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  • Colic Remedies

    Colic is prolonged crying in an infant, without an apparent cause. By definition the cause is unknown, but often, gastrointestinal discomfort is suspected. It is important to put crying in perspective. Infants cry. That is part of what they do,...

     
  • What is Colostrum

    Colostrum is the fluid released from the breast toward the end of pregnancy and during the first days postpartum. Colostrum first appears clear, then becomes yellowish in color. It contains white blood cells, water, protein, fat, and carbohydrate. Some of...

     
  • Child Development Stages

    Child Development Stages

    This section is devoted to nutrition, immunizations, development, and safety for different age groups from birth through adolescence. Please remember that there is a range of normal development, and that every child will not walk or talk at the exact...

     
  • What Causes Jaundice

    Jaundice or icterus describes yellow skin and yellowness of the white part of the eye (the sclerae). The yellow color appears when the level of blood pigment, bilirubin, is increased. Bilirubin is the name of a chemical breakdown product of...

     
  • Teething Symptoms

    Teething is the term which describes symptoms associated with the emergence of new teeth through the gum line. It is typical in infants when the primary teeth are erupting and also in children around the age of 6 years when...

     
  • Thumb sucking

    Thumb sucking in infants is a very common occurrence. Once they have discovered their fingers and how much fun it is to suck on them, the fingers, and even the whole fist sometimes, find their way into your infant’s mouth....

     
  • Vitamins

    Medically speaking, minerals are simple small chemicals used by the body for various functions (e.g. iron, calcium, fluoride, iodine, selenium, copper). Vitamins differ from minerals in that they are larger, much more complex, and must be manufactured by living organisms such as plants, algae...

     
  • Zinc deficiency

    Zinc is a mineral which is necessary to the human body. Natural dietary sources include meats, shellfish, eggs, legumes, cheese, yogurt and whole grains. Commercial infant formulas have zinc added to prevent a deficiency state in that age group. Zinc...

     
  • Patent ductus arteriosus

    The ductus arteriosis is a short blood vessel or “duct” which connects the two major blood vessels which leave the heart. It is important in the fetus to allow oxygenated blood from the placenta to flow to the infants body....

     
  • Pyloric stenosis

    Pyloric stenosis is a thickening of the muscular valve, the pylorus, which separates the stomach from the remainder of the bowels. It is almost never present at birth, but will cause symptoms between 3 weeks and 5 months of age....