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  1. Colic - What to Expect

    Similarities and differences between normal crying and colicBecause infants cry more in their first 3 months than at any other time in their lives, it is often difficult to tell the difference between colic and expected crying behavior. Both types of crying gradually increase, peaking at about 6 to 8 weeks of age. Most crying episodes occur in the late afternoon and evening hours, although the ...

  2. Colic - When to Call a Doctor

    Callor other emergency services immediately if:You are afraid that you are about to harm your baby and you cannot find someone to help you.Your baby has been shaken, has a change in his or her level of consciousness, or has signs of severe difficulty breathing.Call your health professional immediately if your baby:Cries in a peculiar manner or for a very unusual length of time.Has not been ...

  3. Overfeeding a Baby - Topic Overview

    Overfeeding a baby often causes the baby discomfort because he or she can't digest all of the breast milk or formula properly. When fed too much, a baby may also swallow air, which can produce gas, increase discomfort in the belly, and lead to crying. An overfed baby also may spit up more than usual and have loose stools. Although crying from discomfort is not colic, it can make crying more frequent and more intense in an already colicky baby.Babies give cues during feeding that indicate how hungry they are. Pay attention to these cues to help determine when your baby has had enough to eat.A baby who is hungry will latch on to the breast or bottle and suck continuously.A baby who is getting full during a feeding will take longer pauses between sucking.A baby who is full will turn away from the breast or bottle and not want to suck.The amount of food each baby needs varies. Young babies usually do not take more breast milk or formula than they need. In general, your baby should seem

  4. Topic Overview

    Caring for your baby who has fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) requires special attention to detect and manage problems that he or she may have. These problems can range from mild to severe,but may include: Sensitivity to stimulation. Your baby may be very sensitive to touch,sounds,and light. 1 Watch for things that may be overstimulating to your child. If your baby seems irritable ...

  5. Fetal Alcohol Effects: How to Help Your Child - Topic Overview

    To help your toddler or school-age child who has effects from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD):Take your child to routine doctor visits.Provide a structured home environment. Children with FASD do best in a home that has a defined routine and structure. The rules for the family(What is a PDF document?) need to be clear and frequently repeated for the child.Enroll your child in an early-intervention program as soon as possible. Laws in the United States protect the right to education of all children. This includes those who have conditions that can interfere with learning, such as FASD. These laws protect a parent's right to be fully informed about educational decisions that concern his or her child. Also, the laws protect a parent's rights when he or she disagrees with any decision. Contact your state and local education departments about your child's right to get help at school. Physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy may be part of the program.Help your child learn

  6. Shaken Baby Syndrome - Home Treatment

    What to do if you suspect shaken baby syndrome.

  7. Shaken Baby Syndrome - Treatment Overview

    When a child with shaken baby syndrome is admitted to a hospital, doctors closely monitor the child for signs of brain swelling and difficulty breathing.

  8. Shaken Baby Syndrome - Symptoms

    Symptoms of shaken baby syndrome may appear right away or within several days. The child's age, the number of abusive episodes, and degree of force used are the primary factors that affect when symptoms develop and how severe they are.

  9. Shaken Baby Syndrome - Topic Overview

    Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) refers to brain damage that is caused when a baby is shaken, slammed, or thrown against an object. It is a form of child abuse.

  10. Coping Strategies to Avoid Harming a Baby - Topic Overview

    Caring for a baby can be difficult and frustrating at times. Most parents have periods when they feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and extremely frustrated. Help manage your frustration and anger by learning healthy ways to handle the stress of child care. You can learn techniques to help you stay in control of your emotions when everyday pressures mount. The following strategies can help you function in a loving and healthy way with your baby. Prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmedLearn about child development, child health, and effective and safe behavior management. This information can help you understand and deal with your baby's behavior and changing needs. Call your hospital for information about parenting education classes, or look for books in your local library.Talk with other parents about the ways they cope with the demands of child care.Take short relaxation breaks when you can. For example, listen to your favorite music, or do breathing exercises while your baby naps.Ask

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