Answers to the Top 10 Most Common Baby Questions
1. What is the infant Motrin or Tylenol dose?
This is one of the most-searched questions because specific information is so hard to find. Unfortunately, we aren’t going to be able to clear this up for you. Because each case is unique and babies and young children respond differently to medication, we recommend that you reach out to a medical professional for help. That is also the standard guidance from brands like Motrin (ibuprofen) and Tylenol (acetaminophen), especially for infants younger than six months.
Infant medicine dosage is typically based on weight, but age can be used if necessary. Always follow the dosage guidelines that come with the medicine, or refer to your doctor. Infants’ Motrin provides dosing information for children up to 23 months old. But Tylenol users need to consult their doctor for dosage information for all children under 24 months of age and less than 24 pounds.
Infants’ Motrin Dosing Chart
2. What are the symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)?
According to the Mayo Clinic, signs and symptoms of RSV include a runny nose or nasal congestion, a dry cough, a low-grade fever, a sore throat, and a mild headache. More extreme cases may demonstrate a severe cough, high fever, wheezing, rapid or difficult breathing, and bluish skin tone. Because an infant can’t tell you what they’re feeling, look for shallow or rapid breathing, lack of appetite, lethargy, and irritability.
3. Why are baby walkers banned?
Contrary to popular belief, baby walkers are not banned in the US. Canada banned baby walkers in 2004, and although the American Academy of Pediatrics has urged America to follow suit, it hasn’t happened yet. In lieu of outright bans, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) laid out a laundry list of new safety standards.
These guidelines are meant to mitigate the dangers of baby walkers. Those dangers include falls and access to items and areas that babies shouldn’t be allowed to navigate on their own. Think pools, fireplaces, and tabletops that might contain dangerous or poisonous items. According to the CPSC, nearly 15,000 infants under the age of 15 months were treated for walker-related injuries between 2004 and 2008. And eight children lost their lives during the same period.
4. When is it safe for baby to sleep on tummy?
The general consensus is that if your baby can turn themselves over onto their stomach during sleep, let them be. This usually happens around 6 months. However, you should always put your baby to sleep on their back until they’re at least 1 year old.
5. Can sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) be prevented?
There is no way to eliminate the danger of SIDS completely. But there is a lot you can do to reduce risk factors. Here are some general guidelines:
- Don’t smoke in the home or around the baby.
- Don’t sleep with the baby in a bed or in a chair.
- Don’t place pillows, blankets, bumpers, or any other items in the crib with the baby.
- Don’t put the baby to sleep on their stomach.
Learn more in our crib safety guide.
6. When (at what age) is the highest risk for SIDS?
Risk for SIDS is highest between 1 and 4 months of age, and it peaks between 2 and 3 months.
7. Which baby monitor has the best picture/longest range?
There are a number of baby monitors to choose from, and if range or picture clarity is the most important factor for you, be sure to compare that when you do your research. The baby monitor with the longest range on our baby monitors buyers guide is the VTech DM221 Digital Audio Baby Monitor. The VTech has a range of 1,000 feet. When it comes to the monitor with the best picture, our pick is the Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor. It features a full-color LCD display that measures 3.5 inches.
8. What are the best baby monitors in 2018?
Before buying a baby monitor, every parent should identify which aspects are most important to them. We selected the top baby monitors based on features, price, range, audio and video clarity, and customer reviews. Some things to consider include: How long will the monitor last? Can it work later as a nanny cam? Is the technology the most up-to-date? What are the risks of using a Wi-Fi baby monitor?
9. What are the best baby proofing products in 2018?
It’s difficult to say definitively what the best baby proofing products are, but here are some products we consider must-haves when baby-proofing your home.
10. What are the safest infant car seats in 2018?
Make sure you select a rear-facing infant car seat that meets or exceeds Federal Crash Test Standards, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for Child Restraint Systems, and Federal Motor Vehicle Standards for Flammability of Interior Materials. Also look for car seats that have been tested for side-impact. And if you travel, you’ll want one that is certified for use in planes. SafeWise made its car seat recommendations for 2018 based on these criteria plus features, comfort, price, function, and customer satisfaction.