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Newborn Baby Born With Split Earlobe
Are babies born without kneecaps. I'm reading in my breast feeding book on newborns and this is what they say?
Let me explain: Newborn have knee cap. Kneecaps form about the fourth month of fetal life. However, they don’t show up on x-ray very well because they’re not ossified, or bony. At this point in life, the kneecaps are made of a cartilaginous material. The growth centers surrounding the kneecap form late in developmental life in utero and may not appear until just before or just after the infant is born. ...Read more
3 weeks old newborn has hair on ears. It is semi long on left ear. She was born with it. What is this & will it go away? She is caucasian. Normal?
Newborns: Yes this is normal and yes it will go away. ...Read more
Yes: Maybe no, but more likely yes. Ear infections "run in families" because what makes a child likely to get ear infections include inherited traits such as: size & shape of the eustachian tube that drains the ear, size of tonsils & adenoids that affect the hole at the end of the eustachian tube, and how the immune system reacts to smoke/viruses/allergens. Sibs also live in a similar environment! ...Read more
The real...: ...Risk factor is drinking while lying on her back. Sleeping position has little if anything to do with ear infections. ...Read more
Pacifiers: Yes please! Pacifiers are wonderful in my opinion. They satisfy babies need to suck, they sooth baby, they help mom and dad. They don't hurt teeth. Best of all there are studies which show a decreased incidence of sudden infant death with their use. This doctor and grandpa endorses them! ...Read more
Different reasons: Some babies may be born with anatomical defects requiring emergency surgery like certain heart malformations or a hole in the diaphragm allowing abdominal organs to push up and take up lung space. Certain neurological problems may also require surgery, like spina bifida or hydrocephalus. These are just a few examples. ...Read more
Immediately: Studies show a preference for mothers voice by age 3 hours and dads by the end of the day. These are often a subtle like the flicker of an eyelid. ...Read more
Some babies are born with these blue spots. They mimic bruises and hence can be easily mistaken for child abuse and/ or serious hematlogical diseases.
Hence a careful exam by pediatrician and notification in patients chart is necessary. ...Read more
Varies: My delivering hospitals have lists from Child and Family Services that point out individuals with open drug investigations. When they deliver, urine from mom and baby will usually be screened and in many cases the first baby stool will also be submitted for study. I do not routinely order drug studies on babies, but any prior history of maternal drug use may require screening for medical purposes. ...Read more
Have u heard about ergo baby carriers with infant insert? How safe is that to use for new born to go outside for a wallk?
Appears safe: Ergobaby carriers look good. For newborns I prefer a sling. Anything that supports baby's head and keeps it from flopping around will be ok. Use common sense....These carriers look better to me for slightly older infants. ...Read more
My niece has smallpox and I have a new born (6days) can she catch the smallpox? Knowing we live in the same house. What can I do to keep the infant safe
Odd statement: Smallpox has not been reported in the world since 2 lab associated cases in 1980. Perhaps you mean chickenpox. Baby would be at low risk if you ever had them. If not, being in the same room for half an hour is enough time to expose the infant.Best clarify the issue with your local doc. If it is really smallpox, the world needs to know. ...Read more
Read on: Depends on the wording. Newborns develop kneecaps 4 months in utero but the are all cartilage, not bone. After birth the are growth centers and bone will develop. Around 3 yrs in girls and 5 to 6 in boys they are ossified (bone). Am interesting fact. Some say that they develop into bone later as we bear more weight on the legs and need support also crawling is easier on the knees when not bone! ...Read more
Yes: Safe to use from 4 weeks of age, unless the baby was vorn prematurely. ...Read more
No: The amount of radiation it is minimal to cause any problems. Thanks. ...Read more
Spitting Mucus: Hello! Newborns may spit up mucus leftover from amniotic fluid up to 72 hrs after birth but tends to resolve sooner. If the saliva seems excessive, a doc visit is needed to check for issues of the esophagus. Spitting up milk is also common in newborns and should be discussed with your doc to ensure it's normal infant reflux. For future consults, my link is healthtap. Com/vanessanealmd PNYTKV. ...Read more
New born babies bad reactions to silver nitrate treatment. Had to be hospitalized. What to watch for now that he is home?
Drug Reactipn: Unfortunately, this reaction is seen in rare cases as a one time occurrence. Your baby may be sensitive to Silver Nitrate, so keep in mind when writing drug reactions for his medical chart in the future. ...Read more
While it may ever: So slightly increase statitical risk (any x-ray does), the chance is infinitesmally small, in the range of being struck by lightning. ...Read more
Is it safe or advisable for my HIV positive nanny to continue caring for my new born and 18 month old babies?
Yes: I am going to assume that she is having her illness managed. Even if she is not, during the bad old days in which there was no treatment, household contacts (family members, caregivers) simply did not become infected. The virus is basically impossible to transmit in the home except through honest-to-goodness sex or needle-sharing. ...Read more
Immunization for new born babies, best place to put injection is on the buttocks or on the arm. Is it risky to put on buttocks?
Placement of shots: Actually I prefer the front of the thigh. There is not enough muscle mass in the arm and the buttocks have large vessels and nerves that are difficult to avoid in small babies. ...Read more
Hi I want to know risks associated with ear tags of a new born. Amniocentesis was done during pregnancy and was fine, does this rule out any risk?
Ear tags: Most ear tags are benign and not associated with any abnormalities. One thing I know they can be associated with is hearing abnormalities. Hearing test in the hospital and subsequent one later in life (consult with ent) is important to conduct. Otherwise, no other testing than routine one in the hospital (metabolic profile) is recommended. ...Read more
What ages to newborns/babies have growth spurts? When should I be expecting her to nurse more often and will I make more milk during this time?
Growth Spurts: There are no specific exact times. Babies go through their growth spurts, they cry to nurse more frequently and yes, your body meets their demands by producing more milk. Let nature do her work and you will notice she will send your body clues as she needs more nutrition. :) ...Read more
How does a newborn infant get a pneumothorax and what's the difference between that an a tension pneumo?
Colapsed Lung: A pneumothorax occurs when air gets in the the space between the chest wall and the lung. This space should not contain anything. So when air gets in, the lungs have to become smaller. A tension-pneumothorax is when the contents of the chest (heart, lung, collapsed lung) all shift to one side. Typically this is life threatening because blood cannot flow well. We don't always know why this is. ...Read more
Under what circumstances is ecmo used for newborns? When is ecmo used, and how long do babies typically need it for?
Peeling: Usually seen in overdue babies only.Get a more detailed answer ›