Frequently Asked Questions
Should we immunize our child?
We support immunizations. Because of these preventative measures, our society no longer needs to face diseases like meningitis, rubella, measles or mumps. We practice according to the standards set by the Center for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics because that is what we believe. Click here to see our immunization schedule.
My child is struggling with breastfeeding. What should we do?
First, be patient. Babies aren’t born with the knowledge of latching on. This is learned. There are special techniques for holding a newborn to help him or her latch on. Some hospitals have lactation consultants on staff to help. Also, we recommend going to the website for La Leche League (www.llli.org). It may take you and your child a while to adapt. However, the longer you breastfeed, the better it is for your child.
How do I know if my baby is getting enough to eat?
Your breastfed baby is getting enough milk if he or she nurses every two to four hours and can be heard swallowing. Expect a minimum of eight feedings every 24 hours. Moms will notice breasts feeling less full. The child should have six to eight wet diapers a day. (The urine should be clear, not dark.) The stools should be soft, seedy, and yellow after most feedings. It is typical for a baby to lose a little weight the first couple days, then gain it back after two weeks. Ultimately, your child should act satisfied after feedings and will gain weight between doctor’s visits.
Formula-fed babies should eat approximately 2-3 ounces per feeding during the first two weeks, with about six to ten feedings per 24 hours. That increases to 4-5 ounces for three week to two month olds. That increases to about 6 ounces by three months and 7 ounces by four months. Simultaneously, the number of feedings decreases. Expect six to eight feedings from three weeks to two months of age. That drops to five to six feedings by three months, and again to four to five by four months.
Should we circumcise our son?
This is a personal decision that each family should make. We would be happy to discuss this with you in detail to go over the pros and cons. In general, we believe that if you decide to circumcise, the procedure should be done at birth.
How much Tylenol or Ibuprofen should we give our child?
We agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics dosages. Please read labels and directions carefully because concentrations and dosages are changing.
The dosage table is available by clicking here for Tylenol. healthychildren.org
Click here for the dosage table for Ibuprofen. healthychildren.org