Childhood Diseases

Posted by: poeps | 2009-03-24



Good day Doc

I am a first time mommy, my son is born on 36 weeks and was in ICU for a week for prematurity and (long onsteking). He is now 1 month . At the moment I am expressing he'  s feeds for him, as he does not want to drink from my breast properly. I want to find out what the difference is in giving breastmilk and formula by bottle. If I give him breastmilk Should I still give him a certain amount of milk every 3-4 hours or should I give him by demand. I know with formula you need to give exact amount every 3-4 hours. He seems to sometimes even want milk every 2 hours, then 3 hours then 4 hours. ANd sometimes he does not want to drink all his milk and sometimes he want more. He is 3,35kg at the moment and I try to give him 80 ml. And if he sleeps and 4 hours have past should I wake him for a feed.

Then also he'  s one eye is a bit runny, I heard that he'  s teargland might be closed, how can I help him and clean he'  s eye?

Then also he still has a bit of (geelsig), is this fine, what can I do to help with this.

Lastly, he has a rash on his forehead,cheeks and chin, it'  s like small pimples and some yellow pimples as well. It s only on his face and not on his body. I am at the moment cleaning his face with Cetaphil. What can this be, and how can I help him with this.

I hope i didn'  t confuse you to much and didn t ask to much and that you can help me.

Thanking you very much in advance

Expert's Reply



Your baby is effectively like a normal newborn now and will feed on demand which he is doing. His weight seems to be going up nicely so he is getting enough milk.
Clean his eye with a little dilute salt water [a quarter teaspoon of salt in a cup of boiled and cooled water]. Wipe with clean cotton wool from his nose side outwards.
Your baby's rash sounds like a common rash called milia which appears at this age in many babies. Just clean his face with water only. The rash will clear by itself.

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Posted by: ekke | 2009-03-26

Dis n plesier,ons almal panic ons half in n koma met ons eerste baba.Sterkte

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Posted by: poeps | 2009-03-25

baie dankie ekke, ek wardeer die reply

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Posted by: Ekke | 2009-03-24

Ek dink die puisietjies is maar die suur,alle baba`s kry op hul gesiggies v dit.Ekt gelees jy moet die baba se hempie of frokkie uittrek en hul voor n venster sit in direkte sonlig vir n uur of so op n dag vir die geelsug,net nie hul gesiggie nie natuurlik,son sal in die ogies skyn.
My pediater het gese ek moet melk gee as hy soek,al is dit ook elke 2 ure,later as hul ouer is,paar mnde,kan jy dit bv elke 3-4 ure maak,en snags natuurlik langer uitmekaar.En ek dink dis heeltemal normaal,hulle drink nie altyd als op nie,en soms wil hul meer he as wat jy gee.Kyk maar jy sal wel weet wats die beste.Relax jong,jy sal regkom.sterkte

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