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What should I do if my baby is not burping?

What should I do if my baby is not burping?

Don't panic: Some babies just don't burp. But, first make sure that you are giving them the opportunity to burp. Try different positions with gentle back massage/tapping to encourage the air to "rise up": on your chest while you are in a sitting position, and also lying across your your lap. If your child doesn't burp and is otherwise happy and comfortable, then don't sweat it...The gas will come from below. ...Read more

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What can I do if my baby is overweight?

What can I do if my baby is overweight?

Depends: If a child is < 6 months old, not much, and don't worry. If a child is > 6 months old, make sure the food they're eating is healthy. This means no juices or "junk" food. Also, the earlier a child is introduced to "solid" foods, the more likely he/she is to be overweight. To avoid this, wait until at least 4-6 months old to introduce (soft) cereals and fruits/veggies. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby gets sunburned?

What should I do if my baby gets sunburned?

Baby sunburn: Use a small child approved moisturizer probably with aloe and nothing to cause allergy or irritate the skin. No alcohol and no retin-a. Just use the moisturizer and keep the skin clean, all should heal fine...If not see a pediatrician. Be sure not to get anymore sunburns as future damage is being done. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby has fever?

What should I do if my baby has fever?

Fever in Babies: Fever is a response of our immune system to something it needs to "fight". A certain ammount of temperature is good for you and will not harm you. As a guide, check the temperature via a reliable thermometer and correlate with the appearance of your child. Children should not appear lethargic or very ill with a low grade temperature. Keep babies cool and hydrated. Consult your doctor ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby will not nurse?

What should I do if my baby will not nurse?

Nursing: What have you tried and what has failed? Keep a running diary of what works and what doesn't. Ask friends and family what they have used and use the internet for tips and tricks. Only trial and error will allow you to figure what works for your child. ...Read more

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How do I know if my baby is dehydrated?

How do I know if my baby is dehydrated?

Poor urine output: There are several ways you can tell if your baby is dehydrated. The most important one is if you notice that your baby's diapers are drier than normal or that he or she has fewer wet diapers. Other signs include dry lips, flat fontanelle if your baby is less than six months old, crying without tears, and decreased activity level. ...Read more

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What should I do if my 8-week old is always hungry?

What should I do if my 8-week old is always hungry?

Is it really hunger: The 2 month old is a rapidly growing infant that needs fuel to grow. They will feed more often than older infants.Yet many parents are confused by non-nutritive (self calming) sucking behavior as a sign they need more. Babies are wired to survive and often suck 24/7 it does not always mean hunger. Think of the newborn. Never understood what feeding was about, yet takes to it immediately. ...Read more

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What do I do if my baby has gas after feeding?

What do I do if my baby has gas after feeding?

Thats Normal: Baby will trap a little air every time it swallows. Thats the way the swallowing mechanism works. As baby gulps it down, you either burp it up or will deal with is exiting the other end. The digestive tract is just a long tube. Some parents swear by mylecon( gas drops) but its not magic. It may combine some bubbles but it doesn't stop the process. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby has a fever?

What should I do if my baby has a fever?

Comfort: If baby is less than three months or unvaccinated or otherwise has poor health, contact the doctor. Otherwise, help your baby feel better with a dose of Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen (over 6 mos), then assess how baby seems to be acting. If acting ill after fever reducing medicine, see the doctor. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby is throwing up blood?

What should I do if my baby is throwing up blood?

Call your doctor: You need to seek medical attention immediately. If your baby is breastfeeding, it's possible that your nipples are cracked and bleeding and your baby may be spitting up maternal blood, but there are other more serious areas of concern. Calling your pediatrician for this is the best advice i can give. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby does not like the new foods I am having him try?

What should I do if my baby does not like the new foods I am having him try?

Persistence: It's important that you offer each new food at least 5- 10 times before you can say your baby doesn't like it. Remember that everything is new to a baby and most babies get used to the taste after a while. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby doesn't burp?

What should I do if my baby doesn't burp?

Don't Panic!: I have seen many a new parent drive themselves crazy trying to "get a burp" out of their baby. If the baby has swallowed excess air, he/she will usually burp shortly after feeding, especially when put in a more upright position. But, if there is no burp, don't panic! worst case, baby may spit up....Nothing more dangerous or uncomfortable than that. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby will not take a bottle?

What should I do if my baby will not take a bottle?

Cup: Many breast fed babies will not take a bottle. This is a challenge. For those who really will not take a bottle at all, then work with a sippie cup and practice practice practice. By nine months many children can actually drink form a straw..The small juice box size straws. It seems logical from your question that you are breastfeeding. If there is more that is a concern, discuss it with your md. ...Read more

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What should I do if I think my stool is bloody?

What should I do if I think my stool is bloody?

Seek help soon: Blood with stooling is not normal. Many times, in young healthy patients it may reflect little more than an anal fissure or hemorrhoidal source. Alarm signs or symptoms include: weakness, dizziness, abdominal pain/tenderness, fever. Inflammatory bowel diease, ischemic gut, cancer are among the greatest concern that obligate you seek medical evaluation & treatment asap. ...Read more

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What can I do if my 6 month old baby is constipated.

What can I  do if my 6 month old baby is constipated.

Increase fluids...: Trying to increase his fluids (prune or apple juice works well) is probably the best bet for helping him with his constipation. If he doesn't like juices, water is fine also. If this doesn't help, i would talk with his doctor. He made need some sort of medication. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby bites while breastfeeding?

What should I do if my baby bites while breastfeeding?

It's OK to pull away: Your baby will constantly try new things, including biting, just because she can or wants to see what happens. The best thing to do is say no gently and pull away. She will quickly learn that biting is not tolerated. ...Read more

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What do I do if my baby is biting me while nursing?

What do I do if my baby is biting me while nursing?

Biting: If your baby bites while nursing, immediately put your finger in his/her mouth and remove him from your breast. Minimize distractions, try to remain calm, and allow her to start nursing again. If the biting continues, he/she may not be hungry. Try again later. If babies receive a consistent message that biting equals no more nursing, they will stop. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby has nasal discharge?

What should I do if my baby has nasal discharge?

Suction the nose: Use saline nasal drops and suction the nostrils. This can be done few times a day but not too frequently as it may irritate the nostrils. ...Read more

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What should I do if my newborn is having a hard time sleeping?

What should I do if my newborn is having a hard time sleeping?

Train from the start: Newborns are wired to feed by instinct and drift off when tired (without knowing they are sleeping). Many have success setting a pattern the first days: a two hour nap; wake to feed; body care; followed by play until signs of fatigue begin and place in their comfort place to sleep.At night they wake on their own to feed but limiting day naps to 2 hrs to prevents day/night reversal. ...Read more

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What should I do if I think my baby is having a tet spell?

What should I do if I think my baby is having a tet spell?

Call 911: A tet spell is life threatening and should be treated emergently. It is similar to a muscle spasm, but results in a severe blockage of flow through the heart. While waiting for help to arrive, placing the child's knees together up against the chest may help blood flow back to the heart and through the area of muscle spasm. ...Read more

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