Circumcision - Topic Overview
What is circumcision?Male circumcision is an elective surgery to remove the foreskin (prepuce), a fold of skin that covers and protects the rounded tip of the penis (glans). This surgery is most commonly done on newborns about 24 hours old. See an illustration of the penis before and after circumcision.If a baby is born early (premature) or has certain medical conditions, he may be circumcised ...
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 ...
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 ...
Circumcision - What to Expect After Surgery
After the circumcision, the groin, penis, and scrotum may appear reddish brown because of the solution used to clean the skin before surgery. The shaft of the penis where the skin was removed will look raw and slightly swollen. This tender appearance should gradually disappear in the next few days.Your baby will be observed for 2 to 4 hours after the procedure. Health professionals will check his
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 .
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 ...
Health and Safety, Birth to 2 Years - Healthy Habits for Preventing Infection and Illness
The immune systems of babies and young children up to 24 months of age are still developing. This makes them especially prone to getting sick after being exposed to viruses and bacteria. Exposure to common pathogens can occur from person - to - person contact and improperly prepared food. Good hygiene practices can help you to protect your child from exposure to these germs. Safe food preparationY
Health and Safety, Birth to 2 Years - Safety Measures Outside the Home
You cannot protect your child from every danger he or she can possibly encounter outside the home. However, you can take reasonable precautions and teach your child basic safety rules. This general training can help prepare your child for a variety of situations he or she may face.Prevent accidents by using safe equipment, teaching safety awareness, and closely supervising your child. Always use .
Circumcision - When to Call a Doctor
Your son's penis will be examined during routine well - baby visits. However, it is important to call your health professional if problems develop after circumcision.Call your doctor immediately if your circumcised baby: Is younger than 3 months of age and has a fever.Develops signs of infection of the penis or around the circumcision site. Signs may include severe swelling, redness, a red streak
Circumcision - Why It May Be Done
Circumcision is performed on newborns mainly for cultural reasons. For example, parents may make the decision about circumcision based on religious and family traditions, personal preferences, or the social norms within their communities. It is also important to consider the benefits and risks of the procedure.Should I have my son circumcised?Circumcision is not medically necessary. There may be .