Choosing Child Care - Individual Care Providers
Types of individual providers Babysitters and mother's helpers. Babysitters provide informal in-home care for your child,such as when you need to run errands or have planned an evening out. They are usually paid hourly and maintain general household order. But they are not expected to do housekeeping chores. A mother's helper is similar to a babysitter but is someone who watches your child ...
Congenital Hydrocephalus - Topic Overview
What is congenital hydrocephalus? Congenital hydrocephalus is a buildup of excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain at birth. The extra fluid can increase pressure in the baby's brain,causing brain damage and mental and physical problems. This condition is rare. Finding the condition early and treating it quickly can help limit any long-term problems. But long-term effects mostly ...
Emotional and Social Growth in Newborns - Topic Overview
Your newborn immediately starts to communicate with you. Newborns need and,in their own way,ask for social interaction with others. They communicate by moving their arms and legs and directing their gaze toward a familiar voice. Their eyes and face brighten as they track parents' movements and scan their faces. When they break their gaze,it signals the need for a rest from the interaction. ...
Premature Infant - The Premature Newborn
A premature infant's health at birth is influenced by numerous factors, including: Gestational age at birth.Weight at birth. Maternal illness and medical treatment during pregnancy, which can have an effect on the fetus.Congenital birth defects.Most infants born at 36 and 37 weeks' gestation are mature enough to be discharged from the hospital with the mother. Many premature infants, however, are
Growth and Development, Newborn - Common Concerns
Although you may feel prepared for your baby, the reality of the constant care a newborn needs can shock many parents. A newborn affects your life in ways that simply can't be anticipated. It is only through experience that parents can fully understand the impact of these new responsibilities and how your expected roles change. It is normal to shift frequently between feeling confident and ...
Cleft Palate: Feeding Your Baby - Topic Overview
Feeding a baby who has cleft palate can be a challenge. Your baby may have a problem making a tight seal between his or her mouth and the nipple. But with a little preparation,you can successfully feed your baby with breast milk or formula. Bottle-feeding A health professional who specializes in babies with cleft palate can show you how to bottle-feed your baby in the best way. The health ...
Bonding With Your Newborn - Topic Overview
You naturally develop an emotional bond with your baby simply by spending time together,being physically close,and responding to his or her cues. Although the bond does not require special planning,keep the following in mind: Respond to your newborn's crying. Newborn babies cannot act with forethought,so they are not capable of being manipulative. You will not spoil your baby when you ...
Crib Safety - Topic Overview
The crib is the one place where babies and young children are regularly left unsupervised. Keep your child safe by using recommended equipment properly and by updating features of the crib as your child grows.Crib safety standardsThe strict guidelines for crib construction help prevent many accidents. If a crib does not meet current safety standards, your baby may be injured. A properly ...
Baby's Daily Needs: What to Expect - Topic Overview
To help establish and maintain a predictable daily schedule, respond to your baby's needs and try to reinforce your baby's natural habits.EatingFrom birth, babies follow their internal hunger and fullness cues. They eat when they're hungry and stop eating when they're full. Experts agree that newborns should be fed on demand. This means that you breast- or bottle-feed your infant whenever he or she shows signs of hunger, rather than setting a strict schedule.How often your baby needs to eat will depend on your baby's age and how hungry he or she is at that moment. As your newborn grows, you can try these tips:At about 3 weeks, you can try delaying feeding for a short time by cuddling or talking with your newborn. Your newborn's nervous system is mature enough that he or she can wait longer between feedings and interact with you more at this age. Take cues from your baby. Don't force your baby to engage with you when he or she is not responding and appears to be very hungry.You might
Teething - What to Expect
WebMD’s teething schedule shows which teeth babies grow first. By age 3, most children have all of their primary teeth.