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A diet high in sugar can have an adverse affect on development. Virtually anything can have an adverse effect on development depending on who you talk to. Feeding your child too much or too little, letting them sleep too much or too little or go to sleep too early or late, switching toward mushy foods and then solids too soon or late, beginning to discipline ...


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As long as he is getting enough in each 24-hour cycle, and he remains on-course on his weight chart, and if he can sleep 4-5 hours between feedings, then go with that and don't wake him up. I would only wake him if there's reason to be concerned.


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This is something babies do. What looks like her entire meal is more likely a lot of drool and mucus, some stomach acid, and just enough breast milk to tint it white. There are some situations where a large amount of milk/formula gets burped up, and this is usually one of two situations; an overfull stomach (some babies will eat to bursting; the reflexes ...


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There is no "rule" that the first solid food has to be rice cereal. However, it is frequently recommended as a first solid. There are likely several reasons for this recommendation. In short, the reason rice cereal is usually recommended is because it is relatively safe, makes a good transitional solid food, and is readily available. Rice may be less ...


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Don't worry, children will not starve! Unless other wise directed by your doctor due to a medical condition, don't fight over food. If she doesn't want to eat she won't. I do not recommend giving her just what she wants, this may take on a life of its own and make you into a short order cook. Unless you know for certain your child doesn't like what you ...


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Anecdotal evidence from my baby (Now 9 weeks): Your Diaper & Stool issues are perfectly normal. The Wiggling of legs is supposed to help, a little side to side motion should help also. Look up "Baby Massage" to help her relax. The Babies internal plumbing is still getting started. Dont expect things to run perfectly straight away! If in doubt ...


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If your child is younger than 12 months, I would refrain from giving cow's milk altogether, see What Happens If a Newborn Drinks Cow Milk? and Cow's milk: When and how to introduce it. Problems which can occur are nutritional deficiencies (most commonly iron deficiency), gastrointestinal irritation or allergic reactions. In general, babies' digestive tracts ...


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As always with regard to health-related questions: If you're actually concerned and not just curious, always consult your pediatrician. But here's my general answer: At the age of 3 months, regular eating/feeding patterns often haven't developed yet, so you can expect this to change again in the coming months. It is extremely rare that children have eating ...


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My pediatrician as well as several of my friends have recommended the book/DVD "Happiest Baby on the Block" for methods to calm a fussy baby. Dr. Harvey Karp details 5 things you can do to make your baby feel like he is in the womb, which should calm him down. It sounds like you've tried several of these, but Karp says if you try them at the same time and ...


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When all else fails I try the following: Hold your baby high against your body, walk up and down a dark hallway, and sing to your little one. The walking is very soothing to them and the dark is relaxing. Additionally, a good technique is to firmly pat their diaper to the beat of whatever you're singing; don't spank them, but a good pat that helps them focus ...


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If it continues for three full days or more, or if she has a fever, see your family's doctor. It could be anything from an illness to a food sensitivity, or something I haven't thought of. Reduced appetite and unusual tiredness can be normal during a growth spurt, but normally kids sleep soundly when that's the case.


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Are you adequately nourished? Do you take supplements at all to compensate for your dietary choices that result in reduced levels of required nutrients? Do your ethics also extend to taking in supplements that are animal-sourced? There are vegans or vegetarian who eat very well, widely and balanced, there are carnivores who eat badly, so I don't think it's ...


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Children need frequent and pleasant contact with a food to begin to eat it. Have her sit with you at the table for meals. Place foods before her with utensils and encourage her to play with the food. The goal at first is for the contact to be frequent AND pleasant. Help her be creative in her play by modeling fun food play with her on your plate as you ...


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It may be obvious except to new parents, but make sure to burp the baby after every feeding. Some babies also need to be burped once or twice during feeding. The point is to get the air out of the stomach before it goes into the intestines. Baby massage is also often helpful: gently rub the belly in a circular motion; clockwise when facing the baby. This ...


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Your son may have dysphagia, a feeding and swallowing disorder. While there may be physical problems that need to be addressed, generally the disorder is treated with physical therapy designed to strengthen the muscles involved and train the mouth and throat to function properly. The linked article from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association ...


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I have done it with both of my children, and never had a problem. That said, we never let it sit more than half a day. Do make sure you seal the container though. Odor from other food in your fridge can get into it if left open. Also note that pasteurization is nothing more than heating raw milk to a 161F and then cooling it back off. If it looks or smells ...


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There are some special holds that might help. Tiger in the Tree Here's a site with a video showing the hold. http://www.cheshiremum.co.uk/tag/tiger-in-the-tree/ Swinging Once your baby can hold her head steady there are a bunch of different swings you can try. Sit your baby down. Sit behind her. Put your hands under her arms and over her thighs and ...


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New spoon feeders need training for the motor patterns of holding, scooping, lifting and placing a spoon in the mouth. It is quite an involved process for little ones involving visual perceptual skills, motor development and coordination of the fingers/hand, wrist, arm, shoulder, neck/head and mouth. Breaking the steps down, giving hand over assistant to ...


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Most of the literature I can find about infant sleeping has to do primarily with waking habits, not eating habits. So I would not be surprised if these recommendations (which I have heard before) have little support from rigorous peer-reviewed scientific research. That doesn't mean that the recommendation isn't useful, it simply means your mileage may vary. ...


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The point is to get the air out that the infant sucks into the stomach while feeding. Any burp is enough. It can be one big one, a few small ones. If none is heard within something like 10 minutes, then you can assume that it just slowly evaporated over time. With my son, he usually burped either immediately or within a minute or so, but sometimes also not ...


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Maybe he should not graduate from liquids to solids, but first from liquids to semi-solids and then on to solids. Soft fruit would probably make a good transition food, and mashed potatoes. Once he gets used to those, it will be a smaller step to move up to real solid foods.


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According to http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/nitratearticle.htm, the problem is with nitrate levels in carrots. If that's true, the same problem will occur with fresh spinach. As to what the food industry does differently: IIRC, nitrate problems tend to get worse when cooked meals spend time at room temperature. Bacteria from the air will metabolize the ...


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Rice is a very simple food. It has a bland taste. The texture is not too new. The viscosity can be altered. There's very little chance of allergic reactions. It's easy to digest. It can be mixed with other things - fruit puree, vegetable puree, etc to vary the taste and to help introduce other foods. As a first 'solid' food it's an excellent choice. ...


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With twins, it's going to be chaotic sometimes. Don't worry too much and go with the flow. Try and see what works (the next day it may be all different :-) It really depends on their personalities - one may be fast eater while the other is slow. One may be eager to try out new tastes, while the other reluctant (as you note in your other post). One may like ...


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Let him sleep. My son was born a bit on the small side, with low blood sugar and a small problem with maintaining body temperature (in the first days). We were told we have to wake and feed him every three hours, mainly because of the blood sugar issue. But after two weeks, we were told this is no longer necessary, and that we can now wait for 4-5 hours ...


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Two of my five kids did this, the others pulled or squeezed various other things at different ages. With the ear thing in particular, I think that it is just that the ear/nose/throat are all connected, so they may be feeling some pressure as they swallow and they touch the point where they perceive it. Kids have weird habits that they get into, then they ...


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It's normal for him to be a little constipated; if you think about it he's had only liquids for 6 months and suddenly there's something solid in his digestive tract... That said, pay attention to which fruits you're giving him; bananas will bind him up more, etc. If he's still having issues 'producing' then add in some breastmilk or formula to his mash to ...


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First, it is very likely normal for your baby to cry and you need to ration your strength. Make sure both parents and other caregivers give each other breaks from the crying to recover. If it is just the two of you please find some help. Even as little as a couple hours once a week is important for your health and ability to have perspective. Now, ...


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Iron fortified rice cereal is important not just for the rice bit (well discussed on the other answers) but also for the iron bit. Babies are born with enough iron reserves to last them about six months, after that they need a top up. This six month age is when solids are recommended, so it makes sense to start them with an iron fortified food. If you are ...



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