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  1. Should You Sterilize Your Baby's Bottles?

    Should parents still sterilize baby bottles? Don't bother. WebMD tells you why.

  2. Teething Treatment

    Teething refers to the process of new teeth rising from a baby's gums. Here's everything new parents need to know.

  3. Why Baby Gets Upset During Bowel Movements

    WebMD tells you why some babies grunt and groan while pooping.

  4. Tay-Sachs Test

    The test for Tay - Sachs disease measures the amount of an enzyme called hexosaminidase A in the blood.

  5. 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

  6. 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 .

  7. Infant Nutrition: The First 6 Months

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

  8. 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.

  9. Choosing a Specialty Formula

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

  10. Premature Infant - The Premature Newborn

    A premature infant's health at birth is influenced by numerous factors, including: Gestational age at birth.Weight at birth. Maternal illness and medical treatment during pregnancy, which can have an effect on the fetus.Congenital birth defects.Most infants born at 36 and 37 weeks' gestation are mature enough to be discharged from the hospital with the mother. Many premature infants, however, are

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