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After your baby is about 3 weeks old and you know she is gaining weight well, her poop frequency may start to change. This is often alarming for parents because their infant goes from having a bowel movement every time he eats to skipping a day or two between them.
Most babies this age are fussy intermittently anyway and parents associate this change in bowel habits to the fussiness so they e-mail or call me for advice.
I've got some good
Posted by: drmolly in starting solid food, picky eater, peanut, overweight, obesity, infant, formula, food, feeding, diet, dairy, allergies on
Jan 17, 2010
I remember when I first offered solid food to each of my three kids. It was exciting! It signaled in many ways that they were growing up. For me, an exclusive breastfeeding mom, it meant my babies had more options than just me for food. My kids are now 13, 11, and 9 and although the need to feed kids hasn't changed of course, some of the guidelines for infant feeding have evolved.
Most babies, whether breast fed or formula fed, are ready to add
Posted by: drmolly in jaundice, infant on
Jan 17, 2010
More than half of all full-term babies will have some degree of jaundice. Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin due to excess amounts of bilirubin in the blood and is usually seen first on the second or third day of life and is at its worst on the fifth day before slowly improving.
For most infants, jaundice is nothing to worry about but for some it can lead to serious problems if not recognized and treated.
Jaundice occurs because the amount
Posted by: drmolly in technology, prevention, infant, formula, feeding, diet, complementary or alternative treatment, birth control, attention, allergies on
Jan 17, 2010
I recently got back from a five-day meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which hosted its annual National Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C. Boy, did I learn a lot! I will have fodder for blogs galore!
I love this meeting. More than 7,000 pediatricians from all over the world attend and there are hundreds of lectures, workshops, plenary talks and meet the expert sessions on topics ranging from genetics to orthopedics to
Posted by: drmolly in skin, infant, eczema, cradle cap on
Jan 17, 2010
Cradle cap is the scaly, crusty flakes and plaques that many infants have on their scalps. Cradle cap is common in the first year of life and is initiated by the withdrawal from the hormones of pregnancy.
What happens is that the hair follicles on the scalp make a greasy substance (think unwashed teenager) that can collect and then dry to a crusty scale on the scalps of infants. For some, the amount secreted is large enough to cause recurring
Did you know that by the age of 3 children show huge differences in how many words they speak an hour depending on how much verbal interaction they have had with their parents and caregivers? Amazingly enough, long before preschool or Head Start Programs are even a possibility, children have such huge differences that the 20 percent of children who are uttering the fewest words per hour can't make up the difference even with intense
Tongues are funny things. Sometimes they will look like they have patches of the top layer of skin removed (geographic tongue); other times they will look like a ripe strawberry with a very red, somewhat swollen background and the papillae of the tongue looking like the seeds (as seen in strep infection), and one of the most common appearances in infancy is a tongue with a white fur-like coating.
Not all white tongues are problematic.
Recently, I had a baby in the office who had been running a fever for almost three days. He didn't have any other symptoms: no runny nose, diarrhea, rash or big change in his sleeping patterns. He was teething and his parents had originally chalked up the fever to that (even though teething causing fever is a myth), but as the days passed they thought they had better be on the safe side and brought him in. As predicted by his history, he had
Posted by: drmolly in spitting up, reflux, infant, feeding on
Sep 15, 2009
Almost all babies spit up at some point in their first few months of life and therefore, almost all babies have reflux. Reflux is merely the backwash of stuff from the stomach into the esophagus and spitting up is the end result. More often than actually spitting up, infants will have stomach contents slosh into the esophagus and then settle back into the stomach again without the parent ever seeing it.
Reflux is common and normal until
Did you know babies make tears from the very start of life? They don't make a ton of eyeball lubricating tears initially, but within even a few days, they are making plenty to keep the eye from getting excessively dry. For many newborns, this becomes abundantly clear as the tears begin to spill over the edge of the eye because the drainage system is clogged up.
This blockage or narrowing of the drainage system of the eye is commonly known as a
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