Warming bottles in the microwave can cause hot spots, and if there's BPA in the plastic, that chemical can leach out and may cause medical problems in the future. Remember that babies can drink room temperature formula or breastmilk, and many will take it straight out of the fridge (after all, that's what they'll do when they start on regular milk). Good luck!View Thread
Unfortunately, young infants have weak immune systems so a cold can sometimes turn into something worse. In general, however, breastfeeding moms do not need to avoid contact with their own babies when the mother is sick. Other people may want to wear a surgical mask to avoid getting baby sick (moms may want to do this too just in case). Colds can be contagious and passed from a caregiver to a baby, but bronchitis, sinus infections, pneumonia and ear infections are not contagious. Hope that helps!View Thread
Congratulations on your new baby! It's possible for everything you describe to be normal but hard to know without examining your baby, knowing his weight and seeing his dirty diapers.There may indeed be an allergy or intolerance to something in your milk, you may not be producing enough milk, you may have a yeast infection on your breasts, he may have reflux, etc. I encourage you to talk to your baby's doctor about all these concerns to get the best help. Good luck!View Thread
Thanks for your posting. People with a respiratory illness are most contagious in the first few days of illness and while they have a fever. To decrease the chance of getting young babies sick, it's helpful to wash hands frequently (especially before holding him), have mom breastfeed if possible, and avoid coughing near them. If you have more questions, be sure to ask your doctor, but it sounds like you're getting better. Good luck!View Thread
Thanks for your question. It's true that young children are less likely to get strep throat, however, lately I have also seen several babies under the age of 2 years test positive. Often I will test the baby if there's a fever and no other symptoms or if their appetite has decreased greatly for no good reason. I'm not sure what happened in the 8 month old's situation (I am so sorry to hear about that!) but I do always encourage parents to air their concerns to the doctor. I hope you will have a conversation with your pediatrician about your concerns so the next time you are in this situation, you will both feel comfortable about your baby's care. Good luck!!!View Thread
Thanks for your post. Young babies in day care or preschool can get colds around 3 to 10 times per year, with each cold lasting up to 2 or 3 weeks, which may feel like all the time. They can certainly start getting sick even at a month or two of age. Virus infections may also happen when a baby is teething, as your mom mentioned.
It's unusual, however, for babies to have allergies before 9 months of age, and some experts feel kids don't have seasonal allergies until closer to 2 or 3 years old. Please don't be too hard on yourself about the formula-feeding. You should be proud of nursing him until 8 weeks and trying to pump as long as you did.
If your baby doesn't have a fever and seems to be fine except for the noisy breathing, it's probably nothing to worry about. But if the stuffy nose interferes with sleep or feeding, or if he seems to be in pain, be sure to have your doctor check him out again.
Thanks for posting. Your situation is very common and there are many possibilities for why your baby is waking up now: 1) She could be teething. Even though teeth don't break through the surface of the gums until 6 to 8 months on average, they can still be moving upward and causing pain. 2) She could be having a growth spurt. This might explain why the feeding helps. 3) She is more alert and aware during the periods of light sleep at night. Also, as she reaches the stage of separation anxiety (usually around 8 or 9 months but could be sooner) so may be looking for you. 4) She is waking up out of habit. If you feed her to sleep at the beginning of the night, she may need to feed again to fall back asleep in the middle of the night. 5) She could be hot, cold, in pain, etc. If this behavior keeps going, I encourage you to see your pediatrician to make sure your baby doesn't have an ear infection, reflux or other illness. These are just some of the common causes of night-waking that I see in my practice. I hope other members of this community will chime in with their thoughts. Good luck!View Thread
If the bruised color is not going away or if your baby develops more spots or other symptoms, be sure to contact your pediatrician who may want to check your baby or ask you to take a picture of the area. What you're describing may be a bruise, which should change in color and fade over several days. Sometimes a birthmark may show up after birth and look like a bruise. Also, veins on the face may look like bruises. Good luck!View Thread
Thanks for your post and sorry to hear about your baby's troubles! Constipation can be defined as either having hard stools, infrequent stools, or both and may involve painful or difficult bowel movements. It can cause belly pain as well as sometimes vomiting. It would be helpful to know if the vomiting decreases when her bowels are clear. The dietary changes you have made are good ones; however, some babies may need to take a stool softener or laxative to help keep them regular.
If your baby is growing well, developing normally, and acting fine between bowel movements, there is probably little reason to be worried. However, if there is poor weight gain, she may need to have more treatment for her condition. There are other reasons for the symptoms you have described, such as a problem with the digestive tract or possibly food allergies or inadequate nutrition.
Since you are stationed overseas, you may want to see if the doctors there can consult with a military pediatrician nearby or in the U.S. by phone/email/Skype and provide recommendations if needed. If you are planning on visiting the U.S. soon, be sure to make an appointment with a pediatrician to have your baby checked. Good luck!View Thread
Thanks for your question. The answer depends on what type of birth control pills you are taking. I encourage you to talk with your OB as they have probably dealt with this type of situation many times before since irregular periods while nursing are common. They may advise you to continue the pills and to see what happens with your periods. Hope you hear back from him/her soon. Good luck!View Thread