Su Laurent brings us handy hints and tips to make life easier, such as baby milk and vaccinations.
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Nina Sebastiane: Hello, well it’s that time again when Su Laurent joins us to answer your baby and toddler questions. The mailbag full today so let’s get straight into it and welcome Su to the studio. Su Laurent: Hi Nina. Nina Sebastiane: Now, I’ve got the first one here, I am breastfeeding and my baby has gone from seven pound seven ounces to nine pound two ounces in three weeks. Am I feeding him too much? Su Laurent: Perhaps it’s absolutely wonderful. Well done you I would say. Nina Sebastiane: Exactly. Su Laurent: That’s fantastic Nina Sebastiane: It’s good breast milk. Su Laurent: Yes. And breastfed babies you just go with the flow, that’s the great thing about it. You don’t worry about that, as long they gaining enough, that’s –- there’s no problem and your baby is obviously doing brilliantly. So, keep going. Nina Sebastiane: Okay, don’t worry about that. Su Laurent: No, no. Nina Sebastiane: Absolutely fine and yes it’s good quality stuff. Next one up, I am sure you’re going to hate me for asking this. Can you assure me that the MMR is really is safe? What’s wrong with individual jabs? Now, this keeps popping up. Su Laurent: It does all the time, and I must say it’s one of those -- it’s the question that does rather grind me down after well. I’ll just start by saying that all three of my children had MMR and the boosters and everything. I wouldn’t have done that if I hadn’t felt it was absolutely safe. This is the most important message really that I give to all the patients I see as well. Now, everything we do, every single drug we give, every immunization, obviously carries with it a minute risk of some descriptions. So all we are doing is we’re weighing up risks versus benefits. And that the fear – the link of possible autism or possible bowel diseases has time and time again been shown not to be there. So, I think it’s very, very important that all our viewers realize that it is much more risky if your child not to be immunized and therefore to have a much higher risk of getting a complication from measles for example than it is to be immunized. Nina Sebastiane: Okay, alright. And again as far as the individual jabs are concerned, what is the main difference between having the three together in the one? Su Laurent: I would say the main difference is your pocket. Because a lot of people have profited from individual jabs. You can’t get them done on the NHS; it cost you sixty pounds per jab, and that got to be done. So that’s three jabs, they got to be done thrice over, as a consultation as well and 180 quid twice because there is the preschool booster as well. There is absolutely no evidence to show it is better to have single jabs and in fact the problem with having single jabs is people will tend to do one or two of them, then they tend to miss out the others because it’s three jabs for your poor old baby, it’s just not fair, isn’t it? Nina Sebastiane: Well I have to say, I almost became needle phobic with my daughter, with all the injections. So, having three in one for me was a god send. Su Laurent: Yes. Nina Sebastiane: When in the end, I couldn’t take her anymore. I had to send my partner. Su Laurent: The other really important message is when they are two, three and four months; we are giving them six all together. Nina Sebastiane: Yes Su Laurent: And I don’t know why suddenly we should be worried about giving them three when they are thirteen months old because we are, and they really do make a difference. Nina Sebastiane: Yes. So don’t worry about it, it is really safe and you know if in doubt, go and speak to someone like your GP. Su Laurent: Exactly. Nina Sebastiane: Okay next one for you, what are the signs that a baby is teething when will my baby get its first tooth? Now this is one close to my own heart, because my daughter didn’t get hers until thirteen months her first tooth and again my – I think grandmother was saying things like, you’re going to have to the doctors because there’s something wrong an