The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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Since your baby had some breathing problems at birth, he is more prone to developing them during the first year or two of life. To keep him from being exposed to germs that could cause such infections, limit his contact with anyone but family and close friends as much as possible during his first winter (when viruses are most rampant), and have them wash their hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before holding him. Also discourage all preschoolers from coming into contact with your son (barring siblings, of course), as they are notorious germ carriers.
In certain parts of the country, especially the northern states, there are many months when lack of sunlight hampers proper vitamin D production in the body. Therefore, many doctors think that breastfed babies in these areas need extra vitamin D in the form of vitamin drops. Such drops are not recommended for formula-fed babies, since formula contains added vitamins and minerals. I don't agree with this one-size-fits-all approach.
Conjunctivitis, or "pink eye," is an irritation of the eyelids and the lining around the eyeballs (the conjunctiva). The condition can be caused by bacteria, dust, allergies or viruses. Of these, the bacterial form is the most severe, with swelling around the eye, thick greenish discharge and, sometimes, fever. Since your son doesn't have any discharge or fever, he probably has the viral or allergic form.
Yes. Meningitis is an infection and inflammation of the meninges, the lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. The proximity of these membranes to the brain makes this condition potentially very dangerous: It can cause serious residual damage and, rarely, death.
I get asked this type of question a lot and always want to know how important the trip is before weighing in. Here's why: During the winter months, babies--and everyone else, for that matter--catch the flu and colds on planes. Even in summer, there are a few sneezing, coughing passengers on any given flight. Needless to say, you don't want your baby to catch what they have.