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New parents obsess over the contents of their babies’ diapers, but most of it is normal. In newborns, it can range from one thick, pale-yellow bowel movement per day to more liquid but grainy bright yellow squirts after each feeding, says Andy Clark, M.D., a pediatrics expert on JustAnswer.com. Here’s the first month’s poop scoop:
Your baby screams and clings to you, wild-eyed, as if your leaving means instant peril. And in his mind, it does. “A baby doesn’t have the conceptual ability to trust that we’ll always return, so he protects our disappearance as if it’s a life-threatening event,” explains child psychologist Laura Markham, Ph.D. “His DNA programs him as if he’s living in the Stone Age; he doesn’t know he’s perfectly safe at day care. To him, when you walk out the door, he could be eaten by tigers.”
Mother’s day is this weekend and for many of you, it’s your first. Sweet. You’re in for oodles of homemade cards and crafts, sticky breakfasts in bed, brunches, pedicures and presents, presents, presents. That is, if your husband/partner does his job right.
Sure. Stay out of restaurants for the next year or so! Let’s face it: When you’ve got a toddler in tow, you’re going to find very few restaurants that are able to serve quickly enough to suit your family. Even though you might be craving a meal out, taking a young child with you will very likely not make for a relaxing or enjoyable time. A toddler’s reason for living is to find fun.
Those sounds are probably caused by sliding tendons, which happen when soft tissue (tendons) interacts with hard tissue (bones). It’s very common for a baby or toddler to make clicking and popping noises—similar to the sound of cracking one’s knuckles—in the spine and around the shoulders, knees and ankles.
Carotenemia. Eating lots of carrots—as well as many other carotene-rich yellow and green vegetables—can lead to this completely benign skin discoloration. In fact, having a baby with skin this color means you’re doing a good job: He’s eating a healthy diet! Many parents confuse this discoloration with jaundice, which is fairly common among newborns but can be a sign of liver malfunction, red blood cell breakdown or other illnesses at different ages. Luckily, jaundice is not very common after the newborn period.
When you become a parent, the simple act of breathing takes on a whole new meaning. Watching your baby’s tiny chest rhythmically rise and fall and listening for a comforting exhalation on the baby monitor are two habits you’re likely to pick up before you’ve even realized it. But what about the quality of the air he’s breathing?
Observation is important when it comes to the flu. “Flu symptoms are generally more severe than those of the common cold and the flu typically causes a fever of 100.4° F or higher,” says Pediatrics Now editor in chief Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe, M.D. But symptoms aside, the flu always makes children look and feel sick.
At a backyard barbeque a month before I delivered my twin boys, the dads tossed around a Frisbee while the moms sat around a table predicting that my marriage was about to implode. “You guys will fight over the stupidest stuff,” one woman insisted. “You just wait!” I wasn’t buying it. After all, my husband, Paul, rubbed my swollen feet every night during my third trimester. He told me I “glowed,” and he folded the laundry.
She could. Clogged tear ducts, or nasolacrimal duct obstructions, are very common during the first year of life—so common, in fact, that I see dozens of babies with perpetually runny eyes. These obstructions are almost always perfectly harmless and nothing to worry about, even though the resultant tears may give you pause.
Babies sleep when they’re tired and are hard to put down when they’re not. They also love to be involved in everything going on around them. This, needless to say, can make for some difficult napping—and a very cranky baby.
When your infant contracts a respiratory illness, her baby-sized airways fill with mucus much more easily than an older child’s or an adult’s. This can lead to wheezing, also known as “noisy breathing.” “Wheezing is primarily heard on exhaling and it has a musical quality,” says Don Hayes Jr., M.D., a pediatric pulmonologist at Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington. But keep in mind that wheezing is a symptom, not a diagnosis in itself. Here, a look at the causes of wheezing:
That first baby is a big shock to the old lifestyle but it’s also kind of luxurious. There’s time for baby-rocking and eye-gazing. Life is filled with magic and surrounded by a rosy glow. But with two kids, that magic can turn into chaos pretty darn quickly. If you’re going to survive, you’d better whip yourself into shape. We’re talking about organization, sleep scheduling, and the lessons kids learn when they’re no longer an only child.