Trying to get pregnant? Make sure you know the bottom line on baby-making—what you don't understand can affect your bub-to-be's health.
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If you’re anything like me, you spent your pregnancy (and pre-pregnancy) poring over blogs and websites. You know that dropside cribs are out and that and that date nights with your husband are in. But here are 10 pieces of advice I bet you haven’t heard before:
If you feel like you're going to the doctor a lot as a mom-to-be, get ready: A new study finds that first-timers make an average of 16 visits to the pediatrician in the first year of a baby's life, according to a report in Britain's Daily Mail. "Panicking" was cited as the main reason for rushing to the pediatrician, with 1 in 3 taking their little one in for a common cold.
Q: My baby had a hearing test before she left the hospital, but now that she’s a few months old, I’m concerned she’s not hearing properly. What should I do?
If you have any doubts about your baby or toddler’s hearing, talk to your doctor and get a thorough evaluation by a specialist as soon as possible. Hearing impairment can have a significant impact on your child’s development, and if there is a problem, you want to catch it early.
Measles, pertussis (whooping cough) and Hib meningitis—all vaccine-preventable diseases—are making a comeback in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the time of writing, 2011 was on track to be another record year for measles, a potentially deadly illness; 10 infants died in California in 2010 from pertussis; and five Minnesota children contracted Hib meningitis in 2008, resulting in one death.
So. It’s been a very busy month here in the Flaim household. Since last summer we’ve been sporadically looking for a rental in Cambridge that would give us parking, laundry, another bedroom (it’s been a real bummer having our families stay in hotels for a week at a time during visits) and, most important, a first-floor entrance. Our condo had 52 stairs from sidewalk to front door—yes, I counted—and it was slowly killing me.
“Colicky” is a label given to babies who cry for more than three hours a day, three days a week for more than three weeks. But most experts believe it is an overused, ambiguous term at best. “‘Colic’ is an old-fashioned term that actually means ‘upset stomach,’ which it usually isn’t,” says pediatrician Harvey N. Karp, M.D., author of the book and DVD The Happiest Baby on the Block (Bantam).
Yes, it is. As your daughter’s intestines mature and she is able to digest your milk more completely, the amount of waste she produces is decreasing—which means she now can go for days without having to poop. This pattern often begins at about 6 weeks of age and can continue while a baby is exclusively breastfed.
Too much fluoride can permanently stain a child’s teeth, so before you supplement, determine how much your baby is getting from all sources (including your local water supply and infant formula), then talk with your pediatrician.
When you have questions about your baby’s health, you likely turn to your pediatrician for answers. But a recent survey of more than 1,000 baby docs found that 92 percent believed in at least one “old wives’ tale.” Here’s the truth about six common health myths.
MYTH: Giving infants rice cereal helps them sleep through the night.
Recently, I turned Leo over and read the fine print on the many warning labels that he came with. You know, the ones that say “do not remove unless you plan to keep this child for good.” One of those labels, which I’d never really read carefully, informed me that it is possible for this child to have painful double ear infections three times in a row, and to act out, fall apart, get in trouble repeatedly, hit other children, and generally behave like a complete terror before mentioning that his ears hurt.
When an infant needs a routine-but-painful medical procedure, such as a vaccination or blood draw, nobody’s happy. “It troubles parents, it stresses health care providers, and the adults transmit their anxiety to the baby,” says Neil Schechter, M.D., director of the Pain Relief Program at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. Happily, some simple techniques can reduce stress and tension for everyone without the need for medications.