Skin
Skin

Newborn and infant skin is very sensitive, and rashes are common. Normal rashes include: Heat rash—a fine red rash mostly seen on the upper chest and diaper area. Avoid over wrapping your baby and use fragrance-free lotion if the skin is dry. Erythema Toxicum—red blotches with tiny white bumps in the center. It appears a … Continue reading “Skin”

Preventing SIDS – Sleep Positioning
Preventing SIDS – Sleep Positioning

Always put your baby to sleep on his back and on a firm sleep surface. Keep soft objects, loose bedding, or any other objects that could increase the risk of entrapment, suffocation, or strangulation out of the crib. Place your baby to sleep in the same room with you but not the same bed. Your … Continue reading “Preventing SIDS – Sleep Positioning”

Parenting
Parenting

Having a new baby can be an exciting time, but it can also bring new stressful demands. Parents quickly find that infants have their own personalities and start exploring the world around them at a very young age. It is important to make your home and your baby’s environment safe and nurturing from the beginning. … Continue reading “Parenting”

Pacifiers
Pacifiers

A pacifier may help to satisfy the need of sucking infants beyond their need to eat. The use of a pacifier at nap time and bedtime may lower the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Never put a pacifier on a cord around an infant’s neck, wrist or crib as this may cause accidental … Continue reading “Pacifiers”

Misshapen Heads
Misshapen Heads

Infants who are placed frequently in the same sleeping position during the first six months of life develop flattening of the side which lies against the sleeping surface. Infants need to be given frequent opportunities to be placed on their stomachs while awake. Encourage infants to move their heads in all directions to stimulate appropriate … Continue reading “Misshapen Heads”

Genital Region
Genital Region

Boys For baby boys who are not circumcised, care of the genital region involves routine bathing. Do not push the foreskin back to clean the penis. Circumcision is an elective procedure that has some benefits and few risks. If you choose to circumcise your baby, your doctor will discuss the procedure with you as well … Continue reading “Genital Region”

Formula
Formula

All formulas provide the same basic complete nutrition, but small differences do exist among formulas that make each one unique. Your baby may tolerate any formula, or she may do better with one particular formula. Be sure to follow the formula’s mixing instructions exactly. Talk to your doctor if your baby is struggling with her … Continue reading “Formula”

Fingernail & Toe Care
Fingernail & Toe Care

The only care your child’s nails require is trimming. You can use a soft emery board. You can also tear the excess nail by gently grabbing the corner of the white tip of the nail and pull towards you across the nail. We do not recommend using scissors or nail clippers in the first few … Continue reading “Fingernail & Toe Care”

Fever
Fever

Newborn fever is potentially serious for your baby. Fevers can be the first sign of serious infection, or may merely be a symptom of a mild cold. There are several different types of thermometers to measure fevers. The most accurate way to measure your baby’s temperature is with a digital rectal thermometer. If the thermometer … Continue reading “Fever”

Eating Solid Foods
Eating Solid Foods

Breastmilk and formula provide all the nutrients a child requires during the first months of life. The introduction of solid foods must be individualized to a child’s needs. It is recommended that solids be initiated between four and six months of age when readiness cues are seen (such as watching you eat intently or grabbing … Continue reading “Eating Solid Foods”

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