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Breastfeeding is an effective tool that helps in maintaining the health, well-being, and survival of a child. It also prevents the occurence of common childhood diseases, which is attributed to the presence of antibodies, and the safe and pure nature of breast milk. Breast milk provides the all essential nutrients ul until six months of age. After which it provides half or more than half of the required nutrients for the next six months. The next year it gives about one-third of the needed nutrients to the child.

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I gave a small amount of water to my baby. Will this affect her health?

Query: Hello doctor, We accidentally gave our baby barley water and a small amount of water at six to seven weeks old. The barley water was mixed with the formula. Our baby also feeds on breast milk as well. Will this have contributed to any malnourishment or other negative effects that may be permanent? K...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash Chandra Girdhar Lal Nagar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. As per limited information, if you have given a small amount that too once, it is not going to cause any problems, so do not worry; there is nothing like malnourishment associated with it. Still, would you mind sha...  Read Full »

Can you suggest an alternative to Pantocid 40 for a breastfeeding mother?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a known case of gastritis; three years ago, I had an endoscopy, and in the report, there was mild antral inflammation for which I got treatment. Recently, I delivered a baby girl; throughout pregnancy, I was on Pantocid 40 mg as I was having gas issues from the beginning. After ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. It happens due to a low-fiber diet. A low-fiber diet and dehydration lead to difficulties in passing stool and can cause piles as well. So I would suggest you make changes in your diet. Eat more green vegetables and fruits like oranges, ba...  Read Full »

My son is 2.5 years old. Can I stop breastfeeding him?

Query: Hello doctor,My son is 2.5 years old. I want to wean him off the breastfeeding. I want to understand a few things. Is this the right time to wean him? Should we opt for packed milk or farm milk? Is the farm milk safe enough for children? If we get the packed one, does it have preservatives? Also, sh...  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hello, Welcome to read your query.Deciding when to wean your child off breastfeeding is a personal choice, but around 2.5 years old is a common time. As for milk options, both packed and farm milk can be safe for children if properly handled and pasteurized. Packed milk generally under...  Read Full »

My daughter has very slow weight gain. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter was born six months ago. Her weight was 6.39341 pounds at birth. She is now in her sixth month. Her weight was 14.33005 pounds when I checked some days ago, and today it is 14.5505 pounds. She gained only one gram of weight in 22 days! Is she underweight? What could be the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Thank you for stopping by! I am here to provide an expert opinion on your medical issues. Please note that the weight gain of your child is absolutely normal. Do not be frightened. Birth weight doubles by the age of six months, triples at one year, and becomes four times at the age of two yea...  Read Full »

I have syphilis, and my wife is breastfeeding my son. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have syphilis, and my wife is breastfeeding my 2-month-old son. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I strongly advise against hiding a medical diagnosis from your partner. Syphilis is a serious sexually transmitted infection that requires medical treatment. It is essential that your wife is aware of your diagnosis so she can also be tested and treated if necessary. ...  Read Full »

Can you suggest some medicine to reduce my weight?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old female and I am breastfeeding my 8-month-old baby. My periods have got delayed and my weight has increased to 176 lbs. I am unable to lose fat despite proper diet. Can you suggest some medicine to reduce my weight? I am on Deviry 10 mg. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Prabha Ranjan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Medicine to reduce weight is never recommended, especially if you are breastfeeding, until and unless the weight is causing problems with maintaining good health. I suggest you to follow: 1) Diet and exercise are best. 2) Fresh fruits, nutritious diet, sprouts are ...  Read Full »

Can birth control shots affect pregnancy test results?

Query: Hello doctor,I gave birth to my baby just two months ago, and I started having sex in the third week after delivery. Three more weeks later (at six weeks postpartum), I received the birth control shot. However, the doctor did not perform a pregnancy test before administering the shot. Recently, I ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Sujata Mittal

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concerns. Please get a BHCG (beta-human chorionic gonadotropins) test done to rule out pregnancy. It takes six weeks for the body and internal organs, including joints, to return to their pre-pregnancy state after delivery. Every female should allocate ...  Read Full »

When to breastfeed after taking tablet U35?

Query: Hi doctor, After taking tablet U35, how long should I wait to breastfeed again? Give your suggestion.  Read Full »

Dr. Rajendran R. Nayar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for contacting me. I understand you are breastfeeding and have taken U35, which contains Acetaminophen and Codeine Phosphate. It is alright to take Acetaminophen until a dose of two grams, but ingestion of Codeine is not recommended. The reason is that Codein...  Read Full »

My 15-week-old baby has stomach rumbles with pain. What should I do for relieving her pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a 15 weeks old baby with a weight of 13.01 lbs. Her rumble looks like boiling and becomes worse during night. She is crying in pain. I am breastfeeding her and make her burp later. This happens everyday.  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your child is suffering from reflux issues. Consult a pediatrician for physical examination and further management. I suggest (consult with a specialist doctor, talk with him or her and take medicines with their consent) syrup Perinorm (Metoclopramide) and syrup Rantac (R...  Read Full »

Can a mother breastfeed a 5-month-old COVID-19 positive baby?

Query: Hi doctor,My 5 months old nephew has been tested Covid positive two days back. High chances that mother might be infected too. Please guide as to how can we take care of the kid (most important)? How to identify how serious is his condition? when to get admitted;? Is there any medicines to be given ...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi,Welcome to it is important to test the mother to be sure if the two can be kept together. If mother is positive, then both can be kept together, else the mother will have to be seperated. In such a case, bottle feeds will have to be given by another family member (who may be p...  Read Full »

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