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.
Nursery Equipment Safety Checklist - Topic Overview
The following safety guidelines are adapted from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC). They are for various equipment found in nurseries, both at home and in child care settings. Back carriersAll back carriers should meet the following safety standards:Check if meets standards1. Carrier has restraining strap to secure child. 2. Leg openings are small enough to prevent ...
Child Car Seats - Topic Overview
Infant and child car seats save lives. The laws in each state are different. Most states require them for all children under age 4 and those weighing less than . But some states require car seats to be used for children up to age 6 or .A child who is not in a car seat can be seriously injured or killed during a crash or an abrupt stop, even at low speeds. A parent's arms are not strong enough to .
Spitting Up - Topic Overview
Almost all babies spit up, especially newborns. Spitting up decreases once the muscles of the esophagus, the muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach, become more coordinated. This process can take as little as 6 months or as long as 1 year.When spitting up becomes a problemIf your baby starts spitting up after every feeding, there may be a problem with the way he or she is being ...
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 ...
Quick Tips: Getting Baby to Sleep - Get started
WebMD gives ideas for helping your newborn to get to sleep and stay asleep longer.
Cognitive Growth in Newborns - Topic Overview
Cognition is the ability to think,learn,and remember. Your baby is born with 100 billion brain cells ( neurons ). To function at their full potential,these cells must form connections (synapses) with each other. These connections carry messages between the cells in the brain and from the brain to the body. During a baby’s first month,the body makes more connections and improves how the ...
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 ...
Sensory and Motor Growth in Newborns - Topic Overview
Newborn senses Your newborn is equipped with all five senses,although some are more developed than others. Touch. Your newborn's sense of touch is highly developed,particularly around the mouth,where he or she is sensitive to temperature,pressure,and pain. Newborns like gentle handling and to feel soft textures against their skin. Hearing. At birth,fluid in the ear canal and middle ear ...
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. ...