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Baby Care Basics: Surprising Reasons to Call the Doctor
Watch out for these symptoms in your baby. Even though they might seem harmless, you should call your doctor right away.
your doctor. Swollen eyes, hands or feet can be a sign of Sickle Cell Anemia , a genetic disorder that causes babies to produce abnormal red blood cells . Signs don't usually appear until after four months. All babies should be screened for it in the hospital after delivery, so every
Baby Care Basics: Choosing the Right Doctor
Choosing a doctor for your little one can be an overwhelming process. Use this guide to make the right decision for your family.
follow these steps. Check their credentials. Whether you go with a Family Practice Physician or a Pediatrician make sure you choose a provider who's board certified, which means that he or she has passed certain exams and completed on going education. Consider the technical details . Factoring how far away the offices, how phone calls are handled and what the office hours are like. Also, make sure the practice accepts your insurance. Pay a visit to the office, schedule a meeting and when you get there talk to the other parents in the waiting room. Do they typically get seen on time? What do they like or dislike about the practice? Also, does the office seem clean and inviting? When you meet the doctor, ask about issues that are important to you like breast feeding , circumcision and vaccinations. And consider whether you like his or her communication style. In the end most parents go with their gut.
Baby Care Basics: What is SIDS?
Learn more about Sudden Infant Death Syndrom and how to help reduce the risks to your baby.
at night. Research has shown that it can help prevent SIDS. Avoid cigarette smoke . Studies show that exposure to second-hand smoke can increase a baby's risk of SIDS, so can smoking during pregnancy. Lastly, don't sleep
Baby Care Basics: What is Shaken Baby Syndrome?
Your munchkin is vulnerable to brain trauma. Learn how you can prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome.
a baby or small child is shaken so hard that it causes brain damage . Babies are especially vulnerable because they have a weak neck, large head in proportion to their body and softer brains. Even just four or five seconds of shaking can cause blindness, eye injuries, long term mental and physical problems and even death. Shaken Baby Syndrome often happens when an exhausted parent or care giver gets so frustrated by a baby's constant crying that he or she loses control. If you find yourself getting angry with your
little one while you take time for yourself. If you think a care giver may have shaken your baby, or if your spouse did in a moment of frustration, go to an emergency room right away. Any brain damage that might have occurred will get worse without immediate treatment.
Baby Care Basics: Concerns for Premature Babies
If your baby is a preemie, she will likely have some difficulties in the beginning. Find out how to help your premature baby--and your family-- thrive.
Babies born prematurely usually need to spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit or NICU. With premies, it's important to know these facts. Breathing problems happen because their lungs aren't fully developed. Your baby may be given extra oxygen or hooked to a ventilator or something called a CPAP machine. Many premies also stop breathing occasionally, a condition called apnea. But in the NICU, they're carefully monitored for this. Because premies have less body fat, your infant will probably be placed in an incubator to help her control her body temperature . There can be feeding difficulties. Until she learns to suck effectively, your baby may be fed through a tube. But the nurses
Baby Care Basics: What is Down Syndrome?
Having a baby with Down Syndrome can be overwhelming, Here are some important things to know about this condition and the road ahead for you and your infant.
Down Syndrome occurs when a baby has an extra chromosome at conception. No one knows the exact cause, but the risk increases with the mother's age. If your baby has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome , you probably have a lot of questions, and you may feel overwhelmed thinking about the challenges it had. Here are three things to remember if your baby has been diagnosed. You're not alone. Down Syndrome is the most common genetic condition occurring in one in every 800 births. That means it's easy to connect with other parents who can share advice and encouragement. Look for support group in your community or contact the National Down Syndrome Society. He can live a full and productive life. People with Down Syndrome are living longer than ever before, and increasingly completing high school , integrating into society, and living independently. Because of the increased risk for things like vision and heart problems, it's very important to take your child for regular checkups with a healthcare provider who has experience caring for children with Down Syndrome . She will also help ensure that you and your child get appropriate support services. Overall, enjoy your baby. Yes, there will be
Baby Care Basics: What is Lead Poisoning?
Could your child get lead poisoning from your home? Learn if he could be at risk and how to prevent this from happening.
Ask your doctor to test her. It's recommended that children receive a blood test for lead at 12 months and 24 months of age. But, if you're ever concerned about a potential exposure, don't wait. The blood test is the only way to know for sure. Test your home. Find a professional inspector at EPA.gov/lead. You can also have your drinking water tested. Keep dust down. If you live in a pre-1978 home, cover peeling paint and wet mop regularly. If you renovate, use a lead safe certified contractor. Also, leave shoes at the door and wash your and your children's hands regularly. If your child is found to have a high lead level , don't panic. Your pediatrician can help you lower the level and watch closely for any issues.
Baby Care Basics: Baby First Aid
Find out how to maintain first aid kits in your home and car so you can help fix Baby's cuts and scrapes--and learn when you should go to the emergency room.
it, pat it dry, and apply an antibacterial ointment, like Neosporin, to prevent infection . Depending on the location, you can cover it loosely with a bandage to help keep it clean. If your little one has a bigger gash that's bleeding heavily, apply firm, steady pressure with a clean cloth or bandage. If blood soaks through the bandage, don't remove it. Cover it with another one, instead. Get him to a doctor if the cut doesn't stop bleeding after five minutes, is ragged, deep, or longer than an inch, is imbedded with gravel or dirt, or is caused by a puncture of rusty object or an animal or human bite. Stitches can only be done in the first six to eight hours after a cut, and are generally not done in doctor's offices . If you're not sure whether a cut may need stitches, go immediately to the emergency room. Be prepared for any emergency by
Baby Care Basics: Baby Accidents
As much as we all try to prepare our homes for Baby, accidents still happen. Here are three common accidents and what to do if they happen.
baby accidents is a head bump from a fall. If your baby loses consciousness , call an ambulance. Otherwise, wrap an ice pack in a cloth and hold it on the bump, and watch her like a hawk for the next 24 hours. Call your
Baby Care Basics: Baby Sunburn Treatment
Babies are especially susceptible to sunburns. If you suspect your bundle of joy has had a bit too much sun exposure follow these three steps to help her get better.
think and delicate. That's why it's so important for all babies to avoid exposure , regardless of their skin tone-- especially between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. You can apply sunscreen to babies over six months, but