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Our Baby's First Two Years
by Robert M. Selig, M.D., FAAP & Joann C. Cozza, D.O., FAAP

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1. Teething: Excessive drooling, hands in the mouth, and chewing on every­thing usually occurs at this age.  These are normal stages of development for your baby and do not necessarily mean that teeth are on their way.  Although many babies get their first tooth at 6 months, some do not get them until after one year of age!  Be patient.


2. Fever:  Fever is defined as a rectal temperature over 101 degrees F. Do not be afraid of fever. Fever will not hurt your baby.  It is your baby's response to fight infection. I recommend treating your baby's fever over 101 degrees to help make your baby more comfortable. If your baby is cranky, irritable, acting sick, feeding poorly, having trouble breathing, or sleeping excessively,  please call the office. Dosages of Tylenol or other brands of acetaminophen (Panadol, Tempra) are based on your baby's weight.   Please ask for our fever sheet which has the correct dosages.


3.  Constipation: Your baby's bowel movements may vary in consistency and frequency (breast vs bottle.  Your child is constipated when he/she appears uncomfortable and is passing hard stools).  Your baby's bowel movements should be soft or mushy in consistency and the color may be yellow, brown, or green (mucus).  Add 1-2 teaspoons of Dark Karo Syrup to each 4 ounces of formula (every bottle) or offer 4-8 ounces of prune or apple juice per day.  Please call the office if your child's stools have not returned to normal after one week of treatment.


4.  Hiccups: These are normal and will not harm your baby.  They may occur more after feedings.  Try feeding your baby (breast milk, formula, juice, or water) or offering a pacifier. Stimulation of the back of your baby's throat with milk or saliva (when sucking on a pacifier), may stop the hiccups.


___Vi-Daylin ADC + Iron Drops - one dropperful daily for breast-fed babies.



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