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When Can I Give My Baby Ice Cubes
Is it safe to give an 8 month old baby Infant Tylenol (acetaminophen) every day during teething to help with teething pain & discomfort? Baby's weight is 18 lbs.
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My infant has been having dysbiosis. What can I do if i cannot nurture her enough, and i need to give her some baby formula?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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
Nasal saline drops: Babies ages 2-12 months can easily catch colds from other people. If there is just a runny nose, without much fussiness, without any high fever, without other worrisome symptoms, then parents can leave the nose alone. If the mucous is blocking the nose somewhat, try a few drops of saline, followed by gentle suctioning with a suction bulb. A doctor should examine younger or more symptomatic babies. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Color, Breathing: Signs of circulation include good color (i.e. "pink" or rosy as opposed to blue, grey, or dusky appearance). The baby should also be breathing easily and active. But i would strongly recommend you immediately call 911 and take your child to the nearest er or pediatrician's office if you have to give rescue breaths. ...Read more
Is nebulising with normal saline equivalent to giving steam to a 2.5 month ok infant for cold and congestion?
OK for some to use: If a kid is playful and feeding well, but has nasal congestion and cough, i often use this if the parents have the equipment.The object is to help loosen the mucous and i find this can work as well or better than steaming a shower or using a vaporizer. If the kids work of breathing is visibly increased, feedings are off and the kid is not playful, an office eval would be in order. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How often can I give my 6 month old infant glycerol? She's over 8kgs and hasn't had a proper bm in a few days I gave her glycerol yesterday
Constipation?: I'm assuming that you mean glycerin suppositories for constipation. Every once in a while these are ok to give. If you are giving one every few days you should try and figure out how to relieve the constipation. Likely you have started some solids by now. Consider giving a small amount of undiluted fruit juice 2-4 oz or a smushed up fresh fruit. Just stay away from bananas. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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