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I’m afraid that if I touch my baby’s umbilical cord it’ll hurt them. Is this true?
Most parents have the same feeling, but rest assured there are no nerves in the umbilical stump, so the baby doesn’t feel any pain. The most important thing is to keep it clean and dry until it falls off 1 to 2 weeks after birth.
Occasionally my baby has green poop. Is this normal?
This is definitely normal! Check with your pediatrician if the poop is black or if any blood is visible.
Should I sterilize the bottle after every use?
In the first few months it is safer to regularly sterilize the bottles. You can use a bottle sterilizer. At 6 months of age, you can put them on dishwasher rack or wash them by hand using mild dishwasher soap.
At what age should I be concerned about my child’s speech delay?
Most children are able to say simple words by 12-15 months, and react to sounds around them actively. By the age of 2-3, normally vocabulary is enhanced and they may form sentences.
If your child is lagging behind in these milestones, consulting a pediatrician is suggested. Unusual sounds can indicate oral issues. Our pediatric department offers speech evaluation and hearing screening to identify what could be causing such trouble.
Can my older children visit the pediatrician, or just my baby?
A pediatrician treats children of all ages – from newborns to teenagers.
Why does my child look pale despite having normal hemoglobin levels?
Your child can look pale for many reasons. A very common cause for this could be iron deficiency, which can also cause your child to get tired very easily. Your pediatrician might suggest getting a blood screening done to confirm this.
Should I wake my baby for feeding?
In the first few months after birth, we recommend waking the baby up every 3 hours during the day and 5 hours during the night to help them gain weight and sleep better through the night.
How long should I keep breastfeeding?
It’s recommended to breastfeed your baby for up to 12 months of age. Some prefer to breastfeed for 2 years. It can help prevent food intolerances and support your baby’s immune system. This all depends on one’s level of breast milk production.
Is it safe to give water to my baby?
Water can be given in small quantities once the baby starts eating solid food, which is usually at the age of 6 months. Before that, all requirements are met by the mother’s milk.
Why does my baby’s stomach hurt after feeding?
As your baby feeds, they are likely to take in air, which then causes intestinal and stomach gas and hence, stomach pain. Allowing them to burp can help. If the problem remains persistent, then consider visiting a pediatrician.
Why do I have jaw pain in the morning?
More often than not, people who grind their teeth are unaware of it. If you’re waking up in the morning with jaw pain, or headaches, there is a good chance you are putting way too much stress on your teeth, muscles and temporomandibular joint through the night. This condition is also known as bruxism, and is extremely common. A night guard is often recommended in such cases.
You may also notice notching of teeth at the gum line, recession, and sensitivity. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, get in touch with your dentist.
How often should I have my teeth cleaned?
A good rule of thumb is to get your teeth cleaned every 6 months. Your dentist will likely suggest more regular cleaning based on plaque and tartar levels. When plaque has been on your teeth for too long it turns into tough calculus, which cannot be removed with a toothbrush, leading to bad breath, cavities and bleeding gums.
What can I do to get rid of bad breath?
Reasons such as gum disease or periodontal disease, cavities or a poorly fitting denture can all lead to bad breath – essentially, anything that allows bacteria to build up in your mouth. Systemic issues can also be a cause, such as diabetes, gut issues or even the ingestion of certain medications. Brushing, flossing, rinsing with mouthwash, and cleaning your tongue can go a long way in controlling bad breath. A dental checkup can help you identify the reason.
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin porcelain shells, similar to egg shells, that laminate your teeth. These are custom made for every patient in a dental laboratory to enhance the color, shape and size of your teeth, leading to a more beautiful smile.
Get in touch with us to see how you can preview the likely look of your veneers before you decide to take the plunge.
Is whitening safe?
The answer is yes – if the right products are used and treatment is performed by a trained dentist or hygienist.
The quickest way to bleach your teeth is in-office teeth whitening, where you leave with whiter teeth in a single sitting. At our dental clinic, we use top-of-the-line products from the German brand Fläsh and patients love the instant results of up to 7-8 shades whiter teeth.
Teeth can also be whitened at home using home bleaching trays that we custom make to fit your teeth. Some amount of sensitivity can be associated with teeth whitening, and our dentists follow protocols to protect the sensitive areas of your teeth prior to whitening. Specific pastes and remedies can counter the sensitivity.
How often should I floss?
Flossing once per day should be enough to help maintain clean and healthy teeth. Consider flossing twice per day if you’re eating anything that might get stuck and is difficult to remove.
How long does my child need to wear braces?
On average, braces are usually worn for 2 years. However, this duration may be longer or shorter depending on the problem, type of braces and patient. Children usually wear braces for less time than adults experiencing the same issue.
What do you mean by painless dentistry?
At our dental clinic, we employ the single tooth anesthesia system using ‘The Wand’, which not only makes the procedure painless, but also prevents loss of sensation around the area as you would experience with older techniques. So, general discomfort no longer lingers on for hours after your visit!
Why should I consider getting my child white crowns for milk teeth?
Parents are often confused regarding this subject since milk teeth are meant to fall out. However, they form the framework for permanent teeth. Hence treating decayed teeth, or broken teeth, is more important than it seems. These covers can last years and prevent affected teeth from further damage, preventing long term effects. Get in touch with us to understand more.
At what age should I introduce solid food to my baby?
At 6 months of age solid foods can be introduced as the baby’s gastrointestinal tract is well developed and can digest more complex foods.
How many meals should my child eat each day without running the risk of obesity?
For adequate nutrition, 3 proper meals, with one or 2 snacks in between, depending on the child’s physical activity, should suffice. The composition of the meal and the portion size are important when dealing with obesity. Consult our nutritionist for healthy meal planning.
How do I find out if my child has any nutritional deficiency?
Most deficiencies manifest physically through a change in appearance or activity level. For example, getting tired faster than usual, visual impairment, etc. A routine blood screening can help detect deficiencies of certain nutrients. With the help of your nutritionist, deficiencies can be corrected without serious consequences.
How do I judge if I’m under or overweight?
Nutritionists use a tool called the body-mass index (BMI) to determine if an individual is over- or underweight. This calculation is based on your weight and height.
What is an in-body analysis?
This process examines your body’s composition. The relative quantities of fat, protein, and water can provide useful information regarding your level of nutrition. This information is then used by the nutritionist to create an appropriate plan to help you improve your health.
Is gluten bad for me?
Gluten is only bad for you if you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease, which affects your intestines. Avoiding gluten may not necessarily benefit you otherwise.
What’s the key to losing weight and not gaining it back?
Each body is different but nutritionists everywhere believe in the power of counting calories. Not only should you eat right, but you should not exceed your required number of calories. Consult your nutritionist to know your required intake. Most importantly, your diet should be supplemented with regular activity.
How much sugar can I give my child per day?
Roughly 25 grams (or 6 teaspoons) of sugar is the limit recommended by nutritionists for children between ages 2 and 18. So a small sweet treat a day doesn’t hurt! Just make sure you always read the ingredients when giving your little ones snacks.
Is it okay to keep my toddler on a vegetarian diet?
Pediatric nutritionists see no worries here as long as your child eats a variety of foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains, to meeting their nutritional needs.
Should I eat more when my baby is on breast milk?
Your body will need more calories to make milk for your baby. Green leafy vegetables, fruits, and grains are highly recommended for nursing mothers.