Understanding Newborn Jaundice -- Treatment
Learn about the treatment of newborn jaundice from the experts at WebMD.
Understanding Newborn Jaundice -- the Basics
Newborn jaundice is very common -- but do you know what it is? Learn more.
Understanding Newborn Jaundice -- Symptoms
Learn the symptoms of newborn jaundice from the experts at WebMD.
The test for Tay - Sachs disease measures the amount of an enzyme called hexosaminidase A in the blood.
Positional Plagiocephaly (Flattened Head) - Topic Overview
What is positional plagiocephaly? The shape of a newborn's head may be affected by how the baby was positioned in the uterus, by the birth process, or by the baby's sleep position.Positional plagiocephaly (say play-jee-oh-SEF-uh-lee) means that a baby's head is flat in the back or on one side, usually from lying on the back or lying with the head to one side for long periods of time. Sometimes a baby's forehead, cheek, or ear may get pushed forward slightly on one side.Babies can get a flattened head during the first few months of life. This is especially true since doctors began recommending putting babies down to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Babies that are born early are more likely to get a flattened head. This is because their skulls are softer than in full-term babies.How does a baby get a flattened head?Lots of time spent in a crib, in car seats, or in carriers or similar seats may lead to a flattened head. But you can do
Umbilical Cord Care - Topic Overview
After the umbilical cord is cut at birth, a stump of tissue remains attached to your baby's navel (umbilicus). The stump gradually dries and shrivels until it falls off, usually between 1 and 2 weeks after birth. It is important that you keep the umbilical cord stump and surrounding skin clean and dry. This basic care helps prevent infection. It may also help the umbilical cord stump to fall off .
Infant Nutrition: The First 6 Months
Find out the proteins, fats, and vitamins your baby needs in the first 6 months.
Choosing a Specialty Formula
Learn how to choose "specialty" formulas for your baby, including alternatives to formulas made from cow's milk.
Supplemental Feeding: What and Why
Find out the basics of bottle-feeding, including how to know when your baby is full and how often you should feed.
Premature Infant - Getting to Know the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
If your premature infant (preemie) is admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) after birth, you will encounter new technologies, a new medical language, and new rules and procedures. You will depend on the NICU staff members to know how to care for your infant and to be your teachers. With their help, you can quickly learn about the technology, your infant's needs, and what you can do .