Top 20 Questions New Moms Ask Pediatricians With Expert Answers

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by Azure Sullivan

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04.14.2022

Top 20 Questions New Moms Ask Pediatricians

Blue Emerald Wellness|Kids Health Secrets

Becoming a mom is an amazing experience, but it can also be overwhelming. There are so many things to learn and remember! One of the most important relationships you will form as a new mom is with your pediatrician. They will help guide you through all of the stages of your child’s development, from infancy to adolescence. In this blog post, we will discuss the top questions that moms ask pediatricians. We hope that this information will help you feel more prepared and confident as you enter into this new stage of your life.

What are the signs of a healthy baby?

It can be difficult to tell when your baby is sick or if they are just going through a normal developmental stage. The best way to know if your baby is healthy is to keep track of their normal routine and watch for any changes. Some common signs that your baby is not feeling well include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, unusual crying, and poor appetite. If you suspect that your baby is unwell, it is always best to consult with your pediatrician.

Can I touch the baby’s “soft spot” and when will it close?

The “soft spot” or fontanelle is an area on your baby’s head where the bones have not yet fused together. This area is soft and can be easily bruised. You should avoid touching the soft spot, but if you need to, use a light touch and be very gentle. The soft spot will close up as your baby’s bones fuse together, which usually happens by the time they are 18 months old.

What should baby “poop” look like and what color should it be?

Babies will go through several changes in their stool as they transition from formula or breast milk to solid food. Initially, baby’s poop will be watery and greenish-black. This is normal and is caused by the meconium, a sticky black substance that newborns pass when they are first born. After a few days, the poop will start to look more like adult poop and will be a lighter color. As your baby starts to eat more solid food, their stool will become more firm and less frequent.

How often should baby pee?

Newborns usually pee every two to four hours, but this can vary depending on how much they drink. If your baby is not wetting enough diapers, consult with your pediatrician.

How often should I feed my baby?

It is best to feed your baby on demand, which means that you should feed them whenever they are hungry. Newborns usually eat every two to three hours, but this can vary depending on the baby’s age and appetite. The typical volume to feed your baby is around two to four ounces per feeding. If your baby is not waking up for feeding or is not gaining weight, consult with your pediatrician.

What should I do if my baby spits up?

Spitting up is common in newborns and usually does not indicate a problem. Babies will usually spit up after eating or during burping. Spitting up frequently can be caused overfeeding, or not feeding in an upright position. It can also be caused by gastroesophageal reflux, a condition where the stomach contents flow back up into the esophagus. The best way to deal with spitting up is to burp frequently, use select bottles that may help, position proper and lastly, be prepared and keep a cloth near you to wipe up the mess. If your baby is spitting up more than usual or if they are vomiting, consult with your pediatrician.

When should my baby sleep through the night?

There is no one answer to this question since all babies are different and it is also to understand the definition of “sleeping through the night”. Sleeping through the night is generally defined as six to eight hours of continuous hours overnight. The amount of time that a baby will sleep is related to age, development, and the need for feeding.

  • Newborn – should not sleep through the night as they need to feed frequently and from an expectation standpoint, your newborn baby until about two months should sleep two to four hours at a time. This may vary depending upon breast versus formula feeding.
  • Two to Three Month Old – should sleep for 5-6 hours at a time however they will continue to need a couple to several feeding through the night.
  • Four months old – should sleep for a up to 7-8 hours which technically meets the definition of “sleeping through the night” but some babies will still need and demand a night feeding. Typically, when a child reaches the weight of 10 plus pounds, their bodies do not require a night time feeding however this varies and is different for each baby.
  • Five to Six Month Old – this is the time when babies should begin to “sleeping through the night”. So if your baby is still waking up it is not likely that they are really hungry. If this is happening you may need to slowly wean overnight feedings. Lastly, some babies will fight to maintain and vigorously protest the loss of that feeding and overnight cuddling/bonding. It may be tempting to give in however with some patience you will have that “good sleeper” and maybe start to get some sleep yourself.

Some ways to ensure and encourage your baby to sleep through the night is to create a bedtime routine and stick to it. Be consistent with your bedtime routine and avoid letting your baby stay up late. Also, make sure that your baby is getting enough daytime naps.

What should I do if my baby cries for no reason?

If your baby is crying and you cannot figure out why, it is best to consult with your pediatrician. Crying can be caused by a number of things, such as hunger, fatigue, pain, or loneliness. If your baby is crying for no reason, it could be a sign that they are not feeling well.

Is it okay to give my baby over-the-counter medications?

It is best to consult with your pediatrician before giving your baby any over-the-counter medications. Some over-the-counter medications can be harmful to a baby.

When can I give my baby a bath?

Newborns can have sponge baths until their umbilical cord falls off, which usually happens within the first week or two after birth. After that, you can start giving them baths in the bathtub or sink. It is best to wait until your baby’s umbilical cord stump has healed completely before submerging them in water. Always use a gentle soap when bathing your baby and avoid getting the umbilical cord stump wet. Babies should be bathed at least once a week but varies. Bathing too much can cause dry skin. And alway keep in mind to make sure the bath water is the right temperature as they can be scalded and burned quickly. The perfect temperature for a babies bath is between 37 and 39 degrees celsius (98.6 – 102.2 degrees celsius). Additionally, make sure the water coming out of the faucet is set to not exceed 50 degrees celsius (122 degrees fahrenheit).

What are the stages of child development?

There is no one “right” way to develop and each child progresses at their own pace. However, there are several general milestones that all children should achieve by certain ages. Below is a brief overview of the stages of child development.

0-12 months – During these first 12 months, babies are learning to develop their basic skills, such as moving, seeing, and hearing. They will also start to form attachments to caregivers and learn how to communicate.

12-24 months – This is a time of great exploration for toddlers! They will learn how to walk, talk, and feed themselves. They will also start to develop their own personality and preferences.

24-36 months – Preschoolers will continue to develop their motor skills and cognitive abilities. They will also begin learning about letters, numbers, shapes, and colors.

36-48 months – By this age, most children have mastered basic skills such as reading, writing, and counting. They will also start to develop an understanding of complex concepts such as time, money, and social relationships.

What are the recommended immunizations for children?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all children receive a series of vaccinations in order to protect them from common childhood illnesses. There is no evidence that links vaccines to autism. The following is a list of the recommended immunizations for children:

-DTaP: Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough)

-Hib: Haemophilus influenza type b (meningitis)

-IPV: Inactivated polio vaccine

-MMR: Measles, mumps, and rubella

-Varicella: Chickenpox

-PCV13: Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine

-HepB: Hepatitis B (first dose received at birth)

-Rotavirus: Rotavirus vaccine

-Influenza: Influenza vaccine

When will my child’s umbilical stump fall off and how do I take care of it?

The umbilical stump is the piece of flesh that connects your baby’s umbilical cord to their abdomen. It will typically fall off within one to two weeks after birth. Until it falls off, it is important to keep the area clean and dry. You can either use a saline solution or a cotton ball moistened with alcohol to clean the stump. Do not put any creams, lotions, or oils on the stump as this can cause infection.

How do I know if my child is eating enough?

Most babies will eat around six to eight times per day during their first year of life. The amount that they eat will vary depending on their age, weight, and appetite. Signs that your child is not eating enough include poor weight gain, excessive fussiness, and vomiting. If you are concerned that your child is not eating enough, it is best to consult with your pediatrician.

How can I prevent my child from getting sick?

The best way to prevent your child from getting sick is by keeping them up-to-date on their vaccines and washing their hands regularly. You can also help to prevent the spread of illness by avoiding close contact with sick people and disinfecting surfaces that your child may come into contact with.

What is baby colic?

Colic is a condition that causes an infant to cry for more than three hours per day, for more than three days per week, for more than three weeks in a row. There is no one cause of colic, but it is believed to be caused by a combination of factors such as immature digestive system, sensitivities to certain foods or drinks, and emotional stress. Unfortunately, there is no cure for colic and there is no one sure-fire way to make it go away. However, there are several things that you can do to help calm your baby and make them more comfortable, such as using a pacifier, rocking them, or taking them for a walk.

What is SUIDS and how do I prevent it?

SUIDS (SIDS now renamed) is a sudden and unexpected death of an infant that is not caused by an accident or illness. The cause of SUIDS is unknown, but there are several things that you can do to reduce your child’s risk, such as putting them to sleep on their back, avoiding soft bedding and pillows, and not smoking around them. It is also important to get your child checked regularly by a pediatrician, as some health conditions may increase the risk of SUIDS. There is no guarantee that following these guidelines will prevent your child from developing SIDS, but it is the best way to reduce your risk.

How much weight should my baby gain in the first year?

Most babies will gain about 25 to 35 pounds during their first year of life. Additionally, they will usually double their birth weight by 6 months and triple their birth weight by a year. However, the amount that your child gains will vary depending on their age, weight, and appetite. If you are concerned that your child is not gaining enough weight, it is best to consult with your pediatrician.

What should I do if my baby is sick?

If your baby is sick, it is important to seek medical help as soon as possible. Some common symptoms of illness in infants include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive crying. In babies a temperature should be taken rectally as this is the most accurate way to measure it. A temperature is greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees fahrenheit. If you are unsure of whether or not your child is sick, it is always best to consult with your pediatrician.

When should I start brushing my baby’s teeth?

Most babies will develop their first teeth between the ages of six and twelve months. You should begin brushing their teeth when they develop. Until they are able to brush their own teeth, it is important to start brushing them twice a day using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. You can use a soft bristled toothbrush or a baby toothbrush. It is also important to floss your child’s teeth once they have two teeth that are touching each other. It is also important to make sure that your child visits the dentist for a check-up every six months.

These are just a few of the many questions that parents may have when their children are first starting out life. If you have any other questions check out Blue Emerald Wellness and Kids Health Secrets or consult with your pediatrician to find the best solution for your child.

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The information in this blog is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content is for general information purposes and is the opinion of staff at Blue Emerald Wellness. Please do not delay seeking medical advice or treatment because of something you read in this blog.

Authored by Azure Sullivan

Medically reviewed by Dr. Christopher Haines

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