If your child's scalp is very crusty, put some baby oil or olive oil on the scalp 1 hour before washing to soften the crust ||AAP recommends to avoid blankets (a potential suffocation hazard) until your baby reaches her first birthday ||Make sure the highchair has a wide base, good fit, adjustable secure straps. Consider a post between the child's legs. ||Your baby should have 4-6 wet diapers per day. This is a great way to monitor if they're getting enough milk ||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. ||Make sure your baby wears a hat if she will be in a cold environment ||Plan for regular family meals. Enjoy being together as a family and give a chance for everyone to decompress from the day ||To help your kid stand up to negative peer pressure, encourage him to talk, use role playing with him, get to know the parents of your child's friends and finally deal with your own peer pressure. ||Don't let your baby nap in the car seat after you're home as a substitute for crib since it's harder for young babies to breathe in that position ||Make a habit out of drinking a glass of water every time you feed your baby. ||
How to Choose a Pediatrician

 

With a list of doctors in hand, call the office of each. Explain that you are looking for a pediatrician for your child, and inquire about the doctor's background and training, as well as general office procedures. Here is some key information you might inquire about and consider during this first meeting:

    • What medical school did the pediatrician attend, and where did he or she undergo postgraduate and residency training? 
    • What are the doctor's present hospital appointments? If it becomes necessary for your youngster to be hospitalized, where would he be admitted?
    • Is the pediatrician's office conveniently located? Is it easily accessible by automobile or public transportation?
    • Are the office hours convenient for your own schedule? If you are a working parent, you may desire evening or weekend hours.
    • Is the doctor in a group practice with other physicians? Does another physician cover for the doctor at times? Who handles phone calls when the office is closed or during vacations?
    • Do you sense a genuine interest by the doctor in the problems of your child, including particular health disorders he may have?
    • Do both the physician and the office staff appear amicable and courteous? Do they demonstrate compassion and patience? Or do you feel rushed in the office, as though the doctor is eager to move on to the next patient?
    • Does the doctor communicate clearly, and does the doctor make an effort to ensure that all your questions are answered?
    • If your child should ever develop a complex illness that necessitates the care of one or more specialists, will your pediatrician coordinate care among all the doctors providing treatment?

Check also MyChildGuide's article on calling your pediatrician

 

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