Healthy Baby Quiz
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Healthy Baby Quiz

Do you know how often your baby should poop, or how to prevent SIDS? Test your smarts about bringing up baby with our quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

How long should mothers breastfeed their babies?

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The correct answer is: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least a year, with the addition of “complimentary” solid food by 6 months. But every situation is different, and every baby is different. The answer is, if possible, to breastfeed until both Mom and baby are ready to stop.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

How will a mother know her baby is latching on well enough to get breast milk?

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The correct answer is: To know if your baby is latching on well enough to get milk, the trick is to listen for a change in sounds when your baby is feeding. You should hear a transition from short, quick sucks to long, slow, deep gulps—ones during which you can hear swallowing and see his jaw moving up and down.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

How many feedings a day does a newborn baby need?

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The correct answer is: Newborn babies require a minimum of eight to ten feedings in 24 hours. This means that babies should eat every one to three hours.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

When should a baby's nails be trimmed?

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The correct answer is: Trim your baby's nails when he is sleeping. Try filing the baby's nails during the first few weeks when the nails are soft, and use nail clippers or round-tipped scissors after that.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: A newborn should poop every day.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A newly born baby who has no bowel movement for one or two days may not be getting enough to eat or may have an intestinal blockage and should be evaluated. Beyond the first week of life most babies will have more than one bowel movement a day, but some healthy babies will skip a day or two and be fine. If your baby goes a few days without a bowel movement, see your doctor if your baby seems to be in pain, bloated or not growing.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

How long does it take the umbilical stump to fall off of a baby?

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The correct answer is: It can take up to 8 weeks for the umbilical stump to fall off. It's also common for there to be some bleeding as the cord comes loose. Talk to your baby's doctor if your baby gets a fever, if there is more than just a little bleeding around the stump or if the skin around the cord looks red or blistered.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Is it okay to let a baby watch TV?

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The correct answer is: The American Academy of Pediatrics warns parents that children age 2 and younger shouldn't watch television. Another guideline to keep in mind: Don't leave the TV on as background noise; babies have less mental ability to filter out the constant stimulation.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is true of jaundice?

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The correct answer is: Jaundice is the yellowing of the skin, and is more common in Mediterranean and east Asian babies. While most cases of jaundice go away quickly (within two weeks), some cases can be serious and affect the baby's brain. That's why it's important all babies get checked by their doctor when they are 3 to 5 days old. Jaundice usually lasts through the first two weeks of a baby's life, but can be a bit longer in babies who are breastfed.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

What is different about caring for a newborn with down syndrome (DS)?

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The correct answer is: If no other underlying medical condition is present, then caring for a baby with DS is very similar to caring for any newborn. However, some babies with DS may have trouble feeding because of low muscle tone in the mouth and face. Talk to a speech or occupational therapist for tips on how to support your baby while nursing or taking a bottle.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What should you do when bathing your infant?

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The correct answer is: Aim to bathe your baby every two or three days, giving him rag cleanings in between, and use a mild soap, wash cloth and baby shampoo. Use a sink with foam padding or a special infant tub, with a few inches of warm water. Wipe your baby's face with water and move down the body, adding soap if you like. Save the diaper area for second-to-last and finish up by washing his head with baby shampoo, this will keep him from being cold throughout the entire bath.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which babies are more likely to have acne?

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The correct answer is: About 1 in 5 newborns get baby acne on their nose, cheeks and chin because hormones that they were exposed to during pregnancy wane. Baby acne is generally more common in boys than girls. Baby acne isn't dangerous and should clear up in a few weeks as their bodies adjust.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Breastfed babies can get a yeast infection.

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The correct answer is: This is true. If your baby is breastfed, be on the lookout for white spots that may develop on his tongue. That's called thrush and is a type of yeast infection that could prevent him from eating well.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which vaccine can a child get at birth?

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The correct answer is: Babies can receive the first of their three doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine at birth. The first doses of the DTaP, Hib, Polio, Pneumococcal conjugate and Rotavirus vaccines should be given at 2 months (as part of the well-baby visit). Babies can get the flu vaccine at 6 months or older and the MMR and Varicella vaccines at 12 to 15 months.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

What is the most accurate way to measure a baby's temperature?

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The correct answer is: A rectal temperature is the most accurate measure of a newborn's core or body temperature. Using a clean, digital thermometer, coat the end with a small amount of water soluble lubricant. Place the baby across your lap with legs in the air, turn on the thermometer and slowly insert it into the rectum, no further than half an inch. Hold the thermometer in place to prevent injury. Remove the thermometer and note the temperature after it beeps.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

When does a baby have his first developmental delay screening?

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The correct answer is: Approximately 13 percent of children ages 3 to 17 have a developmental or behavioral disability. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened for developmental delays and disabilities during well-child doctor visits at 9 months, 18 months and 24 or 30 months. During these exams, a doctor may talk and play with a child to see how he or she plays, learns, speaks, behaves and moves to see if there are any signs of a problem.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Never wake a sleeping baby.

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The correct answer is: You've probably heard the saying "Never wake a sleeping baby," but the truth in that statement really depends on the age of the baby. In the first few weeks of life, your baby will need frequent breastfeeding or formula feedings to maintain blood sugar and help the baby grow adequately. If you prolong intervals between feedings, it could affect the baby's growth or blood sugar.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

What can reduce babies' chances of SIDS?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are lifesaving steps parents and caregivers should take to protect babies from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Babies should sleep in a crib that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress and a wearable blanket or sleep clothing that won't bunch up around their face. Babies should be kept warm, but not too warm. An overheated baby is more likely to go into a deep sleep from which it may be hard to wake up, so keep the temperature in the room at a level that feels comfortable to a lightly clothed adult.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Pacifiers are only effective at preventing SIDS if they stay in the baby's mouth.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Regular pacifier use can help protect against SIDS, even if the pacifier falls out of the baby's mouth after he or she falls asleep. If that happens, don't try to pop the pacifier back in. And don't force a pacifier if your baby doesn't want one.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

After what age does the risk of SIDS decrease?

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The correct answer is: The risk of SIDS diminishes after six months. Most SIDS deaths occur when a baby is between two and four months old, and 90 percent of SIDS victims die before they are six months old. A SIDS diagnosis is not commonly used after one year of age.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of the following keeps a baby's immune system healthy?

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The correct answer is: According to Michael Roizen, MD, when a mom kisses her baby, she is sampling pathogens that are on the baby's face and in danger of being digested. When mom scoops up these pathogens, her immune cells produce antibodies, which then get passed along to her baby through her breast milk.

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