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Is it safe to gently throw my baby in the air and catch her?

Is it safe to gently throw my baby in the air and catch her?

No: It is not safe to throw a child in the air and catch them. The vertebral blood vessels are fragile and when they come down as you catch them it causes a small snap in the neck that can tear these vessels. It is fine to lift them in the air to give that buoyant sensation as long as you do not release the child. Be aware of any head snapping back. ...Read more

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Do all babies throw up after coughing?

Do all babies throw up after coughing?

Yes: We call this "post tussive emesis" - doctor speak for cough induced vomiting. It is very common and is not a cause for alarm. If it persists for more than 3-5 days, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dear doctor, my baby 10 wk always flexes his body after feed and throws up as he does this. Why do babies flex so much? Is it normal or something?

Dear doctor, my baby 10 wk always flexes his body after feed and throws up as he does this. Why do babies flex so much?  Is it normal or something?

Reflux: Gastroesophageal reflux happens in babies sometimes. It can be associated with fussing after feeds, arching, spitting, and hiccuping. Make sure that you are holding your baby upright after feeds, burp him well, and don't over feed him. See your doctor if it is getting worse. ...Read more

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Is there a difference in the brands of formula for babies (similac, parents choice) my baby has acid reflux and throws up on PC formula not any other?

Is there a difference in the brands of formula for babies (similac, parents choice) my baby has acid reflux and throws up on PC formula not any other?

Minor difference: Most milk-based infant formulas are essentially the same, although different companies will sometimes make very minor changes such as a different amount of calcium. There are some formulas which are designed to be easier to digest, and some babies with acid reflux have less spitting with these formulas. Powder vs ready-to-feed can make a difference, too. ...Read more

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At what age can I throw my baby up in the air &catch her again without it being dangerous, my mom did it to her when she was 1 1/2 months, i got scared?

At what age can I throw my baby up in the air &catch her again without it being dangerous, my mom did it to her when she was 1 1/2 months, i got scared?

At any age: My concern is would you want your baby to hit the ground at any age? A baby does not have the ability to protect themself from the force of the fall. Do you really want to take the chance that you might not catch her? ...Read more

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My niece has smallpox and I have a new born( 6days) can she catch the smallpox?Knowing we live in the same house.What can I do to keep the infant safe

My niece has smallpox and I have a new born( 6days) can she catch the smallpox?Knowing we live in the same house.What can I do to keep the infant safe

Odd statement: Smallpox has not been reported in the world since 2 lab associated cases in 1980. Perhaps you mean chickenpox. Baby would be at low risk if you ever had them.If not, being in the same room for half an hour is enough time to expose the infant.Best clarify the issue with your local doc.If it is really smallpox, the world needs to know. ...Read more

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Why does my baby throw up after feedings?

Why does my baby throw up after feedings?

Depends...: Throwing up with good weight gain is usually from overfeeding. Throwing up and not gaining weight is a sign of one or more of a large number of possible problems. ...Read more

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Do I need to throw out the milk I pumped before baby weaned?

Do I need to throw out the milk I pumped before baby weaned?

Depends....: On how long ago you pumped it. Breast milk stored in a deep freeze can be used for up to six months. Once it's defrosted, treat it like you would any other milk; don't leave it out too long, keep it refrigerated, and use it as quickly as possible. ...Read more