By Angela Pirisi
Many parents rush to baby’s room with each whimper and gurgle, but if your babe’s just been fed, burped and changed, pay attention to the quality of the cry and look for something else to possibly be wrong. “Check that baby’s position in the crib is on his back with no blankets covering his face. Check that his limbs are not entrapped.
A more intense or prolonged cry may be an indicator of other health concerns such as fever or abdominal pain,” says Dr. Michelle Ponti, a community pediatrician in London, Ont., and Canadian Paediatric Society spokesperson. Also, make sure your baby isn’t too warm or too cold: clamminess at the back of her neck means a lighter-weight sleeper might be needed, and shivering or goosebumps mean you should break out a warmer one. Remember, newborns should never be left alone to cry it out.
“I’m hungry,” is a common refrain from little ones stalling their bedtime and early-risers who think 6 a.m. is a perfectly acceptable hour to eat breakfast. “We encourage snacking for toddlers two or three hours after dinner or even sooner if supper was small,” says Laurie Bailey, a nutrition specialist and registered dietitian with the Calgary Health Region, who adds “always allow your child to decide themselves how much they want to eat, if at all.” Healthy snacks include cheese and toast or fruit and yogurt.