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Should I be worried that my baby crawls backwards?

Should I be worried that my baby crawls backwards?

No: Crawling is a preferred activity. Some babies crawl forward, some backward. Some crawl only commando style, on their bellies. And, some babies never crawl: they roll and wriggle to get where they want to go. Any and all these methods are normal developmental variations. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Crawls (Definition)

6 - 9 months Crawling may begin Infant can walk while holding an adult's hand Infant is able to sit steadily, without support, for long periods of time Infant learns to sit down from a standing position Infant may pull into and maintain a standing position ...Read more


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Babies crawling backwards sign of intelligence?

Babies crawling backwards sign of intelligence?

No: Crawling is not even considered a milestone of development. 50% of babies do not crawl, but go straight from sitting to standing with support. ...Read more

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Is it normal for babies to be crawling backward?

Is it normal for babies to be crawling backward?

Yes: Nothing wrong with a baby who crawls backwards. Remember that each baby's neuromuscular system may develop on somewhat different tracks and still be normal. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about parabens and phthalates in skincare products for babies?

Should I be worried about parabens and phthalates in skincare products for babies?

Yes: Both parabens and phthtalates are chemicals found in cosmetic, skincare and other products for babies that can influence endocrine systems as disruptors. The precautionary principle dictates that we act to avoid these products and find alternatives given the possibility of harm. ...Read more

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At what age do babies begin crawling?

6-12 months: Full term healthy babies can start crawling as early as 6 months old or as late as 12 months; some babies go straight from scooting to cruising and walking! ...Read more

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Should I be worried about my babies health if I still smoke cigarettes at 5 weeks ? I'm trying to cut down but can't quit cold turkey.

Should I be worried about my babies health if I still smoke cigarettes at 5 weeks ? I'm trying to cut down but can't quit cold turkey.

Keep trying: We know the nicotine has a negative effect on the quality of your placenta and how well it transfers nutrients. Its effect is dose related, so the fewer smokes you do the less it messes with baby.Keep at it. Don't worry about a cleft palate or 3 eyes or other scary stuff. You just don't need a shrimpy baby with a possibility of learning issues later in life who grows up wanting to smoke. ...Read more

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My infant is 2 weeks old and I've been bad about supporting her head so that it has flopped back or forward. Worried I did damage..how do I know??

My infant is 2 weeks old and I've been bad about supporting her head so that it has flopped back or forward.  Worried I did damage..how do I know??

Mgt: It is important to support her head, but if the head went only in one direction, it is probably alright. I would suggest a follow up with your PCP. If there is any change in her usual behavior or feeding pattern, please see the ED. ...Read more

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Is it normal for babies to skip milestones? My 7mo is army crawling but just started pulling up on things. Seems he should have mastered crawling 1st.

Is it normal for babies to skip milestones? My 7mo is army crawling but just started pulling up on things. Seems he should have mastered crawling 1st.

Crawling is the most: variable gross motor milestone, moreso since infants are now placed on their backs for sleep. More infants with neurodevelopmental disorders skip crawling than typically-developing infants, but it happens in both. Your pediatrician & OT/PT at your state's Early Intervention Program can check muscle tone, strength, reflexes, & pattern of movement. Developmental screens are on firstsigns.org ...Read more

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If my infant of two months has a cold for three days should I be worried ?How long is too long?

If my infant of two months has a cold  for three days should I be worried ?How long is too long?

Depends: Watch for difficulty sucking or breathing. Look for fever, irritability, listlessness or vomiting. If these symptoms occur call your pediatrician. May last a week or so. ...Read more

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I added another half a scoop of infant formula by mistake while making formula milk. Baby has drank it. Should i be worried?

Not necessarily: Sometimes we do this to thicken formula in a baby who spits up too much. It shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more