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Expert panel: Baby care

Looking after a new baby can be daunting, especially if this is your first time. Many of our readers ask for tips to care for their babies and strategies to overcome their exhaustion. If you have a question about caring for you young baby, take a look at our previously answered baby care questions. Or, if you can't find the answer there, why not submit your own question to be answered and shared with other readers.

Please note questions are not answered live. If you are at all concerned about your health or your bubs contact your doctor immediately.

Questions about Baby care

Avatar Kathr...
Jane ...
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Yes, it can be. At 5 days of age it is too early to expect any structure or routine with breastfeeding. Your supply will still be establishing and ...

Answered: 17 Aug 2010
Avatar jades...
RISA Inc
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Hi Jadesimon, Thank you for your question. I’m sorry your son is refusing solids. You may already be aware, but lots of families report that their ...

Answered: 17 Aug 2010
Avatar emm84
RISA Inc
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Hi, It sounds like you have had a difficult time with you son, though well done for continuing to ask questions and look for answers so that he can...

Answered: 17 Aug 2010
Avatar Phatphat
Jane ...
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There can be a period of adjustment and transition from breast milk to formula , over time their poos settle to a more pasty co...

Answered: 15 Aug 2010
Avatar Sophi...
Jane ...
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If you are worried about him then yes, take him to be checked by a doctor. I can't say if there is something which may be impacting on his appetite...

Answered: 14 Aug 2010
Avatar Luocy001
Jane ...
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With some babies this works well, with others they are so focused on breastfeeding and so attached to it, accepting both...

Answered: 14 Aug 2010
Avatar Phatphat
Jane ...
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Hi, Poo can vary in both colour and consistency, and as you've worked out, depends on what solids have been eaten. As long as there is no unusual o...

Answered: 14 Aug 2010
Avatar Notcam
Jane ...
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Yes, this is normal, age appropriate and entirely expected at this age. You may find he is drooling alot as well and wants to suck on his fingers ...

Answered: 14 Aug 2010
Avatar Kimmi...
Jane ...
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Hi, Depending on the source of information, the answer can vary. From a minimum of 6 months to a maximum of 12 months and anywhere inbetween. The c...

Answered: 14 Aug 2010
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Jane ...
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This warrants checking by your doctor who may think it necessary to refer your baby to a specialist paediatric opthamologist. If you l...

Answered: 14 Aug 2010
Avatar Rosslie
Jane ...
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Hi, There are often causes for a diminished breast milk supply so it is important your friend speaks with a child health nurse or lactation consult...

Answered: 14 Aug 2010
Avatar crys_...
Jane ...
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I can see why travelling so soon after the birth is necessary, but there are a few factors to consider. You sitting in a car for 6 hours while you...

Answered: 03 Aug 2010
Avatar Shell...
Jane ...
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Breastfed babies poos can vary in colour, consistency and even odour. They tend not to be constipated and the motions are generally soft and non so...

Answered: 02 Aug 2010
Avatar nictara
Jane ...
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Hi, I can't recommend one paediatrician over another, but if you are dissatisfied with the care you are receiving, then you have a right to a secon...

Answered: 14 Aug 2010
Avatar wowser
Jane ...
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Hi, What he could be doing is gaze avoidance due to tirednes or wanting to seek lots of stimulation and just check out his environment. but it is i...

Answered: 02 Aug 2010
Avatar Burkeam
Jane ...
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Hi, Go to infant nappies which are likely to fit her better. Cheers Jane

Answered: 14 Aug 2010
Avatar Kathe...
Jane ...
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Yes you can though generally, the recommendation is to sleep them separately. If one flings their arm over the other one's face this could potentia...

Answered: 01 Aug 2010
Avatar Loret...
Jane ...
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Hi, You're right, it has been used for years but there's some indication that perhaps it's not as good as other. It is mineral based and some healt...

Answered: 14 Aug 2010
Avatar murdo
Jane ...
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Hi, This fussiness at the breast could be related to the viral illness she's had, a reponse to you having a lowered supply (from being unwell yours...

Answered: 28 Jul 2010
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Jane ...
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Hi, I can't recommend one formula over another, however, can tell you that most of the formulas on the market are pretty similar, with some small d...

Answered: 29 Jul 2010
Avatar Caszie87
Jane ...
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Hi, Genetics, environment, gender, nutrition and individual characteristics all influence size. If his dad is a big man this will impact on your so...

Answered: 14 Aug 2010
Avatar Miche...
Jane ...
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It depends on the individual maturity and dexterity of the baby. Some will do it from around 9 months, others are younger. But we don't advice par...

Answered: 26 Jul 2010
Avatar Makyla
Jane ...
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An average number of bottles at this age is around 4-5 of approximately 200-240mls per feed. If she is still adjusting to a different formula, perh...

Answered: 25 Jul 2010
Avatar 12453DDD
Jane ...
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Hi, I just checked the site as well and it wouldn't connect, so I wonder what's going on as well. But I have found a telephone number which is conn...

Answered: 22 Jul 2010
Avatar lolly...
Jane ...
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The first thing to acknowledge is how good it is that her hip dysplasia was picked up early. Treatment is always more effective and has better out...

Answered: 22 Jul 2010
Avatar Barnsie
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Hi Barnsie, Thank you for your question. I’m sorry your baby girl is suffering from reflux, and that she is waking throughout the night. It isn’t ...

Answered: 23 Jul 2010
Avatar Mumy-...
Jane ...
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No, Sorry to say there is no science, or evidence which support the use of amber beads.The only individuals they benefit are the sales people who a...

Answered: 22 Jul 2010
Avatar baybee80
Jane ...
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Babies who are breastfeeding don't generally become constipated. As long as they are getting sufficient volumes at feeds times and number of feeds ...

Answered: 22 Jul 2010
Avatar jojoi...
Jane ...
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Hi, This is such a common experience so don't feel alone. After a vaginal delivery there is generally some change to the pelvic floor muscles and ...

Answered: 22 Jul 2010
Avatar Hayle...
Jane ...
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Hi, This is normal and generally nothing to be concerned about. It is due to a withdrawal of hormones from the pregnancy, tends to be mroe common i...

Answered: 18 Jul 2010