EVENTS: Infant Care 101 by Dr Chua Xiuzhen - Kids Clinic

EVENT: Infant Care 101 by Dr Chua Xiuzhen

Infant Care 101 by Dr Chua Xiuzhen

On 22nd Dec 2019, Dr Chua was invited to speak at the Baby World of Wonders seminar to a room full of new parents with their little ones aged between 6 to 12months.

 

She equipped parents with important and informative tips on infant care and here’s a summary of all the tips for those who missed it!

Your Baby’s New Skills

Dr Chua started by talking about the growing stages of babies between 6 to 12 months old and explained how the baby’s development is shown in their body language as they grow.. These signs can help parents identify what to do next for their child:

Infant Care 101 by Dr Chua Xiuzhen

Weaning & Feeding Your Baby

Weaning is an important stage for a baby as it is when they get an additional source of nutrients, develop their chewing skills and learn new social skills and independence. So when should parents start weaning their child? Dr Chua recommends the most optimal time to wean is when your baby is ready, ideally between 4 -6 months old.

Here are some signs to tell when your baby is ready to start weaning:

  • Has good head to neck control
  • Sits with support
  • Displays chewing motions
  • Attempts to put things into their mouth
  • Does not push out solid food placed on the tongue

 

During the feeding progression, parents should also increase the food intake slowly from teaspoon to tablespoon-size gradually, starting with iron-rich foods that are pureed. Dr Chua recommends adding new foods one at a time, with at least 3 days apart as this can help identify potential underlying food allergies that a baby might have.

Common Infant Problems & Vaccinations

While problems such as a cold, cough, fever and diarrhoea are pretty common in infants, parents must visit a doctor if their baby shows signs of:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty feeding
  • Poor diaper output
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Green vomitus

 

Parents should also ensure vaccinations are up to date.

Optimal Sleep Durations for Babies

Infants sleep on average for 9-10 hours in the night and naps on average for 3-4 hours. Factors such as environment and sleep habits can determine if your baby has optimal sleep.

Preventing Dental Caries in Babies

Dr Chua ended her talk by sharing the importance of keeping the little ones free of dental decay!

0-6 Months Old

Before they grow their first tooth, parents can help their babies clean their mouths with gauze or a soft cloth, gently wiping the sides of their mouth and gums. This creates familiarity with dental hygiene procedures so that they feel more comfortable seeing a dentist as they grow up.

6-12 Months Old

Once teeth start appearing, parents can get a finger brush to help their infants clean their teeth. Finger brushes are widely available.

12-18 Months Old

Once your infant has learned to spit, parents can introduce the use of fluoride toothpaste. She also recommends brushing twice a day as soon as the first tooth appears and teaching the child to drink from a cup as soon as they can hold one to help fight tooth decay.

We hope all the above tips are useful to all new and existing parents!

Dr Chua Xiuzhen - pediatrician & brazelton touchpoints provider in bishan

DR CHUA XIUZHEN

Paediatrician
MBBS (S’pore), MRCPCH (RCPCH, UK), MMed (Paed), FAMS (Paed)

Place of Practice

Kids Clinic @ Bedok

(W.E.F 2 Jan 2020)
799 New Upper Changi Road
Bedok Point
#02-23 Singapore 467351

About Kids Clinic

Because we believe that healthy children make happy parents. From newborns to toddlers, our experienced paediatricians are trained to meet a child’s health needs as they grow.

Our Kids Clinic branches are conveniently located in the heartlands for a fast and fuss-free visit.

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