When you are in your ninth month of pregnancy, your water could break at any time. It's probably best that this doesn't happen when you are giving a speech in front of a large crowd of people or when you are a guest at a formal dinner party. The good news is that only about 10 percent of women experience signs of water breaking in pregnancy before they are checked in at …[Read More...]
When Should You Give a Pacifier to a Baby? Most experts agree that pacifiers can be helpful during the first six months of life as it satisfies your baby's natural instinct to suck. However, there are no definite guidelines about when to give a pacifier or take one away. Sometimes, it is best to just use your mothering instinct to decide if a pacifier is right for your …[Read More...]
Parents do so much to help their kids pursue their dreams. These moms demonstrate the lengths they go to support them and the joy they experience with even the smallest successes. This video is sponsored by Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign® clear aligners. Over 1 million teen patients have been treated with Invisalign aligners, and with Invisalign treatment …[Read More...]
A baby develops the ability to hear in the womb at about 18 weeks into the pregnancy, according to MayoClinic.com. The uterus, though snug and warm, is not soundproof. In fact, your baby can hear -- and respond to -- a wide range of sounds, from those your body makes to sounds outside your womb.
Your baby's ears and earlobes start to form when you are about …[Read More...]
As a child, all I wanted to do was fit in. Having parents that divorced when I was in fourth grade did not help that ambition. My dream of belonging was further crushed when my dad remarried his secretary. Now, not only did I not fit in with my friends who all seemed to have perfect, “traditional” families, I was now part of a lame cliché. I was not a happy camper.
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Finding foods that appeal to a toddler is difficult enough when he is healthy, but what to feed a toddler with the flu can be even more challenging. While children commonly catch contagious diseases such as colds and flu, it is important to contact your pediatrician when children under the age of 2 develop flu-like symptoms.
Influenza is a type of viral infection …[Read More...]
The appearance of toddler stools change in consistency due to diet and overall health. Loose stools don't always constitute toddler diarrhea, which is also known as chronic nonspecific diarrhea. Childhood diarrhea is watery and usually causes your toddler to have bowel movements more frequently than normal. Diarrhea is often treated at home, but some cases of toddler …[Read More...]
Each night in the U.S., more than 5 million children wet the bed, according to Medline Plus. Boys are more affected than girls. At the age of 7, 9 percent of boys still wet the bed, compared to 6 percent of girls. Bedwetting is involuntary urination that occurs at least twice per month, so it does not have to be a nightly occurrence for it to be considered bedwetting. …[Read More...]
Bleeding during pregnancy sends off alarm bells, because it can be a warning sign that you're having a miscarriage. While you're right to be high alert, bleeding doesn't necessarily mean anything's wrong with your pregnancy. As many as 20 to 30 percent of pregnant women experience bleeding, according to the American Pregnancy Association, and of those women, only one-half …[Read More...]
While dizziness during pregnancy may be cause for concern, this generally temporary lightheadedness is usually the result of a benign pregnancy-related cause. A lot is going on in your body when you are pregnant, and it can have an impact on your overall circulation. Often, this inhibited circulation leads to dizziness in pregnancy and, as a result, lightheadedness that …[Read More...]
Pregnancy & Signs of Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a condition that affects between three and eight women out of every 100 pregnant women, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The condition occurs when your blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than they should be. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reports the …[Read More...]
During pregnancy, many couples express concerns about whether intercourse is safe. According to the March of Dimes, intercourse during pregnancy is completely safe for most women. Unfortunately, the experience for many mothers-to-be is anything but pleasurable. Finding out the causes of painful intercourse during pregnancy can help resolve your …[Read More...]
Babies, like adults, get the hiccups. In fact, babies hiccup before they are even born. The causes of hiccups in infants and babies vary. While it may be frustrating to watch your baby go through a bout of hiccups -- especially when she is trying to sleep -- most of the causes are not serious. Some, however, can be uncomfortable or even life-threatening for your …[Read More...]
When your child has a medium to high fever--usually 101 degrees F or higher, some pediatricians recommend alternating Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin (ibuprofen) to help reduce the fever. Each medication has different timing for the doses, which can confuse parents who are worried about over medicating their children. Laramie Pediatrics in Laramie, Wyo., points out that …[Read More...]
Strep throat is a common concern among parents with school-aged children. This painful, highly contagious bacterial infection can lead to sore, scratchy throats, swollen glands, fever and other uncomfortable symptoms and side effects.
Children usually contract this illness by having close contact with infected individuals. However, strep can be passed through the touching …[Read More...]