Sure they're cute, but are they worth the potential risk?
Between 1985 and 2005, 27 children under the age of 2 years died and 25 were injured because of crib bumpers, mostly due to suffocation, entrapment and strangulation. Bumpers were originally used when crib slats were farther apart in order to prevent babies’ heads from becoming caught between the slats but current regulations require crib slats to be no more than 2 3/8” apart to avoid such problems. Crib bumpers are therefore not necessary and are especially not recommended once baby is rolling, crawling, or pulling to stand. If you still choose to use a bumper, it’s best to select one that’s thin, firm, well-secured and not pillow-like, but keep in mind that even firm ones can cause entrapment.View Thread
Thanks for your question. It might be helpful if you could take a video of your son's behavior and show it to his pediatrician. It's great that he is happy and coos most of the time. However, when he gets into these rages, try to distract him and give him an object to look at or play with that he doesn't usually have (keep a separate stash of "new and exciting" toys for these occasions). Good luck!View Thread
Thanks for your question. It's great that grandpa got the flu shot this year. Did the 3 year old also get the vaccine? The flu infection that the 3 year old has could be a strain that's not included in the vaccine or if it was one of the strains, the 3 year old may end up with a mild case of the flu. Tamiflu works on some but not all strains to help a sick person feel better faster and possibly to make them less contagious. It can also be helpful if mom is breastfeeding. It's a good idea for anyone around a newborn to get the vaccine each year and for the newborn to stay away from a sick person until they are better (usually once the fever is gone for at least 24 hours). If the newborn gets sick despite good handwashing on everyone's part, covering coughs and sneezes, etc. it's important to contact the pediatrician. Good luck!View Thread
It is surprisingly common how often new parents end up faced with taking their newborns or young infants on an airplane. Whether you find yourself traveling by choice or because of a hard-to-cancel and far-away obligation, it should be reassuring to know that healthy term babies generally do just fine flying anytime after the first week or two. Parents, on the other hand, don't always fare so well. Especially during the time when your baby is younger than about 4 months, it's worth stopping and asking yourself whether the trip you are contemplating is optional. If you're unsure, then it is up to you to decide how fatigued you are from your recent and ongoing induction into parenthood, how much you like (or dislike) to travel, what seasonal germs you stand a good chance of running into along the way, and whether your baby is likely to be accommodating.View Thread
Try gently pressing down on the opposite nostril when you're suctioning a baby's nose to get a better seal. You may need to choose a bigger bulb syringe if nothing's coming out, or just wait until your baby sneezes and let her clear her nose herself!View Thread
Thanks for your post. I hope you were able to get some guidance from your doctor today! There are many possible reasons for mucus and blood in the stool, ranging from a fissure (small tear in the folds of the anus) or an intestinal infection to food intolerance or allergies. It's important to figure out the cause of the symptoms before making any changes to your baby's diet (or yours if you are breastfeeding). Good luck!View Thread
Thanks for your question! Everyone who has posted so far is absolutely correct--the child must be a minimum of 1 year AND 20 pounds before legally and safely turning face-forward in a car seat. In fact, it is now recommended that babies stay rear-facing in the car as long as possible, within the height and weight limits of the seat. Convertible seats allow babies to face the rear for much longer now, often up to 18 months to 2 years of age. Turning baby forwards too soon puts her at greater risk for whiplash and neck/brain damage.
Thanks for writing. The baby may have a cold, an ear infection, reflux, formula intolerance or possibly another condition. It's best to have her checked by the pediatrician to see what can be done to help her. Good luck!View Thread