2- Breastfeeding your new baby ...Breast milk provides all the nutrients that babies need for the first six months of their life and guards against many illnesses and allergies. Also, breastfeeding can help build a special closeness with your baby. Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby. ||Proper weight gain is the sign that your baby is having enough milk. Not crying and not comparing with other kids ||Dealing with slow learners needs special guidance. Find some simple tips in our articles section. ||Infant constipation is the passage of hard, dry bowel movements — not necessarily the absence of daily bowel movements ||Always keep the number of Poison Centre posted beside your phone ||Infants raised on breast milk tend to score higher on tests of mental development than those on formula ||You'll develop a unique parenting style that is right for your family and may be quite different from your neighbors and friends. ||Bathe baby for no more than ten minutes in warm water especially if he shows signs of skin eczema. ||If every feeding is painful or your baby isn't gaining weight, ask a lactation consultant or your baby's doctor for help ||The most important thing on growth curves is how your baby grows over time. If he's small but growing at the appropriate rate, there's usually no cause for concern. ||
Our baby teeth seem discolored. Should we be concerned?
Baby teeth, also called primary teeth, are typically off-white or ivory. Baby teeth can become discolored for many reasons, including:
  • Inadequate brushing. If baby teeth aren't brushed properly, bacteria (plaque) may form on the teeth — which can lead to tooth discoloration.
  • Medication use. Liquid supplementary multivitamins, which have been given to the toddlers, contain iron and this results dark stains on their teeth. Taking the antibiotic tetracycline during pregnancy can cause discolored baby teeth, too.
  • Tooth or gum injury. Trauma to baby teeth or gums may give baby teeth a pink or gray tint.
  • Weak enamel. A genetic problem with enamel formation may lead to discolored baby teeth.
  • Excessive fluoride. Too much fluoride (fluorosis) may cause bright white spots or streaks on the teeth.
  • Newborn jaundice. A baby who develops jaundice after birth may have baby teeth with a green tint.
  • Serious illness. If a baby suffers from a chronic disease or high recurring fever, his teeth become discolored
 
If the discoloration is caused by inadequate brushing, more thorough brushing — using water and a small, soft-bristled toothbrush or the fingertip variety designed for infants — is likely to help. There's no need to use toothpaste until your child learns to
spit, usually about age 2 or 3.
 
If your child drinks from a bottle, remember that sipping milk or juice throughout the day or while falling asleep may lead to tooth decay. Don't let your child carry a bottle during the day, and don't put your baby to bed with a bottle — unless it contains a small amount of plain water.
 
In other cases, treatment options may include bleaching the discolored teeth or simply watching the teeth for signs of other problems. Discuss your concerns about your son's baby teeth with his doctor. He or she may offer a referral to a pediatric dentist.
 
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