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How do I use a rectal thermometer?

Rectal Temp

Using a rectal thermometer? Lubricate the tip with a little petroleum jelly.

   
How do I use a rectal thermometer?

Rectal Temp

Using a rectal thermometer? Store in a separate location from other oral thermometers.

   
No bowel movements from an excllusively breastfed baby?

No BM in the AM or PM

No bowel movements from an exclusively breast fed baby? After 5 days, check baby's temperature using a rectal thermometer. The stimulation of the rectum by the thermometer is often enough to start things flowing again. Stand back.

   
What can I do to be ready for unexpected moments with my baby?

"emergency" diaper bag

Pack an extra diaper bag with one of everything; diaper, wipes, an outfit, pacifier, etc. You never know when you'll use it!!! Leave it in the trunk of your car.

   
How do I use a rectal thermometer?

Rectal Temp

Using a rectal thermometer? Advance the lubricated tip slowly and as gently as possible. Any resistance could be stool or it could be the side of the bowel. One inch is far enough to gauge the temperature in an infant.

   
Is there a good time to toilet train my baby?

Delayed Reactions

If your toddler is accustomed to disposable diapers, the uncomfortable, cold and wet feelings that signal an emptied bladder are absent. Let nature help in the privacy of your backyard in summer months. Let the child play naked (Don't forget sunscreen) and "discover" his new talents.

   
No bowel movements from an excllusively breastfed baby?

No BM's

No bowel movements from an exclusively breast fed baby? If baby's disposition has become irritable, check his temperature and increase feedings to increase fluid intake.

   
Why is my baby´s bottom all red, splotchy and painful?

Bottom Burn

Diaper burn? If you are feeding baby orange or apple juice and a scorched red bottom starts about 12 hours later, start diluting the juice even more than you already are. The acids in the fruits are probably the culprits.

   
How do I use a rectal thermometer?

Rectal Temp

Using a rectal thermometer? Wash in warm soapy water after every use. Wipe with rubbing alcohol before storing.

   
What supplies do I need to get ready for our first baby?

DIAPERS

Stock up on diapers before the baby is born. You will never have enough.

   
How do I use a rectal thermometer?

Rectal Temp

Using a rectal thermometer? Hold it gently but tightly. There is a natural reaction in babys and small children to clench the rectum tight and draw the thermometer in.

   
How do I use a rectal thermometer?

Rectal Temp

Using a rectal thermometer? Undo diaper but leave in place under the baby. Catch the feces/poop and discard the one diaper and save yourself cleaning up a big dirty mess.

   
No bowel movements from an excllusively breastfed baby?

No BM's

No bowel movements from an exclusively breast fed baby? Check your own diet and increase your fluids and fruits.

   
Is there a right way to change diapers?

Prevent baby back pain

When changing diapers of any age child, raise both legs at the same time. If you lift just one, and hope the body will follow, you not only risk straining baby's back, but could also dislocate his hip.

   
No bowel movements from an excllusively breastfed baby?

No BM's

No bowel movements from an exclusively breast fed baby? Don't panic. Don't worry, especially if your baby's disposition has not changed. After a week, try a baby glycerin suppository.

   
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