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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


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At what temperature does a newborn baby have a "fever"?

At what temperature does a newborn baby have a "fever"?

100.4 F: If a newborn infants under a month of age has a temperature of 100.4 degrees f (or 38.0 degrees c), that is considered a fever. Babies under a month of age with a fever must be seen and evaluated right away. The best way to check for a fever is using a rectal thermometer. Oral, ear, and axillary (under the armpit) thermometers are not as accurate in a newborn baby. ...Read more

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What happens if the temperature of a newborn baby drops suddenly?

What happens if the temperature of a newborn baby drops suddenly?

Temperature: this is not a common occurrence. But also depends on what you mean by "drop suddenly". And how the temp is being measured. Fevers (temperature above 100.4F) can drop fairly quick after giving a medication like acetaminophen. Other serious medical conditions like sepsis can cause a drop in temperature. More information is needed to better answer your question. ...Read more

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Is it applicable to put cold water to a child having febrile convulsion?

Is it applicable to put cold water to a child having febrile convulsion?

Tepid bath: No, it may make him seize more. After the seizure is finished you might give the child a tepid bath to bring the temp down. ...Read more

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Can a baby that is strictly breastfed and under 3 months old catch the flu?

Can a baby that is strictly breastfed and under 3 months old catch the flu?

Yes: Breastfeeding does not protect baby against flu and many other germs.It helps, but is not any guarantee. I've seen flu as early as 4 weeks in a totally breast fed kid. The best you can do is flu shots for mom and anyone coming near the baby during flu season. ...Read more

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Does it count as a wet diaper if the indicator is showing only a slight wetness or does it have to be soaking wet to count as a wet diaper? 11wk baby

Does it count as a wet diaper if the indicator is showing only a slight wetness or does it have to be soaking wet to count as a wet diaper? 11wk baby

Dehydration: If the baby is making a few very wet diapers, you can ignore the not very wet diapers. It is also important to know if the baby is drinking well, acting well and active, and is steadily gaining weight. If the baby is sick or has a fever, please call and let your doctor know. ...Read more

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Is it ok to hold your poop if you're in a socially awkward place?

Is it ok to hold your poop if you're in a socially awkward place?

For a little while.: It's not toxic to your body, in the grand scheme of things, to hold onto stool for a little while if you're in a situation that's not conducive to your interrupting proceedings to go to the bathroom. The colon is meant to be a storage vessel for stool, if you will. Just remember that generally speaking, when you gotta go...you gotta go! Don't wait too long. ...Read more

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Is a rectal temperature 1° higher than a normal temp? Also what time does the body temperature peek?. Do tod dlers have a higher body temperature?

Core Temperature: A recital temperature is considered a core temperature, or as-good-as-it-gets. So stick with the temperature you see. Also, toddlers typically feel warm, but their body temperature is the same as anyone else. ...Read more

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Can sharing baby wipes between babies in a church nursery spread disease? What about diaper changing surfaces that may not be cleaned between kids?

Can sharing baby wipes between babies in a church nursery spread disease? What about diaper changing surfaces that may not be cleaned between kids?

Baby wipes: Sharing baby wipes & unclean diaper changing surfaces & no hand washing can of course spread germs & infection among infants & also daycare staff. You need to complain to the person in charge about this problem. Good luck. ...Read more

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When is someone too old to sleep with a baby blanket?

When is someone too old to sleep with a baby blanket?

Loaded question: Why do you ask? If an 80+ year old wanted to take his/her baby blanket with them to bed i wouldn't care or stop them. Kids usually give up these comfort things when they begin to sense peer pressure at school age.I do not recommend taking them from the child, ever! a kid should be provided his/her own space to decide what comforts them.Adults can be creative in finding ways for kid to give it up. ...Read more

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How old is it when a baby starts to hold a toy?

How old is it when a baby starts to hold a toy?

4-6 months: Really, grasping should occur by 4-6 months, with transfering toys, rattles, etc from hand-to-hand by 6 months or so. Babies at 4 months generally should be purposefully reaching for things with both hands by about 4 months with good, solid grasps at that age. ...Read more

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Is it concerning that my 3 week old baby squeeks while breastfeeding? Sometimes she squeeks outside of feeding but not as often as when she is feeding

Is it concerning that my 3 week old baby squeeks while breastfeeding? Sometimes she squeeks outside of feeding but not as often as when she is feeding

Noisy feeder: It is very common for infants to make noises while they are feeding and the causes are many, most of which are of no major concern. Noises associated with color change of the face, choking and gagging, or feeding difficulties should be evaluated. Adequate weight gain as monitored routinely by your pediatrician is a good sign that this is not a significant issue. ...Read more

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