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  1. Umbilical Hernia in Children - Topic Overview

    What is an umbilical hernia? An umbilical hernia happens when intestine,fat,or fluid pushes through a weak spot or hole in your baby’s stomach muscles. This causes a bulge near or in the belly button,or navel. It may look like your child’s belly button is swollen. Many children have an umbilical hernia at birth. The hernia usually isn't painful or dangerous,and it often closes on its own ...

  2. Ways to Comfort a Baby in the Hospital - Topic Overview

    Try the following comfort measures if your baby is hospitalized: Stay with your child,or visit often. Hold or touch your child. Talk to your child,and be involved in his or her care. This will help your child get well,and it will make you feel better. It will also help you be more comfortable caring for your child when he or she returns home. Take some of your child's familiar or ...

  3. Choosing Child Care - Helping Your Child Get Started

    At the start of a new child care routine,it's common for a child to show some signs of anxiety,such as clinging or crying when you leave. With your child's needs in mind,try to ease the transition. Prepare yourself and your child. If you are enrolling your child in care for the first time,it may be helpful for you both to get used to spending time apart. Hire a babysitter or ask a friend ...

  4. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Signs That Your Child Needs to Be Evaluated - Topic Overview

    Although you risk harming your fetus if you drink any alcohol while you are pregnant,the effects range from mild to severe. It is important to have or find a doctor with whom you can talk openly about your alcohol drinking habits during pregnancy. Talk with your doctor about any concerns you have about your child being affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Consider having your ...

  5. Diet, Breast-Feeding, and Colic - Topic Overview

    Some breast-feeding mothers claim that certain foods cause colic in their babies. Colic,by definition,is extreme crying that is not related to physical discomfort or digestive problems. But it is possible that some foods affect breast milk and contribute to intestinal gas or other digestive problems,which may make crying episodes worse. More research is needed to investigate this ...

  6. Choosing Child Care - Other Concerns

    Paying for high - quality child careBudgeting for child care takes work. Plan ahead and think about your future child care expenses as far in advance as possible. Keep in mind that it may take time to process applications or there may be a waiting list, especially if you are trying to qualify for financial assistance.Child care referral agencies or other experts (such as some state or federal ...

  7. Premature Infant - Getting to Know the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

    If your premature infant (preemie) is admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) after birth, you will encounter new technologies, a new medical language, and new rules and procedures. You will depend on the NICU staff members to know how to care for your infant and to be your teachers. With their help, you can quickly learn about the technology, your infant's needs, and what you can do .

  8. Circumcision: Mogen Clamp - Topic Overview

    A Mogen clamp is a metal, hinge-shaped device used during circumcision. The Mogen clamp does not require a cut in the foreskin before its placement.During a circumcision using a Mogen clamp, the baby's foreskin is pulled forward through the hinge of the clamp. The clamp is closed and locked in place for about 90 seconds, crushing the foreskin to decrease bleeding. The foreskin is removed surgically and the clamp taken off.AdvantagesThe Mogen clamp:Takes less time than the other methods of circumcision, such as the Plastibell device and Gomco clamp.Is least likely to lead to infection, excessive bleeding, and/or swelling.DisadvantagesFewer doctors are familiar and comfortable with its use than with the other procedures.There is greater potential for accidentally removing the tip of the penis (glans).

  9. Language Development in Newborns - Topic Overview

    Speech and language lessons start in the uterus,where your unborn baby hears and responds to familiar voices. Indeed,soon after birth,your baby prefers and responds more to the mother's voice than to any other. Also,your newborn can recognize whether sounds are part of his or her native language. Your newborn continues to learn language by listening to the basic and distinct sounds ...

  10. Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Hip Dysplasia: Caring for Your Child in a Body (Spica) Cast

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