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What steps should I follow when giving my baby a sponge bath?

What steps should I follow when giving my baby a sponge bath?

Steps vary: Sponge bathing is typically recommended for babies until the umbilical cord falls off or until the infant boy's circumcision area has healed well. The first step includes preparing the area to avoid leaving baby alone to gather more items. After that gently wash baby's head and face and work down to the lower part of the body. Remember to clean between genital folds. Enjoy the time together! ...Read more

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Should I give my baby a regular bath or a sponge bath to lower his fever?

Should I give my baby a regular bath or a sponge bath to lower his fever?

No: Fever is good, as it helps the body fight off infection. As long as baby looks happy and playful, you don't need to treat the fever at all. If s/he is fussy (and over 2 months), you can give Acetaminophen (tylenol). If it is bathtime and baby looks fine despite a fever, there is no reason s/he can't take a bath -- but no need to give the bath to specifically to lower the fever. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with genital warts I wash my hands after using the restroom. Is it possible to pass them to my baby while changing my baby's diaper or giving her a bath? Im very worried, what should i do different?

I have been diagnosed with genital warts I wash my hands after using the restroom.  Is it possible to pass them to my baby while changing my baby's diaper or giving her a bath?  Im very worried, what should i do different?

Nothing: There is minimal chance YOU could spread this germ to your baby & hand washing should remove even the most remote risk. Your statement does not list babies age or whether the mom has or had genital warts. Babies exposed to genital warts during a vaginal delivery can acquire the germ. It may stay hidden for months and arise as genital or vocal cord warts up to 2 yrs later. ...Read more

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My daughter is 8 and she gets nose bleeds once in a while. Can you give me instructions on what to do, like do I put her back. Thanks. ?

My daughter is 8 and she gets nose bleeds once in a while. Can you give me instructions on what to do, like do I put her back. Thanks. ?

Lean forward: During an active bleed, have her lean forward and gently pinch the outer walls of the nose together.Hold for 2-4 minutes and see if the bleeding has stopped. Blot but do not rub the nose.Leaning her back will put the blood into her stomach and cause bloody vomiting.Invest in some nasal saline gel (Ayr makes one) and place a dab in each nostril at bedtime every night & the frequency should decline. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean an infant (1~12 month)? What I do now is take off her clothes first, then dip into a baby tub filled with warm water.

What is the best way to clean an infant (1~12 month)?  What I do now is take off her  clothes first, then dip into a baby tub filled with warm water.

Bath time can be fun: You can put her in a partially reclining baby tub or other baby bath device (some even come with safety belts!), and using a baby or sensitive skin cleanser and a washcloth, bathe her all over, then rinse all over. Babies do fine with only a few baths each week. Make bath time fun by talking or singing to her entertaining her with bath toys. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby put a bead up her nose?

What should I do if my baby put a bead up her nose?

Remove it if you can: If you can see and grasp the bead, remove it, if you cannot see it or remove it then see your physician who can look inside and often grasp it with surgical instruments. ...Read more

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My little sister wiped back to front after a bowel movement. I made sure to clean her good immediately after with wiped. Can she still get a UTI?

My little sister wiped back to front after a bowel movement. I made sure to clean her good immediately after with wiped. Can she still get a UTI?

Yes: The best hygiene is to wipe from front to back. However, wiping from the rectum could spread bacteria and cause a urinary tract infection, though rare. Observe for fever, emesis, dysuria (pain with urination). Let an MD know if these symptoms occur. ...Read more

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My penis doesnt float in water when I go to take a bath. Why is this and what should I do?

My penis doesnt float in water when I go to take a bath. Why is this and what should I do?

Depend...: Does "float in water" mean inability to erect for intercourse? If so, is this observation new or lifelong? Could you have erected otherwise? Then, if yes, just follow what you can and have been able to do since you are unique. ...Read more

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I had a baby at 16 can my mom choose to not let the father of my baby not see his daughter? I'm against her doing this. It's stressing me out.

I had a baby at 16 can my mom choose to not let the father of my baby not see his daughter? I'm against her doing this. It's stressing me out.

No & Yes: You are an emancipated minor having a child of your own.This means legally you make decisions about your child, including who can and can't see her. However, if you are still living at home and she is supporting you, the two of you will have to work out your differences about the involvement of the father. It is her house and her rules. Your other option is move out, but then you lose her help. ...Read more

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Hello Doc Good afternoon, i just want to ask what is the best natural birth control my wife can use 3 months just after giving birth. Thanks a lot doc?

Hello Doc Good afternoon, i just want to ask what is the best natural birth control my wife can use 3 months just after giving birth. Thanks a lot doc?

Non hormonal methods: Any combined non hormonal method such as condoms and VDF film combined will work. Yes, those aren't "natural" but "natural" methods will result in an addition to the 3 month old existing child. ...Read more

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Doc says to give my baby suppositorys daily it's the only thing helping my month old have a bowl movement. Will this hurt him?

Doc says to give my baby suppositorys daily it's the only thing helping my month old have a bowl movement. Will this hurt him?

Bowel movement: Stop using any suppository to induce your baby's bowel movement. He should be evaluated as to why he cannot defecate by himself. While constipation is a common problem there could be other congenital reasons. ...Read more

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Hello doctor can I ask if my baby she's 18 month old now and she fall from my bed but not on her head in her side and she vomiting after she cried a lot that's fine or should I go to the doctor she's oke now playing eating and every thing . Thanx?

Hello doctor can I ask if my baby she's 18 month old now and she fall from my bed but not  on her head in her side and she vomiting after she cried a lot  that's fine or should I go to the doctor she's oke now playing eating and every thing . Thanx?

Better safe: Although, most likely your baby didn't suffer anything serious, i'd be safe than sorry in case there may be something to miss with a naked eye. Vomiting is a sign of brain concussion in adults and you would not expect an 18 month old to vomit without a reason either, so i'd take the baby to the doctor. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby takes antibiotics and throws up immediately?

What should I do if my baby takes antibiotics and throws up immediately?

May repeat the dose: If it happens immediately after you may repeat the dose but not if it happens later. ...Read more

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If I am purchasing a impeller humidifier for my 3mos baby to help with his coughing..How long do u keep it on?

If I am purchasing a impeller humidifier for my 3mos baby to help with his coughing..How long do u keep it on?

Humidifier: Use the humidifier as long as the child is coughing. If it is very dry in your house continue to use the humidifier especially at night while the child is sleeping. ...Read more

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I gave my 4 day old a sponge bath, his umbilical stump got wet and bled a few drops. What will happen if it falls off too soon?

I gave my 4 day old a sponge bath, his umbilical stump got wet and bled a few drops. What will happen if it falls off too soon?

Belly button: It will not usually fall off before it is ready. Just be sure to keep treating it with whatever your pediatrician suggested. See him if it is draining pus or continuously bleeding. ...Read more

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When can I give my baby a bubble bath?

When can I give my baby a bubble bath?

Never! : If by baby you mean a child less than a year, then never! babies don't need bubbles, they don't need perfumes, they don't need detergents, they hardly need " soap" at all! your babies skin will be healthiest with minimal bathing, every other day or so. If it smells good, don't use it! i recommend an organic body bar for my pediatric patients that comes from the middle of nowhere in montana. ...Read more

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How can I treat a cold on a 1 month old? What can I do to make her feel better, besides bonding with her after I breastfeed her?

How can I treat a cold on a 1 month old? What can I do to make her feel better, besides bonding with her after I breastfeed her?

What a great mother!: Babies who cannot breathe through the nose are very irritable. Twice a day moisten the nasal secretions with moisturizing nose drops like "Ayr" and very gently suction the material. Keep her close to you with a sling or other method to hold her close. Gentle massage can distract her from her discomfort as can skin to skin contact and your responses to her needs. Drink lots of fluids ...Read more

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