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A Chubby Baby Is Not a Sign of Obesity
With childhood obesity on the rise, should parents worry about the weight of their babies?
Circumcision
Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin that covers the tip of the penis.
Colic
Colic is when a healthy baby cries for a very long time, for no obvious reason. It is a common problem that affects some babies during the first 3 to 4 months of life.
Constipation in Children
Constipation is when a child has very hard stools, and has fewer bowel movements than he or she normally does. It is a very common GI (gastrointestinal) problem.
Cradle Cap
Cradle cap (infant seborrheic dermatitis) is scaly patches on a baby's scalp. Cradle cap isn’t serious, but it can cause thick crusting and white or yellow scales. Some babies can also have seborrheic dermatitis in the diaper area, and on the face, neck, and trunk. Cradle cap usually clears up within the first year.
Diapers/Diaper Rash
You have two choices in diapers—cloth or disposable, and each type has advantages. You must decide which works best for your child and family.
Diarrhea in Children
Diarrhea is when stools (bowel movements) are loose and watery. Your child may also need to go to the bathroom more often.
Fever in A Newborn
Detailed information on fevers in children
Gastrointestinal Problems
If your baby seems fussy and you’ve fed and changed him, he may have an upset stomach or colic. But don’t worry, there are lots of things you can do to make your little one more comfortable and keep both of you calm.
GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) in Children
GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a long-term (chronic) digestive disorder. It happens when stomach contents flow back up (reflux) into the food pipe (esophagus).
Graves’ Disease (Hyperthyroidism) in Children
The most common cause of hyperthyroidism in the U.S. is an autoimmune disorder called Graves’ disease. Children can develop Graves’ disease, although it's less common in kids than adults.
Hypothyroidism in Children
Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland doesn't make enough thyroid hormone. The condition is more common in adults. But it’s the most common thyroid disorder in children. Not enough thyroid hormone leads to signs such as slow growth, lack of activity, and poor performance in school.
Inguinal Hernia
An inguinal hernia is a bulge that occurs in your groin region, the area between the lower part of your abdomen and your thigh. Inguinal hernias occur because of a weakening of the muscles in the lower abdomen
Many Youngsters Suck Their Thumbs
Young children often suck on their thumbs. It's perfectly normal, even though some parents fret about it.
Measuring a Baby's Temperature
Most physicians recommend taking a baby's temperature rectally, by placing a thermometer in the baby's anus. This method is accurate and gives a quick reading of the baby's internal temperature.
Newborn Crying
Crying is the way babies communicate. They cry because of hunger, discomfort, frustration, fatigue, and even loneliness.
Rumination Syndrome
Rumination syndrome is a rare behavioral problem. It affects children and some adults. Rumination syndrome causes an automatic regurgitation of recently eaten food. If your child has this problem, he or she will usually eat meals normally. But, after about an hour or two, undigested food comes back up into his or her mouth from the esophagus. Your child will either re-chew and re-swallow the food, or spit it out. Usually, this happens at every meal, day after day. Rumination is a reflex, not a conscious action.
Scrotal Swelling in Children
Scrotal swelling is a common problem seen in young boys and baby boys. It can have many causes. These are usually divided into painless and painful scrotal swelling.
Separation Anxiety
Separation anxiety usually begins around 6 months of age. Babies may suddenly be afraid of familiar people such as babysitters or grandparents.
Temper Tantrums
These fits of rage—the stomping, screaming, and falling on the floor—are a normal part of childhood development. Temper tantrums often occur only with a parent. They are a way for the child to communicate his or her feelings.
Tips to Lower Toddlers’ Choking Risks
Before your child’s fourth birthday, create a safe environment by avoiding certain foods and keeping small objects out of reach.
Toilet-Training
Toilet-training should begin when the child shows signs that he or she is ready. There is no right age to begin.
 
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