Most babies need only breast milk or iron-fortified formula at this time. Breast fed babies usually feed every 2 to 3 hours, and formula fed babies usually feed every 3 to 4 hours. Feeding time should be pleasant, and it provides an important time for bonding. If you feel that your baby needs to switch formulas or has additional nutritional needs, please feel free to discuss this with us. Never give honey to an infant under 1 year of age to prevent infant botulism.
If you are exclusively breast feeding, you should also give your baby a vitamins to prevent Vitamin D deficiency.
Newborn babies should have at least 6 to 8 wet diapers per day. Bowel movements can vary from baby to baby. Breast fed babies usually produce liquidy stood with a yellow, seedy consistency. Formula fed babies can produce stools that are brown or green with a thin or thick pasty consistency. Breast fed babies tend to stool more frequently, often times producing a stool with every feeding. Some babies only have bowel movements every 3 days. It is normal for babies to strain and grunt when having a bowel movement.
Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep. You can put him or her on her tummy during the daytime while he or she is awake. Many babies wake up every 2 to 3 hours to feed, while others sleep longer. Every baby is different. Try to put your infant to bed when he or she is drowsy, but still awake.
Use a crib with slats not more than 2 and 3/8 inches apart.
Do not put pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals in the crib.
Keep plastic bags, balloons, and baby powder out of reach.
Never eat, drink, or carry anything hot near the baby or while holding the baby.
Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees F (50 degrees C).
Do not smoke inside the house or near the baby.
Never leave your child alone in the car.
Use and approved car seat in the rear facing position.
Avoid direct sun exposure.
Caring Hands Pediatrics
North Office: 412-369-7720
Robinson Office: 412-921-2345
300 Cedar Ridge Dr., Ste 309
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
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