Car Seat Safety
Even though your baby may weigh over 20 pounds, don’t be tempted to turn her car seat around to face forward. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies remain in rear-facing car seats until they weigh at least 20 pounds and are at least one year of age. If your child is in a front-facing car seat during an accident, she is at risk for cervical spine injury.
According to the National Safe Kids Coalition, an estimated 1.7 million children, age five and under, have lead levels in their blood high enough to affect their intelligence and development. The most common cause of lead poisoning among children is the ingestion of dust from deteriorating lead-based paint. More than 80 percent of publicly- and privately-owned housing units built before 1980 contain some lead-based paint. To limit your child’s exposure to lead in the home:
- Always have your child wash his hands before meals, snacks, nap time and bedtime.
- Keep your child away from chipping, peeling and flaking paint.
- Keep the areas where your child plays as dust-free as possible.
- Do not allow your child to chew or suck on painted surfaces such as painted window sills, cribs, playpens, or old painted toys.
- Wash pacifiers often and pin them on a short ribbon to your child’s shirt.
- Keep your child’s clothes clean by changing them frequently.
- When playing inside, place a clean blanket on the floor or carpet for babies to play on. (Always keep the same side up and wash often.)
- Wash toys and stuffed animals regularly.
If your baby’s teeth come in while you are still breastfeeding, you may be bit while nursing. This can happen for a number of reasons: if she’s biting early in the feeding, she might be over-eager or frustrated, waiting for your milk to let down. If she bites late in the feeding, she may be sleepy and feeling her latch slip. Your baby’s latch may also be affected if she has a cold or stuffy nose, and she may bite while adjusting. And, of course, your baby may just mistake your nipple for a teething ring and try to relieve her sore gums.
To stop your baby from biting while nursing, calmly and gently remove her from your breast and say “Don’t bite Mommy” or “Don’t hurt Mommy.” Put her down gently or hand her to someone else, and wait a minute or two before you try to nurse again. This teaches her that when she bites, the milk goes away.
Repeat this as often as necessary. However, always remain calm if bitten – never scream or yell. Startling or yelling at your baby may form a bad association with breastfeeding and she may refuse to feed altogether. Early and sudden weaning can be traumatic for you and your baby.
As with most developmental milestones, there is no standard for when teething will begin, how long it will take, or how painful it will be. A baby’s first tooth usually comes in around the seventh month, although it can arrive as early as three months, or as late as a year. Some common signs and symptoms of teething include:
- Swelling – Swelling of the gum tissue is usually the first sign of impending tooth eruption.
- Flushing or rash – Your child’s cheek may appear flushed or develop a slight rash near where the tooth is erupting.
- Drooling – Teething babies usually produce more saliva and will drool excessively.
- Crankiness – Teething babies are often unusually cranky and irritable, and may not sleep well.
Try the following tips to help soothe teething pain:
- Biting hard objects – Give your child hard objects such as teething rings, as these can ease some of the pain.
- Cold – Frozen food such as a popsicle or frozen banana may also soothe your baby’s gums during teething.
- Numbing – There are several baby-safe teething gels available, such as Baby Orajel or Baby Ambesol, that you can apply directly to your baby’s sore gums. However, some of these gels contain sugar so use them sparingly.
- Baby ibuprofen – If your baby is going through a particularly painful phase, baby ibuprofen may help. As always, check with your pediatrician before giving any medication to your baby.
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