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Why is my newborn losing weight?

Why is my newborn losing weight?

ALL babies do: This is a normal process in newborns. They body is made up with more water than older babies and this is mostly water weight loss. Normal babies lose up to 10% of their birth weight in the first few days, then get back to birth weight by 7-10 days of life, and then gain about an ounce per day or a pound every two weeks. If you are in those ranges, then you are alright. ...Read more

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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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Why is my newborn baby losing weight?

Why is my newborn baby losing weight?

This is normal: Babies lose 5-10% of their weight the first week. Most babies regain their birth weight by 10 days of life. ...Read more

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What is the average weight of a newborn?

What is the average weight of a newborn?

7 and 1/2 lbs: Full-term babies (born between 37 and 40 weeks) weigh somewhere between 5 pounds 8 ounces (2, 500 grams) and 8 pounds, 13 ounces (4, 000 grams). ...Read more

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Is it normal for my newborn to be losing weight?

Is it normal for my newborn to be losing weight?

Depends: You didn't mention how many days old the baby is. Babies can lose weight in the first 7 days of life, then should get back to birth weight by two weeks. At this point baby should be gaining a half ounce to an ounce daily. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Please help! What is the average weight for a newborn?

Average Wt: The average weight of a newborn is about 7 1/2 pounds. That can vary depending on the parents' size, the mother's health, and whether or not the baby is born at term. ...Read more

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My newborn son isn't gaining much weight. He eats 2-4oz every 2-3 hrs. He is currently 8lbs9oz at 8 weeks old. He was born 7lb4oz. Anything I can do?

My newborn son isn't gaining much weight. He eats 2-4oz every 2-3 hrs. He is currently 8lbs9oz at 8 weeks old. He was born 7lb4oz. Anything I can do?

I disagree: I don't agree that he is not gaining enough weight. You have to remember he likely lost weight in the first week after he was born - usually about 8 ounces. That being said, the baby has gained nearly 2 pounds in the past 7 weeks. That's more than adequate weight gain, and I wouldn't make any changes in what you are doing. Continue to make sure you attend all routine baby check-ups. ...Read more

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What is the normal weight gain per month for newborn?

What is the normal weight gain per month for newborn?

An ounce per day: One half to one ounce per day would be about average. ...Read more

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I had a baby about a month ago and I want to lose weight, but my newborn sleeps every 2 hours. How do I exercise while keeping up my home.?

I had a baby about a month ago and I want to lose weight, but my newborn sleeps every 2 hours. How do I exercise while keeping up my home.?

Housework + Baby =: Exercise! Learn how to use the "football hold" or "colic carry" from a nursery nurse, & you'll have at least one free hand & 2 legs for zumba. Nursing burns calories, so eat at the very least 1500 cal/day. See www. Aap. Org parent handouts (healthy child section) for tips on putting her in her crib on her back, drowsy but awake, so she'll self-calm & consolidate sleep by 4 mos. Nap when she naps. ...Read more

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Newborn is 1mth old and weighs 9lb 12oz. I'm feeding her 2.5oz of formula. Is this enough for her current weight? Or shud she be drinking more?

Newborn is 1mth old and weighs 9lb 12oz. I'm feeding her 2.5oz of formula. Is this enough for her current weight? Or shud she be drinking more?

Volume counts: Babies have a stomach capacity of about half their pound weight in ounces. A 10 lb baby should be able to accommodate 5 oz and pushing the volume up gradually can help increase the time between feedings. As long as baby empties every bottle they can probably handle a little more. ...Read more

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Baby lost weight before my milk came in is my newborn goin to gain his weight back and more now that I have milk?

Yes: It's normal for newborns to lose weight in the first several days of life. Then, as the milk comes in, the weight is regained. If your baby is not gaining weight, if s/he is not feeding vigorously, or if s/he is not making wet diapers, see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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I'm 19 and I weigh 339 pounds I wanna lose weight but I don't have alot of time I have a newborn what are some easy ways to lose weight?

No easy way, but: With some determination, not wishes, you can lose weight, given that you have a new born, that puts more stress on your life, some time management, diet and exercise would do the trick, takes time though, drink lots of fluids, half of your plate would be vegetables/ green salad, lots of fruits, walk at least 30 minutes 5 times/ week, good luck ...Read more

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My wife has so much hard time getting milk out for my newborn son. We have to use formula milk for the baby so he doesn't loos weight. Is that normal?

My wife has so much hard time getting milk out for my newborn son. We have to use formula milk for the baby so he doesn't loos weight. Is that normal?

Breast feeding: It could be that your infant isn't latching on properly. It might be helpful to ask a lactation consultant to help her out. ...Read more

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My newborn keeps being sick after a feed, mostly it is milk but it has been yellow a few times and he is slightly under weight. Is this normal?

Yes: Would make sure he has been burped well and hold him upright for 30 minutes after his feed. Follow his voiding and stooling closely. If he is not peeing and pooing then you should have him checked at the doctor.
If it is projectile (across the room) or pine green I would have him evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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My newborn is only getting in 7 or 8 feedings a day of breast milk every 2.5-3 hours. He is gaining weight. Is this ok even though they say 8-12/day?

Breast feeding: As long as your infant is content and gaining weight 7-8 feedings are fine. Feeding8-12 times a day will only tire you out even more than 7-8 times is doing. I'm sure you will hear a different opinion from those who subscribe to the la leche philosophy. ...Read more

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I have a newborn male baby with birth weight 3.5kgs. He is 4 weeks now has nasal congestion wght 4.8kgs. Breastfeeding. Is it bcoz of what I ate?

I have a newborn male baby with birth weight 3.5kgs. He is 4 weeks now has nasal congestion wght 4.8kgs. Breastfeeding. Is it bcoz of what I ate?

More likely irrritan: Nasal congestion at that age is most often due to exposure to fragrance, dust, smoke or other odors. This often causes swelling inside the nose & mucous buildup. Saline nose wash used in liberal amounts will often clear this up. ...Read more

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Whts an average weight of new born low weight indicates what?

Whts an average weight of new born low weight indicates what?

7 - 7.5 lbs: The average birthweight is 7-7.5 lbs; less than 5.5 lbs is low birth weight. This can indicate a number of problems, from prematurity, to smoking during pregnancy, poor nutrition during pregnancy, or a number of other problems. ...Read more

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What is the role of neonatal fellows?

See below: They are pediatricians that are undergoing further training. This training will help them to provide care for premature and sick babies. During their training, they will be involved with the care of neonates and help educate pediatric residents. ...Read more

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What is neonatal tetanus?

What is neonatal tetanus?

Affects babies <1mo: In cultures where tetanus immunization is not common, babies are born without any tetanus protection they would otherwise gain from their mother. If you add this to inconsistant hygene, unsterile tools used at delivery, or the application of dung (in some cultures) to speed the separation of the umbilical cord stump, these babies may acquire tetanus and die in the first month. ...Read more

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What is neonatal nursing?

Neonatal nurses: They are nurse who have extra training and experience to take care of newborns at the neonatal ICU. Those babies could be in the hospital due to prematurity, infections, congenital anomalies, depression or difficult transition around time of birth, etc ...Read more

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How common is neonatal tetanus?

How common is neonatal tetanus?

Depends on location: Neonatal tetanus is more common in situations where mom was never immunized or incompletely immunized leaving the baby without maternal protection at birth. Add that to the localized practices & problems result. Cutting the cord with a contaminated blade, or the application of dung (practiced in some cultures) to speed cord stump separation & there's a good chance baby will get neonatal tetanus. ...Read more

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What tests are done on newborns?

Depends on the state: Many states have either few or extensive tests on the newborn for treatable or significant conditions. In my state dozens are covered including phenylketonuria, sickle cell, thyroid and too many others to mention. Sometimes we check for anemia, blood sugar or infection, : blood tests for ABO reactions are common if mom is o+ and we commonly test for jaundice without drawing blood using a meter. ...Read more

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What tests are done on a newborn?

Varies: Depending on the status of the newborn (normal, premi, undersized, oversized, infant of diabetic, etc) the testing varies. With some, the basic testing includes metabolic screening for a variety of conditions. In my state, about 27 conditions are part of the screening. Other states vary. ...Read more

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Are newborns hard to take care of?

Are newborns hard to take care of?

Its tiring!: Newborns are not hard to take off - they only need a couple things. They need to eat often, sleep often and be cuddled lots. However, those things are very tiring to new parents, which can make it feel like the hardest job you have ever taken on. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed with your new one talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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How long can a newborn feed up to?

How long can a newborn feed up to?

You decide: Newborns get the majority of their feeding in the first 5-10 minutes of the feeding, and the rest of the time after that is just sucking/suckling time for pleasure and comfort. If you have time and nipples are not too sore, it's fie to let them do this a couple of times a day. If your nipples are very sore, or you are pressed for time, the 10 minutes is long enough to get the nutrition they need. ...Read more

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Can I take my newborn into public?

Can I take my newborn into public?

No: Newborns are more prone to infection so you wouldn't think of having someone with a "cold" or fever be around the baby in your house where you can control who visits. Therefore, for at least the first few weeks during seasons other than winter (when there's fewer infections around) and for longer during the winter season, no malls, supermarkets, airports & the like. Walks and drives are fine. ...Read more

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My newborn won't eat! Please help?

See your doctor: A baby who won't eat needs to be seen right away by a pediatrician or family practice doctor. ...Read more

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What is acute neonatal hydramnios?

About the fetus: When the fetus is developing their is too much fluid in the uterine sac for fetal development. ...Read more

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What causes newborn to be jittery?

What causes newborn to be jittery?

JITTERINESS;: Newborn are normally jittery for sometime, refluxes are brisk, jark with sound, light, simple movement like taping the bed, etc. This is due to immaturity of nervous system, incomplete myelinization of axons, immaturity of neurotransmitters in brain, etc. Other causes: birth asphyxia (less oxygen), insult/injury to brain, poor feeding with low blood glucose, low calcium, maternal drugs, etc. ...Read more

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My newborn won't eat. What can I do?

Call: Call your Pediatrician. Newborns can quickly become dehydrated. ...Read more