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Pedialite For Babies
No: Thrush is an infection caused by a fungus (sometimes called yeast) this type of infection is common in babies because their immune system is still developing. Fungal infections are common in warm moist areas like the mouth, diaper area (especially the creases) and folds of skin such as under the neck. It is not related to type of formula. Antibiotic use can increase yeast infections. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Is it safe to feed my 9 mos old baby yogurt for infants and toddlers labelled 6 mos and up, which contain cow's milk?
Safe if not allergic: Cow milk products like yogurt are ok for infants. I encourage use of those with living lactobacillus like danactive or activia when I use oral antibiotics as they help baby repopulate their digestive tract with healthy bacteria.The cow milk issue is not a prohibition but an understanding that it is designed for calfs not kids. Bovine products are ok when part of a balanced approach to nutrition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
7.5 months old baby girl feeling difficult to poo. Have started semisolids for her feed as per pediatrician.she wont drink water properly. Wat to do?
Constipation: If you are giving cereals, you may need to decrease the amount. Also some babies have harder time to defecate when baby foods are introduced. Other options are giving prunes or prune juice. If still no improvement then check with your pediatrician for a prescription such as lactulose. Good luck ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: no problem with any bottled clean water ...Read more
Yes: This is expensive popsicles for an adult but there is no risk to their use. It is basically balanced IV solution with flavoring. If you have it you can use it. ...Read more
My baby is five months and formula fed. I offer him 32 max oz. of formula per day, 6 oz per feed. Could I offer him more as he is still hungry?
Feeding: The amount of feeding that your child needs is specific to your child. You can get a good idea of the appropriateness of your feeding amounts by your child's percentage on the growth chart. If your child seems satisfied and is maintaining there position on the growth chart your feedings are likely to be perfect. If their % has moved significantly up or down there may be cause for adjustment. ...Read more
My son is 4 months old. Can i skip cereal but still formula feed him and give him stage 1 gerber baby food?
Sure, but....: A well rounded diet would include the cereal, which in baby food is fortified with iron, something infants need in their diets. Also, encourage you talk to pediatrician about timing of solids at 4 months. Some evidence waiting until 6 months may have advantages the most important thing you are already doing -continuing breast milk or formula, which is the cornerstone of your infants diet right now. ...Read more
Cough drops: No prolem for mother or baby.Get a more detailed answer ›
Postpone Water: Giving water "frequently" to a 5.5 month old infant is neither necessary nor recommended. Breast milk and formula provide all that is necessary for your infant in the first 6 months. Giving too much water (which is easy to do) can cause serious electrolyte disturbances, less nutritional intake, and more. Additionally, breast milk protects against diarrheal illnesses, ear infections and more. ...Read more
Not needed: Probably not harmful, but why take a chance, no known benefit from doing this or it would have been commercially developed already. ...Read more
Not specifically: This is an old myth that is perpetuated year to year. Iron given at therapeutic levels can cause constipation, but studies find no correlation with the level in formula. Infants may process one brand of formula slower or faster than another and any delay in emptying will lead to constipation. ...Read more
Is it ok to give my healthy 16 month old son a 6 oz bottle of pediasure everyday? I usually give him before his nap time. He drinks cows milk too.
It's likely ok,but..: He should not get in the habit of getting his nutrition and calories from supplements, rather than eating a healthy and varied diet. He does not NEED Pediasure if healthy and of normal weight and growth. Indeed, you run the risk of obesity with the extra calories from daily Pediasure. Finally, Pediasure is hardly cheap. Spend the money on a book for the child, and start a different nap routine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should i be giving my 4 mo old infant multivitamin drops or is formula and purees meeting her vitamin requirements?
Infant vitamins. : Only small amounts of vitamin d are transferred in breast milk. That's why the american academy of pediatrics (aap) now recommends that you give your breastfed baby a supplement of 400 iu per day of vitamin d, starting in the first few days of life. Babies who are fully or partially formula fed but drink less than 32 ounces of formula a day also need a daily 400 iu vitamin d supplement ...Read more
Is it safe to give my 20 day old newborn pedia lax liquid glycerin suppositories if she isn't making regular diapers?
Not recommended: Not without a physical assessment by her pediatrician. At 20 days of age, we don't expect babies to make "regular" diapers. A baby may have a bowel movement with every feed or they may go up to 5 days without pooping. As long as she is feeding well, urinating normally and seems comfortable, I would leave well enough alone. Never give a baby under 2 months of age medicine without discussion w doc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
9 month old baby boy wont drink milk. My pedia says baby is healthy. How do I make him drink? Formula fed.
Feeding problems: You can not make him drink.Formula. At this age he should be drinking less milk and eating more solid foods. You can offer him formula not whole milk, in a sippy cup with his solid food meals. If your pediatrician says he is growing well then not to worry. He should be taking 6 meals including solids per day. Do not make eating a struggle! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Comfort: Many babies like to drag their blankets around by the tag on the corner. They will often chew on the tags of clothing. It is usually a symbol of comfort such as using a pacifier. It your baby seems to have other unusual behaviors, please see a pediatrician for a good developmental screening test. ...Read more
With love and care: Tough to say the least, but with love and care it can be done. Many woman have cared for 2, 3, 4 babies etc. It is certainly harder than caring for just one. If you feel overwhelmed, make sure you discuss with friends and family, or your dr. And get support if needed. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You serious ??????: This site is not a chat room and the 400 character limit for each answer can never cover a complete answer. There are thousands of books available on the subject.A good site for general info is HealthyChildren.org. If you have a specific question for this site, provide background info and ask a specific question. We cannot see uploads or questions you asked in the past. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many causes: Babies can deliver before term due to many causes. Illness in the mother, teen pregnancy, short interval between pregnancies, smoking, maternal trauma, structural problems with the cervix or uterus, alcohol use during pregnancy, maternal diabetes, other chronic illnesses. About 50 percent of the time no cause is apparent. ...Read more
7-10 months: Development of gross motor skills like crawling vary from baby to baby. They can also be affected by things like prolonged illness, prematurity, any congenital bone or joint problems, weight of infant. That all being said, the typical time is between 7 and 10 months of age. This is just one skill that we assess in looking at a baby's skills. And yes, I have seen occasional baby who skips crawling. ...Read more
Find Cause: I believe that infantile colic has a cause, which if identified can be corrected. Examples are formula intolerences, hidden acid reflux and mechanical feeding problems.99% of coliky behavior is correctable.If one looks for a problem, one can usually be found and corrected.Talk to your pediatrician or ask for consultation with me. ...Read more
?your kidding right?: The physique of a healthy baby is a bit different from a healthy toddler /kid/adult.They have lax muscles that allow a full saggy belly & seem a bit pudgy with soft rolls. That said, there are also fat babies & they are not healthy. You grow new fat cells in infancy/puberty and pregnancy & an overfed fat baby is likely to face a lifetime of avoidable health problems. Your dr can define the limits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are risks: Assisted reproductive technology increases the risk for prematurity and low birth weight (as well as other factors) mainly because of the higher rate of twins and triplets etc. My neonatology colleagues are kept quite bust caring for very small babies from reproductive technology. There may also be an increased risk for birth defects due to so called epigenetic effects. ...Read more
Unsafe foods: Do not give honey to an infant under 1 yr of age due to risk of botulism. Other unsafe foods include raisins, hot dogs cut in circles that are choking hazards. Hard foods the size of a infant's finger are also choking hazards. Avoid soy, cow or goat milk in babies under 1 yr of age. Use instead breastmilk or formula for infants under one year of age. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: It is common for infants to tiptoe. It is a sign that they are developing advanced balance. However, if you toddler cannot walk flat-footed and always tiptoes, that may indicate a problem. It may mean that your child has tight heel cords. Your provider can easily check for this at a routine examination. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer