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Saturday, October 9, 2010

How to Prevent Diaper Rash

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The first time you discover a scattering of tiny red bumps on your baby’s sweet bottom, you’re bound to be a little freaked. But diaper rash is pretty much part of the baby package — more than half of the diaper-clad contingent between four and 15 months develop a rash at least once every couple of months — and some seem to sport one just about all the time. Why is a baby’s tender tush so prone to diaper rash? Most rashes are triggered by enzymes in your baby’s poop, which irritate her sensitive skin. Diaper friction and wetness (when is your baby not wet?) make those chubby cheeks more vulnerable, stepping up irritation. Yeast is another common culprit (yeast loves warm, moist environments), particularly in persistent rashes. FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK LINK BELOW...

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Pros and Cons of Amniocentesis

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No one likes the idea of being jabbed with a gigantic needle — but when it comes to amniocentesis, you're getting skewered for good cause. In the test, which is usually done between weeks 16 and 18 of pregnancy, a long, thin, hollow (and, yes, scary!) needle is inserted through your abdomen, through the wall of the uterus, and into the fluid-filled amniotic sac. (Ultrasound is done at the same time, so your baby doesn't get poked by the needle — although you will feel the prick and might experience some mild pain and cramping afterward.) About one to two tablespoons of the fluid are drawn out (don't worry, your body will make more) and sent to the lab for analysis. The fluid contains cells that your baby has sloughed off, plus chemicals and microorganisms. By analyzing the brew, your practitioner can assess the health of your fetus and look for certain medical conditions (such as Down syndrome) caused by abnormalities in the chromosomes. FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK LINK BELOW...

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Worry About Worry

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You're not crazy. You're just pregnant (which can actually make you feel just a little crazy, but that's another story). And what you're experiencing is a normal — and just about inevitable — side effect of pregnancy, one you share with the vast majority of your pregnant comrades. Worry is one of the most common complaints of pregnancy, affecting more expectant women than morning sickness and food cravings combined. (It's true!) So first, you shouldn't worry about being a pregnant worrywart. Worry comes with the pregnant territory (and that goes for your partner too. Many dads-to-be worry a lot, and that's perfectly normal. Second, try to focus on the positives of pregnancy (You're going to have a baby! You're going to be a mom! This is exciting stuff!). Third, try to put your worry in perspective. Keep on reminding yourself (make it your mantra if it helps) that there has never been a safer time to have a baby. With today's medical care and advanced technology — from specialized tests to ultrasounds — pregnant women are in excellent hands. FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK LINK BELOW...

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Introducing the Bottle

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Some babies have no difficulty switching from breastfeeding to bottle feeding and back again, but some do. Here's how to make the switch easier. Breastfeeding, with its combination of the perfect food (your milk) and perfect comfort (close to you), is ideal for your baby, but it might not always be ideal for you: If you're planning an afternoon away, an evening out, or going back to work, you may find it necessary to replace a breastfeeding session (or two or three…) with a supplementary bottle of expressed breast milk or formula. FOR MORE INFORMATION CLIK LINK BELOW...

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Caring for the umbilical cord

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Before baby has a belly button, the stump of the umbilical cord needs to fall off, which it will typically do on its own between 10 and 14 days after her birth. To ward off potential infection, keep the stump clean and dry:[tip:] Do not bathe baby until the stump falls off, although using a sponge to clean other areas of her body is fine.[tip... See More:] To keep diapers off the cord area, fold them over so that they do not cover the stump, and keep your little one in loose-fitting clothing, both of which will give the area air.[tip:] Some doctors still recommend using a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to aid in the drying out of the stump; however, this is not a necessity, as studies on newborns that didn’t have their stumps cleaned showed they still lost them naturally and without infection.

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