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Worried Baby Jittery
Usually, No.: Most jitteriness or trembling in newborns is normal. Newborns display this jitteriness when they are crying and is a result of their immature nervous systems. This usually goes away by 1-2 months of age. However, if your baby is jittery when not crying or the jitteriness does not stop when sucking, this could be a sign of abnormal jitteriness and should be evaluated. ...Read more
Usually goes away: Normal newborn jitteriness which is characterized by trembling with crying, usually goes away on its own by 1-2 months of age. Jitteriness that cannot be stopped by sucking or persists beyond 2 months of age could indicate abnormal jitteriness, in addition, newborns within the first 24 hours of life could have jitteriness due to hypoglycemia. ...Read more
I take lithium 1200mg, Buspar (buspirone) 60mg, propranolol 60mg per day. We recently added 25 mg per day of Zoloft and got fatigue and jitteriness. Worried.
Polypharmacy: Four psychotropic medications are quite a lot. In some cases, this many meds are required but in general it is best to try and achieve the same results with as few meds as possible. Increasing the amount of cognitive behavioral therapy is one way to increase the effectiveness of medications. Propranolol can cause depression and may be increasing your need for antidepressant medication. ...Read more
My baby is very jittery and frequently makes sudden, quick movements. Is this normal for an infant?
Yes: This is sounds normal (especially if it is intermittent & not constant). Your baby's central nervous system is not fully mature, and it is common for her to make short, jerky movements in response to sudden or loud noises. Most babies have a prominent "moro" reflex (a normal newborn "startle" reflex) that lasts up to 6 months of age. If persistent or severe (full body shaking) consult your doctor. ...Read more
Should I be worried about my babies health if I still smoke cigarettes at 5 weeks? I'm trying to cut down but can't quit cold turkey.
Keep trying: We know the nicotine has a negative effect on the quality of your placenta and how well it transfers nutrients. Its effect is dose related, so the fewer smokes you do the less it messes with baby. Keep at it. Don't worry about a cleft palate or 3 eyes or other scary stuff. You just don't need a shrimpy baby with a possibility of learning issues later in life who grows up wanting to smoke. ...Read more
My infant is 2 weeks old and I've been bad about supporting her head so that it has flopped back or forward. Worried I did damage. How do I know??
I am 38. I have triplets pregnancy for 7week. I'm worried this situation. Is that possible that three babies carring for 36 weeks.
It happens: At least this conception has implanted and formed a placenta. An percentage don't get that far. When you miscarry later, a significant percentage don't have the proper genetic/chromosome material to sustain normal life. All you can do now is keep yourself well nourished & well rested. Most will go on to have a healthy baby. Focus now on what you must do when baby gets here. It's a lot. ...Read more
Should I be worried about how forceful and sporadic my babies moves are as long as she is moving 10x an hour or more? I'm 28 weeks
Is orajel safe for teething babies? I have used orajel to help my baby with teething pain, but I'm worried about the side effects. Should I stop using it for teething? .
Seek solutions: Call a pediatric dental specialist (as opposed to a general dentist). They have lots of suggestions that you will find to be very helpful. ...Read more
Normal: The stool color is provided by the bile from the liver that is adds to fecal debris. It starts out a deep green & slowly changes thru greens to yellows to browns as the germs in the intestines metabolize the bile. Green generally means the stool in question moved through faster or was subject to less change by gut germs. ...Read more
Doctors are worried about me having a premature baby -- I know a lot of moms who have babies early and their kids are fine?
It's complex: There can be many issues with premature babies. They can have breathing problems associated with immature lungs. They can have feeding and digestion issues due to immaturity of the GI tract. Preemies may have difficulty regulating their temperature, which puts stress on their bodies. They have delicate blood vessels and can have bleeding into the brain. Future developmental issues possible. ...Read more
I managed to breastfeed my baby for 11 weeks, im worried her immune system is not strong. Do formula fed babies get ill more often? : (
In the 3rd world: Breastfeeding for 11 weeks is great providing your infant with adequate amounts of antibodies to line the intestine & combat viral infections that cause vomiting & diarrhea. While pregnant you transferred antibodies to your infant that will provide protection for the first 6 months of life. If your child is healthy & growing then there's nothing wrong with the immune system. Enjoy your new one. ...Read more
How much insecticide can harm an infant? Abit was sprayed in the house. Though the packaging says "safe even for babies", I'm still worried.
Use it sparingly: Use of insecticides can be done for babies as young as 2 months old. Use them sparingly -- use deet conc of only 10-30% max. Keep away from mouth. You may apply to clothing. Natural products like oil of lemon eucalyptus can also be used. For any products, best to spay or apply to a cloth and then apply to skin. Infrequent sparingly used insecticides will not be a problem! ...Read more
My brother kicked me in the balls and now im worried. Just that I can still feel the pain in my testicles. Will I still be able to have babies?
Yes: Permanent damage unlikely.Get a more detailed answer ›
Are crib bumpers really unsafe for babies? Are the breathable mesh options safer? I'm worried about her getting her hands stuck if I don't use one.
Any bumper is unsafe. You want as little as possible in your child's crib to reduce suffocation hazards. Pillows should also be avoided.
Here is a video from the consumer product safety commission about crib safety tips:
http://www. Cpsc. Gov/safety-education/safety-education-centers/cribs/. ...Read more
Varies: Infants under a year of age have no immunity to swine flu. They can be vaccinated and the vaccine works about 50-60 percent of the time after 2 doses. Most do well with illness eventually. They can get very ill, need hospitalization or even die from swine flu. They are in the high risk group for complications and would benefit from treatment with the anti-flu medicine tamiflu (oseltamivir). ...Read more
Am 10wks pregnant with twins but I find it hard to eat and am losing weight. Am worried for my babies.
Your best efforts...: Will be good enough. Please keep your perinatologist, and OB informed. Babies are the ultimate parasite. They will stay healthy longer than the host. Try to eat many small meals a day. High calorie foods, High in Protein. Two babies will put pressure on your stomach so you will have a smaller stomach to work with. Listen to your cravings as well they are trying to tell you something. ...Read more
I'm 8 weeks pregnant and can't keep any form of protein down. Should I be worried about my babies development?
My 3.5 month old baby smiles and babbles the whole time but he does not laugh yet. Should I be worried? When do babies generally start to laugh?
Laughing and babblin: Your son is doing just fine! Babbling responsively is the beginnings of verbal communication and probably more important than laughing. The deliciousness that is a baby's laugh is not far behind. It can be hard to wait. ...Read more
I've just noticed some patches of sore spots on my 1 year old babies tongue, what could it be and should I be worried?
Spots: Please see your pediatric dentist or pediatrician. Without a description of the spots (color size) it is hard to say. The most common in children is thrush and is easily treated. Be sure all the toys are clean especially toys that enter the mouth and again please see your health care professional. ...Read more
My daughter is 12months old. She's coughing and weezing mildy. Should I be worried? I've been giving her infant's advil (ibuprofen).
If she is coughing and wheezing these may be signs of asthma. I would advise an evaluation and possible treatment with albuterol depending on her exam at the physician's office.
As the other answer indicated if she is eating well and not in distress, she is still able to breathe comfortably and probably won't need steroids.
Prmg/peds fax 858 259 9689 for? S. ...Read more
Is it safe to take "baby" asprin while breastfeeding? I am worried about increasing the risk of reye's syndrome in my nursing infant.
I was told I have a retroverted uterus, should that worry me? Will it have effect on me when I want to have babies? Help me am worried
So on my ultrasound my babies head is measuring 21 weeks and I'm 23 weeks 2 days. Should I be worried? My doctor didn't seem worried at all. I am!
Ultrasound: The measurement given to you is within the error of the machine. ...Read more
My kids recently treated for scabies. I'm worried that what I thought was acne on my baby may be scabies. How are they treated on babies. She's 1 month.
What precautions can I take if I have a cold sore and am nursing and looking after my 1.5 month old infant? Worried she will catch it from me : (
Cold Sore-: There is no contraindication to breast feeding if you have a cold sore. It may rather help the baby to get immunity from you through breast milk. Just maintain personal hygiene, cover the sore on your lip or face with petrolatum jelly or similar, clean yourself, wash hands before nursing. ...Read more
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