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Steps To Make A Baby Stop Crying
List of fixes: It helps if mom/dad make a list of what things they can do something about, for those times they are tired & can't think clearly. Offer feed if not fed within last 2hr. Warm if cold. Cool off if warm. Change if dirty. Console if in need of nurturing. A warm bath can relax them. If nothing works & baby is otherwise well, put on the headphones & let the kid figure it out. ...Read more
My infant is starting to spit up during feelings. Do I continue to feed him and how can I help prevent him spitting up?
Feedings and spittin: Hard answer without knowing your infant's age. But are you "burping" your baby after feedings. Babies take in alot of air using bottles and nipples - burping them will reduce the air bubble. Sometimes spitting up is due to formula issues - changing to a non cow's milk formula may help. Gaviscon drops may also help. If the spitting is getting worse - dicuss this with your doctor. ...Read more
My baby won't sleep without her pacifier, and wakes up crying if it falls out. Is there a way to stop this habit?
Not a podiatry ?: Discuss this your pediatrician.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can a baby stop breathing if left to cry for too long? We're sleep training and letting him cry for up to 10 minutes at a time and husband is worried.
No he cannot: You need to slowly increase the times he cries--5 minutes,10,15,20.be consistent.go in see him but no picking up.he gets the message you are around,he is safe but will not pick him up.it will definitely happen with consistency in just a few days.good luck.next time do not wait until he is 1 yr old.do it at 5-6 months ...Read more
Depends on the cause: A baby can cry at night for a number of reasons. Depending on the age, and assuming they are not wet or hungrey, it could be their sleeping condtions , hot, cold or anxiety. Children at a young age can not vocalize their problems so they cry. If you determine nothing is wrong then allowing a baby to cry for a while is fine. Sometimes the child has programed you to pick them up even though nothing. ...Read more
What is the longest to let a 6.5 week old baby cry. I am struggling to get her to go down for sleep. And want her to learn to self soothe.?
10-15 minutes: I am old school. For the first 4 months, don't let her cry for more than 10-15 minutes. After 4 months they have established eating and often sleep patterns and start solids. Then it is ok to let them cry a little longer to learn to self- soothe. The first few months, responding to their needs fosters positive things like feeling safe, confident, cared for. Listen to your instincts too! ...Read more
Nipple Confusion?: The short answer, of course, is "maybe." babies have a reflexive need to suck, but the way they need to suck to nurse is different than how they can suck on a bottle or pacifier. In the first week or so of nursing, the different shape of a pacifier may make learning a good latch at the breast harder, but many babies do great with both. If she nurses well, it should not be a problem for her or you! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sleep hygeine: Dr.Ferber says 6 months in his book, "how to solve your child's sleep problems." which has been in print since the mid 1980"s. Certainly, beyond 9 months there is no physiologic need for babies to be fed in the deep night/morning hours. The longer one does this, it reinforces the habitual awakening and the ever more deeply entrenched"habit waking".Hard advice for many to follow. ...Read more
My 2y/o is being difficult when it comes to bedtime. Refuses to take naps. What are some tips to make bedtime easier? He fights us to go to sleep.
Don't fight, ignore: his delaying tactics. Read "Little People" by Dr. Christopherson. . At a consistent bedtime, brush teeth, read, cuddle, then put him to bed in his own room, drowsy but awake, without bottle or pacifier, to learn to self-calm to sleep. Calmly walk him back to bed without making eye contact, talking to him or getting angry. His behaviors will 1st worsen, then stop, if you consistently ignore them. ...Read more
Comforting routine: Although babies may understand being tired, they don't understand the concept of sleep. They drift into sleep like adults in a boring lecture. Your tiredness routein should focus on settling baby down and excluding harsh distractions. A little light can help baby be aware of their comfort place; soft background noise from a fan or radio turned low. Put them down awake & don't change anythiing. ...Read more
My newborn is chocking up every time i breastfeed her. Very scary, is anything i can do to make it easier and better for her until she'll learns?
Bedtime feeding: Many infants have a bedtime feeding as part of their bedtime routine. There is no "right time" to stop this feeding. Make sure that the baby is aware when you put him or her down after the feeding, and is able to sooth himself to sleep. Never leave a bottle in bed with the baby, this will cause serious tooth decay. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can anyone help me to get my seven year old to start flossing his teeth? I feel like he's certainly ready to begin flossing on his own, but he refuses to try. Is there anything that can be done to make learning how to floss on their own more enjoyable for
I : I had a couple of thoughts in addition to dr. Mcleod's recommendations. There is a book called "brush, floss and rinse" for preschool to grade 1. That might help to stimulate his interest. Play doh now has a "doctor drill n fill playset" that allows the child to play dentist. It looks very fun and might help soften his views on not helping with his own oral care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is 3 months to young to let the baby cry it out when trying to get him/her to sleep in the crib. If so then what month is good?
Crying : Good question. One in which millions of mothers have asked. There is no right answer. Baby crying is common sense. They are hungry, dirty diaper, gassy, needing affection, etc..... Each is different. As long as they are healthy, been checked by their pcp, then you'll have to wait it out. The baby will let you know when they are ready to sleep in crib without crying. ...Read more
What kind of vitamin: You can't overdose of water soluble vitamins b and c. They leave the body in the urine. You can overdose a baby on too much vitamin a and d. Consult with your pediatrician for the amounts to give and the necessity to give. I don't think its necessary if the baby is formula fed. ...Read more
How to make 9months baby lay to sleep by himself., while breast feeding baby sleeps. How to make baby to sleep without direct breast feeding ?
Sleep habits: Can start by teaching child to go to sleep by itself; Can feed but child should be put in crib tired but awake and allowed to go to sleep by itself; May involve some crying but habit of breast feeding to sleep can be broken. ALos child does not need to be fed during the nite. DO not subsitute pacifier or bottle to put infant to sleep. ...Read more
Baby is 8 months biting mother when nursing but keeps refusing bottle . Baby is underweight(10 percentile) best way to wean a baby who will not take a bottle but needs nutrition ?
Work with the doctor: A normal baby at 8 months can easily be trained to take a bottle, if "no breasts are available" to the baby. So, the baby in question appears to have other issues, leading to questions such as: is the baby truly too small, why is the baby too small, why won't the baby take a bottle, etc... In such cases, the parents have to see the doctor a few times and work together to keep the baby growing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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