Category Archives: Newborn Babies

Epstein Pearls in a Baby’s Mouth

If you’ve come across small, white bumps in your baby’s mouth, you may be wondering what they are. Although there can be many causes of mysterious bumps when it comes to babies, they may be Epstein Pearls.  Fortunately, Epstein Pearls are nothing to worry about, but here’s what you should know about those little white bumps in your little one’s mouth. What Are Epstein Pearls?  Epstein Pearls are very small cysts that can appear in a baby’s […]

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Is LATCH or Seatbelt Safer for Car Seat Installation?

Car seats can be installed using two different methods – the vehicle seat belt or LATCH, which stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. Many parents wonder which option is the safest for their baby or toddler. Both LATCH and the seat belt are equally safe in general, but whether one is safer than the other depends entirely on your child, your vehicle, and you. One installation method should be carefully chosen for your baby’s seat, […]

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Tests Babies Get in the Hospital After Birth

For the parents of newborns, the number of tests that a perfectly healthy baby undergoes in her first few days of life can seem endless. These tests are important to ensure your new bundle of joy is developing as expected, and that there are no medical conditions that could require treatment.  Here are the tests new parents should expect in the first 24 hours of a baby’s life. Newborn Screening Test The newborn screening test, called the Recommended […]

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Safe, Gentle Ways to Hold a Baby

Holding a baby is such a delightful “job.” Many people say that they could hold a baby for hours. While this is true, there are many different ways to do it. There are also times when you need to be doing other things at the same time. You need options for different situations. Learn different safe ways to hold a baby that you can also show others to ensure your baby is always cradled correctly. 1 The […]

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Drop-side Cribs Can No Longer Be Made or Sold

Drop-side baby cribs were designed so that one of the sides slides down so that the caretaker could easily access the baby. Although the sliding side was intended to help with reaching and picking up the baby, this popular crib design turned from convenient to safety issue for parents. Crib recalls called for stronger crib safety regulations that ultimately banned the manufacture of drop-side cribs. They also cannot be sold or donated. No Longer Manufactured or Sold Now that it’s […]

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Normal Newborn Breathing Patterns

If you’ve noticed your newborn breathing a bit irregularly, you may wonder if everything is normal with your child. Newborns have distinct breathing patterns, so what may seem unusual or alarming to you could actually be perfectly normal for your newborn. The Noisy Breathing Pattern LM Photo/Digital Vision/Getty Images Don’t be at all surprised if your child seems to be a noisy breather. Infants can only breathe through their noses in the first couple of months of […]

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How Long to Keep Your Baby in a Rear-Facing Car Seat

Many parents ask how long their baby should stay in a rear-facing car seat. Actually, there’s not an exact timeline! The rule of thumb now is that babies should be in rear-facing car seats for as long as possible, to the limits of the car seat. Riding rear-facing until at least age 2, and then beyond if possible, has big safety advantages that parents should strongly consider. In fact, the most recent study on this subject shows […]

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Is Your Antique Crib Safe?

Many new parents treasure the idea of using an antique crib for their newborn that has been passed down a generation or more. Others search for a beautiful antique crib or a super thrift store find. Old cribs can be dangerous for babies, though, if they don’t meet modern crib safety standards.​ The Consumer Product Safety Commission, an agency of the U.S. government, is charged with protecting the public from dangers associated with more than 15,000 types […]

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What Is Microcephaly?

Microcephaly is a congenital condition, which means it is present at birth, in which a baby’s head is significantly smaller than expected for an infant of the same age and gender. Illustration by JR Bee, Tips For Healthy Living​ During a typical pregnancy, the head of the fetus grows as the brain grows. In microcephaly, often times the brain has not grown and developed properly, so the head has not grown accordingly, either. Microcephaly is fairly rare, with […]

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An Overview of Clinodactyly

Clinodactyly is the clinical term for an abnormally bent or curved finger, usually caused by abnormal development of the small bones of that finger. It could also stem from the growth plate of the hand having an atypical shape, or the bones might be growing in an atypical direction. Diagnosis involves imaging tests and treatment, in severe cases, may call for surgery. Illustration by Cindy Chung, Tips For Healthy Living Prevalence It’s hard to say just how […]

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What to Know About Amber Teething Necklaces

If you’ve spent any time around babies or toddlers recently, you may have seen a handful of them (if not more) wearing amber necklaces. These necklaces aren’t just for accessorizing—many people believe that Baltic amber necklaces can help with teething pain. They’re not meant to be chewed or used as toys, just simply worn. Of course, a child wearing anything around the neck naturally sets off some alarm bells, and you might be wondering about the safety […]

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Are Eating Placenta Pills Harmful to Your Baby?

The practice of a mother eating her placenta is nothing new; many mammals eat their own placenta after giving birth, usually as a way to ward off any potential predators who may endanger her offspring. The practice of human mothers eating their own placentas (known as placentophagy), however, is a relatively newer practice that is thought to have originated perhaps in the 1970s, as part of the movement to incorporate more natural birthing methods. Some women choose […]

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