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My 3 week old baby has coughed a few times today. Is it normal for newborns to cough?

My 3 week old baby has coughed a few times today. Is it normal for newborns to cough?

Yes and no: Three times in a day doesn't sound like an illness as much as it may be baby clearing his/her airway. Babies are quite sensitive to smoke/ dust/fragrances/ cleaning odors/etc. And may become congested and or cough in response. You need to eliminate these from babies environment and flush the nose if needed with saline. Increasing cough or change in feeding habits could signal a problem. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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My mom is breast feeding her new born but has a dry cough what can she take? She is allergic to penicillin.

My mom is breast feeding her new born but has a dry cough what can she take? She is allergic to penicillin.

See a doctor: Would not see a need to take anything for a dry cough, although gargling with a warm saline rinse might help to ameliorate the cough. If she develops other symptoms and particularly fever she should see a doctor. ...Read more

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I've had a cough for almost 2 wks and got it 2 days before I delivered. My newborn had coughed today & sneezed & I'm wondering if she got it from me.

I've had a cough for almost 2 wks and got it 2 days before I delivered. My newborn had coughed today & sneezed & I'm wondering if she got it from me.

Baby is coughing: Most likely yes, if the cough is mild, no fevr, baby is acting normal, feeding & suckling well, these are good signs of well being, you can use saline nose drops 4 times a day, but if the cough is persistent & associated with any of these symptoms, you should take her to her pediatrician, we shouldn't take chances with babies espcially newborn. I hope you both feel better, enjoy your baby ...Read more

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Y my newborn baby can't sleep at nights? Can this be bc of reflux? What can I do? She coughs sometimes and today she vomited is it a cause of concern?

Y my newborn baby can't sleep at nights? Can this be bc of reflux? What can I do? She coughs sometimes and today she vomited is it a cause of concern?

Could be: Babies in the first few weeks should sleep a lot (20 hours per day) so if your newborn is not sleeping then yes, I would be concerned. If your baby is under a week old it is a little early for reflux unless the baby is overfeeding. Cough can be a sign of reflux but generally I think cough in a newborn should be evaluated by a doctor sooner than later. So my advice is to see your doctor soon ...Read more

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What can I give my newborn daughter who is 5 weeks old and has a cold, nose is stuffy, she's coughing and sneezing?

What can I give my newborn daughter who is 5 weeks old and has a cold, nose is stuffy, she's coughing and sneezing?

Nasal saline: Nasal saline followed by suctioning is the only thing that is recommended at this age. There is nothing safe to give by mouth. ...Read more

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Is coughing often in a newborn normal?

Is coughing often in a newborn normal?

No: It can be a reaction to irritants in their environment like dust, fragerence, cleaning fumes, etc. It can also be a sign of illness. I would call your kids doc and discuss the issue. ...Read more

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How are infections in moms transmitted to newborns besides coughing and touching?

How are infections in moms transmitted to newborns besides coughing and touching?

Let's hear from Peds: Thanks, dr. Garvey. I appreciate the OB perspective. I was also hoping to hear from pediatricians and neonatologists and to generate a discussion on this important topic. ...Read more

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What should I do if my newborn has a seizure?

What should I do if my newborn has a seizure?

Call doctor or 911: Seizures in newborn infants are not common, and could signal a serious condition. Signs of seizures in your newborn include lip smacking, eye or lip twitching, eye deviation, and arms and leg rigidity. If any of these happen, call your doctor or 911, since you don't know how long the seizure will last. Causes of newborn seizures include infections, low sugar, and certain genetic conditions. ...Read more

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What to do if my newborn very gassy & in pain?

Normal: A newborn baby may have colic which is a harmless condition. May not need treatment, see your pediatrician to confirm that every thing is normal ...Read more

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What can I do if my newborn is sleeping during feedings?

What can I do if my newborn is sleeping during feedings?

Sleepy nurser: Breast fed babies very frequently fall asleep at the breast at first, and this can make nursing challenging (and will add to maternal exhaustion). Unwrapping the baby, tapping the feet, stroking the face or other forms of stimulation as soon as baby falls asleep will hopefully foster a more effective feeding pattern. Be vigilant, and this will pass. Best wishes. ...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 my newborn baby boy has blood in his urine?

What should I do if my newborn baby boy has blood in his urine?

Evaluation needed: Gross hematuria (blood in urine) should be evaluated immediately. See your pediatrician immediately or go to urgent care or ER if pediatrician unavailable. ...Read more

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What should I do if my newborn is vomiting and seems to have trouble breathing?

What should I do if my newborn is vomiting and seems to have trouble breathing?

Trouble breathing: If your baby is vomiting & has trouble breathing you should take baby to ER ASAP, he probably choked while vomiting, from gastroesophageal reflux or any other causes of vomiting. You can call 911 if you don't have transportation. Please don't feed the baby if still with difficulty breathing, only small sips of pedialyte. Good luck. ...Read more

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What should I do if my newborn's meconium tests positive for opiates?

What should I do if my newborn's meconium tests positive for opiates?

Hard to say: Meconium will hold traces of drug exposures for months. This includes any prescription or non prescription drug. In some cases it is used in child protection evaluations. A positive test does not necessarily translate into any problems for baby. You will need to provide information to verify where exposure occurred. ...Read more

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What should I do if my newborn's belly button is full of air?

What should I do if my newborn's belly button is full of air?

Umbilical hernia: Is very common in newborn babies. It will appear like the belly button is full of air but it is actually protrusion of the intestinal wall which is, itself, full of air. These usually close spontaneously over years. It the protrusion cannot be pushed back in or the baby has pain you need to go right in to the doctor. Ask your baby's pediatrician to confirm ...Read more

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What should I do if my newborn's belly button is bleeding?

What should I do if my newborn's belly button is bleeding?

Bleeding: Apply direct pressure and have it checked. Sometimes it is related to separation of the cord. Sometimes it may mean your infant is prone to bleeding. It needs to be stopped and assessed. All the best. ...Read more

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Can I take my newborn into public?

Can I take my newborn into public?

No: Newborns are more prone to infection so you wouldn't think of having someone with a "cold" or fever be around the baby in your house where you can control who visits. Therefore, for at least the first few weeks during seasons other than winter (when there's fewer infections around) and for longer during the winter season, no malls, supermarkets, airports & the like. Walks and drives are fine. ...Read more

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My newborn won't eat! Please help?

See your doctor: A baby who won't eat needs to be seen right away by a pediatrician or family practice doctor. ...Read more

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My newborn won't eat. What can I do?

Call: Call your Pediatrician. Newborns can quickly become dehydrated. ...Read more

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Can I take my newborn out in public?

Can I take my newborn out in public?

It depends: Well, yes and no. In the first few months, it's best to avoid large groups of people so as to minimize your baby's exposure to infection. Your newborn's immune system is still immature and he is more susceptible to infection than an older child is. Even a cold in a toddler can cause serious breathing problems in an infant. It's still okay though (and good!) to take your baby for walks outside. ...Read more

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How do I kniw if my newborn is sick?

Fever, fussy: A newborn baby may have a fever (temp of 100.4 or higher) as a sign of illness. Irritability, poor feeding, poor sleep, or even lethargy could be a symptom. Severe cough or labored breathing could be due to a respiratory infection. Vomiting or diarrhea may be a sign of a gastrointestinal infection or food allergy. When in doubt, it's best to call your doctor if your baby is not acting him/herself. ...Read more

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Is my being heavy bad for my newborn?

Yes: If your weight is in the morbid-obesity zone, you have a high chance of dying or being disabled before your child reaches majority. I would say being orphaned is definitely an outcome you should take steps to protect your child from. ...Read more

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How can I get to know my newborn baby?

How can I get to know my newborn baby?

Typical behaviors: Over the next few weeks you will come to know your baby's personality and routine better than anyone. This is a good time to keep a journal and write down observations and or questions that you can bring to checkups. ...Read more

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How often should I feed my newborn baby?

Wide range of normal: There is a wide range of normal feeding times, but babies at this age should certainly go no longer than 4 hours between feedings. Most feed every 2-3 hours. The key is that your baby is having 4-6 wet diapers per day which suggests that they are well hydrated. I would discuss with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What to give my newborn (6wks) for a cold?

Saline nose drops: You should get the baby checked by the pediatrician if baby is irritable, running fever, not feeding well and if breathing fast
for just nasal congestion without any other symptoms you can use saline nasal drops followed by gentle suction till you see the pediatrician. ...Read more

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How do I know if my newborn is eating enough?

How do I know if my newborn is eating enough?

Weight and diapers: All breastfed babies lose a little weight in the beginning. Signs your baby is getting enough milk: 1) look for the same number of wet diapers as your baby is days old (1 pee on day 1, 2 on day 2...), then by day 4 onward 5-8 wet diapers a day. 2) stool changes from black to yellow by day of life 4. 3) your pediatrician will also check baby's weight frequently the first week of life. ...Read more

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What kind of formula could I use for my newborn?

What kind of formula could I use for my newborn?

Whatever works: The basic content of the formulas has been regulated since the early 80's.Each contains enough of needed nutrients for most babies to thrive, but they are not interchangeable. There are 3 basic types, cow milk based, soy based and specialty. Some babies may not tolerate one or more types, but your doc can help you find one if that happens. Find one that works and stay with it, switching can cause problms ...Read more

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Should I let friends and family hold my newborn?

Yes: Cleaning hands before holding a baby is always a good idea. If someone has a cough, they should also use a mask. Young children should be closely supervised while holding the baby. ...Read more

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Did I do something wrong for my newborn to get nec?

Did I do something wrong for my newborn to get nec?

NEC: The answer is no. Although the exact etiology of necrotizing enterocolitis (nec) remains unknown, research suggests multiple factors - inefficient blood circulation; infectious agents like bacteria, viruses, and fungi; immaturity and dysfunction of the immune system. Regardless of the triggering mechanisms, the resultant outcome is significant inflammation of the intestinal tissues. ...Read more

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