Also keep in mind that babies under 6 months of age are too young to get the flu vaccine so it is recommended that anyone around them (family members, caregivers, etc.) get immunized so they do not unwittingly pass the flu on to the baby. Thanks for your question.View Thread
Thanks for your question. Around 2 months of age, babies start to have a lot of saliva in the mouth and they do not do a very good job of swallowing it. It's best to check with your doctor to make sure it's nothing serious. Once you're confident that everything is fine, consider using a bulb syringe or washcloth to sop up the extra fluid from the mouth. If she doesn't move around too much in her sleep you may be able to elevate the head of her crib or bassinet by putting a rolled-up towel under the mattress or the legs of the crib/bassinet. It can also be helpful to put your ear directly on her chest and then move it up to the area of her throat and then her nose; if the noise is loudest around the nose or throat, the fluid may not actually be in the lungs. Be sure to consult with your doctor right away if your baby has fast or labored breathing or pauses in her breaths for more than a few seconds or if her lips turn blue. Good luck!View Thread
Thanks everyone for the interesting discussion! The posted chart is a general guideline that has been followed in the past and may not be completely current but it does include some good explanations in the middle column about starting meats earlier than before and not needing to avoid certain foods since doing so is not thought to prevent allergies.
I advise my patients that they may start solid foods between 4 and 6 months (waiting until closer to 6 for exclusively breastfed babies so they can benefit from the nutrition and antibodies in breastmilk and starting around 4 months for babies not satisfied with their breastmilk or formula intake); they can introduce foods in any order (meat, fruit, vegetables or cereal); and they should wait at least 3 days in between each new food to watch for allergies. Finally, all foods at this age should be soft and smooth and not present a choking hazard.
If there are any other questions, be sure to discuss them with your baby's doctor. Good luck!View Thread
It's helpful to double check the doses with your doctor since they depend on how much baby weighs. Most of the time teething isn't a problem while a baby is distracted so if she's travelling, she may only have discomfort around bedtime.View Thread
The first teeth usually come in between 6 and 8 months of age so this is perfect timing for your daughter to be teething. It may be helpful to give her something to gnaw on, such as a washcloth or teething toy. Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter remedies such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or a numbing gel. Good luck!View Thread
Be sure to talk to your doctor about the best timing for these foods. Solid foods may be started between 4 and 6 months of age. Recent research shows that delaying certain foods for months or years may not prevent food allergies from occurring, so many pediatricians recommend the foods on your list around 8 to 9 months, and possibly even earlier. It's still recommended that parents wait a few days between trying new foods, and always be sure that the foods are small and soft enough that baby can't choke on them. Good luck!View Thread
This is a common problem I see in babies who breastfeed but much less common in formula-fed ones! It often stems from a habit or preference; maybe your baby now associates her bottle with sleep and her hunger occurs at that time instead of after waking up. At 5 months old, your baby may be ready to start practicing with a sippy cup if she refuses the bottle. She may also be able to get some of her nutrition from baby foods. In general, if a baby is growing and developing (rolling over, smiling, laughing, for example at this age), she is probably getting enough nutrition. Good luck!View Thread
This is a good question for your friend to ask her OB doctor and/or anesthesiologist. Head and neck pain may follow an epidural but should get better within a week or so. Some women need treatment if the epidural results in pain so it's important to have it checked out Good luck!View Thread
Diaper rashes that don't go away after a few days should definitely be checked by the pediatrician. As others have mentioned, it could be a yeast infection or a reaction to the diapers or wipes. If there are blisters or pimples, it could also be a bacterial infection such as from staph or strep. Since the treatments for all these bumps are different, be sure to contact your doctor if your daughter still has this rash. Good luck!View Thread
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