"When you are having a child for the first time, or a second or third child, there are always a lot of questions and new information popping up." --Tonya Alleshouse, RN

When to See a Doctor

December 26, 2012

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A baby can’t tell you her tummy hurts or she feels dizzy, so it can be tough to decide when your baby needs a doctor’s care. In general, the following symptoms warrant a trip to your health care provider. • Diarrhea or a lack of stools. • Yellowish skin. • Temperature higher than 100ºF when […]

Posted in: Uncategorized

Choosing the Best Toys for Your Baby

December 17, 2012

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The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests the best way to encourage your baby’s development is with consistent warm physical contact, regularly talking or singing to the child and stimulating his senses with colorful objects of different shapes, sizes and textures. A few well-chosen toys can help. A brightly colored mobile or other movable object hung […]

Posted in: First Year

Your Baby’s First Year: Celebrate the Milestones

December 10, 2012

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Babies develop at a phenomenal rate. In a matter of months, your baby will progress from kicking to sitting up, then crawling and eventually walking around on his own two feet. And while most babies follow a similar pattern of development, no two children will mature at the same rate. Many babies lag behind in some areas and […]

Posted in: First Year

DATA SHOW 1 IN 278 CHILDREN HAVE CEREBRAL PALSY

September 5, 2012

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Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and keep their balance and posture as a result of an injury to parts of the brain, or as a result of a problem with development. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using […]

Posted in: New Mom, Toddlers

SIDS RISK INCREASES DURING COLD WEATHER

August 22, 2012

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Parents and caregivers need to take steps to reduce the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) during the colder months, when infants are at higher risk.  Extra blankets and warm clothes may lead to dangerous overheating. Steps to reduce the risk of SIDS include: not overheating an infant during nap or sleep time; placing […]

Posted in: Newborn Basics, Toddlers

KEEP LISTERIA OUT OF YOUR KITCHEN

August 15, 2012

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If you eat food contaminated with bacteria called Listeria, you could get so sick that you have to be hospitalized. For certain vulnerable people, the illness could be fatal. Unlike most bacteria, Listeria germs can grow and spread in the refrigerator. So, if you unknowingly refrigerate Listeria-contaminated food, the germs could contaminate your refrigerator and spread to other foods and […]

Posted in: Nutrition

SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT MORNING SICKNESS?

August 8, 2012

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Morning sickness is extremely common.  It affects 50 to 90 percent of all pregnant women in the United States each year.  Morning sickness does not hurt the baby unless it persistently causes you to lose weight.  If symptoms of morning sickness persist and you are unable to eat or drink for an extended period of time, seek […]

Posted in: Aches and Pains
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