Bottle-Feeding - Promoting Healthy Growth and Development
Buying formula and suppliesTry to buy your formula and supplies before the baby is born. When you buy baby bottles and nipples, make sure you have a supply of small bottles [about ] for your baby's first few weeks. You may want to buy a variety of different bottle nipples so you can experiment to see which type your baby prefers. You can buy infant formula as a liquid concentrate or a powder that
Nipple Shields for Breast-Feeding Problems - Topic Overview
What are nipple shields?Nipple shields are devices to help with certain breast-feeding problems. A nipple shield looks like a little hat with a brim. The crown of the hat fits over the nipple, and the brim lies over the areola. Most nipple shields are made of a soft, thin, flexible plastic. Why might nipple shields be used?Nipple shields may be helpful for babies who have trouble sucking, such as:Premature infants, who may not be strong enough to breast-feed well.Babies born with a cleft palate. Premature babies may not have strong suction and may not be able to latch on as well as full-term babies. Suction is important because it helps the baby get enough of the nipple in his or her mouth. Nipple shields can help premature babies get a better latch and get enough milk.Nipple shields are meant for short-term use. For example, they might be used with a premature baby until the baby's expected birth date. So for a baby born at a gestational age of 35 weeks, you might use nipple shields
Shaken Baby Syndrome - Topic Overview
What is shaken baby syndrome? Shaken baby syndrome is brain injury that occurs when someone shakes a baby or throws a baby against an object. It is a form of child abuse. It may happen to children up to 5 years of age, but it is most common in babies younger than 1 year old.It is never okay to shake or throw a young child. It may not leave any obvious sign of injury, but it can cause serious long-term problems or even death. Shaken baby syndrome often occurs when a baby won't stop crying and a caregiver loses control of his or her emotions. Parents can help prevent this problem by learning healthy ways to relieve stress and anger. It's also important to choose child care providers carefully.Shaken baby syndrome may also be called shaken-impact syndrome. Many doctors use the term abusive head trauma to describe the injury. They may use intentional head injury to describe how it happened.What causes the brain injury?When a baby is shaken or thrown, the head twists or whips back and
Mastitis While Breast-Feeding - Home Treatment
From the time you begin breastfeeding until your baby is weaned, take measures to prevent mastitis.
Weaning - Promoting Healthy Growth and Development
The weaning processThe American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breast - fed for at least a year and as long after as mother and child desire.1Weaning from breast - or bottle - feeding can be done gradually or abruptly. If you are not breast - feeding and your baby is younger than 12 months of age, use iron - fortified formula. Do not offer your baby cow's milk.1 The iron in cow's
Caring for Your Baby's Teeth
WebMD shares information about caring for baby's new teeth, preventing tooth decay, caring for gums, dental visits, and more.
Feeding Baby: 8 Eating Milestones
WebMD offers a guide to your baby's 8 feeding milestones -- from starting solid foods to sitting in a high chair, to wielding a spoon.
Soothing Your Sick Child
WebMD offers tips on soothing your sick infant or toddler.
Fever in Babies
WebMD explains fever in infants -- including possible causes, taking an accurate temperature, and when to call the doctor.
Is Your Baby a Picky Eater?
Is your baby fussy and difficult at feeding time? WebMD helps you to recognize -- and help -- the picky eater in your family.