Su Laurent answers some medical questions, such as nutritional questions.
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Emma Howard: Hello and welcome to baby talk, I am Emma Howard, and today we’ll be concentrating and answering all your baby related questions in our baby channel mail bag, later on midwife Su Mc Donald will be here to answer your questions. But first I am delighted to be joined by baby channel medical adviser Dr. SU Laurent. Hello, Su Laurent: Hi Emma Emma Howard: Thanks for coming in to us. We have got lots of questions, and teach the manners on to get through them how. Su Laurent: Great Emma Howard: So lets start of with one a new mom clearly a new mom here and she is got a 5 week older a girl and she is asking you why where my 5 week old daughter drink water. I tried it with without sugar warm and cold is there one sort of tip that’s safe and her name of Karen. What would you say to Karrie? Dr. SU Laurent: I would say Karrie don’t worry, you don’t need to give your 5 week old baby water, and milk of either breast milk perfectly breast milk or formula milk is fine,. And its fine for several months, you really don’t need to add any water in at all. Emma Howard: Because its hydrating isn’t it. Dr. SU Laurent: Yeah Emma Howard: The milk is giving them everything they need. Dr. SU Laurent: Everything, everything comes with the milk. Emma Howard: And particularly breast milk, and at make sometimes breast milk seems thin, but it is just what the baby need. Dr. SU Laurent: Just what the baby needs. Emma Howard: So don’t worry. Dr. SU Laurent: Don’t worry stop it. Emma Howard: Don’t worry Karen Stop it, Stop giving water to for your child. The second question, I see somebody with a six week old daughter that who love to get a is there an alternative to water she is asking my six week old daughter is always sick with that, so same answer. Dr. SU Laurent: Well, same answer exactly, don’t worry about it and I think its only really in very, very hot countries where your baby may be loosing lots of extra water that you might advise a little bit of water. But particularly if you are breast feeding, I mean please just give breast and don’t give anything else. Emma Howard: Yes, yes trust in it completely. Dr. SU Laurent: Exactly. Emma Howard: Rights moving on then here’s an interesting question. Can I have some information please regarding strawberry birth marks? My baby has 2 one on her face and one on the side of her head. Dr. SU Laurent: Right. This is one of the often really worries parents, can be very upset in particularly face growth. I thing people get very upset. Please don’t worry, because strawberry mark is go away by themselves, they don’t need any surgery and they disappear so that they are always completely invisible. And I would say in most cases completely invisible. Emma Howard: It’s because they shrink. Dr. SU Laurent: They shrink and they peel after few days or weeks of life time and not there at birth they get bigger and bigger and they can look quite enormous and they do look like a strawberry which is why they call strawberry marks. Emma Howard: And I am shocking to look at because they so broad reds and they catch your eyes. So for parents they really worry Dr. SU Laurent: Exactly, exactly, and exactly. Emma Howard: So for parents they really worry. Dr. SU Laurent: But in less than some where, which is threatening some a vital part of the baby such as vision. I mean occasionally this is strawberry mark near the eye, you may need to have some sort of procedure to make against smaller, and so that the eye that the vision is spared. But mostly strawberry marks on anywhere important they just they just look horrible but they can be often on the head or the neck on the body, the best thing to do is wait, because the best cosmetic result is a cheap by doing nothing and eventually little white line start form across them they shrink away they become completely flat and all you can see is a slightly pale a bit of skin if that will nothing at all eventually. Emma Howard: And then you will be looking for as mom or dad