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Can i give my baby baby food at 2 1/2months?

Can i give my baby baby food at 2 1/2months?

Unnecessary : 50 years ago infants were fed solids early & frequently to make up for deficiencies in the evaporated milk formulas moms made at home. Today early feeds are an antiquated practice & do not add to the child's nutrition. Today solids are viewed as a tutorial to transition baby to the table. Starting at 6m as the tongue thrust fades & baby begins to sit is early enough. ...Read more

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When can I start giving my baby baby food?

When can I start giving my baby baby food?

6 mo is fine: In previous years when homemade formula from cow milk was routine, early feeding was necessary to improve nutrition. Now we understand breast or formula alone is fine & allows baby to develop motor skills that improve their transition to solids.I like to start @ 6m when baby can prop sit.Making your own is a great way to avoid some of the additives & preservatives in commercial products. ...Read more

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Should I read aloud to my baby while pregnant?

Should I read aloud to my baby while pregnant?

See below: This has been advocated so that they baby will "recognize" the sound of your voice when born. ...Read more

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Can I use baby powder on my baby's skin?

Can I use baby powder on my baby's skin?

Yes: Baby powder is a simple & effective product. I prefer the non-starch materials. Placing starch on the moist skin of a baby is like setting out food for germs. Beware that babies have developed pneumonia when they inhaled quantities of talcum powder in a changing table accident. Like any effective product can cause problems when not used correctly. ...Read more

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What can I feed my six-month-old breastfed baby?

What can I feed my six-month-old breastfed baby?

Food introduction: The general recommendation for food introduction in infants is rice cereal at 4 months, vegetables at 5 months, fruits and fruit juices at 6 months, finger foods & meats at 9 months. A three meal two snack schedule is the usual goal, but adapting this schedule to your family's normal routine should be fine as long as your baby is comfortable and gaining weight appropriately. ...Read more

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My baby boy 9 months old..can I give him deworming medicine?

My baby boy 9 months old..can I give him deworming medicine?

Not OTC: Do not give any child under 2 years old over-the-counter deworming medications. Only give those prescribed by the child's doctor - they know which ones are safe to use in that age group. ...Read more

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I am 21wks pregnant and this my first pregnancy. My problem is i don't hear my baby kick everyday. Why? My antenatal visit showed my baby heart beating

I am 21wks pregnant and this my first pregnancy. My problem is i don't hear my baby kick everyday. Why? My antenatal visit showed my baby heart beating

Varies: Most people begin to feel the baby move around 19-22 weeks. You are just now in that range. As the baby grows people begin to feel it more regularly. At 21 weeks this is not unusual. ...Read more

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When can baby eat?Can i fed my baby at four months?What about rice sereal?

When can baby eat?Can i fed my baby at four months?What about rice sereal?

Unnecessary : 50 years ago infants were fed solids early & frequently to make up for deficiencies in the evaporated milk formulas moms made at home. Today early feeds are an antiquated practice & do not add to the child's nutrition. Today solids are viewed as a tutorial to transition baby to the table. Starting at 6m as the tongue thrust fades & baby begins to sit is early enough. ...Read more

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Why does my baby start to cry when I close my baby's diaper tabs?

Why does my baby start to cry when I close my baby's diaper tabs?

Likes Being naked: It is important to make sure the diaper is not too tight or rubbing the inner thighs or along the hips. Some babies really do not like being clothed and others love it. . If the diapers are not too tight, and no rash issues, and baby quits crying after a little bit, it is most likely (s)he doesn't like being in diapers and will adjust with time. ...Read more

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When can I feed my baby fish?

When can I feed my baby fish?

10-12 months: If a parent wants to feed a baby fish, wait until the baby is old enough to be able to eat pureed meats, which are a bit drier/stickier than the baby-food veggies or fruits. This is usually around 10-12 months. Fish have little bones, so are more dangerous. A parent must take each flake of fish and massage it between his fingers until it is mushy (that is the best way to check for bones. ...Read more

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When do I start giving my baby stage 2 baby foods?

When do I start giving my baby stage 2 baby foods?

Forget Stages: Once kids have reached 4-6 months, there is no benefit of delaying any food to prevent allergies. From 6 months until they are learning to walk, kids are eager to learn new flavors; they will put almost anything in their mouths. Introduce as many new, real flavors as you can during this phase. On avg 6-10 tries and they will like it. Teach textures too.Learn more at http://www.Feedingbabygreen.Com. ...Read more

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My sister thinks I should keep my baby's umbilical cord stump for our baby album. Isn't that overdoing it?

My sister thinks I should keep my baby's umbilical cord stump for our baby album.  Isn't that overdoing it?

Some people do: Once the cord stump dries up and falls off, it's harmless and some people do keep it for a memento. What to keep in a baby box or album is a very personal decision, and also varies with culture. If keeping the cord stump grosses you out, maybe you'd feel more comfortable with hospital id bands or other non-organic keepsakes. But dried cord stump poses no risk of carrying infections or anything bad. ...Read more

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What's fetal heart monitoring? My gf says they insist on doing it on our baby.

What's fetal heart monitoring? My gf says they insist on doing it on our baby.

Evaluation of FHR: Maternal-fetal medicine or OB doctors or nurses spend lot of time looking at the heart on ultrasound and fetal heart monitoring to see if there is a regular and normal heart rate, typical variability, absence of decelerations. They might look if normal pregnancy, if high-risk for mom, or if abnormalities that can be associated with chromosomal or other problems. Parents should feel free to ask why. ...Read more

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I am 18w pregnant.Taking zyrtec-d daily whole pregnancy.Now i read it's not good.Doc told me it was fine.Is my baby ok?!?

I am 18w pregnant.Taking zyrtec-d daily whole pregnancy.Now i read it's not good.Doc told me it was fine.Is my baby ok?!?

Zyrtec (cetirizine): I do use zyrtec in pregnancy, but typically avoid zyrtec d. I prefer zyrtec over Claritin (loratadine) as well. You might want to use regular zyrtec. ...Read more

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Why does my sister's 7-month-old baby cry all the time?

Why does my sister's 7-month-old baby cry all the time?

Hard to say: Not normal for a 7 month old to be crying all the time. Have pt seen by pediatrician to see if he/she can figure out a cause by physical exam. There could be many reasons including infection, behavioral, developmental. Have pt seen by pediatrician. ...Read more

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My baby is 2mnths and doesnt become full can i feed her baby food?

My baby is 2mnths and doesnt become full can i feed her baby food?

TOO EARLY: It is recommended not to feed babies any solid foods until 4-6 months of age. The intestinal tract of an infant is not ready to digest anything but breast milk or infant formula until then. if you are breast feeding and the increased hunger is recent your child may be going through a growth spurt and attempting to have you produce more milk. ...Read more