Common Questions About Infants Answered

Common Questions About Infants Answered

Newborns are just wonderful bundles of joy.  There are some questions though that may arise in your newborns little life that you just don’t know what to do about.  Since your baby can’t communicate to you it can be hard to see what they are wanting or needing. Also even if it isn’t your first baby, no two babies are alike.  Here are some of the most common questions about babies answered. 


When will the umbilical cord fall off? 


There is no exact time of when the umbilical cord stump will fall off.  It can happen as early as five days after birth and take as long as three weeks.  Usually it will fall off two weeks after birth. If the cord is pulled off too soon it can start bleeding, so make sure you do not try to pull the stump off even if it is hanging by a thread.  Keep the umbilical cord dry, make sure you are just giving your baby sponge baths until it has fallen off. The cord will dry out and fall off on its own if it hasn’t after four weeks after birth call your pediatrician there could be something wrong.  If the umbilical cord looks like it is red, or yellow pus starts coming from it, call your doctor there may be an infection. 


When does teething start? 


The dreaded teething, where your child may become extra fussy, unable to be soothed, having a loss of appetite, having trouble sleeping, biting or sucking more, drooling buckets, or have a rash around their mouths.  Usually babies don’t get their first tooth until month 5 or 6. But the teething process can actually start as early as 2 months.  


When can I start my baby on solid foods?


Starting solid foods is truly dependent on your baby.  Every baby is different but you can look for certain things to see if your child is ready.  Around four months when your baby can hold its head up on its own will be a good time to start looking to see if your baby is ready for some purees.  Another indicator that your baby is ready is if they open their mouth up when food comes their way. Make sure when you start feeding your baby you start with one new food at a time.  Make sure they do ok with a food before moving onto something else. This will help you indicate if they have a food allergy. After purees and your baby can sit up all by themselves, and bring their hands to their mouths you can start on some finger foods.  Make sure with finger foods the pieces are chopped up small, and that the foods are still soft such as scrambled eggs, or a cut up banana will help your baby not choke.


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