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How to keep an infant comfortable in summer—10 not-to-miss tips

Ankita A Talwar
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Created by Ankita A Talwar
Updated on May 02, 2017

How to keep an infant comfortable in summer10 not to miss tips

Come summer and we all start hyperventilating, literally! Moms are complaining all the time how hot the weather is; how their little one is cranky all the time, or how they are determined to keep the child indoors till the weather changes for the better. Each parent has her own ways to deal with the harsh summer season, yet there are a few pointers for us to keep in mind, especially when it comes to newborns and infants.

  1. Right clothing and skincare: 1)Keep baby’s attire simple, free of embroidery, embellishments, fancy trimmings, or flouncy frocks that have too many layers underneath;  2) Choose only cotton for garments; 3) Change clothing frequently and wash as frequently; 4) keep the baby loosely clad and let the sweat evaporate on its own; 5) It is okay to bathe the baby twice (but use mild lukewarm water or water at room temperature) so that sweat and grime from the skin is washed off.
  2. Fan versus Air Conditioning (AC): There is always a debate on how cool a room should be for the baby. Ideally, a baby adapts to change in temperatures faster than we do. Have you ever seen a small infant, coolly clad in just a vest and a nappy, happier in an AC room than in a room with the fan on? Possibly not! We tend to work on adult perception that since it is so hot, our baby needs the air-conditioner. 1) Focus more on the right clothing than the ambient temperature; 2) For nights or nap times when the baby is with you in an air conditioned room, keep the infant away from direct drafts of cold air from the AC; 3) AC temperature should be ideally around 22 C so that if the baby is moved out from the room, he doesn’t fall prey to the cold and hot phenomenon; 4) inside the AC room, you might need to cover his legs and arms etc in loose clothing such as a pajama or a full-sleeve tee; 5) A newborns body temperature follows the mothers, so exercise common sense and your own instinct rather than listening to others advising about how cool or warm it is for the baby; 6) each child is different. Some babies feel the heat more than the others, so follow your child’s requirement; 7) Coolers are generally not advised cause of the humidity they can create.
  3. Use humidifiers: One of the biggest drawback in the early summer months is the dry heat and the air in some parts of the country, especially the North. And this gets further aggravated in air-conditioned rooms. Therefore invest in a good humidifier (available at most chemists or large grocery stores). A humidifier maintains the humidity in the air in the room.
  4. Keep indoors in peak hours: Avoid taking the infant outdoors between 12 am- 4 pm, when the sun and heat is at its peak. Post that use your judgement. But, it is not a good idea to totally keep the infant indoors as well—they need their dose of outdoor air and activity.’
  5. Insect bites:  Use mosquito repellant when stepping outdoors in the evening.  There is a huge variety available in the market (read our blog on Natural Mosquito repellant. ). Also, keep the arms and legs of the infant covered, when going outside, despite using the repellant cream. In case of an insect/mosquito bite, use an ice cube to help the swelling and itchiness to reduce. Follow it up with aloe vera gel or a doctor-prescribed medicated ointment.
  6.  Keep the child well hydrated: With newborns, still on breastfeed, hydration is not as issue as they get their required dose of liquid from the breastmilk. Children who have been weaned off, or on formula, might require additional liquids. Choose healthy drinks such as tender coconut water, thin lassi, or fresh fruit juice, depending on the age of your child. A flushed face, skin that's warm to the touch, rapid breathing, and restlessness may be warning signs of dehydration.
  7. Avoid feeding the child heavy meals or difficult to digest foods: keep meals light, small and frequent. Thin daals, water-based vegetables such as lauki, tori, tinda, vegetable soups, gazpachos (cold soups made of cucumber and tomatoes) are ideal picks for the season. Avoid heavy kheers, halwas and sugary foods as body takes time to digest these.
  8. Diaper versus cloth nappies: This is more a thing of comfort and what suits your lifestyle, but in summer babies in diaper require some bit of extra care. Change diapers frequently. Between changing diapers, let the skin get cooled with air (let the baby be without any diaper for some time). Even with nappies, hygiene is required as bacteria tend to breed faster in summer months.
  9. Let the baby have enough ventilation: Since a baby doesn't perspire effectively, he can become overheated far more quickly than an adult. That's why you should never leave an infant in a hot room or a parked car. Even a few minutes could cause his temperature to spike and make him uncomfortable.
  10. Protect from stomach ailments: Summer is also a month when bacteria tend to breed at rapid rates. Therefore, ensure the drinking water is purified (get your filter cleaned regularly), feed only freshly-cooked food and avoid giving your baby food that has been cooked atleast 4 hours before or has not been refrigerated properly. Check with your doctor for de-worming medicines and also any gut-healthy supplements such as enterogermina or probiotics.

While most of the information above is general suggestions, they may vary as per the age of the child—newborn, infant, to a baby close to his first birthday. Therefore the bottomline is to exercise common sense and practicality when deciding what is right for your baby.

Do write in to us with more suggestions and any other tried-and-tested tips you may have about keeping your baby safe and happy in summer.

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| May 31, 2017

hi my baby is four years old he does very small tight poty & he dont eat

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| May 28, 2017

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| May 11, 2017

hi can we store breast milk For an hour

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| May 03, 2017

hello.. my baby is 5 months old.. Can i give water to her?

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| May 02, 2017

My baby is 9months old, I am giving him curd when he was 8 months old....

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| Apr 20, 2017

Hi, My baby is 1 year old. Can I give him curd. Amul curd can be given to babies?

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| Apr 18, 2017

Hi my baby is 2 months old shall I give ors daily to her

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| Apr 10, 2017

thank you

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| Apr 08, 2017

My baby is 10 months old he does not eat any solid..... What to give him in summer

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| Apr 08, 2017

Thank you very much

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| Apr 07, 2017

good information thank you ...

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| Apr 07, 2017

good information. .

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| Apr 07, 2017

thanks for an useful information

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| Apr 07, 2017

Good information.. Thanks

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| Apr 07, 2017

useful information.... thanks :)

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| Apr 07, 2017

plz suggest some receipe for babies in summer

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| Apr 07, 2017

good information.... thanks

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| Apr 07, 2017

my baby boy is of 1 month now & he is having fever as well as cold & stools are also very tight, he is not able to sleep well , what can i do

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| Apr 07, 2017

very good blog

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| Apr 07, 2017

very useful

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| Apr 07, 2017

really a very useful info... thank u

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| Apr 07, 2017

Useful information

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| Apr 07, 2017

thanks

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| Apr 07, 2017

thank u for useful information

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| Apr 07, 2017

solid food types for 9 month baby .my baby avoid solid food plz guide me some delicious food for my baby

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| Apr 07, 2017

very useful information thanks for sharing...

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| Apr 07, 2017

valuable information thanks dear

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| Apr 07, 2017

thanks ankita for sharing such a important information with us.... we all need this information.

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| Apr 07, 2017

thnxx dear .. very useful information for babies.

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| Apr 07, 2017

useful info.. thanks

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| Apr 07, 2017

very good information thank u

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| Apr 07, 2017

I want to know what to do for summer rashes

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| Apr 07, 2017

usefull information... thanks

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| Mar 27, 2017

hello

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| Jun 12, 2016

usefull info thanks

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| Jun 12, 2016

usefull info thanks

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| Jun 12, 2016

usefull info thanks

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| Jun 12, 2016

usefull info thanks

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| Jun 10, 2016

thank u very much.

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| Jun 09, 2016

thank u

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| Jun 03, 2016

Thanks. Very useful stuff

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| May 23, 2016

baby's diet is a big problem to all mothers. after 6 months we r suppose to make d baby's eat anyhow. my baby is about to be one year now. as now it is too hot and he dosen't like eating heavy foods. so now in d morning i give him 3-4 overnight soaked almonds which helped him a lot in teething as well. aftr one hour a bowl full of curd with a spoon of glucose which helps him to be energetic. den aftr 2n hlf hours some khichdi , dalia or some bite of chapati properly mashed in some daal or veges with some ghee or butter. after three hours some fruits like mashed apple, pear, or any other fruits mashed. again after a gap of three hours some milk with 2-3 biscuits or some part of a bread bunn. if needed in d evening u can give him some crushed cucumber as well. aftr a gap of two or three days u can give some cerelac, mashed potatoes. in between all d meals make ur baby drink some sips of water. if needed u can give glucose water. fruits like water melons , papaya.

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| May 23, 2016

thanx. a great help.

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| May 22, 2016

it is summer and my baby's head is always warm. i was confused and asked my doctor. he said it may be due to teething . it was like this even before teething. so now, while i give massage to my baby, i use curd and mustard oil. i massage on his head for about five -seven minutes. its a big relief and now my baby is comfortable.

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| May 22, 2016

it is summer and my baby's head is always warm. i was confused and asked my doctor. he said it may be due to teething . it was lije this even before teething. so now, while i give massage to my baby, i use curd and mustard oil. i massage on his head for about five -seven minutes. its a big relief and now my baby is comfortable.

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| May 22, 2016

thank you for the info....

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| May 22, 2016

thnxx... this helps us alot. .

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| May 22, 2016

thanxs vry usful mssg

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| May 16, 2016

Thanks. .very useful information

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| May 13, 2016

thanks. very nice n helpful

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| May 09, 2016

tq very nice

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| May 04, 2016

Very nice for new mothers. Informative and useful. Thank you and to parentune.

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| May 01, 2016

What i can feed to my 9 months old baby in summers?

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| Apr 29, 2016

Very useful

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| Apr 28, 2016

What diet can i give to my 11 months old baby girl?

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| Apr 27, 2016

What Should I give to my 11 month baby at her diet???

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| Apr 24, 2016

What should i give to my 10months old baby???

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| Apr 24, 2016

What should i give to my 10months old baby???

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| Apr 24, 2016

What should i give to my 10months old baby???

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| Apr 24, 2016

What should i give to my 10months old baby???

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| Apr 23, 2016

What I can feed to my 6 month old kid in this summer .

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| Apr 23, 2016

What I can feed to my 6 month old kid in this summer .

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| Apr 23, 2016

Hi Sareeta, Till 6 months of age, a child needs exclusive mother's feed... it is better not to feed your 5 month old child anything besides breastmilk. It has enough liquid to keep the baby hydrated.

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| Apr 21, 2016

Hi... Can i give my 5 months baby boy tender coconut water in this summer to keep him hydrated?? Still he is breastfeeding baby..

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| Apr 20, 2016

Hi this is very much useful information. . Can you pls give me some seasonal recipe of vegetables n fruits for 9 mth old child. . Can I give him some Coconut water as u said... And if yes then how many spoons shld be given. ..

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| Apr 20, 2016

Hi this is very much useful information. . Can you pls give me some seasonal recipe of vegetables n fruits for 9 mth old child. . Can I give him some Coconut water as u said... And if yes then how many spoons shld be given. ..

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| Apr 20, 2016

Hi this is very much useful information. . Can you pls give me some seasonal recipe of vegetables n fruits for 9 mth old child. . Can I give him some Coconut water as u said... And if yes then how many spoons shld be given. ..

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| Apr 20, 2016

Hi can u give few recipe of seasonal vegetables n fruits for 10 month old baby... as summer started as you told we can't give heavy food to baby which they cannot digest... so can u guide on this to me?

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| Apr 20, 2016

Very much useful.

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| Apr 19, 2016

Hi Sushma, Thanks for your feedback. Is there some particular age you want information for?

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| Apr 19, 2016

Hi Mahar, with such a small baby it is best to consult a doctor. Hope your baby gets well soon.

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| Apr 19, 2016

Thnx 4 d useful advice.....

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| Apr 19, 2016

HiHi, have a girl baby. She is 3months old... She is suffering from indigestion and she is vomiting even after an hr after feeding... What can I do to solve her indigestion problem...

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| Apr 16, 2016

What I felt is whatever info you have provided those r very generalised one but I was basically looking for age wise suggestions. Anywez.... good effort for those who have completely new in dis.

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| Apr 16, 2016

What I felt is whatever info you have provided those r very generalised one but I was basically looking for age wise suggestions. Anywez.... good effort for those who have completely new in dis.

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| Apr 16, 2016

Hi Saswati, You could try a home-made kadha of tulsi leaves, adrak, and clove/laung. Boil down till colour is dark brown. Add a bit of honey to sweeten and give this to your child 2-3 times a day (even a few tsps is enough). this should boost immunity in the long run. But if the problem is related to asthma, bronchitis etc, then please continue with the doctor's treatment.

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| Apr 16, 2016

Very nice and useful too.

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| Apr 16, 2016

My daughter is 2 yr 11 mths, she often suffers from cough and has to be administered with inhalers. Pls suggest a way that she can be cured of the cough in a natural way.

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| Apr 16, 2016

Useful

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| Apr 15, 2016

Its very useful

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| Apr 15, 2016

Very nice and useful

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| Apr 15, 2016

It's very helpful. Thank you

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| Apr 15, 2016

Using our common sense is highlighted then why read this

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| Apr 15, 2016

Very useful

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| Apr 14, 2016

Very nice

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| Apr 14, 2016

Thanku very nice articale

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| Apr 14, 2016

Thanku very nice articale

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| Apr 14, 2016

Thanku very nice articale

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| Apr 14, 2016

Thanks for such a helpful article

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| Apr 14, 2016

Thanks for such a helpful article

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| Apr 14, 2016

Thanks

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| Apr 13, 2016

Thank you for the valuable information.. It really helps.. who are new mother s this summer..

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| Apr 13, 2016

Thnku very much for this valuable tips.. it is very helpful for mommies lyk me who is having new experience with baby in their first summer..

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| Apr 13, 2016

Thnku very much for this valuable tips.. it is very helpful for mommies lyk me who is having new experience with baby in their first summer..

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| Apr 13, 2016

Hi Madhavi, It is advisable 1) dress the child appropriately so that the cold air does not get to him. Ensure he is wearing full sleeves tee shirt, a vest, and a full pajama--all cotton. 2) Keep him away from direct flow of air whether from AC or fan. He should be sleeping in a place where the drafts do not reach him. 3) Also, though children throw off the sheets, try and keep him covered in the night with a light cotton sheet, again to block the air out. Hope this helps.

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| Apr 13, 2016

Thanks Geetha, Sreekala ks, Misba Fathima, Sindhu Mahisha, Renu Deshmukh, Payal Joshi, Rashu Sarogi for your encouraging words on the blog!

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| Apr 13, 2016

Thank u

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| Apr 12, 2016

Thanks for sharing good info

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| Apr 11, 2016

Thanks. Nice article

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| Apr 09, 2016

thank you

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| Apr 09, 2016

Very useful thankx

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| Apr 08, 2016

Very useful article fir this summer. My baby is in 9 months old he is suffering from running nose and cough and cold bcoz of the temperature . He is actually good outside of the bed room but in night the problem start bcoz of the AC and fan. If the room is cool, then he will get running nose and a bit of cold too , if we switch off the AC , then we are switched on the Fan , after fan is on within few minutes his nose will become blocked this will happen only during night time he is suffering between these two (AC and Fan). What is the solution for this to keep my baby safe and happy sleep .

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| Apr 08, 2016

Very helpful information !thank u so much!

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| Apr 08, 2016

Very helpful information !thank u so much!

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| Apr 08, 2016

NICE BLOG.. ESSENTIAL FOR MY 4 MONTHS OLD BABY.. THANK U..

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| Apr 07, 2016

Hi Najja Jawale, Please take your son for a checkup to a doctor. He would be the best guide for you. Hope your son recovers fast.

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| Apr 07, 2016

Very useful. Thanks for sharing

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| Apr 07, 2016

Very useful information u have shared. It helps a lot for new moms.. Pls keep on share useful information...

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| Apr 07, 2016

These are very useful tips for newmoms... thanks a ton..

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| Apr 07, 2016

Vry useful tips

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| Apr 07, 2016

Very useful tips ! Thanks for sharing Ankita!

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| Apr 07, 2016

Very helpful

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| Apr 07, 2016

Very useful article

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| Apr 07, 2016

Useful.....

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| Apr 07, 2016

Tnku for giving a valuable information

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| Apr 07, 2016

Helpful tips

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| Apr 07, 2016

Hii madam from past two days my son is not eating anything n he is continuously vominting

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| Apr 07, 2016

Very informative.....

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| Apr 07, 2016

helpful tips

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