with autism spectrum disorders, head banging is most commonly seen at that age in children with sensory processing problems. This is not something to wait and see with. ...Read more

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4mon. Old baby when he is drinking his milk redness coming out on his chest and face and disappeared when finish his bottle!his doctor dosent knowwhat

4mon. Old baby when he is drinking his milk redness coming out on his chest and face and disappeared when finish his bottle!his doctor dosent knowwhat

Keep asking: There are a lot of questions here. Is the baby taking more than 20 minutes to finish? Is there sweating while he is drinking? Does the milk contact his skin while drinking? More data is needed to help answer your question. I'm sorry. ...Read more

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My seven month old baby cries when she moves her arm, her brother says he pull her hand what should I do?

My seven month old baby cries when she moves her arm, her brother says he pull her hand what should I do?

When to get checked: This is a time to get your baby checked. Okay to go see pediatrician or minor er and ask for an xray and tell them why. Babies have soft bones and laxity to their joints. It is easy for a baby and small children to have a joint dislocation and or fracture. Of course the child can only tell you by crying. Her brother will also feel better if you get the baby evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more

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My son is 16 months old, when he cries, he holds his breath for a long time, and his face turns to blue. Why do you think is that?

My son is 16 months old, when he cries,  he holds his breath for a long time, and his face turns to blue. Why do you think is that?

Breath-holding spell: Cyanotic breath-holding spells are usually precipitated by anger or frustration or a a painful experience. The child cries and has forced expiration sometimes leading to cyanosis (blue in color), loss of muscle tone, and sometimes loss of consciousness. The child usually recovers within a 1-2min, but some fall asleep for an hour or so. ...Read more

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My 6 weeks' old baby turns blue/black when he is crying.Is this normal?

My 6 weeks' old baby turns blue/black when he is crying.Is this normal?

Blue: Your baby turning blue is not normal. Seek immediate help because your child may have a cardiac condition ...Read more

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My 1 1/2 year old child doesn't breathe when she cries hard. Sometimes she turns purple and passes out. How common is it?

My 1 1/2 year old child doesn't breathe when she cries hard.  Sometimes she turns purple and passes out.  How common is it?

Breath holding spell: A breath holding spell is a well recognized exaggeration of simple fitting behavior. Often but not always in response to being mad, these kids do it because it gets your attention. I've seen it in late infancy up to preschool age.The brain will cause a faint before the kid can do damage. If you monitor this without looking at the kids eyes, they don't think you are looking & frequency can decline. ...Read more

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My new born baby wont suckle my milk! he is 1 day old, tried wakening him by tickling his cheeks, ears and foot its no use! afraid he will get sick.?

My new born baby wont suckle my milk!  he is 1 day old, tried wakening him by tickling his cheeks, ears and foot its no use! afraid he will get sick.?

You need help: Contact a lactation consultant in your area (a nurse who specializes in helping moms breast feed), or a representative of la leche league (http://www.Llli.Org/webus.Html). If these are not available where you are, find an experienced mom who has nursed several times. If none of this helps, formula feed. Most likely, if you are determined, you will succeed at nursing. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 4 month old baby gets histerical once I put his infant carrier in the car. He won't stop crying turning blue and shaking. What should I do ?

My 4 month old baby gets histerical once I put his infant carrier in the car. He won't stop crying turning blue and shaking. What should I do ?

Keep him safe in car: At four months he is too young for a real temper tantrum. While he may get agitated by the car seat's restrictive environment, his safety in the car is paramount for him to be transported in any other way in the car. You may want to have someone else sit beside him not to make him so lonely. ...Read more

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How protected is babys fontanelle i find my baby across his crib and he pushes up with his feet when his head is against the bars?

How protected is babys fontanelle i find my baby across his crib and he pushes up with his feet when his head is against the bars?

Likely OK but....: The brain is relatively well protected, even in the fontanel regions. Babies themselves usually cannot create enough pressure/force to hurt themselves. But it depends on the specific case. Please make sure there are no "pointy" regions on the crib that the baby could potentially hurt themselves on. ...Read more

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My 4mo hastrouble poopin. Whn she does it hurts her cus she cries..I breastfed hr and give her water ..makes it runny and her bottom is red?

My 4mo hastrouble poopin. Whn she does it hurts her  cus she cries..I breastfed hr  and give her water ..makes it runny and her bottom is red?

Issues: She might have a yeast infection on her bottom. Try some desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) and call the pediatrician Monday. You have to be careful in this situation because babies can become easily dehydrated. If very concerned call your pediatricians office today as someone is likely on call. ...Read more

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When my 9 month old baby cries he will begin to cough, is this normal? Sometimes it seems like it takes his breath away.

When my 9 month old baby cries he will begin to cough, is this normal? Sometimes it seems like it takes his breath away.

Some babies or: children have very sensitive cough and gag reflexes and may be triggered by very benign things like crying. As long as there is no wheezing, difficulty breathing or color change, this doesn't sound like anything too concerning in and of itself. However, if it persists, you may want to discuss this with your child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can a baby start teething at 2 months old he is almost 3 months he puts his hand in his mouth and cries if he can't put it in his mouth?

Can a baby start teething at 2 months old he is almost 3 months he puts his hand in his mouth and cries if he can't put it in his mouth?

Yes: Teething at 3 months is a normal. You can use teething rings and damp frozen wash clothes to help your child cope with the process of erupting the new teeth. Use the appropriate amount tylenol (acetaminophen) for severe teething pain. Avoid using medications that you rub on the gums b/c it only will last for 10 to 15 minutes and will not provide lasting relief. ...Read more

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