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My Newborn Farts a Lot! Is This a Scary Medical Warning?

I know it’s cute and funny when babies pass gas with that weird expression on the face. I just couldn’t get enough with it! But what does frequent farting says about an infant’s health?

When my newborn farts a lot, I knew there was something wrong especially when he cries along with it. I can’t help but worry about what’s behind the bad smell and the apparent pain that it brings.

Does your little one fart a lot too?

Why does My Newborn Fart a Lot?

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First if all, it is not a sign of sickness when you notice your baby farts a lot and loud. Often, we assume that our gassy infants do not go well with what we feed them. There is no need to change baby formula right away. 

Well, in reality, they’re just passing out that gas that’s stuck inside the tummy. That is naturally healthy. In fact, infants can pass gas more than a dozen times daily. Newborns fart a lot because of the following reasons:

  • checkMother’s Diet – breastfeeding moms who eat food that encourages the production of gas can pass this to the baby through her milk.
  • checkSwallowing air during the feeding – Babies can easily swallow air bubbles especially with the use of feeding bottles. Common causes are incorrect feeding position or unsuitable feeding bottle and nipples.
  • checkUntimely introduction to solid food – since the digestive tract is still maturing, it’s having difficulty in digesting solid food. It takes a while to get used to enzymes too.
  • checkExtreme crying – there are plenty of reasons why a baby cries. However, when they cry, they take in more air that later on would be trapped in their tummy.
  • checkLactose Intolerant/Milk protein Allergy – this is rare but possible. Unless wholly diagnosed as such, no need to shift to appropriate milk formula.

Your little one is still delicate and may not quickly adapt to changes that are happening around him. As a parent, you might like to think of the possibility of other reasons that could be disturbing him. A little bit of observing is useful, particularly on behavioral changes.

When you notice that your once jolly baby becomes fussy and moody after farting, he needs attention. A very gassy baby at night is hard to soothe and ends up crying a lot. Before you both suffer from lack of sleep, find out if your baby is more gassy than usual.

Signs that Your Baby is Very Gassy

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Below are indications that your infant is suffering from the excess gas inside the tummy. It is true that their digestive system is not yet fully developed. It’s still weak on coping up with gas trapped inside. Expect that as your little one grows, this annoying gas will no longer be a nuisance. 

  • checkBloated
  • checkCrying all the time
  • checkFussy and moody
  • checkIn pain- air bubbles trapped inside cause pressure
  • checkFarts and burps a lot
  • checkAbdomen is hard

If a newborn is too gassy, is this a scary medical warning?

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No need to panic!

Even extreme baby farting is curable. The inability of the digestive tract to cope up with the gas that’s trapped inside causes pain and discomfort. But it does not mean your baby is sick. So, it’s never scary at all!

Your being calm can help your fussy baby relax. I recommend the following techniques:

  • checkSwaddling tight – can make babies feel warm and secure.
  • checkRocking – mimics the rhythm baby had inside mom’s tummy so it best in soothing them.
  • checkWhite noise machine – choose the sound that you think your baby’s favorite
  • checkBPA free pacifier – helps babies lull to sleep
  • checkBicycle Exercise and massage – a baby oil with the massage works well
  • checkLet him Burp – let those extra air out!
  • checkWarm bath

Know When to See the Doctor

As I’ve said, there is no need to worry. But that does not mean you’ll stop keeping an eye on your little one. Here are some indications of another medical issue. If you notice that your baby have them, it’s time to bring him to the pediatrician.

  • checkExtreme Farting with fever
  • checkAbnormal frequency of urination
  • checkDid not poop in two days or more
  • checkThere is a sign of blood in the poop
  • checkContinuous vomiting
  • checkDoes not calm down 

These symptoms can be a sign of infection and related digestive complications. Don’t take risks and prioritize medical attention.

Conclusion

Eventually, as your baby matures, gassiness will fade away from the picture. Until then, focus on your baby’s behavior in connection with his digesting. All we can ever do is to keep them away from what makes them sick.

Babies grow so fast. In a blink of an eye, they’re grownups. Make the most of the time being with them. And when my newborn farts a lot, I just need to give him all I’ve got!

References:https://balancedbreastfeeding.com/gassy-or-farty-baby/https://www.babygaga.com/15-things-to-know-about-the-babys-farts/https://parentinghealthybabies.com/baby-fart-cause-symptoms/

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Baby Stopped Rolling Over: What Shall I Do?

Babies are constantly a surprise, unpredictable, and are almost a mystery to me. I would know since I have five of them. When my baby stopped rolling over, I was freaked out!

All my kids started to roll over early until they learned to walk, except the youngest. Each of them is unique and special.

I worried a lot and asked questions. I thought there was something going on bad. But not all situations don’t need to be serious. That’s why I want to share my experience.

Are you with me?

What is rolling over all about?

What is rolling over all about?

For me, rolling over is the next anticipated moment of a baby, next to her smile. It’s not permanently the same to all, but it usually starts when they’re around five months old.

Hence, rolling over is a sign that your baby is ready for locomotion. Whatever comes first, it is the ability of the infant to roll from front-to-back and the other way around.

Some may continue doing so until they crawl, yet others just stop.

I was frantic when my baby stopped rolling over. I was consumed with anguish that I had to bring him to a professional.

I was scared that there might be something awful that’s causing it. However, guess what? The doctor said, “It’s completely normal.”

What makes the baby stopped rolling over?

The ability of your baby to roll over is dependent on some factors. It is not advisable to compare. Each infant has her own developmental phase.

When I learned about it, I suddenly understood what’s going on.

1. Baby’s Weight

Baby’s Weight

Initially, babies must strengthen their frame. The leg, neck, back and arm muscles are the vital parts that exert effort in moving their body. Rolling over will depend on how fast they become strong.

Nevertheless, be mindful of your child’s weight. If she gets so plump, it would be hard for her to start rolling over.

2. Belly time for the little one

Babies need a little help from us. I let my baby do some tummy time exercises to support his physical development. It allows her to use her arms, legs. Most importantly, it increases neck strength.

Tummy times makes the muscles tougher, thus preparing him to roll over. My baby was not fond of the idea at first. With some mommy creativity, we made it.

You may like to play a little game with her. Place her favorite toy or anything that would raise her interest where she can see it, but can barely reach. I used the detached figures of her crib mobile to catch her attention.

You will be surprised to discover how determined she will be to touch it.

3. Overcoming the Fear

I remember the horrified expressions of my babies the first time they learned how to roll. It was an instant fear of unexpected motion. I guess, for them, it was something new. It is one aspect that could keep them from rolling back.

Not unless they get used to it, they won’t roll again.

Nonetheless, as a parent, I need to make her space secure:

  • checkI took away any objects that can cause her harm.
  • checkI even padded the walls that she may hit into.
  • checkI blocked the edges of the bed in case she falls down, and used a soft crib sheet for comfort.
  • checkAnd lastly, I never left her unattended.

4. Development of motor skills

So, my baby stopped rolling over. It’s no big deal. As I observed, she’s very active when it comes to kicking, cooing, and eating.

She even giggles so loud and loves to play with her toys. She’s normal. There’s nothing wrong with her.

The fact is, non-rollers are active in focusing on other motor skills. Babies can only do it one at a time.

My baby was more interested in gibbering and playing with her toys. She was amazing in dragging her butt towards her milk too! Therefore, try to observe what your baby is so busy about.

Your baby’s energy and developing skills are being concentrated on these activities.

Some babies just grew tired of rolling over. Vaccines can also be a reason why they’re tired of doing so. Bottom-line, mothers should be observant on how their babies react.

Development of motor skills

What are the signs that my baby needs help?

Your motherly instinct is kicking out. You have this inner thought and anxiety that there’s something amiss. Mother knows best!

How can you be sure?

Here are the signs that you must watch out for. You need to seek professional help in case these signs are present.

  • checkWhen your baby has not rolled over for six months
  • checkThe infant is not active, can’t scoot or sit and weak to do some movements.
  • checkYour child stopped playing, babbling and is no longer interested in reaching out to you.
  • checkYour little one is uneasy, easily gets irritated and cries a lot.
  • checkIf the baby shows the danger of suffocating herself because of the difficulty to roll over.

Here is a video showing a baby rolling over.

Rolling over shows a vital role in preparing your baby to advance physical activities such as sitting, crawling and eventually, walking. It enables the body to twist and turn in various directions. It is best to encourage her by giving assistance.

Rolling over is a developmental milestone for babies. Yet, some reach this stage early, others are late and a few don’t undergo at all.

Babies are full of wonder in their own way. Development is not a race, and it’s our privilege to watch our children grow. If your baby stopped rolling over, be patient and enjoy the show!

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References:

https://www.babycentre.co.uk/a6504/developmental-milestones-rolling-over

http://babyscience.info/the-secret-to-rolling-over-an-unpredictable-milestone/

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Baby Shaking Head Side to Side – Should You Worry or Not?

New mothers watch for any potential behavior that is unusual or concerning from their baby. So many people are afraid of Autism or other developmental problems that anything out of the ordinary becomes an alarming occurrence. A baby shaking head side to side may seem like abnormal behavior that is disturbing, but in many cases, there is nothing to worry about.

If you do notice this action from your child, there are many things you need to know.

Reasons for Baby Shaking Head Side to Side

A baby will shake their head from side to side when they are confused or interested in something. As a parent, it is important to keep an eye on this behavior and monitor it. From three to seven months, a baby often does this action out of fatigue or boredom.

Many young children use this as a defense mechanism when they feel sleepy, or they want to get control over their body. Oddly enough, some even like that dizzy feeling that a vigorous head shake gives. If the child is suffering from an ear infection, then the shaking could be for comfort. If the shaking follows a fever and an inactive spell, then make sure to check with their pediatrician.

Here are seven common reasons why your baby might be shaking their head.

​1. Inner Ear Infection

The first thing that should be considered with this type of behavior is an ear infection. When the infection is in the inner ear, it will cause dizziness. The body automatically tries to compensate for this vertigo. Your baby may feel relief when they move their head about as they are balancing their equilibrium.

If the behavior continues, a simple examination of the ears is a good place to start. Also, you should check the symptoms to diagnose an ear infection correctly.

​2. Boredom

Do you remember twirling around in circles when you were little? Many children twirl until they are so dizzy that they fall. Yes, they pick themselves up and do it all over again. The reason is nothing to be distressed about, but they just love that feeling. Your baby may simply be bored and look for a way to entertain themselves.

3. Self-Soothing

Babies do many things to soothe themselves. They will pull their ears, hair, or kick a leg to calm down. Shaking their head from side to side is just another way for them to soothe. They have nervous energy and try to work it off the best they can. They feel things at the base of their neck, so this rapid movement gives them new sensations that they are learning to use.

​4. Sleepiness

baby fight sleep at times

​Even as adults you fight sleep at times. You lay there thinking about all the things you need to do. A child will almost always fight sleep. They want to play and spend time with you. They don’t want to go to sleep. Just like you, a baby may feel they are going to miss out on something when they close their eyes. This behavior is completely normal for a child at any age.

​5. Autism

It’s a fallacy that head shaking is always a sign of autism. When it’s an isolated event, this is not necessarily true. However, if additional signs accompany it, then you need to seek further testing. Other signs related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) include:

  • Lack of social interaction
  • checkThe absence of communication skills
  • checkDisplaying repetitious behaviors
  • checkLosing skills they once acquired

Parents that notice any of the above signs need to see a pediatrician.

6. Infant Shutter Syndrome

A child moving their head back and forth may be a sign of ISS. This condition corrects itself over time, and it’s not a cause for alarm. Infant Shutter Syndrome is due to an immature nervous system. The various sensations cause these movements. These involuntary head shutters are not a cause for alarm. They should stop by the time they are one-year old.

7. Seizures

Seizures are a sudden attack of illness that occurs in the central nervous system. Numerous signs can point to a seizure, but there are some not so noticeable symptoms too. For instance, your baby could be staring off into space, almost daydreaming, and is having a seizure. Head shuttering from side to side can be another sign. An EEG can quickly reveal if the child has epilepsy.

When to Be Concerned with Head Shaking?

Although many times, this action is a benign behavior, there are some instances when it’s a cause for alarm. If your child begins to bang their head against the wall, furniture or cribs or pulling their hair and rocking, are all concerning signs. Most of these behaviors are visible at bedtime when a child is trying to soothe themselves.However, any of the actions mentioned above should be evaluated by a pediatrician to ensure that something more developmental isn’t occurring. It’s important to monitor a child carefully, especially in the first 24 months of life. Severe conditions, like Autism, can be observed from an early age.

In Conclusion

You shouldn’t be worried if your baby doesn’t stop shaking his head unless you notice other symptoms as well. Mainly, your kid might be feeling sleepy or bored. If this behavior continues for a longer period, you should look into his ears and pay attention to signs of autism. A regular check up with his pediatrician is the best way to diagnose every problem early on and to ensure he gets the best treatment.

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About The Author

Mike Jones is always seeking new alternative treatments to traditional pills. For more of his health articles, check his Twitter @mike_jones25.

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Baby Spitting Up Clear Liquid: What Do I Do About It?

Your baby spits up occasionally after a feeding. Or sometimes, this suddenly happens hours after a feeding. Either way, you worry somewhat because you want to make sure your baby is getting all of the proper nutrition that she needs.

So you wonder about the causes behind your baby spitting up clear liquid. Is this normal? Should you have to worry about inadequate weight gain?

In this article, we’ll look at what causes this regurgitation, how to deal with it, and when to contact your doctor if it gets to be problematic.

What causes spitting up?

Basically, the baby’s physical developmental process is what’s behind baby spitting up clear liquid. In between the bottom of the esophagus and the top of the stomach, lies a muscle. This sphincter muscle keeps food from coming back up (sour​​ce). However, in the case of a young baby, this muscle still has to mature.

So a combination of a tiny stomach that holds limited amounts of food and a muscle that is still developing causes formula or breast milk to go into reverse. As a baby grows, the muscle “learns” how to perform its rightful task of keeping food where it belongs, in the stomach.

What’s the difference between throwing up and spitting up?

difference between throwing up and spitting up

Via newkidscenter.com

This is a question that weighs heavily on new parents because a baby spitting up clear liquid can be mistaken for vomiting. There is a huge difference between the two, however.

When a baby spits up, the flow is clear for the most part. The action appears to be effortless. Moreover, the baby does not seem bothered by it at all. On the other hand, you would need to be concerned about vomiting if the following actions occur:

  • The substance is semi-solid due to partial digestion
  • Your baby experiences abdominal pain due to the “dry heaves” that happen when throwing up.

Another important factor to remember is that babies, in general, rarely vomit. This could be a sign of possible illness. Spitting up, however, is a lot more common. It happens to babies quite often especially in the first two months.

​When is it normal?

More often than not, your baby spitting up clear liquid is normal (source). When the liquid is clear, then it is saliva, but a translucent white can be formula or breast milk. In either case, this is nothing to be alarmed about. Your baby is still getting the proper nutrition that’s needed. Plus, he or she will let you know when hunger kicks in.

As your baby gets older, the spitting up should decrease. That is due to the further development of the sphincter muscle at the end of the esophagus.

Can I prevent baby spitting up clear liquid?

There are ways to curtail, if not avoid the spitting up altogether. Here are some hints that you can try:

  • When breastfeeding, if you have that spraying overabundance of milk, then you might try catching it in a towel before feeding the baby. Or you can pump first. (source)
  • Try nursing or giving the bottle for shorter time periods. This is easier on the digestive system.
  • Keep your baby in an upright position after feeding.
  • checkRemember to always burp your baby
  • checkWatch what you eat. Sometimes certain foods, like spicy foods, cause your baby to have more gas. As a result, they might spit up more often.

When should I call the doctor?

Most babies outgrow spitting up around 6 months of age. The spitting up should stop by the time they turn a year old.

Nonetheless, you might watch out for any of the following:

  • Spitting up blood or yellowish or greenish fluid
  • checkStill spitting up often after 6 months to a year of age
  • checkNot gaining weight
  • checkRefusing to eat on a consistent basis
  • checkVomiting or forceful spitting up
  • checkShowing other signs of illness like blood in the stool, fever, and difficulty with breathing

Any of these signs would warrant a trip to the doctor’s office.

​What are the long-term effects?

Honestly, there aren’t any lasting effects from normal spitting up. This does not affect weight gain or development. Often it’s easy to mistake the quantity of the reflux due to the size of the stain, but your baby is not spitting up as much you might think. Therefore, he or she is not losing very many calories.

So as long as your baby is feeding on demand and soiling diapers on a consistent basis, then all will be well.

Conclusion

All in all, this reflux is normal, but keep in mind the following hints:

  • Take some of the steps mentioned to curb the spitting up
  • checkWatch what you eat if you breastfeed; otherwise take note of the formula’s effects
  • checkCall the pediatrician if you see changes in the fluid

I hope you found this information helpful. If you have any hints or questions to share, please feel free to reach out.

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Have you ever wondered why baby sucks on fingers?

Did you know that every little action and sound your baby makes has a meaning behind it? In other words, when your baby sucks on fingers, there are logical reasons why.

You will find out the most common reasons why your baby sucks on fingers, when it might signal something is wrong, and what to do in that type of situation.

Reasons why baby sucks on fingers their own and yours

The reasons why baby sucks on fingers relate to the wants and needs as well as to the stage of development. Babies who are just a few weeks to a few months old might start sucking on their fingers for the following reasons (source):

  • Hunger: This is more prevalent with newborns. When they get hungry, they start gnawing on fists and fingers before turning their head toward you when being held.
  • Comfort: Sucking on hands or fingers is natural instinct that’s connected with self-soothing. Plus sucking, in general, is a reflex reaction to outside stimuli as well as to hunger.

    As babies get older, and they start to master the art of grasping objects, you’ll notice that they might grab your finger more often to suck on when needing comfort. Again, this is a reflex reaction, but be careful not to allow your baby to become too dependent on your finger as a pacifier. In this situation, you might try breastfeeding instead of relying on anything else.

    [ Read : The Truth about Baby Sucking on Bottom Lip ]

    Sucking fingers versus sucking thumbs only

    Sucking fingers versus sucking thumbs only

    As previously mentioned, sucking is a natural response in babies. In general, this sucking reflex decreases at 6 months with the exception of teething (source).

    Speaking of teething, your baby might start as early as 3 months; although the front teeth take a while to cut through the gum. In this case, what might resemble sucking is actually more of a massaging of the gums. And there are ways to provide relief for your baby.

    However, in the case of sucking the thumb, you would need to keep a close watch in the event that your baby continues this behavior into the toddler years. Then, you’ll need to take steps to stop this habit before it has a lasting effect on the formation of the teeth (source).

    Effects on Teeth and Jaw

    When your baby sucks fingers during the first 2 to 3 months of life, there’s very little reason to worry. If you breastfeed your baby, and he or she perceives feeding time as very comforting, then you really don’t have to worry about any adverse effects on teeth later on.

    If you’re taking the proper hygiene measures to care for your baby’s gums, then your little one’s teeth are going to be just fine.

    ​However, if the sucking of a thumb or all fingers becomes a habit, and/or a pacifier is introduced to curb this behavior, then you might need to seek an alternative. The effects that prolonged sucking can cause:

    • Malocclusion or crooked teeth
    • Speech problems, specifically for children who suck their thumbs beyond the age of 3

    Alternatives

    If the habitual sucking becomes a problem and goes on longer than it should, then you might need to look at different options (source). Of course, this probably pertains more to the thumb-sucking since that behavior runs a higher risk of turning into a childhood habit.

    Some possible options are:

    • Allowing the sucking during the early months: Breastfeeding is the best option. Allowing your baby to suck on your finger (less risk of becoming a habit) comes in a close second.
    • Trying other soothing alternatives such as cuddling, massaging the baby’s back, singing, and playing games.
    • Maintaining stability and order: Babies feel the safest when routines, like bedtimes, are established. This is not to say that you won’t have deviations from the daily schedule once in a while, but what is most important is how those changes are dealt with.
    • check Keeping little hands busy: this relates to older babies and toddlers. Sometimes age-appropriate toys provide a distraction from sucking on the fingers.

    Solutions for Teething Babies

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    Aside from the necessity of building up the sucking reflex in the early months, there is one exception that was previously mentioned, and that’s teething. You will notice a difference between the rhythmic sucking reflex and the sporadic massaging of gums.

    So don’t be alarmed if your baby chews on his or her fingers followed by excessive drooling. This child could be teething and not just simply sucking on the fingers or thumb.

    There are some products that help with teething pain and discomfort, these include:

    • The Nuby IcyBite Hard/Soft Keys : this teething toy is made from durable silicone material that cools your baby’s gums after it has been kept in the refrigerator. The easy-to-grip handles and objects make this ideal even for 3 month old.
    • Bright Starts Lots of Links : the texture of this toy provides relief for your baby’s gums while also offering both visual and tactile stimuli. The links will also attach to a carrier and stroller.

    These types of toys or similar teething rings serve well in providing both teething relief and a means of learning. A combination of visual and tactile stimuli helps to redirect attention away from the sucking over time.

    Conclusion

    So remember that baby sucking on fingers is quite normal, but at the same time, you can look out for signs that this behavior might become a habit, particularly going more into the toddler years.

    All in all, keep in mind the following tips if your child is getting a bit too old to be sucking on fingers or thumb:

    • Provide a comforting alternative to sucking.
    • Maintain such a home environment that enables the child to learn other ways to cope as he or she grows up.
    • Don’t mistake teething for sucking, and make sure to provide relief.
    • check Consult with your doctor or dentist in relation to concerns about this behavior.

    Soon enough, you’ll see a difference in habits as your baby learns to interact with his or her surroundings.

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    The Truth about Baby Sucking on Bottom Lip

    What should you do when you see your baby sucking on bottom lip? Honestly, the best answer to this question is to get the camera because your baby’s facial expression during this activity is just priceless!

    However, you’re still wondering why your baby is sucking in this manner. Also, you ponder on whether or not the sucking will lead to dental issues. Looking at some logical reasons for this habit can help you to remain assured that your baby will be ok and is simply going through another stage of development.

    Because you need to consider the baby’s age as an important factor when this habit develops, there are a few possible reasons for this mannerism.

    The Reason Depends on the Age

    Why you see the baby sucking on bottom lip depends largely on age. Consider the following causes during various stages of development:

    • Initial sign of hunger before proceeding to gnaw on fists
    • checkSoothing one’s self instead of crying
    • checkTeething
    • checkPressure or nervousness in older toddlers and children

    Could Your Baby Be Ready for More Substantial Food?

    Don’t be surprised if one evening, while enjoying dinner with the family, you get this feeling like someone is watching you. When you look over to find your baby sucking on bottom lip, you might notice a wistful expression in his or her eyes while looking right at you if not glancing over at your plate and smacking the lips periodically.

    Yes, you guessed it! Your baby wants a taste of what you’re eating. This is only natural considering that the senses, especially smell and taste, play a major role in your baby’s development. Plus, this can be a sign that he or she wants something more solid than what formula or breast milk can provide.

    Before you give in to that sad little expression, you will need to determine whether or not your baby should move on to solid food. Here are some general signs (source):

    • Has reached 4 months of age (this is just a very general estimate; some babies might need to wait a bit longer)
    • checkHas reached 13 pounds or more
    • checkSits with less assistance and can hold head up
    • checkFrequently puts hands in his or her mouth
    • checkIs able to use non-verbal cues to express hunger or disdain in regard to food (lip-smacking, reaching for food, or turning head away to reject a spoon or bottle)
    • checkOpens mouth and keeps tongue inside when spoon fed
    • Sucks in the bottom lip

    Some foods that are introduced at different ages include:

    • A single grain cereal, like rice cereal mixed with breast milk or formula for babies at about 3 to 4 months
    • Pureed foods like vegetables or fruits at 4 to 5 months one at a time a few days apart
    • Pureed or mashed up meats at 6 to 8 eight months one at a time also

    For more information on introducing cereal and other foods, take a look at this video.

    The Sucking Has a Soothing Effect

    As your baby gets older, he or she gradually learns to comfort him or herself. More often, that coping mechanism takes the form of sucking either the hand, thumb, or lower lip. After reaching three months, this reflex reaction can be a sign of self-comforting, as opposed to hunger. So you would have to be careful to not mistake this sucking action as a sign of hunger in order to avoid Lactose Overload (source).

    Basically, you would need to keep in mind that if your baby calms down after sucking the lower lip or hand, then food is not always required. If the sucking continues as fussiness increases, this could be a sign of hunger or even teething.

    Moreover, if the baby continues to suck on the bottom lip with little or no reaction, this usually means that he or she simply discovered something new the bottom lip! Just like young infants become fascinated with their hands as a new toy, they also develop increased awareness of their lips and tongue.

    First Signs of Teething

    First Signs of Teething

    Anymore, it’s not uncommon for babies to start teething as early as 3 months. However, the teeth won’t actually cut through the gums for about another month or two.

    So one sign that the teething process is about to commence is the baby sucking on bottom lip along with increased drooling. Why does this happen? The bottom lip combined with the sucking action can soothe the sore bottom gums. The first two teeth to cut through are the two bottom front ones, so this action is your baby’s way of dealing with teething discomfort.

    Has No Significance…until baby sucking on bottom lip continues into childhood

    For the first year of life, a baby’s sucking reflex and sucking action are perfectly normal signals at various stages of development. A toddler, on the other hand, might continue this habit of sucking on the bottom lip as a sign of stress. This can be caused by a change in routine or environment.

    While this behavior is temporary, more often than not, you might need to consult with your pediatrician or dentist if it continues and other symptoms or behaviors accompany this habit.

    Conclusion

    All in all, your baby will adopt new behaviors, like sucking on the bottom lip, as he or she grows older and reaches new stages of development or exposed to new stimuli. This action can also relate to two other milestones, like teething or learning to self-soothe.

    Nonetheless, two things to remember are:

    • To keep from worrying when your baby starts sucking on the lower lip or fist
    • checkTo keep from over-feeding each time this behavior occurs
    • checkTo contact your pediatrician if any behavior is accompanied by extreme fussiness and/or fever, or seems out of the ordinary parameters of development

    Remember that this phase is only temporary.

    Other Related Articles:

    1. Have you ever wondered why baby sucks on fingers?
    2. Can you overfeed a breastfed baby?
    3. Baby “Teething Fever”: Look at the Facts behind It
    4. Fever in Babies: 7 Important Things You Might Not Know
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    The Truth About Baby Teeth Coming In Crooked

    As your baby grows to become a toddler, he will begin to develop his physical looks and mental abilities. One of them would be his teeth. Every parent dreams of their child having the bright and full smile, complete with the healthy teeth. But there will be times you see some baby teeth coming in crooked. It’s a bit worrisome for parents, as they want their child having the best set of teeth without the dental problems.

    More…

    So why do you see baby teeth coming in crooked? Read on as I explain to you why this happens and how you can prevent and stop it.

    What Are Crooked Teeth?

    What Are Crooked Teeth

    ​Your baby begins to grow new teeth, and it ends up looking misaligned or crooked, hence the name. Crooked teeth can come in different forms, sometimes crooked or overlapping one another.

    If your baby has crooked teeth, then it may cause dental problems in the long run. Not only that, but it may interfere with his confidence, prompting him to get braces or find other remedies that are difficult or expensive to go through if it isn’t fixed at an early age.

    ​Why Is Baby Teeth Coming In Crooked?

    It must be frustrating seeing your baby’s teeth come in crooked, as it poses future problems! But why do they look that way, especially since they are new teeth?

    Many parents expect their baby’s teeth to come in straight, but there are a few reasons why it looks misaligned.

    #1. ​Genetics

    Family member was born with naturally crooked teeth

    • This is the common cause. If you, your spouse, or another family member was born with naturally crooked teeth, then chances are that your baby will inherit these genes. This is especially if your baby inherits both small jaw and large teeth from the parents.

    #2. Thumb Sucking

    Thumb Sucking

    • Yes, thumb sucking can affect his teeth! When he sucks his fingers, the thumb is between his teeth while his mouth is closed. The position ends up putting more pressure on the teeth, pushing them out and becoming crooked. It may also cause crowding.
    • If not thumb sucking, then it may be because of your baby’s pacifier.

    #3. Time

    • Sometimes, it may just be an underdeveloped jaw or teeth. If your child’s teeth are spaced out, then that’s no cause for alarm. It’s a good thing, as it prevents crowding from happening.
    • If your baby’s teeth seem crooked, it may take a bit more time for it to straighten naturally, especially if there is space between his teeth. All it takes is to wait it out and maintain his dental health.

    Ways to Prevent or Stop Baby Teeth From Coming In Crooked

    ​Now that you know why you see baby teeth coming in crooked, there are ways on how you can prevent it from happening or getting worse. Here are some tips you can follow:

    #1. Stop the Thumb Sucking

    • If your baby sucks his thumb or uses a pacifier, then it’s time to stop it for the sake of his health. Teach your child to stop thumb sucking and look for other alternatives, such as other toys to distract him.
    • If he is now a grown toddler, then move on to sippy cups or eating alone, rather than using baby bottles and pacifiers.

    #2. Consult a Dentist

    • If you are worried about your baby’s teeth staying crooked, then you may ask a dentist for any advice he can give. He may provide dental services to help keep your baby’s teeth straight and healthy. It’s best for your baby to see the dentist at least twice a year.

    #3. Keep His Teeth Healthy

    Keep Baby's Teeth Healthy

    • This is one of the most important things you can do to keep your baby’s teeth healthy while it starts to grow naturally. Make sure that you brush your baby’s teeth daily and that he eats healthy meals and snacks. This prevents cavities and any other problem with their dental health.

    In Conclusion

    When your baby’s teeth come in crooked, it isn’t any cause for alarm! There are ways on how you can prevent it, as long as you know the cause and what you can do to stop it. Fortunately, crooked teeth are easy to repair for babies, and the earlier you find the reason why they have crooked teeth, the easier it is to prevent it.

    Hopefully, this article answers your question: “Why is baby teeth coming in crooked?” Now, you know what you should do to have it fixed, ensuring a beautiful smile! So what are you waiting for? Try these methods on how to keep your baby’s teeth healthy and straight today.

    If you have any more questions or opinions, then comment down below. I’d love to hear what you have to think.

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    Why Is My Baby Suddenly Refusing Their Bottle?

    Your child suddenly refusing their bottle can result in a great deal of worry for new parents, especially when your child can’t yet tell you why. Although there’s no one single answer to this problem, a variety of solutions available are fairly simple in nature.

    Have You Recently Stopped Breastfeeding?

    If you’ve recently started weaning your baby from breastfeeding they might resist being fed from a bottle. This is often referred to ‘nipple confusion’ and is a very common reason for bottle refusal. Your child simply doesn’t understand (or like) the object being offered to them instead of your breast.

    One solution is using a breast-like bottle as opposed to a more alien, unfamiliar one. I’ve found it also helps to have someone else (who your baby doesn’t associate with prior breastfeeding) offer the bottle. If that doesn’t work, give it time breast weaning is a process, and it might take a bit of time for your child to be fully comfortable with a bottle.

    Could It Be Your Position?

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    Via babycenter.ca

    Tying into the above, a recently weaned baby may be confused by their position at feeding time. One very common way to feed your infant is by cradling them in your arm. This has been known to cause confusion, as your child expects your breast but is instead presented with a bottle.

    Try out different positions each time. Walking around while feeding has often helped me, usually with a baby sling so neither of us gets tired. Other babies may prefer being held upright on your lap, or even holding the bottle themselves if they’re capable.

    Are You Overfeeding/Underfeeding?

    Babies are finicky, and it could be that they have already had enough to eat already and doesn’t want anymore. That, or it’s been too long since your baby’s last feeding and they are too cranky to accept the bottle.

    How much your child should be eating varies by age. I’ve had the best luck with this article. If you’re not sure about what/when your baby should eat, speak with their pediatrician.

    What Temperature is the Milk?

    The milk you feed your baby should be roughly body temperature (that is, 98.6 F or 37 C). There is wiggle room, however, and all babies have their own preference. Milk that is just right for one baby may be slightly too warm for another, or just a little too cold.

    Try out slightly different temperatures at each feeding. There are a variety of ways to do this. Try freezing the milk beforehand, thawing it overnight in the fridge, and then placing it under warm running water. There are also bottle warmers if you’d like to keep things simple.

    Never use a microwave to warm the bottle, as they tend to heat unevenly and can cause patches of milk that are far too hot, risking potential burns. Sooner or later you will find the temperature that is just right for your baby.

    5. How Quickly Is The Milk Flowing?

    Your baby may be refusing their bottle simply because the size of the nipple restricts milk flow, or lets the milk out far too quickly. Again, every baby has their own preference. Your child might find it frustrating to suck on a very slowly flowing bottle, or they might be overwhelmed by how quickly the milk comes out.

    Test how quickly your baby’s bottle flows by holding it upside down and letting it drip. While every baby has their own specific preference, one drop per second is generally recommended. Start with this, and if they still refuse the bottle, try out different rubber nipple sizes until you find one that is just right.

    6. What Is The Environment?

    Babies are far more easily distracted than we are. While it might be easy for you and me to tune out intrusive noises while eating a meal, a baby hasn’t had time to learn this strategy yet. Something as simple as a television or a loud radio is enough to overwhelm your baby if they are trying to eat at the same time.

    This is, for the most part, very easily dealt with. Make sure there isn’t any stimuli that may overwhelm your baby at mealtime. Turn off the TV, lower any music, and make sure any surrounding conversation is at a low volume. This way your child will be able to focus on their bottle and only their bottle.

    7. Does Your Baby Have Trouble Sucking?

    Some babies have trouble sucking on a bottle, especially if they have recently been weaned from the breast. If they’re accustomed to a human nipple and have suddenly been presented with a bottle, they may struggle with sucking in a slightly different fashion than before.

    It helps to find a rubber nipple that is as similar as possible to your breast. Some manufacturers even produce rubber nipples specifically modeled after human nipples, areolas and all! If your child struggles with sucking in general and is old enough to handle a sippy cup, consider purchasing one specifically designed not to spill.

    8. Is Your Baby Sick?

    If all else fails, it may be time to visit your child’s doctor. Various illnesses, such as ear/throat infections and the common cold, cause discomfort when swallowing and may be the reason your child is refusing their bottle. If your baby exhibits any symptoms of illness, make sure from a licensed professional that it isn’t something serious – after all, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

    Conclusion

    There are many reasons your baby may be suddenly refusing their bottle, most of them easily rectifiable (recent breast weaning, position, food quantity, temperature, speed of flow, environment, difficulty sucking), though you should always have an eye open for something more serious, such as illness. If you play around with milk preparation and bottle presentation you’re more than likely to eventually settle on the right combination.

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