Your Baby

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

SIDS is the unexplained sudden death of an infant (under one year of age). Although there are several theories, no one is certain why SIDS occurs. In the U.S., there are one or two SIDS cases for every 1,000 live births. The incidence of SIDS decreased significantly (almost 30%) after it was discovered that most… »

Diaper rash

Diaper rash is the result of the breakdown of the outer layer of skin. The moisture and compounds in urine and feces penetrate and soften the skin causing it to lose its protective toughness. This makes it much easier for bacteria and fungus to penetrate the skin and find an environment which promotes their growth…. »

Diapers

Any way you look at it, diapers stink. You can buy cotton diapers, make your own, rent them, or buy disposables, but you still have to change them. And frequent changing of diapers is the key to a healthy baby’s bottom. Never changed a diaper before? You’ll be a pro after the first five…….and don’t… »

Colic

This is probably a good place to discuss colic. Simply stated “infantile colic” is a state of irritability in babies, exhibited by unconsolable crying and sleeplessness. The colicky baby continues to cry even after the diaper is changed, food has been offered, love has been tendered, and the rocking chair is out of gas. At… »

If You Don’t Breastfeed

Babies who are not breastfed should eat only infant formulas (fortified with iron), with the introduction of age-appropriate solid foods beginning at 4-6 months of age. Cow’s milk as purchased in the liquid form from the dairy case at the grocery (whole, 2%,1%, or skim) or any unpastuerized milk is NOT suitable for infants under… »

Pumps and Supplemental Systems

The breast pump can be an invaluable tool to all breastfeeding mothers. Unless you have the luxury of spending every moment with your baby or you intend to supplement with a formula, you will need a good pump. Prices start at about $40 and a top-of-the-line pump can cost hundreds. Even an expensive pump (complete… »

Getting Started with Breastfeeding

Instead of attempting to present a complete treatise on the art and science of breastfeeding, this discussion is intentionally lacking in scope. If you chose to breastfeed, it is too important to entrust your preparation to a website or even a single book on the topic………..if you have even small problems, you need a local… »

Breastmilk

Unlike circumcision, the experts all agree……”Human milk is uniquely superior for infant feeding…” This is the essence of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation on the feeding of our youngest human beings. It’s a “no-brainer” from the nutritional point-of-view. How could any other food be better for any mammal than the milk which comes from… »

Your Baby’s Health Care System

Your newborn and infant need special health care services. By their very nature, newborns and infants are highly dependent life forms. They need the services of health care providers who have been trained to care for their special needs. Although they are pretty tough little critters, compared to young children and adults, a newborn’s first… »

Care of the Uncircumcised Penis

Give the new parents one more thing to worry about…. How do you care for your son’s hygiene if you’ve made the decision not to circumcise? The uninitiated (pun intended) have queasy thoughts about yanking back the foreskin and mining smegma with q-tips at every diaper change…..and years ago that was more or less the… »