Doctors gave us the bottom line on issues you may have always wondered about It’s 2 A.M., and you just remembered that question you forgot to ask at yesterday’s pediatrician appointment: “What’s with that snorting sound my baby makes?” Sigh. Why can’t you think of this stuff when you’re actually at the doctor’s, or at least during the day? Because you’re tired, and this parenting business is all new! Relax, get some sleep, and give your tired brain a break. We dug up some of the nagging (and rather weird) questions we’ve encountered and shot them to the experts - so you wouldn’t have to.
I know that babies aren’t supposed to watch TV, but does that mean I shouldn’t turn on late-night reruns of The Office while I’m breastfeeding? Nursing is a great opportunity for bonding, so try to make the most of your one-on-one time with your baby. However, a little TV every now and then is not the end of the world - especially if you’re trying not to doze off! After all, your baby’s much more interested in his meal than in what’s happening with Michael and Dwight. “Having a chance to relax far outweighs any theoretical damage to your baby,” says Jack Maypole, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Once he’s more aware of the world around him, it’s best to skip TV. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time until age 2.
What do I do if I give my baby her medicine and she spits some of it up? Don’t panic. Most infants spit up sometimes after feeding or swallowing medicine. It tends to look like more than it really is. So if your infant dribbles after you give her meds, it’s probably fine to wait and give her a full dose the next time it’s due. Missing a bit won’t make much difference. There is one exception, though, explains Tina Deuber, M.D., a pediatrician in Dallas: If your child immediately vomits all of her Tylenol (it will be more forceful than spitting up), wait 15 minutes before giving her the full amount again. If you’re at all unsure, or if she’s taking a prescription medication like an antibiotic, check with your doctor. If she vomits again after the second dose, there may be something more serious going on, so discuss with your pediatrician.
I drove over a speed bump with my son in his car seat. Could the jostling have damaged his brain? No. Properly installed car seats are designed to absorb this kind of everyday bouncing. Besides, if your child really is injured, he’ll let you know by crying o r seeming distressed (which could include being unusually quiet or sleepy), says Jonathan Schwab, M.D., a pediatrician in Northampton, Massachusetts. If you’re in an accident with a sudden impact to the car, you should have your baby checked by a doctor.