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.
Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip - Frequently Asked Questions
Learning about DDH:What is developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH)?Getting treatment:What should I know about a Pavlik harness?Living with DDH:How do I care for my child in a spica cast?
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
Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip - Topic Overview
What is developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH)? Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is a hip problem a baby is born with or that happens in the first year of life. In this condition, the top of the thighbone doesn't fit securely into the hip socket. This problem may affect one or both hip joints. In a normal hip, the thighbone fits tightly into a cup-shaped socket in the pelvis, and it is held in place by muscles, tendons, and ligaments. But in DDH, the hip socket may be too shallow or the tissues around the joint may be too loose.In mild cases, the ligaments and other soft tissues aren't tight, so the thighbone (femur) moves around more than normal in the hip socket.In more severe cases, the hip socket is more like a saucer than the deep cup that it should be. As a result:The ball at the top of the thighbone (femoral head) may slip partway out of the hip socket. This is called subluxation.The femoral head may slide completely out of the hip socket. This is called
Premature Infant - Health Tools
Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. How can I make informed decisions about my extremely premature infant?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Managing postpartum depression ...
Premature Infant - The Sick Premature Infant
Many premature infants are resilient and surprise everyone by overcoming great odds. However, premature infants are also vulnerable to infection and to complications related to immature body organs. Expect that your infant can progress for several days but may then have a medical setback. With each additional week of prematurity, a newborn is at greater risk of having medical problems. Infants ...
Premature Infant - Looking Ahead to the Childhood Years
Your infant's "age"Age is both a measure of time and a marker of development. Unlike with a full - term infant, a premature infant's age and development can be defined in different ways. This can be confusing to any parent. When following your premature infant's growth and development, it can be helpful to know the difference between the following "ages": Gestational age is the fetus's age, as ...
Premature Infant - Taking Care of Yourselves
If your premature infant is moved to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), expect that you will become overwhelmed with new emotions and information. Don't be surprised if you and your partner handle this crisis differently, which may or may not create a strain on your relationship. Both of you, in different ways, may feel: Fearful and helpless.Grief. Separation from your infant at birth is a .