I'm not sure if this will help but there is a book called "Bringing up Boys" by Dr Dobson that I hear is really good. I have all girls so for Christmas DH bought me "Bringing up Girls" but I haven't read it yet.
Another thought would be to contact a counselor, maybe they can help you get to the bottom of his behavior. Is he in daycare? I know there is a physically abusive child in DD's class and so I've seen her hit the floor/wall now whenever she gets upset. She has to sit in TO for that b/c we want her to know that is not acceptible. After you punish DS, do you talk to him again about the behavior and why is was bad? This might help to reinforce it instead of him forgetting as soon as his punishment is over.View Thread
As others have said, it's not your fault that your LO got sick. I had a friend who only BF for the first year and her LO was sick all the time. Granted my LO is only 4 months but she's only had one tiny cold that went away pretty quickly and I only BF for a little over a day. My pediatrican said that the antibodies are only in breast milk for the first few weeks, so your LO got all of that. Once the first few weeks are over, I was told that breast milk is no different than formula. Try to relax and know that it's not your fault.View Thread
Yes, unfortunately for little babies the cough takes forever to go away. So he may have been over the cold but the cough lingered and then he caught another cold. Is he in daycare? I found that my kids pretty much have coughs/runny noses most of the winter months. It's so frustrating for them. I'd only be worried if he has a fever for more than 4-5 days.View Thread
Sara DuMond - question. My baby about two weeks ago began sleeping through the next. Then last weekend suddenly stopped. The first night we just rocked her to sleep and she was fine until the morning. Then the next night she wasn't content with that b/c she didn't eat much during the day (we think she had a stomach bug) so we fed her. Well a week later and we're still dealing with this. At nap and bedtime we feed her and put her right into her crib, she's still kind of wake just very sleepy. Last night I tried let her cry for about 5 minutes but DH woke up saying we needed to feed her. Our concern about letting her cry is will she wake up our 3 year old? In this approach would you recommend us going in after 5 minutes just to give her a pacifier? She's a little over 4 months old and is getting solids twice a day, so I honestly don't think she's hungry. Any thoughts?View Thread
I agree on the aquaphor on his bottom but on his elbows try Cortaid. My DD has ecezma on her face, chin, and neck we use the Cortaid on it and the reddish went away in two usages. Aquaphor is great on the bottom area.View Thread
It's probably ecezma...DD has this same issue. Our pedi recommended putting Cortaid on her neck twice a day. I do it before bed and first thing in the morning. It's not completely gone but it's a TON better. You just need a little. We tried aquaphor and while I love that stuff for diaper rash, it didn't help with DD's redness under her neck and on her checks/chin. Cortaid worked great in just two applications. By the time summer comes, you probably won't have to deal with this anymore. DD#1 had the same issue until it got warmer. Oh the joys of winter babies!View Thread
Try a rectal temp and if it's over 102 call the pedi. If not, just keep giving her tylenol and keep her comfy. If she's stuffy, prop her mattress with a pillow and run a cool mist humidifier. We run one all winter in all the bedrooms b/c the heat can really dry out the sinuses. If her fever increases and she's not eating, then I'd also call the pedi. However, a low grade fever with a cold is nothing to worry about unless it lasts longer than 3-4 days.View Thread
1) Mix the medicine with 2 oz of formula. You don't want to mix it with say 6 oz just in case he doesn't finish his bottle. I did this method with DD#1 as a baby whenever she need an medicine for a sickness.
2) Put the medicine in a nipple from a bottle, let him suck it out of there. If he spits it out using this method, then you might want to use the method of putting it in his formula. I use this with DD#2 b/c she takes Zantac every day for acid reflux and sometimes her dosage is due before the next feeding. She does great with this and my BFF started using this method to give her DD grape water for gas.
As far as the loss of appetite, could it be the thrush that is making his throat too sore to eat? I'd just offer smaller feedings more frequently until he feels better. If he's not eating at all, I'd call the pedi again.View Thread
WOW! Here I thought my mother was nuts. She ALWAYS has to be by DD's side when she's around. It's like my father, myself and DH don't exist since DD was born. Luckily she lives an hour away so don't have the issues you do. Good luck and just keep telling her how you want things. It's your child, you know what's best. However, there may be times that you have to bite your tongue and smile...I still do and DD is 18 months!View Thread