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What Is The Best Way To Clean Bottles And Pacifiers
What is the best way to wean my 24 month old from the pacifier? He mostly uses it at night and for naps.
My 4 month all of a sudden decided he no longer wants to eat from the bottle? He will take the pacifier but screams when the bottle comes near him?
Be patient: For most 4 months olds, milk remains the main diet as weaning should wait after 6 months to avoid development of allergies etc. If your child is refusing bottle, you should try to rule out other reasons for his refusal to eat. Change the bottle and nipple, and give water , and check temperature. If still refusing to eat beyond a couple of days, check with the baby's pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 2m baby won't take a pacifier or a bottle anymore. I feel like I have to be attached to him 24/7. He even wants to comfort eat. What do I do?
Feeding: One of the hardest thing is babies tend to nurse more frequently. I hope by this time you have established feedings to do them every three hours during the day and try to space them out every 4-54 hours at night. Make sure you get some help to burp, change or bath the baby so you can get some rest. If you feel depressed and crying alot, call your doctor to see if you need any help with that ...Read more
Not sure question: Melissa- Are you yourself using these items, or are you using them on your baby? If it's you, it's just years of having these things as your way of calming. Some people eat, some smoke, some drink. You use sucking to calm. Try starting a new habit as you gradually break the old - for instance, while sucking the pacifier, have gum in your mouth as well. Brain will start to replace the old with new. ...Read more
When should a child be taken off a bottle and pacifier? How do you ween also? My son is drinks milk from a bottle and use a pacifier for security.
The natural time of : Weaning is around a year, when whole milk & milk products are limited to 16-21 0z./day to avoid constipation, iron deficiency anemia (which can cause developmental delays), & ?'ed appetite for solids. Juice is limited to 4-6 oz./day. Sipping milk/juice off & on or falling asleep with a bottle promotes cavities. Use an open-mouthed cup with 2 handles to promote lip closure for speech. ...Read more
Given the recent study on cleaning pacifiers w/ your mouth and correlation of less asthma/eczema, do you still recommend against it?
Pacifer clensing: A recent study in the journal of pediatrics reported that was less eczema and asthma in children whose parents cleaned their childs pacifiers by sucking on them. It substantiates a theory that early exposure to germs reduces allergies, eczema, and asthma. While the idea sounds gross it may have scientific validity to it. ...Read more
Any tips for taking 2 yr old on long flight? I'm worried about the pressure affecting her ears. She doesn't take pacifier / bottle
.: Most airplanes are pressurized. But the change in pressure during take off and landing may cause pain and distress. Try to give something to suck on like a pacifier or lollipop just during takeoff and landing. You can also give some snacks to chew on. This also could help keep tube open. Be extra careful about the possibility of aspiration too. ...Read more
Toddler has a thrush infection, is it a bad idea to keep letting her use pacifier and bottle only at night, and should I boil them after each use?
See answer. : A 2 year old shd be off bottle and pacifier. Bottle feeding in this age group can cause ear infections& lots of dental problems. Discuss with your pediatrician the best ways to get her off both. Meanwhile u shd boil bottles & pacifiers till u achieve both. Pacifiers only at night may be temporarily ok if the child has no recurrent oral infections and has great difficulty getting off to sleep. ...Read more
My 12 weeks old baby cries desperately and she stop eating no bottle no bf and no pacifier no fever what to do?
Mgt, M.D. visit: I agree that your baby needs to be seen at your pediatrician's office. At this age, the antibodies acquired from the mother during pregnancy have decreased. This means that the baby may be prone to infection. Crying, being inconsolable, and not feeding well, even when there is no fever, may indicate there is an infection. Colic, feeding intolerance, milk allergy, pain are other considerations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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