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Why my baby is always very hungry?

Question:why my baby is always very hungry?
My son is 3 months old; he seems very hungry all the time. Should I add cereal to him? IS it too early to feed a 3 months old baby cereal?

Answer:Seeming hungry all the time is an indicator to show that they are about to have a growth spurt. For supporting it, you should try to increase milk supply to your baby. Usually, it should subside after a few days, when they can get enough milk. If you don’t have enough milk to meet your baby’s demand, you can add supplement with formula, or cereal. However, you can not rely on it. It means that you should not use formula to take the place of breastmilk. If your baby sucks less from you every time, your supply will go down, even stop producing at all. So, before your baby is one year old, you’d better not stop breastfeeding.

Anyway, you can add cereal to your 3 months old baby, and formula can be better for some mothers, and babies.

how many times should I give to my newborn baby?

Question:Baby bath
I have a newborn son, I want to give him a bath every night before put him to bed. But I don’t know how many times I should give to my newborn baby? Once a day is OK?

Answer:It is needn’t to give daily bath to your new baby, my pediatrician told me. You should be very careful when you bath your baby until the cord falls off. Just a sponge is ok for bathing your baby with cord.
However, my friend gives her daughter bath everyday even with her umbilical cord. She said that her mother taught her how to give bath to baby and wouldn’t hurt her. Her daughter is nearly 6 months old now and she has to give her daughter a bath before bedtime everyday because if not, her baby will get cranky, that little baby loves her bath time.
So, the important thing is that you must pay attention to your baby’s health. Do not hurt him when give him bath. With tender music, lavender bathwash, let your baby have a bath. He will love having bath. And having a nice bath really help him to good sleep.

How to care for children from respiratory diseases

In these rainy days there is more virus circulation and more risk of infants to be infected. Some symptoms can be managed at home. However, we must look at warning signs.
The rainy season brings with cough, throat irritation, headache and other discomforts associated with respiratory diseases. However, adults suffer from cold; it is imminent danger to children, especially newborns. Hence the importance of parents and caregivers of children increase their attention at this time, in which emergency rooms have been taken over by children with acute respiratory infection-ARI.
What is the IRA?
Acute respiratory infections are diseases caused by several types of microbes, especially viruses and bacteria, which affect the airway from the nasal region into the lung.
These diseases cause inflammation acute (short term) of the upper respiratory system (nose and larynx) or lower respiratory system (lungs).
“They are generated by contact with the germ, either through a contaminated person (who has the flu, for example) or contaminated objects (toys, clothing, medical items). It can also be transmitted through the air with the virus particles expelling a person to cough, “said Ivan Booth, president of the Colombian Association of pediatric pulmonologist and Latin American Society of pediatric pulmonologist.
Usually, these infections last from three to five days. The majority is viral and requires supportive measures to manage symptoms. Viruses do not respond to antibiotics.
“At least 90 percent of acute respiratory infections are given by viruses and bacteria 10 percent … many of these are mild. Those which produce increased risk of death in children are bronchiolitis and pneumonia, “says pediatric pulmonologist Gustavo Aristizabal, coordinator of the acute respiratory diseases of the Ministry of Health of Bogota.
Management at home
Generally, an infectious fever is controlled, offer the child plenty of fluids, adequate nutrition (you should keep breast milk at all times), do not suppress the cough (it’s a defense mechanism to remove lung secretions ) and is vital to keep your nose clean.
Fever is good in some way. And not always have to lower it, says Aristizabal, it indicates that the child’s defenses are working. It is something for a fever when the temperature is greater than 38.4 degrees Celsius (measured in the armpit). As for the nasal wash, they should clean the small nose with saline solution: using a dropper or a syringe without needle (1 cm), make the child seated and apply two drops in each nostril every time you feel congested. Do not do it when you just finish eating or very cold water.
Emergency consultations in the following cases:
– All children younger than two months with fever.
– Any child older than two months with a fever that lasts more than three days.
– All children younger than two months to decrease the appetite.
– Every child, less or more than two months, too sleepy or too decayed.
– Any child who convulsed, of any age.
– All children younger or older than two months to sound the chest when breathing (wheezing).
– All children younger or older than two months that have rapid breathing.
– All children younger or older than two months that the ribs are sinking or have any signs of trouble breathing.
Type of infections
Upper respiratory infections:
Flu or common cold. It is caused by viruses and can cause fever for a few days, small nose and cough.
Otitis (ear is part of the respiratory organ). The middle ear becomes inflamed and this occurs usually as a result of throat infections, tonsillitis and colds. Only in specific cases requires antibiotic management (fluid in the ear that does not disappear).
Otitis media with effusion means that there is fluid in the middle ear (inner ear) and that the inside is swollen. This fluid usually does not bother children, and almost always goes alone.
– Sinusitis. Presence of infection or inflammation of the sinuses, holes where air passes through the interior of the bones surrounding the nose.
– Pharyngitis and tonsillitis. The first is inflammation of the throat, often by a cold or flu. Tonsillitis is pain and inflammation of the tonsils.
– Laryngitis. It also produces a virus. It is accompanied by mild fever, dry cough, and runny nose.
Lower respiratory infections:
– Bronchitis. It is inflammation of the main airways (bronchi) to the lungs. It causes coughing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. The cough is usually accompanied by expectoration of yellowish or greenish mucus. It dries and disappears spontaneously.
– Bronchiolitis. Subsequent to the bronchioles, smaller ducts where the air goes. There are about 30,000 in each lung. A bronchiole is about the same thickness as a hair. Virus is the responsibility of infection which mainly affects children under one year. Its symptoms are mild fever, dry cough at first and then wet for several days or weeks, and chest sounds (wheezing). It is complicated by difficult breathing.
– Pneumonia. It is usually caused by bacteria. It would be the only disease that would require antibiotics for management. It causes prolonged fever, frequent cough and the diagnosis is confirmed with a medical examination and a chest radiograph.
How to avoid complicating the flu?
It is important to first talk about prevention. A well-fed mother with a rigorous and free prenatal cigarette smoke has less risk of delivering prematurely, said Gustavo Aristizabal pulmonologist.
Tips for preventing complications in infants:
– Have updated basic vaccination, essential protection against various diseases.
– Breastfeeding exclusively during the first six months of life. – Prevent the child lie down for at least 30 minutes after food intake to keep from coughing, and bronchial food back.
– Adults should always have very clean hands, especially when they are to prepare food. A good caregiver should wash hands for 20 to 30 times a day.
– People with colds should always wear face masks.
– In rainy season, entertain the children well and avoid drafts.
– No self-medicate and do not administer medication influenza in children under two years old.
– No smoking in the house of the infant.

The symptoms of flu in baby

One of the reasons of baby easy to catch flu is their immunity system is immature. Another main reason is baby produce immunity to one kind of flu virus, but the virus may bring on flu is more than 200 kinds. As children grow up, they start to explore the world around him. The method is various: toughing things with hands, even using his tongue to lick. It is easy to take virus with their hands.

In this case, if baby put their finger into mouth or nostril or rub their eyes with hand, flu virus will have good chance to get touch with baby. Babies have a high probability getting cold in winter, for the cold air outdoor and warm air indoor both dry baby’s nasal mucosa, which afford a chance for the entry of flu virus. The flu virus is more likely pass indoor in winter. At this time, babies spend most of their time indoors.

?? Most babies average 6 to 10 colds a year. The children who go to kindergarten or school average about 12 colds a year.
There are many symptoms when baby have flu. A slight flu may cause low-heat, runny nose, sneezing, diarrhea and so on. On the contrary, a bad cold may result in high fever, headache, vomit, fatigue, loss of appetite and so on.

How long can I let my baby cry?

Question:How long can I let my baby cry?
My daughter is 2 months old. Recently, she cries in the early evening and no matter what I do to try to comfort her, useless. She will cry more than 2 hours even my husband and I do everything that we think can comfort her. Then she falls asleep on her own again. Do not worry too much about your baby’s crying, one friend said. Will you let your baby cry? How long can it last if you know your baby is fed to full, clean and comfortable? 3 minutes or can it be 10 minutes? How do other moms think?

Answer:I have many friends whose baby had a “fussy period” every evening starting around one month and some say it lasts until 3 months; some less…However, 10 minutes is too long to let your baby cry by himself. You can let your baby cry less than 5 minutes. But it doesn’t mean you do nothing or do not care about your baby. You will try to let her know you love her and care about her, such as pat on her back softly, or rub her tummy tenderly, or give her tender songs and so on, try to sooth her. If she is fed well, clean and comfortable, those ways will be useful to let her calm down. It is a time, babies should go through and it will end finally. Don’t worry too much.

When will my baby sleep through the night?

Question:My daughter is going to be 4 months old now and she still does not sleep through the night. She goes to sleep around 7:30pm and gets up at 11am, 5am, and 8am. I have tried waking her up and feeding her before I go to sleep but she always gets up at the same time as if she has a clock built in her brain! I have heard that baby should be sleeping through the night by 4 months of ages. What shall I do? Should I add cereal in her menu?

The older baby grows, the less often she will wake up at night. The newborn babies seem to wake up constantly at night. Though babies sleep about 17 hours per day, most of this sleep is in short time horizon. Babies keep waking up every few hours, and need to be dabbed back to sleep. New mothers usually don’t get an all night long sleep, so it is best for them to revise their time table according to the baby’s timings. Parents can get Sleep when the baby is sleeping, and wake up when the baby wakes up.

A food report points out that cereal is the main source of nutrients for children. Most cereal products have been strengthened necessary nutrition, and the taste is not bad for children. As cereal food is ok both at breakfast and at other times in the day. It is also a kind of food, and a dietary supplement any way. Taking some cereal food will create a positive effect on baby’s sleep. But it is not the final solution of the disorder of baby’s sleep time.

My baby usually vomits after I breastfeed him. Why is this? Should I be worried?

Question:My baby usually vomits after I breastfeed him. Why is this? Should I be worried?
My nephew is 8 months old. my sister told me he only vomited after my sister’s breastfeeding. However, when he is fed by solid food or feeding by bottle, no vomiting. This situation has lasted for one week or so, but my sister has no change on her diet. So we are puzzled about it. Is there anyone has the same experience with me? Could some one explain this situation for me? Is my nephew sick? Should we take him to pediatrican?

Answer:Your nephew could be swallowing some air when he’s breastfeeding. I suggest that when he is burping, your sister may stop feeding him.
Babies vomit after breastfeeding, usually, because of overfeeding, gas or colic. You needn’t worry too much, if the baby is gaining weight adequately, even though sometimes he vomits. But if the baby rejects breastfeeding, if he seems to be painful, and if he is not gaining weight normally, it could indicate some problems. Maybe the baby boy gets colic. Take the baby to prediatrican for help as soon as possible. Now!

Is my baby getting enough breastmilk?

Question:Is my baby getting enough breastmilk?
I have a newborn daughter, 2 weeks old. I don’t know if other mothers have the same concern as me. I am really concerned whether I am producing enough breast milk, or whether my baby is drinking enough milk. I don’t feed my daughter as many times as my neighbor does. My daughter only feeds about 6 minutes on one breast in long hour spans. She doesn’t cry for it, either. However, she urinates many diapers.
Is my baby getting enough breast milk?

Answer:6 minutes is OK! I also have a daughter, but I breastfed her until she was 8 months old. She only fed for a few minutes every time. You know, it worried me too. Because all the related books what I have read said feedings should last about twenty minutes. I turned to my pediatrician for help. She assured me that it was no problem. It means that your body is better than the average mother about producing milk. The reason why many moms feed much longer time is that their breasts don’t produce much milk, especially in the beginning.
You said that your daughter made many diapers dirty. I think if she’s wetting diapers and gaining weight very well that means she’s probably fed well. If she doesn’t cry when you take her off your breast maybe you can see that she had a good feed. So, don’t worry too much.
Finally, you can go to your doctor for help. Good luck.

What’s the best way to change from breast feeding to baby formula feeding?

Question:What’s the best way to change from breast feeding to baby formula feeding?
We have a newborn son, 11 months old. Now, we plan to have a second child. My friend suggests that I must stop breast feeding. What I am worried about is that my son doesn’t want to drink any kind of baby formula. We have tried many times, but it don’t work even we change the milk bottles. What is the reason? Because of the nipple, bottle or the taste of the formula?
Please give me some suggestions. Thanks.

Answer:You needn’t stop breast feeding for getting pregnant if your period has returned! If not, you need to stop breast feeding to ovulate again. And you can consult with your family doctor for professional suggestion. At the same time, if you really determine to wean, you’d better turn to a cup, not a bottle. At 11 months, a cup should be introduced and then you needn’t bother to break your baby’s bottle habit.

Just do one feeding at a time and you have to be consistent and keep it as a rule. Don’t give in and give her the breast when he rejects the cup, even cries. Because she’ll connect refusal and cry with getting what he wants.

It’s best to get some others to do the first few attempts rather than his mom. Don’t expect immediate success, you need patient. It takes a few days …may be you don’t believe, but it is true that babies are stubborn and they know how to manipulate with you. Be strong willed. Just keep offering the cup when he is hungry. He will gradually accept your cup, but not the first time. Usually, it takes 3 weeks to 6 weeks s to wean your baby from breast feeding. There are some tactics and tips to tackle with your baby. Be patient and don’t give up.

Can the food I eat have impact on my baby’s skin colour?

Question:Can the food I eat have impact on my baby’s skin colour?
I am an African and now pregnancy with my second baby. today?I heard that if pregnancy mom eats bright colour things such as oranges, tomatoes, peaches pear and so on can avoid dark colour. They can have a huge impact on the baby’s skin. Does this happen? I really want to try.

Answer:I have never heard about that and I do not think that is true.
Genetics determines skin color.
To change baby’ skin color relaying on eating some food is just a myth and a little ridiculous to sound. Although eating bright colour things is good for your body and your baby:). Actually, you and your baby need variety of food both in bright colour and dark colour.

However, why do you want to change your baby’s skin? Do not disobey god’s will.


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