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Pacifier use is associated with a significantly ...Read more


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I want to have a second baby and i want a baby girl. What should I do to have a 100% baby girl for my second baby?

I want to have a second baby and i want a baby girl. What should I do to have a 100% baby girl for my second baby?

Adopt: You could have eggs harvested and fertilized with dads sperm at a fertility center, then select a female for implantation.However, this is costly and not guaranteed to work. There are no ways to do it otherwise.You can obtain a girl through adoption, so if that is all you can live with that's your option. ...Read more

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When can I start giving my baby a pacifier?

When can I start giving my baby a pacifier?

Its up to you & babe: Over three decades I have seen consultants pro/con write about pacifiers.We are told babies are to confused if started early, but most will still breast feed well & they will never tell us why if they don't. I find babies put down to sleep with a pacifier will wake in the night and cry until someone puts it back in, not a good scene at 3am. Best use is when alert as a self soothing tool. ...Read more

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Why should I give my baby tummy time?

Why should I give my baby tummy time?

Strengthen chest/arm: Babies who learn to sleep on their back often fuss if you place them on their belly, yet tummy time will help with muscle strength in chest & arms for later as they start to roll over. They can acquire this after learning to roll over but may briefly seem ackward or delayed. I wouldn't lose any sleep over the issue & prefer to avoid battles when baby makes a big fuss every time. They will catch up. ...Read more

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How long should I let my baby use a pacifier?

How long should I let my baby use a pacifier?

Up to a year of age: The american academy of pediatrics actually endorses the use of a pacifier as it helps to decrease your baby's risk of developing sids (sudden infant death syndrome) in the first year of life. After 12 months, the benefit does not appear to exist. At that point it is wisest to discontinue the pacifier if not previously done. ...Read more

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My 4 month baby wont breastfeed or take a bottle what should I do?

My 4 month baby wont breastfeed or take a bottle what should I do?

Time for a visit: Any kid who will not feed should be seen by a physician . Failing to feed/drink in an infant will lead to dehydration within a day or so and is usually a sign of an illness. ...Read more

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Is it okay for my baby to use a pacifier if I breastfeed?

Is it okay for my baby to use a pacifier if I breastfeed?

Yes: Sure a pacifer in the early stages of infancy can reduce the stress of being' a newborn.After a few months, most babies use the pacifier more as a toy and no longer need it.Using a pacifier in infancy, can reduce some stress felt by the infantt and reduce some of the 'need' to nurse constantlywhich is sometimes an important emotional need but, sometimes it is a consequence of needing to incr milk. ...Read more

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My 3 month baby has a cold what can I give him?

My 3 month baby has a cold what can I give him?

Nose breather: Babies breath through their noses. Consequently the produce a lot of mucus which cayses a post nasal drip and cough. Salt water nose drops administered 4 times daily can help clear his nasal passages. ...Read more

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When should I pick a pediatrician for my baby?

When should I pick a pediatrician for my baby?

During pregnancy: By the 2nd trimester you should consider visiting offices and talking with friends about who is available and how they practice. Your health plan may have a list of preferred providers from which you can choose. Meet the docs and staff ahead of time if possible and decide if they will be a good fit. ...Read more

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My 5 month old baby got a cold is there anything i can give him? Im taking him to the pediatrician thursday.

My 5 month old baby got a cold is there anything i can give him? Im taking him to the pediatrician thursday.

No cold med for baby: We do not recommend ANY cold medicines for children under the age of 6. You can suction his nose with a bulb syringe/nasal aspirator. You can use normal saline nose drops (eg AYR) to help loosen mucous, and you can have him spend some time in a steamy bathroom and/or run a humidifier. I am glad that you are taking him in to be seen to make sure that all he has is a viral URI. ...Read more

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Im having a hard time bottle feeding my breastfed baby. What should I do to make her drink from the bottle?

Im having a hard time bottle feeding my breastfed baby. What should I do to make her drink from the bottle?

Have someone else : Offer the bottle.If she can smell you, she doesn't want the back up plan. Have your spouse or a friend offer the bottle when she is hungry & leave the area. After she figures out the idea you may get her to cooperate with you later. ...Read more

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Can I give my baby her pacifier at night?

Can I give my baby her pacifier at night?

Yes: Pacifiers do actually pacify infants & there is some data suggesting they help decrease risk of crib death when used as a sleep aid. That said, baby can develop a habit of needing it so much at night they wake you up crying until you find it and reinsert it. ...Read more

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Should I wean my toddler before my new baby is born?

Should I wean my toddler before my new baby is born?

Unless you plan: to tandem-feed, nursing the newborn first, wean your toddler now to avoid its being a cause of sibling rivalry. Wean to an open-mouthed cup. Limit milk & milk products to 16-21 oz./day. Juice is not needed. If 15 mos. or older, (s)he may resist weaning. Use bright-colored plastic cups; cut out a semicircle so his/her nose isn't inside the cup. If (s)he hasn't seen a pediatric dentist, it's time. ...Read more

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Should I give my baby formula after breastfeeding?

Should I give my baby formula after breastfeeding?

No: After a baby has learned to be a good breastfeeder, it is ok to supplement breastfeeding with formula. However, supplementation is not needed unless the baby is very hungry after breastfeeding and cannot wait until the next breastfeeding; or unless the baby is not gaining weight properly. ...Read more

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Doc my baby is 2 weeks old and I got a cold and my baby is bottle feed?

Doc my baby is 2 weeks old and I got a cold and my baby is bottle feed?

Hand washing: Keep good hand washing and avoid coughing on your baby. If bottle fed, you can have other family members feed the baby. Do not worry, babies get over colds quickly. Call your doctor for advice if your baby shows any signs of illness ...Read more

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Im trying to ween my 18 month old from sucking a pacifier. How should I do this. Can i give it to her when she goes to bed.

Im trying to ween my 18 month old from sucking a pacifier. How should I do this. Can i give it to her when she goes to bed.

Techniques vary: You can do it as you suggest, giving it to her at only specific times, but I have found that parents who do that are too tempted to use it at other times, for instance, she bumps her head and is crying and you run and get the paci. If you really want to get rid of it , get rid of it. It just doesn't exist anymore.It will be a tough one week, but then the deed is done. It is much better in long run. ...Read more

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My 3 month baby has a cold what can I give him to feel better?

My 3 month baby has a cold what can I give him to feel better?

Supportive care: Babies @ this age have few if any treatments that improve on the condition. Avoiding irritants like smoke or smells that increase nasal stuffiness helps. Clearing their nose with saline wash is very helpful when they begin sounding stuffy. Pay attention to fluid intake to be sure baby wets a diaper at least every 6 hours.Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be used for fussy periods. ...Read more