By Andrew Adesman

Ear infections must be handled with antibiotics. Newborns and babies can be bathed day-by-day. New mom and dad are deluged with recommendation on how one can take care of their infants. This e-book explores universal child future health myths--in parts corresponding to feeding, drowsing, rest room education, and illness--to support them separate child evidence from child fiction.

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Reality Prescription vitamins are beneficial and required in some cases, but ordinary over-the-counter supplements are often unnecessary. the facts Breast-fed babies get almost all of the vitamins they need from breast milk, as do bottle-fed babies who are fed an appropriate formula (see pages 19–21 for information on choosing the correct formula). In recent years, however, the AAP began recommending supplemental doses of vitamin D. indd 34 11/26/08 10:01:31 AM From Milk to Cookies 35 a low supplemental dose (200 International Units) of vitamin D beginning in the first two months of life.

If your formula-fed baby is constipated, the culprit may be another ingredient in the formula, such as cow’s milk protein. The constipation may also be caused by an abrupt switch in types of formula, from formula to cow’s milk, or by a change in the number or pattern of feedings. Before you try to resolve the problem by switching formulas or otherwise altering your baby’s diet, consult with your pediatrician. Do not remove iron from your growing baby’s diet! myth Bottles and nipples should be sterilized before every use.

While you may not be brave enough to try a taste test, your little gourmet may have a strong opinion! Some parents try “homemade” formulas to save money or avoid certain ingredients; be aware that homemade or alternative formulas can be very harmful to an infant because they may contain ingredients a baby cannot digest, and they are lacking crucial nutrients a growing infant must have. myth The iron in many baby formulas causes constipation. reality Constipation is not caused by iron-fortified formula.

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