Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from our families. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you have about your child's health.
- When can my child get a flu shot?
- How much Tylenol®, Motrin®, or Benadryl® should I give my child?
- What kind of car seat should my child be using?
- I'm afraid my baby doesn't poop enough (or poops too much). What's normal for a newborn?
- How should I take my child's temperature? At what temperature should I give medicine, and when should I call the office?
- Will my child receive vaccines at our next visit?
- How do I introduce solid foods to my baby?
A: HealthyChildren.org, a site for parents maintained by the American Academy of Pediatrics, offers a comprehensive and complete Guide to Car Seat Safety. These guides have been updated for 2014.
A: What’s considered normal for newborns ranges anywhere from one poop every several days to several poops every day. As the American Academy of Pediatrics says, "Some babies are like the sprinters of the pooping world—fast and furious—while others are more like distance runners—slow and steady."
Here is some helpful information from HealthyChildren.org. As always, call us with any questions or concerns.
- Once babies have proven themselves capable of clearing out their meconium and have moved on to dishing out the “real thing,” you can be relatively assured that their plumbing is in good working order and turn your attention to the so-called normal pooping patterns of infancy.
- What’s considered normal at this stage of the game (and for months to come) ranges anywhere from one poop every several days to several poops every day. Some are like the sprinters of the pooping world—fast and furious—while others are more like distance runners—slow and steady.
- In general, breastfed babies poop more than formula-fed ones, and younger babies poop more than older ones. Newborn babies and young infants also tend to have several tiny poops in succession, so as a point of practicality we recommend waiting a few minutes until your newborn is convincingly finished rather than jumping into diaper-changing action after the first signs of activity.
- The actual number of poops is likely to be less important than the fact that everything is generally moving along.
- In the spirit of helping you distinguish between the healthy but fast and furious pooper and those newborns pooping beyond the limits of acceptability, experts in the field of newborn care suggest the following rule of thumb: Any time a newborn’s poop becomes progressively more watery or outpaces feeding frequency, it’s time to seek medical advice.
- Long after adjusting to parenthood and your role as principal poop watcher and wiper, you may still find yourself fretting over changes in the color of your baby’s poop. In reality, once your baby has pooped enough to get rid of the tarry meconium, all the varying shades of yellow, brown, and even green are considered perfectly acceptable. Mustardy yellow is the color of choice for most breastfed babies, and yellow-tan with hints of green for those who are formula-fed. Being presented with a changing palette of colors is not uncommon, however, particularly later on down the road when your baby is introduced to such things as solid foods and snotty nose colds, both of which can add new shades and substance to the mix.
A: Any temperature over 100.4 is considered a fever, and if your child is uncomfortable, you may give Tylenol® or Motrin® along with supportive care measures to help cool your child down. If your child is under 6 months month of age and has any temperature over 100.4, you should call our office immediately. If you have any concerns about your child having a fever or want your child seen, always call our office.
Regarding taking a temperature, we recommend this link: How To Take My Child's Temperature.
Always use a digital thermometer to check your child’s temperature. Mercury thermometers should not be used. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to remove mercury thermometers from their homes to prevent accidental exposure and poisoning.immunization schedule.
Q. How do I introduce solid foods to my baby?
A: Here's a great resource about introducing solid foods. It includes when to start solid foods, the types of foods your baby should eat, and how to feed your child.