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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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DOCTOR'S SUGGESTIONS:

 

1. Spitting up is common at this age. As long as your baby is gaining weight appropriately and does not appear uncomfortable after spitting up, there is no reason for concern. Spitting up will lessen by your baby's first birthday. Position your baby more upright during feeding and keep the bottle level (horizontal) just enough to keep milk in the nipple. This will slow down the feeding, lessen air gulping, and lessen your baby's spitting. Mothers who are breast feeding, should position themselves in such a way to decrease the flow of their milk. Please ask for my handout on spitting up.

2. Your baby's sleeping patterns may change at any time. Babies do not need the same amount of rest-they learn to sleep when they are tired. Ask for suggestions on ways to improve your baby's sleeping schedule.

3. Most babys' feet/legs are not straight at this age. After your baby has been walking for 3 months (weight-bearing), this problem should improve. Please feel comfortable to discuss this common concern.

4. Crib shoes are cute, but not necessary.

5. Automatic swings can be very useful to help with naps or to calm down your child during fussy periods. Use pillows or rolled up towels on either side to prop him up straight. Never leave your baby unattended in a swing.

6. Bowel patterns may change around this time. It is normal for your baby to turn bright red and grunt during a bowel movement. This is not a sign of constipation. If your baby's bowel movements are soft and/or mushy and your baby does not appear uncomfortable, do not be concerned how frequently or infrequently they may occur.

 

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

 

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