General Care

Teething

Teething

Teething is the normal process of new teeth working their way through the gums. Your baby's first tooth may appear any time between the ages of 3 months and 1 year. Most children have completely painless teething. The only symptoms are increased saliva, drooling, and a desire to chew on things.(Continue Reading...)

Spitting Up (Reflux)

Spitting Up (Reflux)

Reflux or regurgitation is the spitting up of one or two mouthfuls of stomach contents. It is usually seen during or shortly after feedings. In contrast to vomiting, the milk comes up without any effort or discomfort. Reflux usually begins in the first weeks of life.(Continue Reading...)

Normal Newborn Skin Care

Normal Newborn Skin Care

You can bathe your baby daily if you would like, especially in warm weather. Keep the water level below the navel or give sponge baths until a few days after the cord has fallen off. Submerging the cord could cause infection or interfere with its drying out and falling off.(Continue Reading...)

Newborn Rashes And Birthmarks

Newborn Rashes And Birthmarks

After the first bath, your newborn will normally have a ruddy complexion from the extra high count of red blood cells. He can quickly change to a pale- or mottled-blue color if he becomes cold, so keep him warm. During the second week of life, the skin normally becomes dry and flaky. This guideline (Continue Reading...)

Newborn Appearance And Behavior

Newborn Appearance And Behavior

Even after your child's physician assures you that your baby is normal, you may find that she looks a bit odd. Your baby does not have the perfect body you have seen in baby books. Be patient. Most newborns have some peculiar characteristics. Fortunately they are temporary.(Continue Reading...)

Diaper Rash

Diaper Rash

Almost every child gets diaper rashes. Most are due to prolonged contact with moisture, bacteria, and ammonia. The skin irritants are made by the action of bacteria from bowel movements on certain chemicals in the urine. Bouts of diarrhea cause rashes in most children.(Continue Reading...)

Crying Baby (Colic)

Crying Baby (Colic)

Normally infants do some crying during the first months of life. When babies cry without being hungry, overheated, or in pain, we call it "colic." About 10% of babies have colic. Although no one is certain what causes colic, these babies seem to want to be cuddled or to go to sleep.(Continue Reading...)

Cradle Cap

Cradle Cap

The cause of cradle cap is unknown. It may be caused by maternal hormones that crossed the placenta before birth and stimulated the oil glands. It is not caused by poor hygiene. Cradle cap is not contagious and does not recur.(Continue Reading...)