Patient discussion about infant

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Q. My baby also got rash like me.

Hi I am Modena. I am using my cousins iMedix ID to contact you all. I gave birth to male baby before 6 weeks. I am breast feeding him. Last night I tried a new salad in my diet. After a few minutes I noticed that I had an itchy rash over my cheeks and neck. I didn’t take any medicine, but it went away by itself within 1-2 hours. My baby also got rash a couple of hours later like me and it was cured after 2-3 hours. Will this happen again to him? What precautions I must take? I am scared.
AI think you had a mild allergy due to herbs in the salad. Whatever you take inside your system will affect your baby through your milk feeding. So first check the food before you eat. He inherited your allergy and had the same reaction. But, there is nothing to worry about this. I suggest you to check with your Gynecologist.

Q. How can I prevent my baby developing Overweight?

He’s gaining a lot of weight since birth, too much as the Dr. said…how can I prevent it?
A1 Here is couple of advices about overweight in infants I found useful when my baby was 6 months old. It’s not full but it’s still very helpful and effective.
http://www.5min.com/Video/How-to-Prevent-Overweight-in-Infants-5627
A2It’s important to keep you child in a normal weight – not too much but not too little also. If too much – there is a very good chance that he’ll develop obesity by the age of 25. and not too little cause babies need that fat in their first year and a half for a normal growth. Try not too feed him sugared milk, not to stick a bottle in his mouth every time he is crying and he’ll be O.K.!

Q. How can I prevent baby caries?

Hi, I’m pregnant on my 34 week and my older son had baby caries, I would like to prevent that this time.
A1You can buy or sometimes get from your dentist a special toothpaste for infants to rub on thier teeth and gums.
A2First of all you might want to know that sweetening his formula would do that. And it’s not healthy in general. So don’t do that. After feeding- clean his moth. How to do that? Here is an article about early tooth decay:
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000101/20000101b.html

A3First of all I have to correct a big mistake people usually do- if the pacifier falls down on the ground, rinse it with water, don’t put it in your mouth and then in the baby’s mouth. It’ll only infect him with caries. The other advises- just don’t use sugar in his bottle. Clean his mouth after feeding and he’ll be fine.

Q. My baby is grunting and groaning while I breastfeed him. Is this normal?

It only happens from time to time, but he makes these weird noises while nursing and I would like to know if it's standard behavior.
ADoes it sound like he is having trouble breathing while you breastfeed him? Does he make these sounds while crying also, or just while eating? All of these are things you should report to your pediatrician so you can be sure that the baby is not suffering from anything other than simple reflux while being breastfed.

Q. Does pregnant woman with flu is dangerous to the baby?

I would like to know if the baby can be effected by the fact his mom is sick with flu.
A1excellent answer DoctorAdhi. Thank you very much for the detailed explanation. Hopefully additional members will contribute from their knowledge and experience as well.
A2Actually flu is generally a viral infection, although it can be a bacterial infection. In case of viral infection, your body can fight the flu itself, the only thing you need to do is increasing your body defense (immune system).

While catching the flu during pregnancy rarely causes birth defects, pregnancy can slightly increase your risk for flu complications such as pneumonia. The best way to have a healthy pregnancy is to try to prevent the flu altogether.
But if it's happened that a pregnant mom get a flu, it is recommended to always consult first with the OB-GYN doctor, before taking any medications, because not every OTC drugs and prescribed drugs are safe to be taken during pregnancy.

In case you get a flu, these drugs are okay to be consumed for a pregnant woman (but again consult this first with your doctor) :
- acetaminophen, to treat aches and fever
- anti-histamine, such as chlorpheniramine
- pseudoephedrine (decongestant), but pseudoephedrin is safe ONLY after f

Q. Should I give my baby girl vitamin D?

I have a 4 month old baby girl. I have been reading that it is advised to give babies vitamin D. Is this true?
A1Yes, it is advised to give babies a vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D deficiency (not having enough) can be prevented by giving babies a daily supplement (drops) of vitamin D.
Babies need vitamin D for healthy growth and development. It helps them build strong, healthy bones and teeth.
Babies who don’t get enough vitamin D are at risk of getting rickets, a disease that affects the way bones grow and develop. Vitamin D can also help prevent certain illnesses in childhood or later in life.

A2I also heard that it is advised to give babies a vitamin D supplement. apparently, Vitamin D deficiency (not having enough) can be prevented by giving babies a daily supplement (drops) of vitamin D.
Babies need vitamin D for healthy growth and development. It helps them build strong, healthy bones and teeth.
Babies who don’t get enough vitamin D are at risk of getting rickets, a disease that affects the way bones grow and develop. Vitamin D can also help prevent certain illnesses in childhood or later in life.

Q. How to prevent burns from babies?

I have a 4 month old baby and when I gave him a bath last night, he turned red because of the hot water. After the bath the color faded but now I am worried, can this burn him?
A1yes,you need to make sure the water isnt to hot,it only needs to be luke warm,a babies skin is very senitive while they are young,i know i have 3 kids,although my little girl isnt real senitive to hot things.
A2Don't worry, it isn't a burn, however you must be careful as babies are very sensitive. Here is a good website which has great tips for preventing burns in babies and kids:
http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/emergencies/burns.html
A3It sounds like the water was too hot for him. Babies have much more sensitive skin and can burn easily. I suggest you test the water with your elbow first before putting your baby in.
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