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What Happens If You Let A Baby Cry
Look into reason: Breast feeding is more than nutrition. Some babies will look forward to "nurture time" more than others & it may what they don't want to lose. If baby is up chaseing you down to feed, lingering after 15m/side & hard to put down after feeds, they may be nurture needy. Dad can help you drop some feeds (bottling) while trying to maintain nurture time. You can offer nurture time apart from feeds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends how old?: Children under the age of 12-15 mo really can't "cry it out". That said, you can let them cry 5-10 minutes before checking them out. At first, when under 2-4 mo, you should be there fairly quickly, within 5 min or so. Don't fall out of the shower, but come as soon as you can. Babies lack object permanence, so when you're gone they get upset. For older babies, they should see you every 20 min or so. ...Read more
Sick: Your body needs nutrients to operate and heal. It depends on how long you go without eating but your body will start to deteriorate without fuel. It also depends on if you are getting nutrients in another form (tube, liquid). It can be detrimental, your doctor may call someone to evaluate why you are not eating. ...Read more
Confusing question: If a newborn is running fever over 100.4 degrees farhenheit s/he needs a full evaluation by a doctor.Although bundeling in blankets can transiently increase temperature, persistant fever can be a sign of a serious neonatal infection.Emergent workup at a hospital is the standard of care. ...Read more
Several ways: Dehydration can be determined best when you have a recent weight to compare to, but the signs on the baby are decreased tears or no tears, decreased saliva to the point of stickiness of the saliva (thick, tacky) , decreased skin turgor, sunken eyes and soft spot and lastly decreased urination. ...Read more
What happens if you accident drink your own pee; is it sterile? Do you get sick if that happens? Just for my own reference to know. Thanks.
Depends on cut: If the cut is small (<1/2 inch long) & shallow (barely thru the top layer) a good clean up with an antibacterial soap may be adequate.If longer, deeper, gaping or vaccines not up to date or you have concern about the location; a dr visit is warrented. Call your dr's office & decide on a time & location. Cuts should be stitched the same day if needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any symptoms ???: Sleep deprivation will usually lead to a crabby kid who is a bit more sickly than their peers ; less interested in sustained play. A kid falling asleep at odd moments or while other kids are playing is sleep deprived.Sleep talking and night terrors are sometimes seen. If kid sleeps well at night for > 9 hours, feeds well, plays at the same level as their friends is ok. ...Read more
Teething symptoms: The first tooth usually breaks through when a baby is 6 months old; some babies are born with teeth, some do not get any teeth until they are 12 months, and that is totally normal. Some babies have no symptoms when teething, and others may be fussy, have a sleeping disturbance or put their fingers in their mouths or bite on objects for a few days to a week before the tooth breaks through. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hard to say: Not knowing what "bad attitude" means for this child, hard to give a meaningful answer. In general, others react poorly to a child who is not "with the program, " which can mean social isolation from peers, disciplinary action from teachers, & strained relationships with parents, siblings, and relatives. Understanding the cause can be a start; probably could benefit from professional assessment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: It depends on the teacher -- but most would realize you're suffering, and would want to help you get the help you need. S/he would probably talk with you about your need to harm yourself, and make sure you have support from your parents. S/he may suggest speaking with your school counselor and/or your physician, as well as a psychologist or psychiatrist. ...Read more
Back blows: Immediately turn them over your knee facing downwards and deliver 4-5 quick back blows (firm but not REALLY hard). Look to see if the food is obviously visible in the mouth. Do NOT do a blind finger sweep as it can push the object further down. This is not the forum for teaching infant CPR, and that may be a class you want to take locally to gain more confidence in what to do. ...Read more
Issues with honey: We learned years ago that some infants who presented to the hospital er with lethargy & difficulty remembering to breathe had ingested honey contaminated with botulism spores. The germ spores hatched & grew in babies gut making them sick with infant botulism. The issue is an insidious one. Keep an eye on the kid & take s/he in if lethargy develops. ...Read more
Not recommended: Gripe water is an herbal preparation with a variety of ingredients. Since it is not evaluated by the fda, it can contain non-approved substances. There is no clinical evidence that it can help with symptoms. If your infant is fussy, not eating well, or having other symptoms, be sure and see your pediatrician promptly. ...Read more
Good idea to wait: Until and if child actually asks. You can then tell child that some people enjoy playing with their genitalia because it feels nice. Girls should be advised only to rub or stroke the clitoris and avoid inserting finger or objects into vagina. Older, postpubertal girls can be told about dildos, again only if asked. Boys can be told that masturbation ejaculation occuirs only after puberty. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Version vs. Cesarean: Breech is when the baby's head isn't pointing down to the cvx/vagina. Frank/footling meanthe baby's feet are either tucked up to its head/dangling down to the vagina. Many reasons why; sometimes baby's size, shape of uterus, rarely it's babies w/ a neuro disorder. >50% switch to cephalic at 32wks, and it even happens at 38wks. OBGYNs can perform a VERSION to flip baby at term, but DON'T TRY @ HOME ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very common: Meditate, breath, try to relax and be patient. Take care. ...Read more
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