#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: ‘Constipation’ in My 3-Week Old Baby

Q: My baby is 3 weeks old and she has a problem with her stomach. She didn’t go at toilet the whole day and she wants to. Please help

A: You didn’t note whether your baby is being exclusively breastfed or not. If your baby is exclusively breast fed (as he should be from birth to 6 months of age), the baby can sometimes go days without defaecation and is due to the fact that practically all the nutrients in breast milk are completely absorbed during each feed, such that there is little or nothing to excrete. However, it is expected that when baby does poop, the faeces should still be soft in consistency as opposed to hard, dry, pellet-like stool as occurs in constipation. If the stool is hard with exclusive breast feeding (?), please visit your baby’s paediatrician.

Formula fed babies, on the other hand, suffer from constipation because it is more difficult for a baby to digest formula than breast milk.

If your baby is dehydrated, perhaps from not taking enough fluids as may occur if she has a cold and is refusing feeds due to difficulty with breathing when feeding, ‘constipation’ may also occur. Other causes include food allergies and/or introduction of complementary fees as the body learns to handle these foods.

If your baby is on exclusive breast feeding, passing out dry, hard stools is unlikely. For formula feeds, try to give your baby more water and be sure that you are adding the right amount of formula to make the baby’s meals. If this continues, please see your baby’s doctor.

For a related subject, please click on https://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/05/20/daily-health-tips-can-my-diet-cause-my-baby-to-have-diarrhea-while-breastfeeding/

Have a great night, y’all 😀

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Did Her Diaper Cause This?

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Q: Good Evening Doc, Pls am a bit
worried. My daughter of a week and six days is having rashes on her vagina wall.
I don’t know if is the diaper that caused it. Please assist on what to do.

A: Congratulations
on your new baby and don’t worry, motherhood just looks/feels harder than it
really is. In a few months now, you’ll be dispensing motherly advice to other
new mums:D

Diaper rashes are common in babies and they could happen on the
butt or anywhere around the area including the lips of the vagina as you have
observed. The causes include
• Prolonged contact with urine or stool
• Diapers that are too tight
• Harsh detergents, soaps
• Baby wipes.
• Sensitivity

Prevention essentially focuses on the causes. So,
• Change your baby’s diaper as soon as you realize it’s wet or soiled
• Be sure to buy…

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Daily Health Tips: When Should I Start Brushing My Baby’s Teeth And Potty Training?

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Q: Well done Dr. May the good Lord reward you. Please, when can I start brushing my baby’s teeth? Please, tell me the right toothpaste to use. Secondly, when can I start potty training? Let me know when you post it. Thanks

A: Taking care of your baby’s mouth/teeth starts from birth. Yes…even before the teeth actually erupt. Be sure to clean your baby’s mouth with a clean, wet flannel wrapped around your finger at least twice a day. As soon as the first tooth erupts, teeth brushing starts in earnest. Brush your baby’s teeth (yes…even if they are only two) with a tiny amount of a tooth paste that does not have fluoride. The reason for this is that swallowing excessive amounts of fluoride can lead to disease conditions in children including the development of whitish patches on teeth. The use of non-fluoride tooth paste should continue until your…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Reducing The Smell Down There!

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Q:
Good day Doc. Ketch. I want know more about ‘Gyna …..’! Is it recommended for the
cleansing of vagina? Or does it reduces the smell down there? Please help.
Thank you in advance

A: Let’s
start with a statement of fact….Some degree of vaginal odour is common with all
women. The vagina has a natural musky smell. In the same way, some degree of
discharge is also normal as the glands in the vagina and cervix produce fluid
which wash away dry, dead cells and flush out bacteria. A strong vaginal odour
which appears different from normal especially when associated with other
symptoms like a burning sensation, itching, discharge etc may be suggestive of
a problem…some more easily solved than others.

For
instance:
Poor vaginal hygiene. This can be easily remedied by washing the vagina daily
with or without soap (if soap is used, unscented or mildly scented soap…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Do IUDs Cause Smelly Discharge?

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Q: Hi doctor.
Does a loop cause smelly discharge or just lots of discharge?

A:
Intra Uterine Device (IUD) are also known as loop contraceptives. There are two
types: the Paragard IUD and the Mirena IUD.

The
Paragard IUD is a copper-containing IUD. The copper is poisonous/toxic to sperm
and the IUD also prevents implantation of the fertilized egg into the uterus,
should fertilization still occur. Paragard can be used during breastfeeding and
its removal leads to a quick return of fertility, generally.

The
Mirena IUD contains hormones which make the cervical mucous extra thick
preventing the sperm from getting to the womb and it also makes the lining of
the womb thin such that even if a fertilized egg were to get there, it would
not be able to implant on the thin lining of the womb. It also prevents
ovulation. Mirena helps reduce the cramping pain of a…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Possible To Give Birth At Eight Months?

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Q: Hi Dr. ketch is it possible to
give birth at 8 months? I’ve been having abdominal pains for 2 days now the baby
keeps tossing and turning? Could this be labor pains or not?

A: Abdominal pain in
pregnancy may or may not be serious.

Harmless causes include:

·Constipation

·Gas

·The growing womb
(uterus)

·Braxton-Hicks
contractions (these are ‘fake’ contractions preparing the womb for the main
even :D)

Serious causes of pain during pregnancy
include:

·Ectopic
pregnancy. To learn about ectopic pregnancy, please click on this linkhttps://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/08/07/daily-health-tips-what-are-my-options-after-ectopic-pregnancy-and-failed-ivf/

·Pre-term
labour. To learn about this, please click on this link:https://chatwithdrketch.com/2015/07/28/daily-health-tips-am-i-leaking-amniotic-fluid-liquor-amnii/

·Miscarriage.
To read more on miscarriage, please click on this link:https://chatwithdrketch.com/2015/07/23/daily-health-tips-im-scared-of-getting-pregnant-after-two-miscarriages/

·Placental
abruption. To learn more, click on this link:https://chatwithdrketch.com/2015/03/26/daily-health-tips-placental-abruption/

·Urinary
tract infection. To learn more, please click on this linkhttps://chatwithdrketch.com/2016/02/19/daily-health-tips-re-visiting-chronic-utis/

·Pre-eclampsia. To learn more, please click on
this link:https://chatwithdrketch.com/2015/10/23/daily-health-tips-protein-in-urine-during-pregnancy/

Having said all these, you…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Hiccups

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Q: Hello, doctor my baby is 7weeks old and she is experiencing hiccups which last for about, 1-2minutes and crying which leads to sleepless night, any medicine or remedy for this.

A: Hiccups refer to involuntary contractions of the diaphragm. The diaphragm is the thin muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen. This is followed by sudden closure of the vocal chords with the resulting hiccup sound at the top of the windpipe.

Hiccups are quite common in babies under one year of age but can affect any age group. They usually occur without provocation and last for a few minutes before disappearing. These episodes in older age groups may be linked to:

  • Eating or drinking too quickly (in which case a lot of gas/air is taken in)
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Drinking fizzy or hot drinks
  • Sucking on candy

In babies, hiccups are usually due to feeding (breast…

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