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Milk Allergy in Infants


Many parents get confused about milk allergies and lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance is rare in infants and the very young, while milk allergies affect 2 to 3 percent of babies. The inability to digest the sugar in milk is...

What You Should Know about Enterovirus-68


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are tracking what they call a rare virus which has been sweeping through the mid-section of the country, and now have reached New York as well. Friday, September 12, state health offi...

Chickenpox Vaccine Important for Infants & Children to Receive


Chickenpox used to be considered a rite of passage, a hallmark of childhood. Most of us endured itching, and possibly a stray scar left when we did exactly what we were told not to do; scratch. Chickenpox is highly contagious, and...

How Often Should Your Baby Poop?


Constipation is a common issue for infants and children. In fact, according to the National Digestive Disease Clearinghouse of the National Institutes of Health, about 5 percent of visits to the pediatrician and 25 percent of refe...

FDA Warns Parents About Teething Gels


No one likes watching their little ones in teething pain, but the Food and Drug Administration issued a new warning Wednesday against the use of numbing agents in children. The most dire warning comes against an agent called visc...

Which is Harder: Breastfeeding or Bottle Feeding?


We've heard the arguments over which is better for baby, breast or bottle. This isn't the only question to settle, however. Every mom must decide for herself and her baby what will work best for them. Part of that decision is know...

Baby Spa Offers Float Therapy and Massages


Does your baby seem stressed? Not sleeping well, digestion sluggish? How about her balance? Is his muscle tone good? Maybe your baby would benefit from a visit to the Float Baby spa in Houston, Texas. For an hour you can have...

Rough Allergy Season Is Here For Babies & Toddlers Too


Experts are predicting a particularly harsh spring and summer for those with allergies and asthma this year. According to physicians, one explanation is the tough winter most of the country experienced, with a delay in blooming se...

Mom's 2014 Cold and Flu Survival Guide


It's that dreaded time once more, when sneezes and coughs, aches and whimpers fill homes and school hallways. Here's the lowdown on what to do, how to know whether it's the cold or the flu, and what you need to have at home to get...

Diaper Rash


It's pitiful to see your little one suffer from a diaper rash. You know she is in pain and you wish you could make it go away—now! If your baby is suffering from a mild diaper rash, a little airing out and some diaper cream...

How to Change a Diaper Like a Pro!


You have a secret you are loathe to confess. You have never changed a diaper, successfully at least, in your life. Relax. You are in good company; lots of new parents get their first tries at diapering on their own first child. Th...

How to Cut Your Baby's Nails Painlessly and Easily


Newborns are so sweet and adorable but one of the first spots you'll check out on your own is those ten fingers and toes. Some children are even born needing a trim. Newborn nails grow quickly and you may need to trim them every f...

How to Sooth Your Crying Baby


While others may dream of pay raises, a new car or a new home, you only have one goal in mind — peace and quiet. Your baby is beyond adorable. She has the cutest dimples, brightest blue eyes and tiniest hands that grip around yo...

Caring for Baby's First Teeth


Is baby fussy and drooling? These may be the first signs of teething especially if your little one is between the ages of four and seven months. Other signs include sleeplessness, irritability, and a slight temp increase. Teething...

Study: Your Preemie May Not Be Getting Enough Vitamin D


Vitamin D is something our bodies need to develop strong bones and teeth. Babies need their share as well, and even more so preemies need additional amounts of Vitamin D every day. Breast-fed babies tend to be more at risk for ha...

Protect Your Baby's Skin from Sunburn


As the weather heats up, take care to keep your baby's delicate skin covered. Too many rays from the sun can cause fever, pain and dehydration. Studies have also shown that only one sunburn during childhood can raise the risk of m...

4 Signs Your Baby Is Having a Growth Spurt


Just as things begin to calm down, your newborn begins to cry more and suck her fingers like she is hungry. You just fed her an hour ago. How could she be hungry again? During a baby's first year a very important change is going...

AAP Sets New Guidelines for Treating Ear Infections in Children


You wake up to your little one screaming and pulling at his ears. It's an easy guess that the problem is an ear infection. You take the child to the doctor and expect to leave with a prescription for an antibiotic. After all, it's...

Too Many Vaccines for Babies?


Newborn infants are built with an amazingly potent immune system. Add breastfeeding into the picture, and you have a naturally aggressive, germ-fighting body. But are these tiny systems able to stand up against chemically-engineer...

Constipation in Babies


You're tiny bambino has been a little extra fussy for the past week. She gets red-faced and irritable when it is time to have a bowel movement. Her normal pattern of two dirty diapers a day has changed to one dirty diaper every ot...

How To: Clip Baby's Nails


It's a universal post-birth moment: checking the baby. Yep, 7...8...9...10 fingers and toes. Then, wow! How is it that someone only minutes old already needs a manicure? Babies often are born with long fingernails and those nails...

Cold and Flu Survival Guide for Parents


The coldest months of the year often times bring unwanted holiday guests -- colds and flu bugs. How are parents suppose to cope with these merriment interrupters? Here are some tips to help you triumph over these uninvited illness...

Court Ordered Vaccinations?


For numerous years now parents have believed that it was ultimately their decision whether to vaccinate their children or not. After all, they live in the country of the free and of the brave. People from all over the world have f...

What to Do When Baby's Sick: A Parent's Quick Guide


Nothing is quite as scary as a sick baby. Babies can't tell you what's wrong and you are the judge as to whether it's time for a call to the nurse, an appointment with the doctor or a run to the ER. Here are some guidelines on...

Surviving the Colicky Days


Ahh. Home Sweet Home. No more IVs, blood pressure checks and uncomfortable beds. Best of all, you just know your new bundle is going to fall in love with her new stylish abode. Now it's time to relax and savor the quiet, peaceful...

16 Safe Teething Remedies For Your Baby


All babies are different and this includes teething patterns. While one baby may get his first pearly stub at as early as 3 months, and another may cut four at a time at 13 months, this is all normal. The average age is about 6 mo...

Combating Allergies and Asthma While Pregnant


About 25 percent of pregnant women suffer with allergies and the related condition of asthma affects up to 8 percent of women in the US during their childbearing years. While expectant moms may wish to avoid medications during p...

Treating Baby's Cold or Flu at Home Safely


When your baby is sick, you want to be sure to do the rights things and of course, you really just want your little one to feel as comfortable as possible. Remember, colds and flus are viruses and as such, you cannot cure them b...

Newborn Screening: What Is It and Why Is It Important?


According to the Health Resource and Service Administration (HRSA), "Newborn screening is a state public health service that reaches each of the more than 4 million babies born in the United States every year." Babies ar...

FDA Issues New Advisory on Sunscreen for Infants


The FDA issued an advisory this week aimed at the parents of the youngest infants. This advisory is that babies under 6 months should not have sunscreen applied to their delicate skin. Rather, the FDA advises that parents keep suc...

Can You Prevent Allergies in Your Baby?


Parents with a baby who has suffered through itchy eyes, sneezing, wheezing and asthma knows that allergies and asthma are no joke. We know these conditions run in families, but is there any way to prevent them, especially when we...

Sun Safety for Babies and Toddlers


If a baby gets just one blistering sunburn in childhood, the risk of developing melanoma later in life more than doubles, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. That means the decisions you make in the earliest months and year...

Is Baby Teething? Signs You Can't Miss


Every parent watches for those first little nubs of pearly white to emerge. Is there anything as grin-worthy as a baby's first toothy smile? But it can be hard to decipher myth from reality when it comes to teething? Do babies rea...

9 Clues - Allergies or the Common Cold?


Does your child constantly sniffle, cough, or sneeze? Does it seem like your baby's nose runs all the time? It can be difficult to tell if your little one is suffering from a cold that will soon go away or from allergies, especial...

New Research Links Vitamin D Deficiency and SIDS in Infants


In January 2012, researchers from the Royal London Hospital and Sheffield Children's Hospital, noted that one in four youngsters have Vitamin D deficiency and believe there could be a link between this nutritional lack and the inc...

Guide to the Chickenpox Vaccine


Just a few decades ago, parents and children had to take their chances with chickenpox. Catching the virus was almost considered a rite of passage. Occasionally, one would even hear reports of parents who intentionally exposed the...

Caring for Baby's Teeth: Dos and Don'ts


While you may only notice a gummy smile, baby's teeth actually began forming during the second trimester of your pregnancy and is born with some 20 primary teeth. It's just that they are still under the gums. By age 3, all those p...

Calming Colic: Simple Home Remedies


Anyone who has ever raised a child who was a colicky baby will have scary stories to tell. Colic while still vastly misunderstood or overlooked, is a real condition that causes babies and their parents great distress. Trina from...

Age by Age Diaper Buying Guide


As most new parents quickly find out, there is probably nothing you'll buy more of once baby arrives than diapers. The choices are immense today and knowing which ones to buy when may be confusing especially for first-timers. A...

Choosing The Best Baby Thermometer


Part of the essentials you need for baby's first aid and health care needs is a thermometer. However, it's not as simple as when your folks needed to take your temperature. Then there was one choice; a simple mercury thermometer....

Baby Colic Causes, Symptoms & Treatment


Colic. The word inspires fear and confusion in new parents, and sighs of remembrance in veteran parents. For those without children, often ignorance is bliss. "Babies really get colic? I thought that was a myth." However, do not...

Does Baby Need Vitamin D?


Vitamin D is important for the development of strong bones and to prevent the bone-weakening illness of rickets. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to soft, thinning or misshaped bones. While the traditional method of obtaining Vitam...

Most Common Baby Rashes


Babies get bumps, blisters and rashes but they don't have to be a mystery to solve. Most are pretty common and easy to diagnose when you know what to look for. Milia These are tiny white bumps usually present on the chin, cheeks...

[Video] Infant Nutrition


In physiological terms, babies are the most demanding people on earth. Nutritional requirements are greater in infancy than at any other time in life. Making sure that babies get the best possible nutrition during infancy ca...

The Diseases That Baby Immunizations Prevent


Childhood vaccinations are crucial to avoiding not only getting sick, but creating the potential for an epidemic. There are many reasons to vaccinate youngsters, whether it's due to a school's policies upon enrollment or parents...

Antibiotic Overload? When and When Not to Put Your Child on Antibiotics.


Sniffles and sneezes, fevers, aches and chills—cold and flu season has arrived. While the colder weather doesn't actually cause colds, theories suggest that, due to the cold, people gather in closer proximity in indoor areas...

Signs of Teething & How to Ease The Pain


Many parents maintain that their teething babies are feeling discomfort (though some babies might not show any discomfort at all). The symptoms most likely trouble a teething baby includes: What are the Signs of Teething?...

Importance of Immunizations for Babies


There are many reasons why it's important for parents to immunize their babies. While some diseases are becoming rare in the United States, this is largely due to the fact that we have been vaccinating against them. Until the dise...

Teething


Teething can be a difficult time for both baby and parents. Teething is the process of new teeth rising or erupting from the gums. It can begin as early as two months of age, but usually occurs at around six to seven months of age...

Decoding the Cough in Babies & Toddlers


Cough in babies and toddlers can be distressing for any parent. How do you know what your child's cough means? Should you see a doctor? Do you need to worry or just wait it out? All of these are important questions so kno...

Cough & Cold Medicine Advisory & Tips for Parents


August 15, 2007 - FDA announced today that, in October, the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee will discuss the safety and effectiveness of cough and cold drug product use in children. Questions have been raised about th...

Caring for the Umbilical Cord


Once your baby is delivered, the umbilical cord will be cut. However, a small portion will remain, until it falls off; somewhere between 7 days and four weeks. Until this happens, mom and dad must care for the cord. The best time...

Taking baby's temperature


When baby is sick, it's a terrible feeling. Most often, when you call your pediatrician he or she will ask if your child has a fever. It's advisable to take baby's temperature before calling. Many times, however this is easier sai...

Dental Care


Many parents don't realize that good dental care for babies begins long before those first teeth pop through. There are several tips to follow, to ensure your little one's pearly whites are healthy from the beginning. First, and...

Infant Colds


Q. My 3 month-old daughter has been congested for about 10 days now. She finally developed a cold yesterday, and the congestion has gotten worse. She is having difficulty sleeping at night because her "snurgles" wake her up. I'v...

Circumcision


Q. When a circumcision is done, how long does it take to heal, and what cost is involved? Does the foreskin take long to remove also? A. The cost for circumcision varies between offices. Our office charges 0 for the procedu...

Slow to Fall Off Cord


Q: I have read that there are some rare immune problems associated with slow-fo-fall-off cords. Do you know what these problems might be? My son's cord didn't fall off until 5-1/2 weeks. The doctor wasn't concerned. A: A cord...

Q&A: Should we have our boy circumcised


Q My wife and I are having our first baby this September. We found out its a boy, and are very excited. We have been hearing mixed stories as to whether circumsion is good or bad. Do you have any thoughts as to whether we should o...

Q&A: Should we Immunize


Q We are struggling with the whole immunization question. My SIL does not immunize her kids for "homeopathic" reasons. What is your experience with serious reactions (not the low grade fever type) to vaccines and/or the diseases...

Q&A: Is it teething or an ear infection?


Q The past few days my daughter (7.5 months old and has her two bottom teeth) has been fussy. She has been screaming and crying alot (which is very unusual for her). Tuesday evening was the worst, she would not calm down at all,...

Q&A: Does My Baby Have a Cold or Allergies?


My son is 16 1/2 months old and he always seems to have a cold, and he is always sticking his thumb in his eyes and scratching them. I'm afraid that he will scratch his eye. I have allergies and I have the same symptoms as he does...

Q&A: Discharge from your baby's eye may mean an eye infection


Q My one month old seems to have a lot of yellow discharge coming from her eyes. Is there anything I can do to reduce or stop this? Thanks for your help. A This may be an eye infection that needs antibiotic eyedrops. Most pediat...

Q&A: My baby always has a cold. Does he have allergies?


Q My son is 16 1/2 months old. He always seems to have a cold. He rubs his eyes, and I'm afraid that he will scratch his eye. He also has this (stringy, goopy) stuff in his eyes, and it just swims around his eyeball. I usually ha...

Q&A: My 9 month old has had a cold for over a month


Q My 9 month-old son has had a cold for over a month, and the doctor has given him several prescriptions, but they just doesn't seem to work. I was wondering if you had any suggestions? We have also tried various over the counter...

Does your baby have colic?


Q I am a new mother of a 4 week-old baby boy, and he is very fussy even after feedings. I am breastfeeding every hour and half and supplementing a bottle almost every time. My question is: Will my baby stop eating when he has gott...

Understanding Growth Charts


You may have noticed during typical well-child visits to your doctor or pediatrician, a practitioner whips out a chart with dots and lines that represent your child's growth in height, length and head circumference. Words like "pe...

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate


Vaccinations are an integral part of a child's well-care routine. They are designed to protect children from illnesses and diseases that otherwise could make them ill, incapacitate them, or worse yet, kill them. Nonetheless, the...

Does Your Baby Have Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)


Spitting up is a normal event in infancy, but it can become something more troublesome. If your baby spits up an unusual and abnormal amount, GER and GERD very well may be the culprit. What is the Difference Between GER and GERD...

Baby Skin Conditions


Before the skinned knees and elbows, some other skin conditions. Having a newborn baby is an exciting experience. There is so much love and joy to share. They always seem to smell so good, and their skin is always so smooth and...

Dressing Your Baby


Once you get baby home, you may be anxious to get all of those adorable, new clothes on her. However, once you realize that many of these outfits need to go over her head, you may opt for the button-up, snap, or zippered variety...

How to Burp Your Baby


When your baby eats, he may need a bit of help getting rid of air bubbles ingested while feeding. Air bubbles in baby's stomach can cause gas pain and bloating, so burping baby during and after a feeding is the best way to keep hi...

Preventing Choking


One of the biggest fears of a new parent is that of baby choking. Each year, infants and small children die due to choking. There are some important things to know, in order to minimize the risk of this happening to your child....

Toothy Grins


Don't get too accustomed to that goofy gummy grin, Moms and Dads, because it's sure to turn toothy before you know it! Here's how to make the transition a smooth one and encourage bright smiles well into the future. What to Ex...

Prevent The Spreading of Germs


Hello, my name is Phillip and I...I...Ah...Ahhhh...AHHHHCHOOOO! I'm pleased to meet you. Well, go ahead, shake my hand. What? Well, yes, I DID just sneeze into my hands, but I wiped them off on my pants. Oh, I see, you're afraid...

The Dangers of Shaken Baby Syndrome


Many well-intentioned, responsible people who would never dream of hitting a child, think nothing of giving a small child a "good shaking." But while such punishment was generally considered harmless until a few years ago, resear...

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)


Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the "sudden death of an infant under one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene...

Bathing your baby


Ready for some fun ? During your hospital stay, your infant gets a good bath by the nursery staff. It's so funny to see all these newborn infants squeaky clean with their hair slicked up. Your finally home and now it's mom and da...

Baby Skin Care


At birth and throughout the infancy, your baby's skin is very sensitive and it is for this reason that special consideration should be given to detergents for your infants clothing, bath soaps and shampoo's, body lotions, etc... I...

When to Call the Doctor


Deciphering between a serious illness and a minor one, a true emergency and a false alarm can be intimidating especially for new parents. But with a little knowledge under your belt, the proper guidelines and experience -- decidin...

The Therapy of a Loving Touch


The loving touch of infant massage has many benefits for both parent and baby individually, as well as strengthening their bond. Massage is great for baby, too! After your baby is born, consider infant massage to strengthen the bo...

What Every Parent Should Know: Infant & Toddler CPR


One of the best things to do as a parent is to learn CPR. If you are a new parent it is suggested that you learn and know CPR. In this document I will tell you how Infant/Pediatric CPR in done, But you must understand the I am not...

Ease the Pain of Teething


We all hate to see our children in pain. When your baby is crying due to teething, all you want to do is make it stop for him. Here are a few suggestions: 1. A six-month old baby loves to feed herself. Let her do just that b...

Clipping Baby's Nails


You will be surprised to notice how quickly a newborn's nails grow. Therefore, it is necessary to keep them trimmed, to prevent your baby from scratching his face. There are three common ways to keep baby's nails under control. Re...

How to Administer Medicine


When you have a sick baby, it's a terrible feeling. You wish there were something you could do, to make your little one feel better. However, aside from TLC and giving her medication prescribed by her doctor, there isn't much le...

Is your Child Sick?


How your child is acting is more important than how high the fever is running. The terms lethargy and listless or acting sick can mean different things to different people. In order to tell how sick the child is acting when they...

The Basics: Illness and Injury Guide


Administering Medicine Burping your Baby Caring for the Umbilical Cord Caring for Baby's TeethCaring for the Circumcised Penis Changing Your Baby's Diaper Clipping Your Baby's NailsCloth or Disposable Diapers?Dressing your Baby H...

Fevers 101


When your baby has a fever, the first question you may ask yourself is "What can I do to make it go away?" Surprisingly, fever has a role in getting rid of whatever illness your child has. The purpose of a fever is to elevate...

How to Change a Diaper


For the first-time parent, changing a diaper can be a daunting task. Newborns seem so tiny and fragile, and diaper changing can be an awkward and nerve-wracking event for those who are inexperienced. Rest assured that, after chang...

Caring For The Circumcised Penis


If you have chosen you have your baby boy circumcised, there are some steps you will need to follow while the penis heals. Most likely, your doctor will give you instructions, but there are some basic bits of information that shou...

Q&A: Baby's Weight Gain in the First Year


Dear Fiona, My 1 year old baby (girl) is weighing 14.5 pounds which is 2 times of her birth weight. But I heard that about 1 year the baby should weigh 3 times of her birth weight. But my baby is doing very fine in other milestone...

Checklist: Should You Call The Doctor?


If your baby is ill, injured or needs to see the pediatrican, use this checklist to aid you in describing to the doctor/nurse why your baby should be seen. When did the child's symptoms begin? What's the child's temperature? Is...