Baby Care Advice » Baby Hygiene Thu, 16 Dec 2010 14:38:16 +0000 en hourly 1 HOW OLD IS MY BABY RAT? AND AM I TAKING THE PROPER CARE FOR IT? Tue, 14 Dec 2010 22:43:49 +0000 admin

Question by lala:
how old is my baby rat? and am i taking the proper care for it?

she was a pinky when i got her, she was supposed to be food… i fealt bad so i am caring for her, she is being fed each 3 hours during the day and once in the middle of the night. i am feeding her kmr kitten milk replacement and im diluting the powder more then recomended for kittens so that the milk is easier to swallow for the baby. she is in a closable plastic container with a couple fleece blankets in it (there are holes poked on the top for ventilation). the container is ontop of a heating pad set on meadium heat, only half the container is on the heating pad so she can crawl away from the heat if she is uncomfortable though she generally stays on the half with heat. she has very small teeath that i can see in her mouth and her eyes are still shut you can still see her pink skin but she is growing a coat and her pattern is noticeable she is about 1 1/2 inches long including her tail. i know this is a lot to read but any help would be very much appriciated. btw i am stimulating her to go to the lavatory but gentlly massaging her anus and genitals with a warm damp q tip after each feeding. (i got her yesterday she is still lively and eating well, she poops several times a day and pees often) does she have much of a chance?


Answer by Erica R
You’ve got yourself a very young rat…I’d state its a couple weeks maybe. I found a baby rat last October so I called my vets office and they told me to feed it Esbilac, which is a puppy milk. I was once told that cat food is not good for mice or rats that they can develope a type of reaction (sorry cannot remember what she called it). Nonetheless the puppy milk worked for mine and she now a huge rat named Tudy! Make sure the milk is a wee bit warm but keep the milk refridgerated! I would use an oral syringe and run it under warm water for a minute…but not too hot! Keep in mind you can freeze some of the milk to keep it fresh. That is great that your stimulating it and that it is going to the bathroom…good sign! Babies need lots of sleep and food. Each three hours is good but being it’s so young it could not injured to feed it twice in the night, unless you get up very early and of course first thing. Sounds to me like the inclosure is set up pretty well…once it grows fur you can take away the heat and it can keep itself warm at that point.

Keep it up and good luck!! :)

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HOW DO YOU CLEAN THE MILK FROM A NEWBORNS TONGUE? Sun, 12 Dec 2010 19:37:21 +0000 admin Question by MiaDiva28:
How do you clean the milk from a newborns tongue?

I assume with a towel but how do you guys do it?
no its not thrush, just milk.


Answer by Wiss
Easiest way is to give them water. Another way you could do it is using a finger brush, you can purchase them at walmart. Its a baby ‘toothbrush’ just a tiny little thing you put on your finger to wipe their mouth with.

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DO ONE SIZED CLOTH DIAPERS WORK FOR INFANTS? Fri, 03 Dec 2010 22:06:52 +0000 admin Question by Amanda:
do one sized cloth diapers work for infants?

I am due in December and am considering cloth diapers. There are so many options out there and I am confused! Are one sized pocket diapers a good choice- even for an infant, or should I get infant sized diapers? Which brand(s) of cloth diapers did you like?


Answer by ♥
I have the one size cloth diapers and I love them. I tried them on my one week old nephew who weighs just 7 lbs and they fit him perfectly. Then I just adjust the snaps and they fit my two year old. So the answer is yes, they really are one size. I use the sunbaby diapers off ebay, only because they are super cheap. I love them and have no problems with them. They are very soft, do not leak and cute. They come in a bunch of fun colors.

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URGENT QUESTION ON NEWBORN RABBITS? Tue, 30 Nov 2010 08:41:04 +0000 admin Question by nicky:
urgent question on newborn rabbits?

it’s my female rabbit’s first pregnancy and she gave birth to 1 newborn and she doesn’t breast feed it…. so i have to hold her down in order for the baby to breastfeed. i was doing research on the world wide web and it stated that newborn rabbits, if their mom doesn’t take care of them ,i have to instruct them how to pee. i have to use a wet cloth and stroke its genitals till it pees….i tried it and it did not work and the world wide web also stated if this was not done after each feeding it would die. i went to the guy i got my rabbits from and he stated that you do not have to do that and it’ll learn on its own …but i’m seeing this thing on more than 1 site and i need to know if its true or not …so do you really need to instruct a rabbit how to pee and if so how do you… i tried but it did not work :( i’m really attached to the newborn and i cant let it die so please help if you can…it’ll really mean a lot


Answer by Robert M.
Well I hope you know that the mom hasn’t been feeding it because you have been weighing the baby. Do not anticipate to see the mom hop into the nest box and feed it while you watch. She will try to do it early in the morning or when no one is around. So my recommendation is to leave your baby rabbit alone (going one day without food will not kill it). Purchase a mailing scale at staples or office depot. Weigh the baby at 7pm tomorrow- leave the mommy and baby alone- and then weigh it again the next day at 7pm. If the baby has gained any little amount of weight it is being fed and you can get out of your momma bunnies business. Just to be sure weigh it again the day after. Its just very unnatural for a mom rabbit to feed her kits while there could be a threat around and if she is trying to nurse the kit and you are constantly interfering you could be causing her and the baby both a lot of stress and that in it’s self could be enough to kill the baby. I doubt you have to instruct the baby to pee so stop worrying about all that bs and go get a scale to weigh it each day so that you can really find out if she is or is not feeding it. In the meantime stop making her feed the baby! You def do not want her to nurse it too often.

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HOW DO I GET RID OF MY INFANTS EYE INFECTION.? Mon, 29 Nov 2010 03:11:26 +0000 admin Question by *jen*:
How do I get rid of my infants eye infection.?

When she went to her well check at 2 weeks i told her physician that she had an eye infection. And he stated to rub her tear duct and keep around her eye clean. Well this day her eye has been so goopy (yellow and green sticky eye boogers) this day what should i do and how can i get rid of it? She is 4 weeks old today.
no im not breastfeeding :(


Answer by lol…..
put a bit of breastmilk in her eye. Not formula, if you are not nursing just a clean washcloth will work, but breastmilk will cure it in a day or two.


hmmm, maybe, just maybe, if she is only four weeks, you still have a tiny bit of milk. You only need a drop or two…

If that doesn’t work you can ask your physician for a Rx, but a warm washcloth (make sure it’s super clean) and a tiny eye massage will work. Just put your finger at the corner of her eye, not in it, beside her nose, and massage there very gently for a few minutes several times a day.

Blocked eye ducts are very common in newborns. They nearly always cure themselves, it is not a large deal and does not bother her.

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DID ANYONE NOTICE A WEIRD BODY ODOR AFTER CHILDBIRTH? Sun, 28 Nov 2010 06:56:50 +0000 admin Question by K.Lee:
Did anyone notice a weird body odor after childbirth?

I have a three week old baby girl. I am breastfeeding and I have been noticing that I have a weird body smell. My fiance admitted to smelling it but stated he did not state anything before because he did not want to injured my feelings. He stated that it smells like spoiled milk. He thought that maybe some milk had spilled on the carpet or sheets but then he smelled it on me when we were riding in the automobile today.
I shower several times a day so its not because of poor hygiene. Has anyone had this experience? Please give me some insight.


Answer by e9601:
The order is real. It’s foul, but i do not know why it’s there.

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Has anyone heard of wiping a newborn down with Olive Oil oppose to Bathing them in the first couple of weeks?

I am currently pregnant and my baby is due in January. I live in the Midwest and I am afraid of my newborn catching a cold due to bathing. I heard that you can wipe a baby down with Olive Oil oppose to bathing them. This is suppose to moisturize the skin and remove old skin while protecting the embilical cord. I am wondering if there is any truth to this or if this is an old wise tale???


Answer by Alyssa’s mommy
There are a few cultures who are obsessed with covering babies in oil. I have even had a woman tell me to shave my then 1 year old’s hair and cover her head in oil till her hair grew back in thicker… no thanks.

You can get a space heater to put in the lavatory so the air is nice and warm for your newborn if your are worried.

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MY BABY’S BELLY BUTTON IS STICKING OUT ALOT…KIND OF SCARY..WHAT TO DO? Fri, 26 Nov 2010 15:00:21 +0000 admin Question by Lexie♥ Mommy2 a beautiful boy♥:
My baby’s belly button is sticking out alot…Kind of scary..What to do?

Ok i have heard of putting a baby belly button band or whatever around it,
And his is sticking out a lot that it looks scary,
personally this is not cosmetic reasons, cause i could care less if he as an innie or outtie
But the pediatrician seemed to not care,
and stated well it will go away by 5 years old,
and it might not, and it might need surgery..
I will not do the quarter thing, cause that quarter probably has been touched by
alot of germs, any experience with this??

He is 2 months and 1 weeks old.


Answer by Baby Isabella born 1/19/10
My baby’s did too but it’s starting to go in now (7 months old). Do not try to force it. Just let it be.

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IS IT SAFE TO CLEAN MY 10 MONTH BABY TONGUE? WHAT CAN I USE? Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:40:18 +0000 admin Question by Nnimong R:
Is it safe to clean my 10 month baby tongue? what can i use?

I’ve a 10 month baby and i dont know waht to use to clean her month especially her tongue which is whitish in colour. And i have an inverted nipple – as a result, i have to breatfeed my daughter with one side of the breat, now my other side of the breat is larger and saged than the other, what can i used to get my breat firm.


Answer by red
You can get this tiny baby toothbrush with baby toothpaste like what I use for my son – it’s a really soft toothbrush and “tooth and gum cleanser” that is flavored like some kind of fruit, I used that to brush my son’s gums/teeth/tongue lots. Just be careful if she has a strong gag reflex. Gerber makes the gum/tooth cleanser -toothbrush kit I am speaking about.

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THIS IS A QUESTION FOR THE PRO-ROUTINE INFANT CIRCUMCISION CROWD? Mon, 15 Nov 2010 18:41:52 +0000 admin Question by Nurse Autumn Intactivist NFP:
This is a question for the Pro-Routine Infant Circumcision crowd?

Why should it be the parents choice to decide whether or not the child will be circumcised rather than the owner of the penis (the child)? Even if there really were medical benefits (I do not believe there are), circumcision is not a medically pressing issue. There is no reason to have it done now, rather then when the child is old enough to make the decision for himself.

#1- Infants are not sexually active, so there are no worries about STD’s

#2- Even though the studies in Africa are flawed, even the researchers stated that circumcision did *not* reduce HIV risk after 2 years post circ. As we all know, infants are not at risk of contracting HIV via the penis.

#3- It is easier for the parents to care for an intact penis because the foreskin is fused to the head of the penis. No special care is required until the foreskin becomes retractable, in which case, the boy is old enough to care for it himself.

#4- It actually hurts LESS to be circ’ed as an adult, because they can give sufficient numbing, and even general anesthesia if so desired. Also, they can send them home with powerful pain killers for the post-op recovery period. Not to mention, the man has a choice in his circ status.

#5- Even though UTI’s are rare in boys, they are not that bad. (I just had one myself a few weeks ago) Infact, they are 8 times more common in females, yet we do not amputate parts of their genitals. We give them antibiotics and they are fine.

#6- They will not be made fun of in school, the circ rate in America is about 50%, so this generation will have an entirely different view of circumcision.
Noah’s Mommy- I WAS just asking a question. These are the facts, and the facts are, that yu have violated your sons human rights. You in NO WAY answered the question, thus showing that you have nothing to state in defense. You are giulty and you know it, you just dont want to admit it.
Stef- yes, I am pro-choice. I also vaccinate my son. I am not taking away anything that belongs to him. Vaccines simply stimulate the immune system. There are also real benefits from vaccinating
Kisses come in fives- again, because it is not your penis to decide to amputate part of. Discipline methods are different. They are not permanatly altering a part of the body nor do they make the sex life less enjoyable for both partners.

Are you ok with people circumcising their daughters? After all, it is THEIR daughter. What about tattooing their 4 month old?


Answer by Lisa
I absolutely concur with you. There is no way i would circumcise a son if i ever have one. Thankfully my current bf is not circumcised, so i’m sure it’d be easier to convince him not to circumcise a child then a guy who is circumcised.

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