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Does this sound right?

Posted by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 6:05 PM
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 I took my baby to her 2 month check up and a couple of things her told me didn't sound right. For one, she has a little rash on her face and on her chest around her neck. The ped said it was heat rash and to turn the temp in the house to 68-74 degrees! My husband says that's way too cold and he won't change the temp. He keeps it between 77-75 degrees. We live in AZ, so I don't know if that contributes to how cool we need to keep it in the house? The other thing he told me was to wait until she is 6 months old before giving her any solids or cereal. I always heard of people giving cereal at 4 months. I am breastfeeding, btw. I don't know if that is a factor in deciding when they start eating solids. What do you ladies think? Does this sound right to you?

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Honeybun09
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 6:09 PM

All of that sounds right to me.


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HnJsMommie
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 6:10 PM

I have always heard to keep the temp around 68-72 degrees atleast while they are sleeping because of SIDS. I personally keep my house around 68-70 degrees and my babies (son is 4mos/ daughter is almost 2) have never had a problem. My son does get heat rash very quickly and tends to get warm quickly.

As far as the cereal, when I had my daughter one dr said no cereal before 6mos and the other said before 4mos because it could cause food allergies. At my son's 2week appointment the dr (same one that said 4mos) said to put rice cereal in his formula (they were/are bottle fed) because he has bad reflux. So he has had cereal since 2 weeks, and they also told me no baby food before 4mos. So yea, the drs tend to be confusing to me too!! Hope this helps!!

Barronbaby
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 6:17 PM
temp should be cooler while baby is sleeping cuz of sids. And cereal is usually introduced by 6 months or after depending on the child. Both of my babies started solids at 4 months but they were also consuming nearly 40 ounces of formula a day. Hope this helps
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rebeccasmommy09
by Christina on Jun. 27, 2010 at 6:17 PM

 That all sounds right. :) We always keep the temp in our house between 68-74. Usually during the day it's set at 72 (sometimes I'll turn it up to 73 or 74 if I'm cold though) and we'll turn it down to 68-70 at night. As for solids, they recommend not feeding them before 6 months to reduce the risk of food allergies. I've heard as early as 4 months (for formula fed babies) but usually it's 6. I started my dd (who was also ebf) on solids at around 5 1/2 months just because she was so interested in eating. I only gave her a few spoonfuls every few days though. There is no need to give your baby solids before then (there's really no need until closer to a year). The main thing in the beginning with solids is just to give them some practice at eating solids. :)

diah
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 6:18 PM
We are in Az too. We have our thermostat set at 82 and it freezes in here.
As far as what you described, sounds like hear rash. :( little bit of powder does the trick. Put I ton you hands so it doesn't dust up into the babysitter face.
As far as solids, our pedi said at 4 months to learn how to eat off of a spoon, but nutritionally for 6 months. That's when we started to get into a schedule of breakfast in the morning and dinner. Otherwise DD gets the boobie.
Good luck...where in Az are you? We are in Queen Creek.
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lovemy2boys39
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 6:20 PM

We keep our house at 75 degrees. It's comfortable. Sometimes we even get cold.

Starting cereal at 6 months sounds good. They say 4-6 months but nursing moms usually wait until atleast 6 months to start any solid foods. Sometimes they start even later.

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newbiestepmama
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 6:24 PM

 Cool. We are in Lithcfield Park. I am stationed at Luke AFB.

mega.momma
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 6:32 PM

I am so sorry that you are being confused and frightened so soon after having your daughter! My daughter was very large and she was ALWAYS hungry so I researched and started adding 2 tablespoons of cereal to 4 oz of formula when she was 2 months old. Also, after a lot of research, my husband and I decided on 72 degrees as our year round temperature - good for her but still comfortable for us. We also put a small fan on a table by her crib, blowing along the side of the bumper, to keep air circulating in her room (a new theory in SIDS awareness). With all the different thought processes out there between moms, history, doctors, experts and your own gut feelings it's hard to decide what is the best way to take care of your child. I chose to research, discuss any questions I had or changes in daily care/routine with my husband and then make my own decisions. At my daughters next appointment after any changes were made in care, we would simply tell our family physician what we were doing and any changes we had noticed. Basically if it works for your child, it is okay. Not all children are the same and so there is no one particular list of instructions that will perfectly fit your child. All mothers customize routines and care to their baby and you will know what she needs. At 6 months old my daughter decided she no longer liked formula at all. I simply decided to use a quirky idea that works for older children and scale it down to her. I added 2 ounces organic chocolate soy milk to 8 ounces formula and warmed it a little hotter than normal and she has been perfectly fine since. Our family physician congratulated me on my creativity and said "if it works for you and she is thriving then carry on ". Another thought, if you have a family physician that your and your husband see, consider taking her to them instead. A general family doctor is usually a little less intense, a little less judgmental and if a problem arises they will direct you to a pediatric specialist. For general check ups and shots though, they are just as good as a pediatrician in my opinion.

Schleetle
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 6:32 PM

6 months is a good guideline for food. If you feel personally that she is ready a little sooner you can try, but 6 months is normally what is recommended now.

I think 75-77 is comfortable that is what we leave it in here all the time during the day, and I don't think that would cause a heat rash.


1wildchild
by Platinum Member on Jun. 27, 2010 at 6:34 PM

We always keep our thermostat set to 68 to 70 degrees, and we do not have A/C. We started rice cereal mixed with breast milk at 4 months but she hated it and only had it a handful of times. We introduced "solids" or pureed baby food at 6 months.

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