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Nipple And Pacifier
Why does my one week old baby lips turn purple especially when she drinks her bottles it sucks on my nipple or pacifier
Management: I agree that this may resolve with time, but it is important to have her checked. At your pediatrician's office, I would suggest a pulse oximetry to determine oxygen saturation, while she is feeding. Your pediatrician will exam her to detect any problems with her cardio pulmonary system. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have very big nipple. It makes latching difficult. Baby feeds over an hour then wakes up soon to feed. Milk is enough (4 oz) when pump. Pacifier?
Work on feeds: More than 10 minutes on a side will only gain baby 5% more milk, so if baby stays this long it may delay movement of milk forward. I would not feed baby any sooner than 2 hours from the last feed & not assume that their sucking behavior is hunger. Br is feeding + pleasure of lip stimulation + nurturing.Other forms of oral stimulation like a pacifier can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually I can rock 4 month baby to sleep, but now he is very fussy, won't take the pacifier and only falls asleep on my nipple? Why? And what to do?!
Possible teething: At that age, it's possible he is starting to teeth, and is using your nipple to soothe his aching gums. You don't want to get into a routine of him using you to soothe himself at bedtime - it's a difficult habit to break. Try massaging his gums, use a cool teething ring, or try a dose of ibuprofen if he;s really fussy. Likely this will pass with the eruption of some teeth!! ...Read more
Few safety concerns: Wash the pacifier, and examine it for defects (cracked, elongated nipple, etc.) if you find any defects-discard it. Never tie a string around the pacifier-it could be a strangulation hazard. Limit pacifier use to bedtime, or times of high stress. This will reduce the chance of developing a pacifier habit later on, which might lead to dental problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 4 month all of a sudden decided he no longer wants to eat from the bottle? He will take the pacifier but screams when the bottle comes near him?
Be patient: For most 4 months olds, milk remains the main diet as weaning should wait after 6 months to avoid development of allergies etc. If your child is refusing bottle, you should try to rule out other reasons for his refusal to eat. Change the bottle and nipple, and give water , and check temperature. If still refusing to eat beyond a couple of days, check with the baby's pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nipple Confusion?: The short answer, of course, is "maybe." babies have a reflexive need to suck, but the way they need to suck to nurse is different than how they can suck on a bottle or pacifier. In the first week or so of nursing, the different shape of a pacifier may make learning a good latch at the breast harder, but many babies do great with both. If she nurses well, it should not be a problem for her or you! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why ever?: This is a practice that dates back to a time when moms made formula from evaporated milk and had to boil the milk to make it digestible.City water supplies were also inconsistent. Today it is a waste of time unless you are unsure of your water.A good bottle brush, and hot soapy water will work well for both. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: The general answer is yes. It is a great way to calm a baby and avoid overfeeding. It has also been thought to decrease chances of sudden infant death syndrome. Do consider: do not start until 3-4 weeks if you are breast feeding (nipple confusion) and definitely take away by age 1 yr. Although you could use it up to age 18-24 mo, it is harder to wean at that age and may affect teeth and speech dev. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yeast: Thrush is a yeast infection in the mouth, generally in young babies in the first few months. There's white plaques on the inside of the lips, on the tongue, the sides of the mouth, and the roof. The difference between this and milk residue is the thrush doesn't brush or rinse off. It's treated with oral nystatin, an antifungal solution painted on. The pacifier can pass the yeast around. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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