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Why Does My Baby Want To Put Everything In Her Mouth
The mouth is...: ...The major sensory organ for small children, and since food is close to the top of a very short list of needs that babies have, the question, "is it edible?", is a very important one to every baby. "is it fashionable to wear" and "does it have 4g" are questions that come up at a somewhat later age. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
Teething: Teething babies often will put their hands in their mouths to make themselves feel better. Other signs of teething include if they are drooling as well, or tugging at their ears (nerves to the jawbone are shared with the ear which can lead babies to tug at their ears). It may be just exploring their environment too. Just make sure her hands are clean! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My baby cries whenever I put her to sleep on her tummy, they say I have to do that 4 her lungs to be strong?
Who told you that ?: The american academy of pediatrics & many other advisory groups have promoted sleeping on a babies back since the early 90's. Since that time we have seen a 40-50% drop in crib death over that period. I know of no one that advises belly sleeping for any reason, although if baby rolls into that position after 6m i don't try to change it. Tummy time while awake can help build upper body strength. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My baby is 7 months and i still have to force feed her. She doesn't open her mouth to feed on any kind. I try to trick her and force the food? Whyyyy
No force-feeding: Babies do not need to be force-fed. If a parent thinks she has to force-feed her baby, she can bring the baby to the doctor and feed the baby while the doctor is watching (explain that this is the plan, when booking the appointment). In most cases, the baby is fine and will drink enough breastmilk or formula to grow normally (which may be a smaller amount of intake than the parent wishes). ...Read more
My baby 9mo. Always rubs her nose a lot when i'm trying to put her to sleep and when im trying to feed her too...Is this normal?
Nose-rubbing can be: A sign of an itchy nose from food allergies, if there's a strong family history & she has congestion or copious mucus. However, it can also be a self-soothing ritual, which is perfectly fine in infants & young kids. I hope you've established a consistent bedtime & ritual, reading, nursing, brushing her teeth, then putting her to bed drowsy, but awake, so she can self-calm if she night-wakes. ...Read more
I pump milk into a bottle but i really want my baby to latch back on and she won't what can I do to get her to latch on? She loves her bottle
Try skin-to-skin: To engage your baby's rooting reflex, put her skin-to-skin, lying on her tummy, while you're lying back on some pillows. Babies who are skin-to-skin look for the breast and can latch, all by themselves. (see http://www.Biologicalnurturing.Com/video/bn3clip.Html ) you might also work with a lactation consultant to help get reintroduce your baby to the breast. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My daughter is 5 hasn't been to dentist scared to death won't even let her doctor look in mouth what can I do to sooth her mind?
5 year old : Your 5 year old daughter who will not allow your dentist look in her mouth sounds fearful and uncomfortable. Some suggestions include: making several brief desensitizing visits to the dentist's office to pick out prizes as an example, read age appropriate books about dental visits, visit pediatric dental offices which are usually outfitted with kid friendly decor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My 7 month old just not interested in eating anything doesn't open his mouth wants to have my feed only?
Be patient: Many cultures breast feed alone until far into the second year & their infants thrive. If your baby wants to wait a while, be patient. When baby can sit in a high chair, joining the family meal can entice them to join you. Offering baby food while the rest of the family feasts may work. If baby prefers a mashed up sample of what you have, great. With planning, you can skip the baby food step. ...Read more
Many reasons: Unfortunately I have missed a few deliveries in my 15 years as well. Traffic, trains, nurses waiting too late to call, women who gave birth easily and rapidly, and on and on. Don't be to hard on your doc - this happens. Raz him a bit about it but i bet he's frustrated he didn't make it either - we like delivering! what matters is your child was hopefully delivered safely - enjoy the bonding time! ...Read more
My 2 in ahalf baby doesn't swallow whole food and doesn't talk much took her to throat doctor and said just give her time what should I do?
Cookie swallow &: Sounds like your little one may have some oral delays, showing up as feeding problems and speech problems. Ask your doc about a "cookie swallow", where the radiologist actually watches your child swallowing with a special type of x-ray to see if they are having difficulty coordinating it.Also should see a speech therapist to work with oral motor skills and problems which could be limiting language. ...Read more
How long after brushing my teeth should I wait to kiss my baby or let her put her hands in my mouth?
Don't worry: Just rinse well after brushing to flush away excess toothpaste, then give your baby all the kisses you want. And best possible 1st b'day present, a trip to a Pediatric Dental Specialist for his/her 1st Dental Examination to evaluate dento-facial growth, tooth emergence, oral hygiene for babies, fluoride management, prevention of baby bottle syndrome, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1 years: Studies show that babies who are put to sleep on their backs have lower rates of sudden infant death syndrome (sids). While it's true that your crawling 10 month old will likely roll around in his sleep, the official recommendation is that children under the age of 1 year should be put to sleep on their backs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 5m2w baby is still using her paci to sleep and soothe throughout the day . How do I wean her off? Also my pediatrician never mentioned wiping mouth
Why ?: It would be a wonderful world if kids were allowed to self soothe with no external condemnation. Certainly they are worth it. I like toddlers to have it available,clipped to their outfit (they don't use pockets) If a kid is walking around with a paci in his hands,I encourage mom to get a clear "prize" box for the kid to put it in. Kids can decide when they are nervous and need soothing, let it be. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my wife is abusive and wants to put her hands on me in front of my kids.what should I do?
Is it ok to put my baby in a carseat and leave her in bed with me she only seems comfee this way and she crystal nonstop in her bed what do I do.?
Sorry, no.: To reduce her chance of sids by 50%, put her in her own crib on her back, drowsy but awake. She'll consolidate sleep between 1-4 mos. If you allow her to learn to settle herself down. If not nursing, in her own room.Same time every night, read, rock, & wipe out her mouth after the last feed before implicit memory @ 5 mos & learned behaviors @ 6 mos. Cause persistent sleep problems. See www.Aap.Org. ...Read more
My 2 year old sucks her bottom lip. How do I get her to stop? She mainly does it when shes relaxing or trying to go to sleep. Her lip is swollen.
Hibit issue: This is probably more acceptable to most than sucking his thumb, eating his hair, or other self soothing behaviors. I would ignore it as the more you fuss at him about it the more he needs self soothing. ...Read more
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