Can Babies Eat Mushrooms? The Surprising Truth

I was hanging out with my friend Melissa the other day when we came across the question “Can babies eat mushrooms?” 

We were talking about food for our babies, that’s why. Her three-year old is starting to be a picky eater, so she wants to know how she can encourage her to eat more healthful foods.

We enumerated all the fruits and vegetables we know and the dishes we can prepare with them as the main ingredients. Since my daughter is big now, I pretty much had more to suggest. But, surprisingly, I had no answer to the question.

So I did what I do best--consult Google!

Here’s the surprising truth about it.

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How to Relieve Gas in Babies

Gas pain is quite common and is the likely culprit if a baby is constantly crying and in distress. While it is a usual occurrence, there might be some days when your little one can cry inconsolably for hours. So how do you usually relieve gas in babies?

As a parent, let me share with you some insights to identify signs of gas pain and tips on how to sooth your baby when it happens.

Soothing a Baby’s Gas 

It is natural for a baby to pass gas, they may even do it loudly. This is because babies’ gut is still in formative stage during the first months after birth. It is also the reason why they fart a lots. Here is some solutions:

1. Help Baby to Burp

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Burping releases the excess pressure and air out of baby’s body.

The popular method is to hold baby upright. Have a wash cloth ready at you shoulder and position him facing you, with his mouth touching your shoulder. Gently massage baby’s back until you hear a burping sound.

You may also burp him through a seated position. Sit him on your lap and gently rub his abdomen and back.

You need to help him burp at the middle and after feeding. If baby has not burp right after feeding, lay him down for about 5 minutes and try burping him again.

2. Use the right feeding position and feeding bottle

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Never allow baby to lie down flatly during feeding. Incline him through a pillow or a folded towel.

Check the feeding bottle to ensure that air has not accumulated at the nipple area. A few baby bottle brands has a build-in design to prevent air from mixing with the milk. Invest for a bottle or two that can do the trick, a little extra dollar is worth it.

3. Massage baby’s abdomen in a clockwise position

Gently massage baby’s tummy to help lodged gas and pressure to exit his abdomen. A good massage can immediately release baby’s gas, through a fart or two.

Experiment with various gentle massage techniques, you will later see what is most effective for your little one. You may use a little baby oil to warm baby’s tummy, especially if the weather is chilly.           

4. Warm baby’s abdomen

A warm towel placed on baby’s lower tummy will ease cramps, similar to how we are relieved by a warm compress during our menstrual periods.

You may also do it by rolling a warm water bottle atop baby’s belly. A heat pack or warm rice sock will be just as effective. Try to immerse baby in a warm bath to ease his discomfort. Baby will welcome the warmth, it will also help him to sleep.

Tighter swaddling will also help to deliver more pressure to baby’s tummy while warming him in the process. Take care to do any of these suggestions gently and watch baby for any signs of discomfort.

5. A little tummy time might do

Babies experience more colic episodes when they are not spending enough time on their bellies. This happen if baby is seated or lying on his back the whole day.

To ease pain, some pressure brought about by lying or crawling (if he is ready) will help to push the extra air out. Stroke baby’s back while he is lying on his stomach to facilitate expel of gas.

This will also help him to relax. Remember to do tummy time at least 20 minutes after he is done with his milk, not before or immediately after feeding.

There is nothing wrong with allowing baby to lie on his tummy for hours at the crib. It might be the most comfortable position for baby so just let him be. Just be sure that there is no loose threads or large toys that can potentially suffocate or choke him.

6. Essential Oils                                  

There are some oils available at the drug store specifically indicated for abdomen massage. They relieve gas and pain brought about by diarrhea, colic and indigestion.

If you are using them on your baby for the first time, as your doctor for a go signal.  Some oils might look harmless but they can be too potent for your baby’s skin.

Conclusion

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Child-rearing takes lots of practice and patience. It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of gas pain to be able to apply the correct soothing techniques.

The best way prevent gas pain is to put your baby to sleep in a quiet bedroom, with comfortable temperature and no distractions. The first months of baby’s life is the stage when he is most likely to be gassy or colicky.

Your baby needs your care and attention since the best that he can do to communicate is to cry. Give him all the rest and pampering that he need during this time. Be calm, this is just a phase.

So despite messy shirts and sleepless night, this is still a memorable time. Before your know it, your child has already grown right before your eyes.

Reference: 
http://kellymom.com/parenting/parenting-faq/gassybaby/

http://www.babycenter.com/0_gassy-tummy_10393850.bc

How to Relieve Infant Hiccups?

​Hiccup isn’t serious. But it is something to be understood so that we may ease baby’s discomfort. What causes this and how to relieve infant hiccups?

Moms are perplexed with baby hiccups, because they usually appear and disappear out of the blue. Baby may even start his first hiccups while still inside mom’s womb!

Hiccups is a condition that happens due to sudden contractions or spasms of the diaphragm, the muscle over the stomach and underneath the lungs. But usual as it may seem, when it happens regularly and on extended time, it can get worrying.

Baby Hiccups: The reason behind

1. Age 

Hiccups is happens more commonly to babies. The hiccuping episodes tend to lessen as they grow, though adults can still hiccup from time to time.

2. Excess Air and Pressure

Hiccups usually occur after eating. It can be due to an irritated diaphragm and a full stomach due to both food and air intake. It sometimes happens when baby is in a rush to drink milk, gulping down lots of air while feeding.

3. Out of the Blue

Sometimes, we can hardly point out the reason behind hiccups. What’s important is to check if this episode lasts for no more than 10 minutes. If there is a possible medical condition behind baby’s hiccup, his hiccuping episodes are usually more frequent or longer than ten minutes.

How to Get Rid of Infant Hiccups?

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Old parenting wisdom usually says that we must just let baby hiccup as it will just pass. But as it turns out, there are lots of remedies that we may adapt to ease and tone down baby’s hiccup, here are they:

1. Burp

When baby hiccups, it is a sign that baby need to burp. This is because most hiccups coincide with the end or near end of baby’s feeding session. Newborn and babies usually have a harder time passing gas and burping helps.

Try to rub baby gently by patting baby’s back while he has hiccups. Same with burping, put a little pressure on baby’s tummy by letting his tummy lean against your chest during burping. Take note to do this gently, avoid slapping baby at the back or using too much force.

If you are breastfeeding, burp baby during breast switches. Pause and burp him before you re-position him to the other breast.

You may also let baby play on his stomach while inside the crib. The added pressure at the tummy area will help to expel out excess air at the abdominal cavity, thereby reducing the cause for hiccups.

2. Slow Down During Bottle Feeding

If baby’s hiccuping happen at feeding, it is a cue for you that baby must take his milk slowly(paced bottle feeding).

This is important because hurried feeding makes baby swallow more air than is necessary. A distended tummy with lots of milk and air may irritate the diaphragm, causing hiccups.

 It will be helpful also to check baby’s feeding bottle angle. It must be positioned so as to reduce air intake through an upright angle.

 Alternately, allow baby to sit upright during meals. A 45 degrees position at feeding time may help to reduce the incidence of hiccups.

Remember; make sure that baby is fully comfortable before you start the feeding session. Latch baby well and see to it that there is a seal around your breast during feeding. You must not be able to hear load gulping or gurgling sounds if baby is latched on properly.

After feeding, avoid over stimulating baby. Refrain from playing with baby for at least 30 minutes after his meal. Do not make baby do playtime activities such as bouncing up as this can also irritate baby’s full stomach.

In case baby is vomiting during his hiccups, try asking your doctor for advice.

3. Try Giving Baby Something to Nimble or Eat

If baby is already eating soft foods off the plate, try feeding him to ease his hiccups. The swallowing action can also regulate an irritation diaphragm.

Eating any type of food will do, just take note to watch baby for any signs of choking. Take note also to observe proper meal portions and timing.

If baby frequently hiccups after eating, try to decrease the volume of his food. A baby’s stomach is still developing; hence they can only tolerate so much. You may halve his plate volume, but then feed him these small amounts every two or three hours.

4. Suck a Pacifier

If there is one way to immediately relax diaphragm in a minute, it is through sucking a pacifier. Give baby something to suck to help ease or stop the progression of baby hiccups.

Read our review to get the best pacifier for your baby:
5 Best Pacifiers For Breastfed Babies: A Complete Review​​​

Baby may sometimes hiccup after prolonged crying. This happens because he might have taken in lots of air. Comfort baby if he is crying so as to reduce incidence of baby hiccups. Sucking a pacifier may also help to soothe baby.

5. Massage Baby

 A soothing back massage might be just what he need to stop is long hiccup. A good back rub will help baby to relax and may stop is crying episode.  

While baby is seated, use upwards motion to move your hand from baby’s lower back all the way to the shoulder. You might need to massage baby for a few minutes before his hiccup can be eased.

6. Try Giving Baby Some Gripe Water

Gripe water from one country to another are usually made of varying set of herbs and contents, but they function just the same.

Gripe water is made for stomach discomfort and colic but it can also be effective for hiccups.  Read this article to know how to pick a good gripe water for your baby.

Baby Hiccups: Patience and Knowledge Sharing!

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Baby hiccups may look cute but it is something that we moms must be able to understand and decode. You must be observant and take note baby’s hiccups characteristics such as length of time, intensity and if baby looks in pain or uncomfortable.

Using your observations, you can at least deduce the reason and know how to relieve infant hiccups

It’s OK to initially let baby hiccup on his own, for it usually stop without any intervention.

As with my other parenting advice, my best bet is using either one or a combination of remedy suggestions as outline above. Avoid old wives’ tale like cure such as startling baby or pulling his tongue, as they are not effective.

Remember, hiccups go away in its own. But most of all, one thing that you must have with you at all times is one word: patience.

Do you have other suggestions to cure baby hiccups? If yes, please share your thoughts in the comment section below! 

4 Best Stretch Marks Creams

I’ll cut the chase short. There is no single product scientifically proven to remove your existing stretch mark. BUT there are products that can reduce its appearance by making it lighter.

Don’t be disappointed. Not even the other non-topical solutions that cost hundreds of can help either. The only thing they can do is to lighten your tiger scars and that’s it.

So why bother spending too much when you can purchase the best stretch marks cream for a much lower price?

In this article, I am sharing with you three of the mama-proven stretch marks cream that worked for them and one studied by the experts. If you don’t buy other moms’ testimonies, perhaps you’d like to try what research suggests.

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What Causing Your Baby’s Dry Skin On Face?

I was visiting a friend of mine who just gave birth the other week, and I noticed her newborn baby has dry skin on her face.

Naturally, I asked her if she’s aware of this, to which she replied, “Yes. I’m applying moisturizer on it, though.”

I asked if she also makes sure the baby’s clothes are kept from harsh ingredients and that bathing time is not more than five minutes.

To my surprise, she’s not aware of these and told me none of the mothers around her know about them either, so I decided to write about what I know about what causes baby’s dry skin on the face.

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How To Treat Baby Eczema on Face for Good

If you’re tired of hearing and reading different pieces of advice on how to treat baby eczema on face, you’ve come to the right place.

My nephew was born with very sensitive skin, so as his aunt--not to mention a mom myself--I helped my sister look for cures. We went from doctor to doctor, read every page of how to’s on the internet, and tried almost every treatment (and trick) there is--from pharmaceutical drugs to herbal medicines.

It was a scary journey because there are treatments that would work well at the beginning then all of a sudden stop being effective. There are those that cause flare-ups right off the bat.

So I am sharing with you everything that I learned from this journey: what worked and what didn’t.

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When Does Baby Acne Go Away? Experts Answer

It’s been almost an hour now since my daughter went to bed, and I am still on a high that I can’t go to sleep myself.

So I thought, “Why not write something for my readers tonight?”

Then I went through all the topics I’ve written about to give me an idea of what else I can share with you.

As I was going through my posts, I noticed a large zit on my nose, which is really distracting as I try to concentrate on what I’m doing.

Then it dawned on me:

“That’s it! I’m writing about acne in baby and when it goes away.”

But before going straight to the question “When does baby acne go away?” I will define first what is baby acne. I will also share with you how you can differentiate it from other skin problems so make sure to read this till the end.

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The Science Behind Hair Loss In Babies

I’m making assumptions here:

You’re reading this because your little one has bald spots and would like to know if hair loss in babies is perfectly normal. Also, you could also be curious about what is really happening when hair loss occurs.

I’ve been there.

The people around me were telling me that it is normal for babies to lose hair, but curiosity got the best of me.

So I did what any inquisitive mom would do--research! And what I found out is what I am sharing with you.

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When Is The Right Time To Lower Crib According To Experts?

“My baby can sit unassisted, but she can’t pull herself up yet from a sleeping to sitting position. Should I lower the crib now or wait until she can sit from lying down?”

One of my readers asked me this, and I presumed this is a topic so interesting it needs one whole article. I researched about it--asked experts and other experienced moms of their opinion.

So in today’s post, I will be discussing the time when to lower the crib but before that, let me tell you why dropping it at the right time is crucial for every household. I will also sprinkle a bit more of sleeping safety tips for everyone’s peace of mind.

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