Tongue-Tie - Frequently Asked Questions
Learning about tongue-tie: What is tongue-tie? Who is affected? How can you deal with breast-feeding problems? Getting treatment: What is a frenotomy? What is frenuloplasty? ...
Phenylketonuria (PKU) Test
A phenylketonuria (PKU) test is done to check whether a newborn baby has the enzyme needed to use phenylalanine in his or her body. Phenylalanine is an amino acid that is needed for normal growth and development.
Growth and Development, Newborn - 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. Depression: Managing postpartum depression ...
Infant Massage - Topic Overview
Many caregivers use infant massage to relax and promote the emotional bond with their baby. It can help relax your baby, prevent crying, and soothe and comfort your crying baby. Many hospitals and child care centers provide classes on infant massage. Massage methods vary, but general recommendations stress finding the appropriate setting and using appropriate techniques.Find a time when you are relaxed and won't be interrupted. Be sure the baby is neither full nor hungry.Find a comfortable location and position. The room should be warm. Lay the baby on his or her back on a towel on a bed, the floor, or your lap.Some parents use a warm (not hot) natural oil such as vegetable or olive oil. Slowly rub a little over the baby's body. Move your palms in clockwise, rhythmic circles on the baby's abdomen. Use only light pressure.Be sensitive to your baby. A newborn may enjoy only 2 to 5 minutes of massage. Do not massage a sick or feverish child.
Premature Infant - Topic Overview
What is prematurity?A full - term pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks. An infant born at 38 weeks is fully developed and called a full - term infant. An infant born between 22 and 37 completed weeks of pregnancy is called a premature infant, or "preemie." In the United States, about 1 out of 10 births is premature.1Why is prematurity a problem? Most infants born close to 37 weeks' gestation (completed
Growth and Development, Ages 1 to 12 Months - What to Expect
Babies usually progress in a natural, predictable sequence from one developmental milestone to the next. During the first year you will see gains in five major areas.Physical development is rapid during the first year of life. Babies steadily gain weight and grow in length throughout this first year. Your baby's birth weight doubles around 6 months of age and triples by about 12 months. But ...
Pyloric Stenosis - Topic Overview
Growth and Development, Ages 1 to 12 Months - Routine Checkups
Babies between 1 month and 1 year of age should have routine checkups, sometimes called well baby visits, at 2, 4, 6, 9, and 12 months of age. During these visits, your baby's growth and development are evaluated to see whether he or she is reaching the milestones for each specific age.At every checkup, the health professional:Looks at your baby's physical growth by measuring weight, length, and .
Congenital Hydrocele - Topic Overview
What is a hydrocele? A hydrocele (say "HY-druh-seel") is a buildup of watery fluid around one or both testicles. It causes the scrotum or groin area to swell. A congenital hydrocele is one that a baby is born with. Hydroceles can also occur later in life for a number of reasons. This topic is about congenital hydroceles,which are common in male newborns. The swelling from a hydrocele may ...
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) - Frequently Asked Questions
Learning about sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS): What is SIDS? Who is affected by SIDS? When SIDS occurs: How do I cope with my grief after the loss of a baby to SIDS? What kind of investigation is done when a baby may have died of SIDS? Preventing SIDS: What's the safest sleeping position for my baby? How can I make my baby's crib as safe as possible? Is it safe for me and my baby to sleep in ...