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When can I give my baby his first haircut?

When can I give my baby his first haircut?

0 months: Up to you. In some cultures, newborns' heads are routinely shaved (some believe the new hair will grow in prettier); in some, such as sikhs, it is never cut at all. Whatever you think will look better is fine. ...Read more

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1.When will my baby be able to lift his head? 2. When will my baby roll-over on his stomach? 3. When will my baby start crawling?

1.When will my baby be able to lift his head?  2. When will my baby roll-over on his stomach? 3. When will my baby start crawling?

See below: Full-term born infant achieves lifting head by 2 months, roll-over by 5 months, and crawling by 7-8 months of age. Slight delay up to a month may occur to your baby since he was a pretermer. ...Read more

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When can I start giving my baby a pacifier?

When can I start giving my baby a pacifier?

Its up to you & babe: Over three decades I have seen consultants pro/con write about pacifiers.We are told babies are to confused if started early, but most will still breast feed well & they will never tell us why if they don't. I find babies put down to sleep with a pacifier will wake in the night and cry until someone puts it back in, not a good scene at 3am. Best use is when alert as a self soothing tool. ...Read more

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I just had a baby on feb 22 2013 ... I wanna know when can I lay her on her tummy?

I just had a baby on feb 22 2013 ... I wanna know when can I lay her on her tummy?

Baby on tummy: Lying your baby on your tummy is very good for both you and the infant. It strengthens the maternal-infant bond, makes the baby feel more secure, and actually improves the baby's immune system. While a baby who is sleeping unattended is in most cases best placed lying on his/her back; when you are right there you can lay the baby on your tummy starting right now! ...Read more

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My baby only falls asleep when I breastfeed her. How can I fix her routine?

My baby only falls asleep when I breastfeed her.  How can I fix her routine?

Start over: First, only feed her as she wakes up.She will be stronger and feed better.Change her afterward, play until tired and put her down when she starts to fuss with tiredness. If you feed her as she settles, you teach her to depend on you being there to fall asleep. If you want that for the next 4 yrs keep it up. ...Read more

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My 3 month old baby boy cries almost all the time to be in my arms i don't want him to get use to this habit what should I do?

My 3 month old baby boy cries almost all the time to be in my arms i don't want him to get use to this habit what should I do?

Make a list: All mom's need to make a list of what they can do for baby. Feed when hungry, warm when cold, change diaper when soiled, etc. You will find that reading babies mind is not on the list and fixing babies tiredness is not either. When you have gone through the list and baby is still fussy, it's likely tired and nothing you do will fix it. Get the ear plugs and put baby to crib and relax. ...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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When can I bring my baby to the movies?

When can I bring my baby to the movies?

Any age: You infant may go to the movies with you at any age. Whether you go to the movies depends upon your infant's temperament and sleep schedule. If your baby is a sound sleeper for long periods of time you may enjoy your time at the movies. If your baby is more active or a poor sleeper you will either miss a lot of the movie or disturb your fellow movie-goers. You may want to consider renting a movie. ...Read more

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How can I get my baby boy off the breast n get him on the similac?

How can I get my baby boy off the breast n get him on the similac?

Depends on his age.: Neurotypical 5-month-olds have procedural memory & 6-month-olds have learned behavior. Introducing the bottle then may require dad's giving it to him at first. Breast milk till 1 yr.(then weaning to a cup is best, but if you must switch, hold him with his head up at least 30 degrees for all bottle-feeds & minimize air-swallowing. Wipe out his mouth after the last feed before nap or bedtime. ...Read more

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Hi my baby cry a lot and she hurt her ear, what can I do ?

Hi my baby cry a lot and she hurt her ear, what can I do ?

Ear pain: Recommend take her to doctor she may have an ear infection and needs to be checked out. meanwhile elevate the head of her bed because if she has a runny nose the elevated head of bed will prevent the fluid from flwoing into her ears. Motrin can help ease the pain and swelling and zyetec, if she is older than 2 can decrease congestion as well Take her to a doctor today ...Read more

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How old do my baby have to be to start laying on his tummy?

How old do my baby have to be to start laying on his tummy?

Any time while awake: If the cord is shriveled & dry or has fallen off. Playing in prone position, moving around brightly-colored toys ( esp. Red ones with a " face") promotes her lifting her head to 90 degrees by 2 mos., head & chest up by 4 mos. Talk & read to her when you cuddle. Wipe out her mouth with a soft cloth after the last feed. Always put her on her back in her own crib, drowsy but awake, to fall asleep. ...Read more

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My 7 week daughter hates tummy time, and cant lift her head what can i do? She use to do it when she was a month old.

My 7 week daughter hates tummy time, and cant lift her head what can i do? She use to do it when she was a month old.

Go with the flow: Tummy time is a good way to get baby to develop more upper body strength but I see no need to fight them over it.I think we try to push baby to meet developmental milestones that were developed in the 60's when they all slept on their bellies.Not realistic to me. Enjoy baby & try to coax her to try new things but the skills will come.You don't need to be frustrated all the time to meet this goal ...Read more

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My husband when he was born a couple of his fingers were webbed together and he had surgery to fix them im worried my baby will get it. Could he?

My husband when he was born a couple of his fingers were webbed together and he had surgery to fix them im worried my baby will get it. Could he?

Probably not: Syndactyly, webbed fingers are usually a sporadic occurrence ; not hereditary. Thus chances that your baby will have webbed fingers is quite remote. Worst case scenario is that surgery is usually quite straightforward. Good luck. ...Read more

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When can i give my baby fish?

When can i give my baby fish?

Preventing allergies: It may help to prevent future food allergies if foods like fish, peanut butter, and whole eggs are not introduced into a child's diet until they are nearing 2 years of age. ...Read more

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I forgot that I had put hand sanitizer on my hands, and let my baby suck my finger for a few seconds before realizing what I did. Will my baby be ok?

I forgot that I had put hand sanitizer on my hands, and let my baby suck my finger for a few seconds before realizing what I did. Will my baby be ok?

Safe: We may possibly all be better off using more hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizers like Purell are alcohol based, and the amount on a fingertip (especially after a few seconds) would be insignificant. Baby will be fine. ...Read more

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What can I do if my husband hits my 4 year old baby on his face?

What can I do if my husband hits my 4 year old baby on his face?

Child Abuse: I will try to understand that you are writing from egypt and I do not know all of the protections in place there for children. But, if you have any social system to help you then that is a good place to start. Without that i would try to get in to see the baby's doctor and to ask them for help. ...Read more

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My baby fell from the bed and may have hit her head, how will i know she is fine?

My baby fell from the bed and may have hit her head, how will i know she is fine?

Head Injuries: If she is vomiting she needs to be seen urgently. If she is not vomiting she needs close attention for 24 hours. If she falls asleep this is fine, but is she easily aroused from sleep? I would have you check that every couple of hours during her sleep to make sure she can be aroused. After 24 hours the risks nearly all go away. ...Read more

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When can I give my baby his first haircut?

0 months: Up to you. In some cultures, newborns' heads are routinely shaved (some believe the new hair will grow in prettier); in some, such as sikhs, it is never cut at all. Whatever you think will look better is fine. ...Read more

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How many breaths do you give an infant or child, when doing the first aid rescue breathing?

How many breaths do you give an infant or child, when doing the first aid rescue breathing?

Cpr for children < 1: Give 30 chest compressions at the rate of 100/minute followed by clearing the airway and giving 2 gentle breaths. ...Read more

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Infant allergy to everything i'm giving her, possible causes of this?

Infant allergy to everything i'm giving her, possible causes of this?

Allergies: I would talk to your doctor about specific symptoms that make you think your child is allergic to everything. Sometimes there are intolerances or other confusing symptoms that may not actually be allergies. If they really are allergies you may need to see an allergist. ...Read more

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What can I give to my 5 weeks old infant for colics?

What can I give to my 5 weeks old infant for colics?

Colic: Medications can be given but the question is will they work? Simethacone or Ovol drops can be tried. Gripe water has no proven benefit. General measures of comfort are the 1st line of treatment. All the best. This disappears with gut maturity in 3-4 months. ...Read more

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What needs to be considered when giving infant proparanolol?

What needs to be considered when giving infant proparanolol?

The reason : Why is the baby getting propranolol? Taking the underlying disorder into consideration will help to clear this up. ...Read more

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When can you give an infant cheese?

When can you give an infant cheese?

Cheese: Cheese can be introduced between ages 8-10 months. Make sure pieces are smaller than your baby's finger (also size of baby's trachea) to decrease choking risk. Careful also with melted cheese as it may also be a choking hazard. Consider also adding yoghurt at this age. However wait until 1 year of to add whole milk as a replacement for breastmilk or formula. ...Read more

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When can you give an infant cows milk?

When can you give an infant cows milk?

12 months of age: Breast milk and /or formula are best until the age of 12 months, at which time it is ok to change to whole or 2% (lowfat) milk. It is ok to start babies on yogurt, however, with the rest of their solid foods prior to one year. ...Read more

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Can you give an infant anything for congestion?

Can you give an infant anything for congestion?

Saline: Currently, decongestants and antihistamines are not recommended for the very youngest. Saline spray is a safe treatment. Consider an ENT consult to check for anatomic blockages and allergies. I recently treated a 4 month old with a congenitally blocked nose. ...Read more

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When can you start giving cows milk to an infant?

When can you start giving cows milk to an infant?

12 months of age: Breast milk and /or formula are best until the age of 12 months, at which time it is ok to change to whole or 2% (lowfat) milk. It is ok to start babies on yogurt, however, with the rest of their sold foods prior to one year. ...Read more

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Can i give pedialyte to an infant that's less than 6 months?

Yes but,: If your infant is vomiting and/or has diarrhea you can but, you should consult your child's doctor first because young infants are more at risk of dehydration. ...Read more

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Is it good to give antiallergy medication to my infant during common cold?

No known benefit: Antihistamines have a drying effect on any mucous production and will thicken secretions. For many years they have been used to "dress up" kids & make them look less sickly (draining nose, etc.)they have no known benefit to the child during a cold & may thicken the mucous to the point it is harder to cough out. ...Read more

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How much concentrated iburpofren infant's drops should I give my 8 lb baby. Of 2 weeks and 6 days?

How much concentrated iburpofren infant's drops should I give my 8 lb baby. Of 2 weeks and 6 days?

?? Why ??: This med is never given to infants that young.It can injure the kidneys. Beyond that, why are you giving a baby that young pain medication?If it has fever >100.4 it needs to go to the ER immediately. If you assume there is pain, consult with your pediatrician before giving anything, s/he may want you to bring baby in for an evaluation.Put those drops away until at least 6 months. ...Read more

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Is there an antihistamine for an infant that is safe, and how much would I give her?

Is there an antihistamine for an infant that is safe, and how much would I give her?

Yes: Cetirazine(zyrtec) is approved for infants over 6mo at a dose of 1/2 tsp/day with additional dosing for older infants. Other preparations may be considered but all should be used in consultation with your doctor. Much of the stuffiness of infants is assumed to be allergies when it is really dust/smoke& other air irritants that antihistamines will not help, so discuss your conserns with dr ...Read more

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Why is it suddenly dangerous to give an infant vaccines?

Why is it suddenly dangerous to give an infant  vaccines?

Its not: Vaccines have been so successful that your grandparents were the last generation suffering from many of the diseases they prevent. Since they survived & never faced the epidemics with their own kids, they are easy prey for the playboy playmates& fraud based research that call them into question.Vaccine haters have caused preventable death rates to climb in the us, skip & your kid may be next. ...Read more

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Is it okay to give ibuprofen to an infant under 2 months?

Is it okay to give ibuprofen to an infant under 2 months?

No: Ibuprofen is not approved for infants under 2 months of age. Further, i worry what is the Ibuprofen being given for? If the baby has fever at that very young age, the doctor must be called or the baby must be seen right away. A baby that age is not teething and Ibuprofen does not calm colic. Babies are tough to care for and your provider can help if baby has a problem that seems to need advice. ...Read more

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Should I be giving my breastfeeding infant any vitamin supplements?

Should I be giving my breastfeeding infant any vitamin supplements?

Vitamin D: Breastmilk is a complete source of nutrition for infants with the exception of Vitamin D. Typically Vitamin D is obtained from sun exposure, but because dermatologists recommend avoiding sun exposure for infants, it is best to give them Vitamin D as a supplement. Infant Vitamin D drops or in 'tri-vi-sol' drops which also contain vitamins A&K are both available options. ...Read more