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What Is The First Food For Babies
Variety: There is no one food that is the healthiest. The key is to eat a variety of fruits, veggies, lean meats, whole grains so that your baby will get a wealth of nutrients. Also-be sure to take your prenatal vitamins. Good luck! ...Read more
A common choice: Rice cereal is a common early solid due to its low frequency of allergic reactions.The actual first solid may be something mashed up from the dinner table. I encourage parents to only try the common staple foods they normally use. ...Read more
There is none: There is no food pyramid for 10 month old babies. At ten months most babies have teeth and are on stage 2 feedings, which includes formula feeding or breast milk, some fruit juices.Cereals, fruits vegetables and some meat divided in three or four meals and avoid too much milk as that contributes to infant being obese, with some introduction of table food as tolerated. ...Read more
Whatever they want: Most kids feel so crummy with the flu that they don't want to eat or drink anything. If they are hungry, that's a good sign! Give them what they want (within reason). I'd start with bland foods, especially if there was tummy-upset. No specific food will shorten the illness--only time & love! And remember pushing fluids is far more important! Dehydration is a major cause of hospitalization from flu ...Read more
Is it true that exclusive breast feeding is the best for the first 6months of the baby's life.Best for his /her immunity?
No treatment needed: Fetal cholelithiasis is relatively common (1 in 300 pregnancies). It is caused usually by hemolytic conditions of newborns or maternal hemolytic anemias. The prognosis is excellent, with most stones gone by the babies' first year of life. ...Read more
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
Birth: When the baby is born, the nurse or doctor clears the mouth and nose of mucous and blood so he can breathe clearly. Measurements are taken and the apgar score is checked to see if he is healthy. Vitamin k is given by injection and medication is put in the eyes to protect them from infection. A Hepatitis B Vaccine is recommended. Your baby is examined several times during your hospital stay. ...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
What is the safest/best thing for a newborn to sleep in straight home from the hospital, for the first several months? I am confused with the choices
Newborn sleep: Yes, there indeed are many options for newborns to sleep in. Let me explain what we want, and then choose based on this. The baby needs a firm surface in an uncluttered environment. No bumper pads, pillows or stuffed animals. Ideally, not loose blankets - can place in a sleep sack or newborn sleeper. These can be accomplished with a bassinette, a pack-n-play, a playpen or right into a crib. ...Read more
Healthy foods!: Try to make sure you are eating healthy as you would otherwise, which means focusing on a colorful plant based diet with lean proteins. Make sure your veggies/fruits are watched. Avoid nonpasteurized food unless you are preparing/making them yourself. Be careful about raw meats/seafoods, would generally avoid them - though Japanese women eat sushi regularly while pregnant. Need prenatal vits. ...Read more
Newborn: You may adopt a baby at birth. ...Read more
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