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  1. Mastitis While Breast-Feeding - Topic Overview

    Mastitis is a breast inflammation usually caused by infection.

  2. Hydrocele - Topic Overview

    What is a hydrocele?A hydrocele is a painless buildup of watery fluid around one or both testicles that causes the scrotum or groin area to swell. Although this swelling may be unsightly and uncomfortable, it usually is not painful and generally is not dangerous. Although hydroceles are common in newborns, they can also occur at any age in later life.What causes a hydrocele?The cause of most ...

  3. Nurturing Your Child to Improve Learning and Attention - Topic Overview

    The following are suggestions for nurturing your child to help improve his or her learning and attention. Give frequent physical contact. Touch and hold your baby as much as possible during the first 6 months of his or her life. You will not spoil your baby. Your baby needs frequent physical contact to grow and develop. Limit exposure to television as much as possible before age 2. When ...

  4. Spitting Up - Topic Overview

    Almost all babies spit up, especially newborns. Spitting up decreases once the muscles of the esophagus, the muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach, become more coordinated. This process can take as little as 6 months or as long as 1 year.When spitting up becomes a problemIf your baby starts spitting up after every feeding, there may be a problem with the way he or she is being ...

  5. Introducing Solid Foods to Your Baby - Topic Overview

    Breast milk or formula is the only food babies need for the first 4 to 6 months of life,at which point solid foods can be gradually introduced. Ideally,your baby will be fed only breast milk until 6 months of age. Before you start offering solid foods,talk to your doctor. He or she will want to be certain that your baby is physically and developmentally ready. And although breast-fed ...

  6. Weaning - Promoting Healthy Growth and Development

    The weaning processThe American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breast - fed for at least a year and as long after as mother and child desire.1Weaning from breast - or bottle - feeding can be done gradually or abruptly. If you are not breast - feeding and your baby is younger than 12 months of age, use iron - fortified formula. Do not offer your baby cow's milk.1 The iron in cow's

  7. Healthy Eating for Children - Changing Your Family's Eating Habits

    Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods from all food groups. It means choosing fewer foods that have lots of fats and sugar. However, it does not mean that your child cannot eat desserts or other treats now and then. With a little planning, you can create a structure that gives your child (and you) the freedom to make healthy eating choices. Think of this as planning not just for the kids

  8. Breast-Feeding: Waking Your Baby - Topic Overview

    Most medical professionals recommend letting a baby eat on demand. But during the first few days of breast-feeding,be sure to awaken your baby for feedings about every 2 hours. This will help to get your milk supply going. To make the transition from sleep gradual and comfortable,try the following: Cool your baby off by taking off his or her clothes. Have skin-to-skin contact with your baby ...

  9. Establishing Limits With Your School-Age Child - Topic Overview

    Many children ages 6 to 10,if left to their own devices,would eat pizza 3 times a day,7 days a week,or play video games for hours at a time. That is because they have not developed control over their drives and appetites,which can include cravings for specific foods,toys,and things,as well as for praise and attention. Parents who set limits for their children show them that they love ...

  10. Child Abuse: Emotional Abuse by Parents - Topic Overview

    The behavior of an emotionally abusive parent or caregiver does not support a child's healthy development and well-being-instead,it creates an environment of fear,hostility,or anxiety. A child is sensitive to the feeling,opinions,and actions of his or her parents. Emotionally harmful attitudes may include the following. Showing a lack of regard for the child This behavior often includes ...

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