Early Signs of Autism Detected in Six-Month-Old Babies

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is the name for a range of developmental disturbances leading to difficulties with social interaction, communication, and repetitive, restricted patterns of behavior. In the United States, there are 10 times as many diagnoses of autism as there were 40 years ago, with one in 88 American children now being diagnosed with ASD. ASD can typically be recognized before a child’s third birthday, and some signs can appear in the child’s first or second year of life. Presently, however, a reliable diagnosis can only be made when a child (more…)

Feeding Your One-Year-Old

If you are the parent of a one-year-old, you just finished watching your baby’s weight triple since her birth! But suddenly, your growing baby may not want to eat quite as much as she’s accustomed to eating. If that happens, it’s no cause for concern; toddlers gain weight more slowly, so they don’t need to eat quite as much. If you suddenly find that your child routinely picks at her food, you (more…)

How to Tell if Your Baby Has an Ear Infection (and What to Do to Prevent Ear Infections)

Other than well-baby visits, ear infections are the most common reason why parents take their infants to the pediatrician. Ear infections account for nearly half of all antibiotic prescriptions for young children. Ear infections are justifiably a source of great concern for parents. But there are things that can be done to prevent them, and to know if a visit to the doctor is truly warranted, or if your baby may be dealing with a lesser, harmless ailment. The ear structure is divided into three sections: outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. Most infections in babies and young children occur in the (more…)

What Your Newborn Will Look Like

New parents who do not have much experience around newborns are often surprised by to find that their babies are not the charming, camera-ready cuties they had been expecting. Of course, newborns are very lovable and most new parents are enamored from the moment they lay eyes on their little sons or daughters, but it takes several days, even weeks in some cases, for a newborn’s appearance to begin to (more…)

3 Reasons to Buy Green Baby Toys

American consumers are increasingly being informed of the dangers of toxic chemicals often found in plastics, including baby bottles, as well as chemicals that contaminate the foods we eat, such as synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. These chemicals are also found in many baby toys. Plastics used to make toys can (more…)

Changes a Newborn Undergoes at Birth

Some important changes start taking place in a baby immediately after he or she comes through the birth canal and into the world. These changes will allow the newborn to survive outside the womb and adapt to their new environment. The beginning of air breathed through the lungs marks a monumental first step.  Inside the womb, the fetus gets fresh oxygen (more…)

The Benefits of Neonatal Circumcision

There is a mountain of decisions to be made before a mother gives birth to her baby — and whether or not to circumcise a baby boy is an important decision that expecting parents need to address before the due date. Circumcision, the surgical removal of the foreskin that covers the head of the penis, was until relatively recently a traditional procedure performed on (more…)