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Safe Newborn Baby
Is it safe for newborn baby, 4 month-old to watch television and how far should keep the distance between baby and tv? Thanks
Possibly: Presuming that it is adequately heated/cooled, and does not have mold growing in it, it should be no different than any home. ...Read more
Not recommended: While we may see some infants 'swimming' in a pool on you-tube-as a pediatrician and neonatologist-it is too risky. No rush to learn to swim. Wait till 1-2 yrs of age. Better to be safe. Want to avoid any risks if you come. ...Read more
Yes: As long as the belly button has fallen off, the baby can get a bath anytime of the day. Just remember never to leave the baby alone, even for a second, in the bath tub. ...Read more
Regarding germs & virus & parasites, is it safe to let a newborn baby touch pets such as dogs and cats? If not, at what age a baby can have enough immunity to safely play with pets?
Why even try: Why you would project an adults enjoyment of pets on to a newborn is confusing. They cannot enjoy a pet, nor do they need to. They can become infected by the many germs they maintain on their fur or in their mouth or be injured by a pet who is confused during contact. They should have no contact at all until at least their first set of shots & preferably until they are walking & seek them out. ...Read more
Have u heard about ergo baby carriers with infant insert? How safe is that to use for new born to go outside for a wallk?
Appears safe: Ergobaby carriers look good. For newborns I prefer a sling. Anything that supports baby's head and keeps it from flopping around will be ok. Use common sense....These carriers look better to me for slightly older infants. ...Read more
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
Is it safe or advisable for my HIV positive nanny to continue caring for my new born and 18 month old babies?
Yes: I am going to assume that she is having her illness managed. Even if she is not, during the bad old days in which there was no treatment, household contacts (family members, caregivers) simply did not become infected. The virus is basically impossible to transmit in the home except through honest-to-goodness sex or needle-sharing. ...Read more
What ages to newborns/babies have growth spurts? When should I be expecting her to nurse more often and will I make more milk during this time?
Growth Spurts: There are no specific exact times. Babies go through their growth spurts, they cry to nurse more frequently and yes, your body meets their demands by producing more milk. Let nature do her work and you will notice she will send your body clues as she needs more nutrition. :) ...Read more
How does a newborn infant get a pneumothorax and what's the difference between that an a tension pneumo?
Colapsed Lung: A pneumothorax occurs when air gets in the the space between the chest wall and the lung. This space should not contain anything. So when air gets in, the lungs have to become smaller. A tension-pneumothorax is when the contents of the chest (heart, lung, collapsed lung) all shift to one side. Typically this is life threatening because blood cannot flow well. We don't always know why this is. ...Read more
Under what circumstances is ecmo used for newborns? When is ecmo used, and how long do babies typically need it for?
Peeling: Usually seen in overdue babies only.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is it ok to give 2 month old enfamil newborn formula as well as enfamil infant 1 formula? When one can is done switching to another
Some risks involved is the baby sleeping on their bellies, co-sleeping, not getting vaccinated, bumpers in the crib, etc. Here is a link from the AAP for further info
http://www. Aap. Org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Expands-Guidelines-for-Infant-Sleep-Safety-and-SIDS-Risk-Reduction. Aspx ...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
My newborn baby that 19, days old and she keeps crying I think she constipated, what can I give my new infant baby for the pain. Can suppositories use?
Constipation: Is hard and infrequent stools. You can give a glycerin suppository once and see igf that helps. Baby may be crying if mom is breastfeeding and drinking milk, eating dairy. If using milk based formula then can also cause tummy ache. Baby could be colicky too. Go see your doctor and discuss this. You will feel better and so will baby! ...Read more
What if newborn infant boy pees into his eyes? Does he need any medicine to prevent infection? Thanks!
Are babies born without kneecaps. I'm reading in my breast feeding book on newborns and this is what they say?
Let me explain: Newborn have knee cap. Kneecaps form about the fourth month of fetal life. However, they don’t show up on x-ray very well because they’re not ossified, or bony. At this point in life, the kneecaps are made of a cartilaginous material. The growth centers surrounding the kneecap form late in developmental life in utero and may not appear until just before or just after the infant is born. ...Read more
Is it normal for newborns hands and feet to peel a few days/weeks after delivery, or is this just seen in overdue babies?
Peeling skin: Yes normal baby's skin can peel a few days to weeks after birth. This is a normal phenomenon. ...Read more
What is youngest age you can give infant pedialyte? Newborn? If 2or 3 week old is vomiting few times (no fever) try to see if pedialyte is tolerated?
I have a hh agency (new), peds & just had first time request for light therapy for newborn jaundice infant. What complications are there?
See below: Blue light therapy for jaundice is standard for breaking down the bilirubin that is being produced and seen in the skin and sclera. As long as the child's eyes are protected and hydration is monitored along with the bilirubin levels (by a health care professional), I fore see no complications as long as the bilirubin level is lowering and the child is not sick as well. ...Read more
Are there any medicolegal cases, when medical staff has shown negligence in diagnosing 4 month infant testicular torsion resulting in loss of testicle. Initial Newborn screening showed both testis normal shape and size. And now after 4 month they diagnose
Testicular torsion: Usually is an acute urologic emergency. It is unlikely to be present for 4 months ...Read more
Different reasons: Some babies may be born with anatomical defects requiring emergency surgery like certain heart malformations or a hole in the diaphragm allowing abdominal organs to push up and take up lung space. Certain neurological problems may also require surgery, like spina bifida or hydrocephalus. These are just a few examples. ...Read more
Read on: Depends on the wording. Newborns develop kneecaps 4 months in utero but the are all cartilage, not bone. After birth the are growth centers and bone will develop. Around 3 yrs in girls and 5 to 6 in boys they are ossified (bone). Am interesting fact. Some say that they develop into bone later as we bear more weight on the legs and need support also crawling is easier on the knees when not bone! ...Read more
Pacifiers: Yes please! Pacifiers are wonderful in my opinion. They satisfy babies need to suck, they sooth baby, they help mom and dad. They don't hurt teeth. Best of all there are studies which show a decreased incidence of sudden infant death with their use. This doctor and grandpa endorses them! ...Read more