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  1. 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

  2. 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 .

  3. Choosing a Specialty Formula

    Learn how to choose "specialty" formulas for your baby, including alternatives to formulas made from cow's milk.

  4. 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.

  5. Infant Nutrition: The First 6 Months

    Find out the proteins, fats, and vitamins your baby needs in the first 6 months.

  6. 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

  7. Bonding With Your Newborn - Topic Overview

    You naturally develop an emotional bond with your baby simply by spending time together,being physically close,and responding to his or her cues. Although the bond does not require special planning,keep the following in mind: Respond to your newborn's crying. Newborn babies cannot act with forethought,so they are not capable of being manipulative. You will not spoil your baby when you ...

  8. Premature Infant - Frequently Asked Questions

    Premature birth can be a crisis for any family. It may heighten fears about your infant's health and long - term development. For some parents, these concerns are somewhat relieved when their preemie is healthy enough at birth to be sent home from the hospital with the mother. For others, the fear and worry continue when their tiny newborn is moved to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Whether

  9. Premature Infant - Taking Your Baby Home

    Whether you have spent days, weeks, or months visiting and leaving your infant at the hospital, the homecoming is a long - awaited event. Your premature infant is considered ready to go home when he or she is able to: Take all feedings by nipple and continue to gain weight. In rare cases, infants are discharged while still on partial tube - feedings that are given by parents at home. If your infa

  10. Premature Infant - The First Weeks at Home

    As you and your infant adjust to being at home, you will gradually establish a routine together. You also may find that your premature infant is truly different from what you'd expect of a full - term infant. During the first weeks at home, consider these important points:Sleeping and wakefulness. Because their brain functions aren't as fully developed at birth as full - term newborns, premature .

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