Your Baby’s Hearing

Hearing is very important for language, literacy and brain development. Some babies are born with hearing problems. Hearing loss is the most common congenital condition (meaning it is present at birth). It’s more common than all other conditions for which babies are...

Fever and Temperature Taking

Babies younger than 6 months old should see a doctor when they have a fever. Do not use a mercury thermometer. If it breaks, you might be exposed to this toxic substance. Medication is not always needed to reduce a child’s temperature. When your child is sick with an...

Febrile seizures

Febrile seizures are convulsions caused by fever. They happen in 2 to 5% of children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years The older your child is when he has his first febrile seizure, the less likely he will be to have more. If a family member (sibling, parent,...

Healthy Bowel Habits for Children

The most common problems with bowel movements are constipation and diarrhea. Do not rush toilet learning. Children can worry and hold back bowel movements if they feel pressured. Try to get your child used to a regular daily toilet routine. There are many causes of...

Healthy Sleep for Your Baby & Child

Sleep is very important to your child’s health and well-being. In fact, good sleep habits start from birth.Children who do not get enough sleep may have trouble getting through the day. At night, they may find it hard to settle. Every child is different. Some sleep a...

Jaundice in Newborns

Jaundice is very common in newborn babies. It makes a baby’s skin and the whites of the eyes turn a yellow color. Most jaundice is not severe and complications can usually be prevented. Jaundice is a condition where a newborn baby’s skin turns yellow because a high...

Using over-the-counter Drugs to treat Cold Symptoms

Do not give cough and cold medications to babies and children under 6 years old without first talking to your doctor. The best treatment for a cold is still plenty of rest and liquids. Never use more than one product at the same time unless advised by your doctor....

Pacifiers (Soothers)

Babies are born wanting to suck. Some even suck their thumb or fingers before they are born. This is a natural behavior that allows them to feed and grow. It’s also comforting and helps babies settle. If your baby seems to want to suck in between feedings, a pacifier...

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