Posted by: Mom | 2009/02/26


Few Concerns

Please can you provide me with some information on a few things.
My main concern is that I have a 17m boy who is not talking. He can say mama, dada, baba since he was 9 months but has not learnt new words. He is clever otherwise and understands everything.
Why is fat free and low fat dairy products bad for babies? Is it something that is in the process of making the product fat free. My child is on a well balanced diet and full cream milk feeds. Can I offer low fat and fat free yoghurt as a snack or must it be full cream?
My child managed to squirt baby powder in his eyes today. I am concerned that it might effect his eyes. I washed them out with water but I have heard that baby powder can make you blind if it gets in your eyes. Is this true or just a tale?
Thank you for answering Doctor. I will be glad to put my mind at ease.

Expert's Reply



Do not be concerned about your son's speech now. Many little boys of this age are a bit slow with their speech development but perfectly normal and clever in all other respects. He will start talking but if he still has problems at 2 and a half years you will need to see a speech therapist.
Full cream milk is advised because of childrens growth and development requirements.
If you washed the powder out well this should be alright, although talcum powder can be irritating to the eyes. It is highly unlikely to cause any serious eye problem if washed out rapidly.Talc in babies is no longer very popular because of possible irritation to babies lungs when breathing in the powder.

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Posted by: katy | 2009/02/26

YOur son is developing as he he shoudl as far as speech is concerned. The most important at this stage is that he understands you and recognise familiar words and people.

There is no harm in feeding them low fat or fat free yoghurts, its'  just that full cream is BETTER as their developing bodies need the fat that is found in full cream.

As for the eye and powder milk... it sure doe sound like a tale to me! But let' s hear what the doc says... I can' t see it ba a problem if you already flushed the eye.

Best wishes
Another mom!

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