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What Is The Best Bottle To Use For A Preemie
Any newborn infant with a gestational age of less 37 weeks- since most pregnancies other than in vitro fertilization cannot determine exact dates of conception, several methods such as early ultrasound, last menstrual period, and the Ballard gestational assessment can ...Read more
Nursing Staff: Nicu nurses are some of the best you'll find. Highly dedicated & exceptionally well trained, they also have a lot invested in your premie. Still, they have different comfort levels & different personalities, good days and bad days. Show your appreciation for the nursing staff and maintain a good rapport. They can become your best nicu advocates and they'll help you reach your breastfeed goals. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
With Supervision: Children need to be supervised at bathtime. Do not leave your child, or even turn away, to answer the door or phone. Do not make the water deep, or too hot. Avoid getting water in mouth or nose, as this may frighten your child. Avoid getting soap in the eyes as this is uncomfortable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get recommendations: Ask your friends in the area. Choose a clinic convenient to your home, since you will be going there a lot. Don't be afraid to change pediatricians if you don't click with the first one. Look at the hours of their office- do they work everyday, only mwf? What works with your schedule? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Baby bottle: Any brand of bottle will suffice. No special bottle is needed although the nipple may be more important. ...Read more
Conservative.: If you baby is under 2 DO NOT use teething gel with benzocaine. Try liquid analgesics such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin and also cold teething rings from the refrigerator, not the freezer. The rubbery kind (without liquid) is best. If your child uses a pacifier you can also keep one in the fridge to use. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Depends how old: Most otc meds are not recommended for children under 6. If it is just a common cold, and your child is younger, try a humidifier and suck the mucus out. They have some great devices that are battery operated. Most colds get a bit worse between the 3rd and 5 th day, with mucus changing colors. Keep him hydrated and only give fever reducers if the temp is over 100.5 core temp. ...Read more
Try not to use: Most insect repellents have the ingredient deet which when absorbed through the skin can be neuro-toxic ( hurt our nervous system. Low dose 7-10% deet can be used on children but for babies i would try to use netting. You can spray some on their clothes and stroller as this may help. There are also some organic products which do not contain deet. ...Read more
See below: There are lots of different opinions on the "correct" stroller for your child. Frequently sites like consumer reports can help you by looking at the ones that have the best results. You want on that is easy to manage, doesn't have things that your baby can get caught in, and yet provide a good secure seat for your child with good support. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None!: Although most people use them, pillows really aren't good for our backs and necks, and can worsen our posture. Especially for a child who sleeps face down, i'd recommend not using any pillow at all. ...Read more
Easy to care for.: The stores are full of adorable baby clothing and it is easy to get carried away with frilly dresses and sweater vests, and you will undoubtedly receive many of these outfits as gifts. But the most practical baby clothing is soft cotton or light wool, easy to wash, and easy to get on and off of a wiggly, wet or poopy baby. Layers work well as babies do not regulate their temperatures well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
On Demand Is Best: Most pediatricians believe in the "demand schedule", which means feeding your newborn when she is hungry. Of course, this also means you do not have to wake her at night for feedings. There are always exceptions, and if your pediatrician feels your baby needs to be fed more frequently for any reason, follow their recommendation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Special bottles: Babies with cleft palate, with or without cleft lip, have a difficult time generated a good, long suck because of the hole in the roof of the mouth. They swallow fine, it is just difficult to get the milk into their mouth. There are 3 major brands of cleft bottles that allow squeezing of the bottle to get the milk into the baby's mouth so they don't become exhausted trying to suck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Breast milk: We are designed to eat milk from our mothers! our long term health is set in the first 2 years by the health of our gut and immune system and are benefitted from proper diet - breast milk initially, then healthy whole food prepared at home not in a factory and a daily probiotic to keep gut flora healthy. This prevents colds, flu, etc. Cow's milk would be a so-so second choice. No soy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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