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  1. Colic - Topic Overview

    What is colic?All babies cry, but sometimes a baby will cry for hours at a time, no matter what you do. This extreme type of crying in a baby between 3 weeks and 3 months of age is called colic. While it is upsetting for parents and caregivers, colic is normal for some babies. Doctors usually diagnose colic when a healthy baby cries harder than expected in a “3” pattern: more than 3 hours a da

  2. Temper Tantrums: Keeping a Record - Topic Overview

    Your doctor may ask you to keep a record of your child's temper tantrums before you bring him or her in for a physical exam. The record should include the following information. What usually leads up to your child having a temper tantrum?Does your child have temper tantrums more often when he or she is around particular people?How often does your child have tantrums?Where do your child's tantrums usually occur? Do they ever occur at school? What is your child's behavior like during a temper tantrum? How intense is his or her behavior during the tantrum?How long does your child's tantrum last?What do you do during your child's tantrum? How do you feel when your child is having a temper tantrum? Do you give in to or punish your child after a tantrum?How do your child's temper tantrums affect the family?These and similar questions can help your doctor get a clearer picture of your child's motivations and behavior. Also, general patterns may emerge, such as triggers of temper tantrums and

  3. Choosing Child Care - Helping Your Child Get Started

    At the start of a new child care routine,it's common for a child to show some signs of anxiety,such as clinging or crying when you leave. With your child's needs in mind,try to ease the transition. Prepare yourself and your child. If you are enrolling your child in care for the first time,it may be helpful for you both to get used to spending time apart. Hire a babysitter or ask a friend ...

  4. Infant Crying - Topic Overview

    Babies cry to communicate that they are hungry, wet, tired, too warm, too cold, lonely, or otherwise uncomfortable. When you respond promptly to these cries, you help your baby feel confident and safe. After your baby's need is met, the crying usually stops. The more consistently you respond to your baby when he or she is upset, the greater chance that your baby will cry less at age 1 and show less aggression at age 2.1Letting a newborn baby cry it out usually makes the situation worse and the crying more intense. It is often harder and takes longer to calm an extremely upset baby than one who has just started to cry. Crying patternsMost babies cry the most during the first four months of life.Starting at about 2 weeks of age, your baby may cry for no apparent reason and can be hard to console. Many babies have a fussy time of day, often during the late afternoon to early evening when they are tired and unable to relax. This crying is a way for your baby to release the tension that

  5. Growth and Development, Ages 1 to 12 Months - Common Concerns

    Between 1 and 12 months of age, it is very common for parents to have concerns about their baby's general well - being. Know that you likely do not have anything to worry about. But it is good to be aware of health, development, and safety issues to help prevent or respond to problems.Some common concerns include:Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is the death of a baby who is younger than

  6. Babies' Sleep Position and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - Topic Overview

    Many studies have shown that placing a baby younger than 1 year old to sleep on his or her back is the most important thing parents can do to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Since 1992,the number of babies who sleep on their back has gone up (due mostly to the national "Back to Sleep" campaign),and there has been a steady drop in the SIDS rate. 1 Placing babies to ...

  7. Growth and Development, Newborn - When to Call a Doctor

    Call your doctor immediately if you notice anything that concerns you. You are the expert on your baby. Although usually everything is fine, do not be afraid to contact your health professional for any reason. Physical problems to watch for in your newborn include: An umbilical cord stump that looks infected, as is indicated by pus or reddened skin at the base of the cord.Signs of dehydration, ...

  8. Crib Safety - Topic Overview

    The crib is the one place where babies and young children are regularly left unsupervised. Keep your child safe by using recommended equipment properly and by updating features of the crib as your child grows.Crib safety standardsThe strict guidelines for crib construction help prevent many accidents. If a crib does not meet current safety standards, your baby may be injured. A properly ...

  9. Premature Infant: Signs of Overstimulation - Topic Overview

    Extremely premature infants are born before the nervous system is mature enough to handle outside stimuli without becoming overstimulated. Such an infant is said to have a disorganized nervous system. If your premature infant has a disorganized nervous system,you may notice physical reactions (destabilization) in the presence of too much sound,touch,movement,or light,including: A drop in ...

  10. Health & Parenting Guide - Topic Overview

    Sophie's favorite class,drama,comes right at the end of the day-just when her friends are ready to sneak out of school. Auditions for the school play are being held today,and she really wants to try out. But her friends are telling her to cut class and go to the city with them. She wants to be in the play,but she doesn't want to disappoint her friends. She's feeling peer pressure. The ...

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