Dr Ben Lloyd answers some questions from new moms and gives some useful tips.
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In association with Silver Cross. Nina Sebastiane: Welcome to BabyTalk on the Baby Channel I am Nina Sebastiane. Now today on the show we will reviewing latest baby gear and gadgets for your child with Julie Wright, but first though I am joined on the sofa by consultant pediatrician and regular contributing to the baby channels Health Check Dr. Ben Llyod to say the answer of some of your medical questions. Now we have taken our cameras out and about, so without any further due, here is our first question. Cassandra: Hi! my name is Cassandra and this is my daughter Bionda and she is 17 months now and she is still not walking. Have you got any tips for me? Nina Sebastiane: So Ben 17 months old, she is not walking, should mom Cassandra would be worried. Ben Lloyd: I think the short answer is no. Most children of course they are walking by 14 or 15 months but not walking by 17 months is a common problem one of the commonest things I see and it's very rarely anything serious, the serious things it can be usually a neurological problem, cerebral palsy or muscle disease. But most children it's caused by just a normal variant it runs in the family. Nina Sebastiane: If it was something more serious do you think she would be seeing other signs of this problem. Ben Lloyd: I think that's right that's the most important thing is how well she gets about, most children who are slow to walk and are otherwise healthy are crawling fast or they are bottom shuffling this is the commonest mode, even if she isn't moving about it's probably still nothing serious, but that would be my take on that. Nina Sebastiane: Do you ever find that boys walk quicker than girl or vice versa. Ben Lloyd: It's often said that boys tend to be a bit slower with things but plenty of girls will also be slow to walk. Nina Sebastiane: So I could say something smug they are like oh! We are far brighter than we thought. Okay as we go another question now, let's take a look at the next one. Alisa: Hello! My name is Alisa I am mom to Ally and Drew, Ally is six months I am getting real trouble getting her onto a bottle, have you got any ideas? Nina Sebastiane: So having real problems coming off the boob any suggestions? Ben Lloyd: This is such a common and such a difficult problems and some babies can be very problematic the -- I don't know if she has sought advice from her health physicist but that's -- health physicist are very good at this sort of thing my comment would be that babies prefer breast feeding and will resist very much the idea of getting onto the bottle that's exactly what she has found. The normal advice is to keep trying with different sorts of teeth there are wide of teeth and similar with keep trying with different sorts of milk. In my experience often there has to be some cold turkey the baby has to realize that he is not going to get the breast and if he is going to get his appetite sated he is going to have to switch to the bottle. Nina Sebastiane: Some people try things like I don't know I suppose it's just as you say cold turkey avoiding mumbling around for a little bit of time, may be leaving the room or not being - Ben Lloyd: That's easy that advice is easier for some mother to follow than others and it also of course depends on the father being up for proxity over this cold turkey but I agree with you I think that the average sensible baby will realize that bottle milk is not bad and he is better than being hungry. Nina Sebastiane: Actually this is good advice after my own hawk so I have the same problem at the moment my child only takes breast and wont even consider the bottle to the point where spitting it out, having dad around and me disappearing a few hours is kind of really made her buck up and take the bottle at long last, but it's hard work yeah. Ben Lloyd: And your husband okay on that. Nina Sebastiane: Well it's hard as you say I think cold turkey is rather sort of good description of how it has to go it's a bit of crying a
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