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Newborn Weight Percentiles
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
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
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
An ounce per day: One half to one ounce per day would be about average. ...Read more
Newborn lost weight. He's 8.6lbs from 8.15 in 10 days. Dr says feed every 3 hrs. Why so often? Should I just go straight formula
Being a mom: No. You are doing just fine. Your doctor is right. This recommendation is not extreme, abnormal, or 'too often'. ...Read more
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
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
Baby lost weight before my milk came in is my newborn goin to gain his weight back and more now that I have milk?
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
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 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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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