Archive for July, 2010
When to start solids
Some parents wonder when is the right time to add solids to your baby’s diet and how to start. The term “solid foods” means foods that are not breast milk or formula that gives the baby. These foods are soft, liquid or pureed.
There is no exact moment when your baby should begin solid foods. Every baby is different. But moms and dads can be alert to certain signs (signs of development) that will help them know that the baby is ready.
During the first four months of life, infants need only breast milk (if lactating) or formula (if you use a bottle). Indeed, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that breast-fed infants are fed only breast milk during the first six months of life and continue to integrate into your diet to 12 months. But some babies may be ready to begin solid foods between 4 and 6 months of life. Read the rest of this entry »
Breast milk is the best food for babies. However, some mothers can not breastfeed because of your health or other reasons. If you decide to feed your baby formula, here are some important points you should know.
The formula is ready for serving, or in liquid or powder to mix with water. Call your health professional to find out how much and what type of formula your baby needs. Newborns eat 2-3 ounces of formula every 3-4 hours. To feed your baby formula:
- Fill the bottle with the correct amount of formula. If you use a bottle with a plastic bag, squeeze all the air after filling so as not to cause the baby gas. Never warm the bottle in the microwave because it could get too hot for baby.
Keep vaccinations up to date is very important for the health of your baby. They protect your baby against dangerous 14 childhood diseases. The baby will need more than one dose for most shots when he turns two years. It is possible that the health professional give several vaccines in one visit. The vaccinations are needed from birth through childhood. Therefore it is important to ensure that your child gets all immunizations up to age 18. Vaccines are usually administered during visits to the doctor or clinic.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies receive the following vaccinations (health professionals usually use the initials when talking about these vaccines)
- Hepatitis B (HepB)
- Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTaP)
- Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
- Inactivated polio (IPV)
- Rotavirus (RotaTeq)
- Pneumococcal (PCV)
- Influenza (Flu)
- Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
- Varicella (V)
- Hepatitis A (HepA)
These are very serious diseases and vaccines to help protect the baby from them. Babies can fall very sick and even die if they develop the diseases that vaccines can prevent.
What You Can Do
Follow your health professional about when your baby should be given the vaccine to your baby.
Risks and Side Effects
The benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks. Once vaccinated children are protected from serious diseases, and threatening their lives. Read the rest of this entry »
This second test is crucial. During this, your doctor will weigh, check your blood pressure, will conduct a review of urine and serology against toxoplasmosis and rubella. The state of your neck and your baby’s heartbeat will be monitored.
The medical examination of the fourth month. You will spend the consultation of the 4th month. Your doctor will ask a number of common questions:
- Feel the baby move?
- Are you bleeding?
- Do you have any losses?
- Do you have contractions, pain?
- Do you have trouble urinating?
- Do you have a fever?
The review continues with weight gain. Some mothers have the unpleasant surprise of having taken more than superfluous kilos. Attention to snacking and poor eating habits! The doctor will also take your blood pressure, which must remain normal (pregnancy often a bit low) throughout pregnancy.
The height of the uterus is measured by a centimeter flexible, it ensures the proper growth of the baby. A vaginal examination to verify the condition of the cervix, and to ensure in particular that it is not too open.
Heart activity was recorded by a small ultrasound machine or sonography, which allows you to hear this again and if particularly rapid heartbeat of your baby. The results of the examination are recorded in your medical record and / or your mother’s passport. Read the rest of this entry »