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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 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
Avatar Huda_...
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
Avatar Tiffa...
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
Avatar Cnnbo...
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
Avatar KWBF70
Jane ...
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Yes they can be. Teething symptoms vary, some babies seem to be just fine and wake up one morning with a new tooth and others are miserable for day...

Answered: 03 Jul 2010
Avatar Corri...
Jane ...
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She may not associate the bottle with feeding at all especially if she is a happy breast feeder. Have you tried her with expressed milk in a bottle...

Answered: 04 Jul 2010
Avatar 12455324
Jane ...
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Hi, Both Infacol and Coloxyl are medications. You need to be very clear about whether you do need to be giving them to your baby and for what reaso...

Answered: 25 Jun 2010
Avatar VV7CA1
Jane ...
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Make sure you are using a good quality disposable, size and weight appropriate. Some babies do produce large amounts of urine overnight. The specif...

Answered: 25 Jun 2010
Avatar nards...
Jane ...
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Hi, It's not a problem to mix sweet and savoury together. Babies have many more taste buds which are also more sensitive than adults. They are also...

Answered: 25 Jun 2010
Avatar Sara_...
Jane ...
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Hi, There is no specific period of time in which the breasts stop producing milk. Some women will continue to have small amount of milk in-between ...

Answered: 25 Jun 2010
Avatar Naomi79b
Jane ...
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I would be having her checked just to make sure she does still have thrush. The treatments you have given her are usually pretty effective, and at ...

Answered: 25 Jun 2010
Avatar peawee
Jane ...
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You need to see a child health nurse and/or a lactation consultant as soon as possible and obtain some specialist advice on breastfeeding. Dependi...

Answered: 18 Jun 2010
Avatar Kmcgoran
Jane ...
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If he is a happy breastfeeding baby who has not had bottles before, then he is unlikely to want to suck from one. Introducing a one off bottle in ...

Answered: 18 Jun 2010
Avatar Ycasbolt
Jane ...
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Hi, What he is doing sounds entirely and completely normal at this young age. He is far too young to try and introduce a routine of 4 hourly feedi...

Answered: 13 Jun 2010
Avatar Lorna...
Jane ...
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Hi, To be honest I'm not able to answer your question with any certainty, but you could contact our Customer Advisory team at 1800 028 334 who may ...

Answered: 18 Jun 2010
Avatar *78*
Jane ...
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Yes, when babies grind their teeth they can cause some eroding down of the tooth surface however, this doens't always happen. At 12 months she is p...

Answered: 10 Jun 2010
Avatar Broke...
Jane ...
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Hi, You're so right when you say information can be so confusing. The recommendations around maternal diet when breastfeeding are fairly simple. A...

Answered: 10 Jun 2010
Avatar nikki...
Jane ...
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Hi, There is so much choice around and so many individual factors to consider there is no one right answer. Have you considered talking to other p...

Answered: 10 Jun 2010
Avatar MS3108
Jane ...
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Hi, You are being sensible to follow this up. If your GP is concerned he/she will make a referral for your baby to see an opthamologist as a matte...

Answered: 10 Jun 2010
Avatar Cm8774
Jane ...
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Hi, Probably not. If she is sleeping well at other times and is thriving, reaching her milestones and gaining weight everything is likely to be fin...

Answered: 10 Jun 2010
Avatar N_Ico...
Jane ...
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Hi, The general recommendations are that as long as the consistency of the bowel motion is soft and pasty, not hard, firm or pebbly then the baby i...

Answered: 04 Jun 2010
Avatar sarrah09
Jane ...
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There are many myths about immunisation which can cause parents to (understandably) worry. But the Australian Immunisation schedule has been prove...

Answered: 04 Jun 2010
Avatar Scorpio2
RISA Inc
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Hi, I'm sorry that your daughter is suffering from gastro-oesophageal reflux, but well done for getting her diagnosed so quickly, and for trying a...

Answered: 29 May 2010
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