Crying, Age 3 and Younger - Topic Overview
Crying is your child's first way of communicating. The amount of time your baby spends crying usually increases from birth until your baby is about 6 weeks old. At that point, your baby may cry between 1 and 5 hours out of 24.
Ways to Comfort a Crying Baby - Topic Overview
Comforting techniques often will calm a crying child if the crying isn't caused by pain. These techniques may help comfort a baby with colic, because colic isn't caused by pain. But if the crying doesn't seem normal or your baby seems sick, call your doctor.First, check to be sure your baby isn't hungry. Very young babies usually don't eat much at one sitting and may become hungry 1 to 2 hours after a feeding. Feeding your baby might stop the crying.Offer a pacifier for sucking. Sucking can help babies relieve stress without crying.Try rocking your baby. Gently rock your baby, or use a mechanical swing.Sing quietly to your baby. You may find that singing the same song over and over is soothing. You can also try playing music at a low volume.Turn on something with a rhythmic sound, such as a fan that hums, a vacuum cleaner, a clothes dryer, tape recordings of womb sounds, or a crib sound-and-motion device. A vibrating soothing device, which generates white noise and vibrates the bed,
Crying, Age 3 and Younger - Home Treatment
There are many different ways to approach your child's crying.
Healthy Alternatives to Fast Food
Recipes for easy, healthy meals your family can make at home when you want healthy fast food. Ideas for time-saving shortcuts and how kids can help.
Ways to Keep Kids at a Healthy Weight
Adopting healthy diet, exercise, and sleep habits for the whole family is key to healthy weight and healthy kids.
5 Simple, Fun Ideas for Family Fitness
It's time for exercise! Make yours an active family with these fun activities to keep everyone fit.
Family Grocery Shopping Tips
How to get the most family nutrition out of your grocery dollars: A shopping list of pantry basics and healthy snacks, and rules for smart shopping.
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
Healthy Grocery Shopping with Kids
Tips to make grocery shopping with kids easier and to get preschoolers, school-aged kids, tweens, and teens interested in healthy food.
Family Menu Makeovers
Five quick fixes to transform favorite kid foods into healthier versions. Plus two recipes that put a nutritious twist on family favorites with healthy food.