Premature Infant: Signs of Overstimulation - Topic Overview
Extremely premature infants are born before the nervous system is mature enough to handle outside stimuli without becoming overstimulated. Such an infant is said to have a disorganized nervous system. If your premature infant has a disorganized nervous system,you may notice physical reactions (destabilization) in the presence of too much sound,touch,movement,or light,including: A drop in ...
Colic - Routine Checkups
You can ask your health professional about your concerns regarding your baby's crying during regularly scheduled well baby visits, but don't hesitate to call and discuss them at any time. This is especially true if comfort measures continually fail or you notice other symptoms along with the excessive crying. At the checkup, your health professional will want to determine whether your baby has ...
Growth and Development, Ages 1 to 12 Months - When to Call a Doctor
Talk to your health professional any time you have concerns about your baby's:Physical development. It is important to talk with your health professional if your baby's growth seems to slow significantly or if he or she is not consistently eating well. Cognitive development. Cognition is the ability to learn and remember. If your baby is not becoming increasingly alert or active, talk to your ...
Congenital Hydrocele - Frequently Asked Questions
Learning about congenital hydrocele: What is a congenital hydrocele? When surgery is needed for congenital hydrocele: How do I care for my child's incision? ...
Growth and Development, Ages 1 to 12 Months - Common Concerns
Between 1 and 12 months of age, it is very common for parents to have concerns about their baby's general well - being. Know that you likely do not have anything to worry about. But it is good to be aware of health, development, and safety issues to help prevent or respond to problems.Some common concerns include:Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is the death of a baby who is younger than
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.
Group B Streptococcal Infections in Newborns - Topic Overview
What is group B streptococcal infection?Group B streptococcal (group B strep) infection is a serious bacterial infection that is a leading cause of death and disability in newborns.In the 1970s, about half of newborns with group B strep infection died. Today, due to early recognition and aggressive treatment of the infection, far fewer cases end in death.What causes group B streptococcal ...
Feeding Your Premature Infant - Topic Overview
If your premature infant was born before the gestational age of 32 to 34 weeks, he or she cannot feed by mouth. This is because of:Poor coordination (or lack) of sucking, swallowing, and gag reflex.Weakness of both the oral and stomach muscles.Small stomach capacity.Until your infant becomes stronger and more mature, tube feeding is used to feed milk, formula, or a combination of the two directly into the stomach. For the infant whose gastrointestinal tract cannot yet digest properly or is affected by necrotizing enterocolitis, intravenous (parenteral) feedings are given through a tube into the umbilical site (umbilical catheter) or into a vein.When your infant is mature enough to feed from a nipple, oral feedings are introduced. Over a period of days or weeks, you can gradually replace more tube or IV feedings with breast-feedings.Premature infants, including those born at 34 to almost 37 weeks, often have trouble with oral feedings and may need extra help.In some cases, doctors
Quick Tips: Baby-Proofing Your Home - Get started
WebMD's list of guidelines helps you baby-proof your home quickly and keep your little one safe.
Premature Infant - The First Weeks at Home
As you and your infant adjust to being at home, you will gradually establish a routine together. You also may find that your premature infant is truly different from what you'd expect of a full - term infant. During the first weeks at home, consider these important points:Sleeping and wakefulness. Because their brain functions aren't as fully developed at birth as full - term newborns, premature .