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What is the best way to clean bottles and pacifiers?

What is the best way to clean bottles and pacifiers?

Soap and Water: Hello, good old soap and water will do just fine. Sterilization is unnecessary unless your baby has thrush. Most bottles can be placed in the dishwasher and cleaned as well. ...Read more

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What is the best way to wean my 24 month old from the pacifier? He mostly uses it at night and for naps.

What is the best way to wean my 24 month old from the pacifier? He mostly uses it at night and for naps.

Wean pacifier: Starting at 12 months , take the pacifier away from the child while awake and gradually work on teaching him to use a different transitional object at night, such as a blankie or stuffed animal. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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 more

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Using a pacifier and a baby bottle to calm down why do I do this and can't stop?

Using a pacifier and a baby bottle to calm down why do I do this and can't stop?

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

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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.

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

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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

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

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My 12 weeks old baby cries desperately and she stop eating no bottle no bf and no pacifier no fever what to do?

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 more

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Given the recent study on cleaning pacifiers w/ your mouth and correlation of less asthma/eczema, do you still recommend against it?

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

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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?

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

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If I have oral hpv high risk and I clean my childs pacifier with my mouth when a sink isn't available could I passed it to her? I

If I have oral hpv high risk and I clean my childs pacifier with my mouth when a sink isn't available could I passed it to her? I

No significant risk: I'm a little surprised to hear you have (confirmed?) oral infection with high risk HPV. Testing for oral HPV is rare and usually not recommended. But even if you have it, there is little if any risk to your child. It would make sense to not push your luck, i.e. to not "clean" her pacifier with saliva. Better to keep some alcohol hand cleaner handy (Purel and other brands) and use that. ...Read more

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Why does my one week old baby lips turn purple especially when she drinks her bottles it sucks on my nipple or pacifier

Why does my one week old baby lips turn purple especially when she  drinks her bottles it sucks on my nipple or pacifier

Management: I agree that this may resolve with time, but it is important to have her checked. At your pediatrician's office, I would suggest a pulse oximetry to determine oxygen saturation, while she is feeding. Your pediatrician will exam her to detect any problems with her cardio pulmonary system. ...Read more

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How to get my son to take a bottle of pumped breast milk at 3 months old my son is 3 months old I have exclusively breastfeed since day one. I have tried to get him to take a pacifier and a bottle of pumped breast milk but he wants nothing to do with eith

How to get my son to take a bottle of pumped breast milk at 3 months old my son is 3 months old I have exclusively breastfeed since day one. I have tried to get him to take a pacifier and a bottle of pumped breast milk but he wants nothing to do with eith

Smart kid: If you are there he wants the real thing.Try being absent during the process and have someone else feed him when he is hungry.When he decides there is milk to be had that way he will adapt.Later on he may be willing to do so when you offer it, but he must be motivated and try it first from someone else. ...Read more

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I have been exclusively breastfeeding my 6 month old, no bottles no pacifiers, and not yet started on solids. I had a tubal ligation as well. Lately I've been getting PMS symptoms, cramps, and wildly emotional. No breast tenderness though, and no bleeding

I have been exclusively breastfeeding my 6 month old, no bottles no pacifiers, and not yet started on solids. I had a tubal ligation as well. Lately I've been getting PMS symptoms, cramps, and wildly emotional. No breast tenderness though, and no bleeding

Great job!: Good job breastfeeding, it is very good for your child. Time to start solids. What is your question by the way? Not sure if you are asking something about you or the child. The breastfeeding is probably releasing enough oxytocin that you have not started your periods yet. If you think you might be depressed tallk to your doctor, many moms will have sad feeliings early in parenthood ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean our high chair?

Soap and water: Just clean it after each use with mild soap and water. Better not to use any toxic cleaners. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean my foreskin?

What is the best way to clean my foreskin?

Thoroughly.: Retract the foreskin completely, and cleanse with soapy water. Completely dry the glans, or the head of the penis, along with the foreskin. It is important not to leave any significant moisture behind as it can set up for infections or rashes. Avoid irritating powders like talc. Replace the foreskin over the glans. Do this daily. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean an open wound?

What is the best way to clean an open wound?

Depends on setting: This all depends on your setting. At home, copious amounts of clean water flushed through or past or over the wound is best. Do not use toxic agents such as hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, bleach or acetic acid. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean the changing table?

What is the best way to clean the changing table?

Clean every time: There is cheap, there is easy and there is cheap and effective. Clean every time you use the table - most important! the antimicrobial wipes are effective and easy, but cost the most. You can use a solution of simple bleach diluted 1:1 with water, this makes a great cleaner. If you use this as a spray, though, or any spray cleaner, make sure baby is far from the aerosol when you spray! ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean shave the pubic area?

What is the best way to clean shave the pubic area?

DON'T shave delicate: Tissue. Insure you use fresh, sharp blades vice dull blades. If hair is > several mm long – then trim before shaving. Wash area before shaving – warm water helps to soften hair. Use a lubricant when shaving. Avoid using products that contain alcohol or are scented. Shave in direction of the hair – not against it. Be gentle when shaving – don’t push down too hard. Moisturize skin after shaving. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean a wound with non-dissolving stitches?

What is the best way to clean a wound with non-dissolving stitches?

Wound care: Gently wash the area with mild soap & warm water; rinse; pat dry; apply clean dressing if one was present (ideally, antibiotic ointment, non-stick dressing, topper gauze/tube gauze if available & appropriate to the wound site). Watch for signs of infection: heat, redness, increased pain, pus, separation of wound edges. ...Read more

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