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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 Hailes80
Jane ...
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No, the gel is non toxic. You’ll just have to wash the clothes a couple of times until all the gel comes out, or rinse each item until the ge...

Answered: 05 Jun 2011
Avatar Micke...
Jane ...
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Yes, It is absolutely possible to breastfeed twins and many mothers do worldwide. Join the multiple birth association during your pregnancy and g...

Answered: 10 May 2010
Avatar Trace_79
Jane ...
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Hi, If she is wetting through make sure when you put the nappy on there are not any gaps around the legs or tummy. Some babies produce alot of wee...

Answered: 13 May 2010
Avatar 12454462
Jane ...
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Hi, As long as your baby is wetting plenty of nappies-at least 6 in 24 hours and having golden yellow, soft poos it should be fine. If however, she...

Answered: 10 May 2010
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Jane ...
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Hi, You will need to check with your midwife or obstetrician but it should be safe and in fact, is recommended for pregnant women. Check http://www...

Answered: 10 May 2010
Avatar bigmoma
Jane ...
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Hi, Some parents will use a towelling nappy folded in the disposable nappy as an additional padding for absorbency, or an adults incontinence pad i...

Answered: 13 May 2010
Avatar Hillymum
Jane ...
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Hi, You will need to check with a pharmacist regarding whether this is safe or not. You could go back to the chemist who dispensed it to you or ri...

Answered: 01 May 2010
Avatar MooniE
Jane ...
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Hi, There is no specific age when you can start. Some parents use them from birth, others wait for a few weeks. There are some guidelines around th...

Answered: 01 May 2010
Avatar lisarib
Jane ...
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Hello, I think you mean the flakes and I’m guessing you’re talking about Lux soap flakes-is that right? Some people don’t like t...

Answered: 01 May 2010
Avatar carro...
RISA Inc
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Hi, I am sorry that your little one is so uncomfortable. It sounds like you are in a really difficult position, especially when your instincts are ...

Answered: 25 Apr 2010
Avatar janea...
Jane ...
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The recommendation is for breast milk or formula until 12 months as the primary source of milk. What we want to avoid is babies having straight cow...

Answered: 22 Apr 2010
Avatar kkw
Jane ...
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Hi, This depends on the individual air-lines restrictions which they place around flying. Check out the web-site of the company you plan to fly wit...

Answered: 22 Apr 2010
Avatar LM81F9
Jane ...
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Hi, Many babies have outgrown their reflux symptoms by this age, but not all do. Reflux is very individual and medication is warranted in situation...

Answered: 22 Apr 2010
Avatar yupp
Jane ...
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Yes, It shouldn’t be an issue as long as she is thriving, gaining weight and doing well. An average weight gain for her age is 150-200 grams/...

Answered: 22 Apr 2010
Avatar Shereeh
Jane ...
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Hi, Try not to be too concerned about the duration of time she is feeding from you. Babies get around 75% of their milk intake in the first 5-10 mi...

Answered: 17 Apr 2010
Avatar Jac112
Jane ...
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Hi, I understand your problem. The logistics of carting sterilizing equipment gain be difficult but to be honest, she is still a little young to no...

Answered: 17 Apr 2010
Avatar tasha...
Jane ...
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Hi, You can offer milk based solids from 6-7 months of age, check www.cyh.com. If your baby has been feeding on formula, this is cow’s milk ...

Answered: 17 Apr 2010
Avatar Lisaz78
Jane ...
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Hi Lisa, Most happy breastfeeding babies of this age who aren’t used to drinking from a bottle and don’t need to, won’t be keen. ...

Answered: 11 Apr 2010
Avatar grump...
Jane ...
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Hi, Formula is made from dried cow’s milk which has been specially modified for babies to digest. It also has vitamins, minerals, oils and sp...

Answered: 11 Apr 2010
Avatar Frana...
Jane ...
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Hi At 9 months an average quota of milk is 3-4 bottles/day of 220-240 mls of formula. Hunger and thirst will persuade a baby to drink more than an...

Answered: 05 Apr 2010
Avatar bugge...
Jane ...
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Hi, You have two issues here. Let’s discuss the food first. At 7 months she is still getting used to solid foods, purees and small lumps are...

Answered: 05 Apr 2010
Avatar shell...
Jane ...
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Green poo can be a sign of inadequate milk supply in extreme cases where a baby is literally starving and having inadequate nutrition. But in brea...

Answered: 28 Mar 2010
Avatar MKA995
Jane ...
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Hi Meg, Night terrors are more common in the preschool age group than at this age. It is more likely he has developed a sleep association of needin...

Answered: 05 Apr 2010
Avatar Charl...
Jane ...
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Hi, You have been given the correct advise-the more milk she has the more alert she will be as well as being less jaundiced, but getting to this st...

Answered: 28 Mar 2010
Avatar kirka...
Jane ...
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Hi Veronika, The general recommendation is to keep sterilizing bottles until at least 6 months of age. Check http://cyh.com.au/HealthTopics/Health...

Answered: 28 Mar 2010
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Jane ...
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Hi, It is still important to place him on his back for all sleeps, particularly at this age. It sounds like what he has is known as Positional Plag...

Answered: 28 Mar 2010
Avatar kirka...
Jane ...
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Hi, The current research based recommendations around introducing solid food is not before 6 months of age. The signs are when the baby is showing ...

Answered: 05 Apr 2010
Avatar JessK05
Jane ...
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Hi, It is so normal for babies to go through stages of loving what they used to dislike and then disliking what they used to love. They aren’...

Answered: 05 Apr 2010
Avatar neelu
Jane ...
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Check http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Teeth_development_in_children for specifics on eruption times for childrenR...

Answered: 05 Apr 2010
Avatar Hamwest
Jane ...
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Hi, The general recommendation is 12 months, however, many parents stop from around 9 months. If you are on tank, dam or bore water you will absolu...

Answered: 05 Apr 2010
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