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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 simstar
RISA Inc
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Hi simstar, Thank you for your question. I think that you are right to question whether your baby has food intolerances, particularly as you have...

Answered: 23 Sep 2010
Avatar Zoebr...
RISA Inc
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Hi, I am sorry to hear that your little one is so unsettled and that you are struggling to get him to feed. You don’t say who told you that he may ...

Answered: 23 Sep 2010
Avatar DinoB
RISA Inc
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Hi, I’m sorry for the delay in answering your question. I hope things have improved with your bub, but if not, please talk to your doctor or child ...

Answered: 23 Sep 2010
Avatar Natas...
RISA Inc
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Hi, I'm sorry that you have having difficulties with your baby, and I hope that everything settles quickly for you. I wish I could answer your ques...

Answered: 08 Sep 2010
Avatar mum2H...
Jane ...
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This is entirely your choice, only you can know what is right for you and your baby. I know this probably doesn't help you much but there are so ma...

Answered: 10 Sep 2010
Avatar Gals_...
RISA Inc
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Hi, I'm sorry that you are feeling so tired and drained, although I am not surprised. Caring for a baby with reflux can be extremely stressful and ...

Answered: 07 Sep 2010
Avatar Jolush
Jane ...
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Yes, you could use cotton or bamboo fibre blankets. But you will need to avoid soft doonas, duvets, quilts and thick heavy acrylic blankets. Swaddl...

Answered: 10 Sep 2010
Avatar Rosespo
Jane ...
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Any of the hypo-allergenic, baby/child specific sunscreens should be fine. Check they are PABA free and well within the expiry date. Hint - the fre...

Answered: 10 Sep 2010
Avatar tayle...
Jane ...
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Constipation refers to the consistency not the frequency of bowel motions. So, even though he may only be pooing every 2-3 days or so, unless the p...

Answered: 03 Sep 2010
Avatar Kas_312
Jane ...
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Perhaps, but I can't honestly say without seeing it. It could be due to anything, if it is in an area where it is constanly moist then this could b...

Answered: 03 Sep 2010
Avatar Krissy39
Jane ...
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http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Gastroenteritis_an_overview Check this link which will give you some ideas. At this...

Answered: 03 Sep 2010
Avatar crossy1
Jane ...
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Hi, If she has regained her birth weight, is having six or more pale, wet nappies a day, golden yellow soft poos and she has periods of being brigh...

Answered: 30 Aug 2010
Avatar Kathe...
Jane ...
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This is entirely up to you. Disposable have benefits, as do cloth nappies. Consider time, effort, money and practicalities in your research. Cloth ...

Answered: 03 Sep 2010
Avatar mortd...
Jane ...
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Yes, it is. Solids are not recommended until 6 months of age and until that time, breast milk or formula should be the only food/fluid he has. At n...

Answered: 27 Aug 2010
Avatar bfly
Jane ...
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The general feeling is that babies won't continue to stand if their legs can't tolerate or bear their weight. They sit down when their legs become ...

Answered: 27 Aug 2010
Avatar Sophi...
Jane ...
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Hi, Once your baby can roll freely, front to back and then back to front, this is the time to stop wrapping. Check the Sids and Kids website for sp...

Answered: 27 Aug 2010
Avatar kateo
RISA Inc
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Hi, Thank you for your question. I’m sorry your new little boy is having problems with his sleeping and with vomiting. If you haven’t yet been to ...

Answered: 22 Aug 2010
Avatar marnied
Jane ...
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Generally, the progesterone only mini pill is fine and not contraindicated with breastfeeding. Occasionally supply can drop when first starting it ...

Answered: 18 Aug 2010
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 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
Avatar Duffi...
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