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 ...
Cradle Cap - Topic Overview
What is cradle cap?Cradle cap is an oily, yellow scaling or crusting on a baby's scalp. It is common in babies and is easily treated. Cradle cap is not a part of any illness and does not imply that a baby is not being well cared for. See an illustration of cradle cap.What causes cradle cap?Cradle cap is the normal buildup of sticky skin oils, scales, and sloughed skin cells. How is it ...
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 ...
Colic: Harmful Treatments - Topic Overview
Do not use unapproved,unproven,or potentially dangerous substances or methods as treatment for your baby who has colic. Potentially dangerous treatments include: Gripe water. Varying ingredients are used in blends labeled as gripe water. In some batches,alcohol is a main ingredient. Gripe water is an herbal home remedy that is not considered safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ...
Health and Safety, Birth to 2 Years - Topic Overview
This topic advises parents and caregivers on ways to help prevent illness and accidental injuries in babies and young children. It is not able or meant to cover every risk that faces a child. However, the topic addresses many of the most common hazards so you can help minimize the risk of infections and injuries and identify areas and situations that can be dangerous for a child up to 2 years of .
Premature Infant: Safe Travel With Your Baby - Topic Overview
After your infant is discharged from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU),you may need to take special precautions for car travel. In most cases the safest way for a healthy premature infant to travel is by car seat. 1 But some premature infants cannot sit in a car seat without slouching over,which interferes with their breathing and oxygen supply. Before discharging your infant from the ...
Circumcision - What Happens During a Circumcision
Circumcision for a newborn is usually done by a health professional at a clinic, in the hospital, or at an outpatient surgery center. During the procedure:The newborn is placed on a firm surface, often called a papoose board. Velcro straps are wrapped around the newborn's arms and legs to keep him very still during the procedure.The penis is cleaned.The surgical area is numbed with a local ...
Colic - Topic Overview
What is colic?All babies cry, but sometimes a baby will cry for hours at a time, no matter what you do. This extreme type of crying in a baby between 3 weeks and 3 months of age is called colic. While it is upsetting for parents and caregivers, colic is normal for some babies. Doctors usually diagnose colic when a healthy baby cries harder than expected in a “3” pattern: more than 3 hours a da
Infant Crying - Topic Overview
Babies cry to communicate that they are hungry, wet, tired, too warm, too cold, lonely, or otherwise uncomfortable. When you respond promptly to these cries, you help your baby feel confident and safe. After your baby's need is met, the crying usually stops. The more consistently you respond to your baby when he or she is upset, the greater chance that your baby will cry less at age 1 and show less aggression at age 2.1Letting a newborn baby cry it out usually makes the situation worse and the crying more intense. It is often harder and takes longer to calm an extremely upset baby than one who has just started to cry. Crying patternsMost babies cry the most during the first four months of life.Starting at about 2 weeks of age, your baby may cry for no apparent reason and can be hard to console. Many babies have a fussy time of day, often during the late afternoon to early evening when they are tired and unable to relax. This crying is a way for your baby to release the tension that
Cleaning Your Young Son's Natural (Uncircumcised) Penis - Topic Overview
Male babies who are not circumcised have a greater chance of urinary tract infections in the first year of life than babies who have been circumcised.1 Keeping your young son's penis clean may help prevent these infections and other problems. Retracting the foreskin for cleaningDo not force the foreskin back over the tip of the penis. Initially, a baby's foreskin may be difficult to pull back ...