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Agent Orange


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.

Standing & Cruising

When your baby starts pulling up to a standing position and side-stepping while holding onto furniture—also known as cruising —she’s learning how to explore the world on her own two feet. It’s an exciting stage in which children discover that they can be upright and move to an object rather than waiting for someone to bring it to them, says Jennifer Shu, M.D., a pediatrician at Children’s Medical Group in Atlanta and author of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Baby & Child Health (2006).

ER How-To


Your newborn spikes a fever. Or, your 1-year-old wheezes heavily after tasting peanut butter. Suddenly, after a call to the pediatrician, you’re heading to the emergency room. It can be frightening, but there are ways to prepare, such as researching which local hospitals have urgent-care pediatricians on staff. Here’s what else to know before you go:

Getting There

Does Your Baby Have Influenza?

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.

Things Change

I knew it. Just when I was starting to get the hang of things…things changed.   Helloooooo Daylight Savings Time. Seriously?! Just when things were starting to run like clockwork. Whoever came up with the idea of turning our clocks ahead an hour was obviously (on crack and) not taking care of small children at the time. Because now, when I try to put the kids to bed, they can’t fall asleep because it’s still light outside.

No rest for the weary


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 Baby is Wheezing

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:

Our New Normal

Maybe I’m just in a good mood today. Or, maybe I’m just kidding myself. And, maybe I’m going to completely jinx myself by uttering these words, but: I feel like things are finally starting to gel. I feel like we’re getting out of the weeds. It’s like we’ve all suddenly settled into a new routine—our family-of-five routine—that while certainly isn’t back to "normal," is starting to feel like some kind of new normal.

Just The Two Of Us


When it comes to mother-child 
bonding, embrace what comes 

Simple activities, such as a 
post-bath foot rub or playing where’s-your-bellybutton, not only establish 
a lifelong foundation of love and 
trust, they also help your child’s brain 
develop. Here are five activities for you and your baby to do together:

A Ceremonial First Meal

Our experiment with solid food was a total bust. We brought the high chair down from the attic, got out the video camera, mixed up some warm rice cereal, and sat Jack in the chair as our entire family stood by expectantly, excited to witness his ceremonial first meal. Will manned the video camera while Julia stood by with a spoon and Charlie ran around in excited circles.