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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 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
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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
RISA Inc
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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
Avatar delcae
Jane ...
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The most important factor to ask yourself is, do you have any concerns with his hearing? Do you feel he can hear you clearly and is he able to foll...

Answered: 18 Jul 2010
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Jane ...
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Hi, I'd be looking in one of the Annabel Karmel books-she's a genius when it comes to food ideas and she has a web-site as well. http://www.annabel...

Answered: 22 Jul 2010
Avatar Kate_...
Jane ...
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Hi Kate, Some women don't feel the same strong sensation when they let-down as their lactation becomes well established. If she is thriving and gai...

Answered: 18 Jul 2010
Avatar SSE16A
Jane ...
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Hi, This should be fine as long as you check that it is safe, not painted with lead based paint (kits are available from major hardwares), there ar...

Answered: 15 Jul 2010
Avatar mummi...
Jane ...
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She could be unwell, in which case it would be useful to have her checked by a doctor. Any change in feeding or behaviour warrants them being check...

Answered: 14 Jul 2010
Avatar Kween...
Jane ...
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It depends on the individual airlines-they can vary a little. Qantas allows babies on flights as young as 7 days, though require a medical certific...

Answered: 09 Jul 2010
Avatar Happy...
Jane ...
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Hi, It's better if you give them straight into their mouth, that way they're getting the required dose. If the baby doesn't finish the bottle they ...

Answered: 09 Jul 2010
Avatar Jazz82
Jane ...
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No-not unless as long as all the other aspects of development are fine. Some kids don't become crawlers at all and just go from sitting and bottom...

Answered: 09 Jul 2010
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Jane ...
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It may be because she doesn't want to be restrained by having to stay still for any period of time. By eight months babies have learnt how to navig...

Answered: 04 Jul 2010
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Jane ...
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Well, It may help to know that at 8 months this is a really appropriate way for your baby to behave. It shows what a great job you have done in sup...

Answered: 03 Jul 2010
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Jane ...
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Testes form in the abdomen of the baby boy when he is still growing within the mother's uterus. Usually by birth, both have descended down into th...

Answered: 04 Jul 2010
Avatar ej'''...
RISA Inc
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Hi Leonie, Thank you for your question about Somac granules. Whilst I can provide some general information, it’s really important that you talk to...

Answered: 29 Jun 2010
Avatar KLT001
Jane ...
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It is normal for babies to wake repeatedly through the night. You don't say how old they are but I'm guessing around 12 months? If they are less t...

Answered: 04 Jul 2010
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