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Age-Specific Concerns : Children's Health : Infants and Toddlers

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    • A Chubby Baby Is Not a Sign of Obesity

      With childhood obesity on the rise, should parents worry about the weight of their babies?

    • Circumcision

      Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin that covers the tip of the penis.

    • Colic

      Though the name sounds like a disease, colic is really just a term for excessive crying in an infant. Unfortunately, nobody knows for sure what causes colic, but there are several theories and possible risk factors for the condition.

    • Constipation in Children

      Common causes of constipation in children: a low-fiber diet, not enough fluids, lack of exercise, and emotional issues.

    • Diapers/Diaper Rash

      You have two choices in diapers—cloth or disposable, and each type has advantages. You must decide which works best for your child and family.

    • Diarrhea in Children

      Diarrhea is defined either as watery stool or increased frequency of stool—or both—when compared with a normal amount. It is a common problem that may last a few days and disappear on its own.

    • Fever in A Newborn

      Detailed information on fevers in children

    • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)/Heartburn in Children

      Detailed information on gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

    • Gastrointestinal Problems

      If your baby seems fussy and you’ve fed and changed him, he may have an upset stomach or colic. But don’t worry, there are lots of things you can do to make your little one more comfortable and keep both of you calm.

    • Graves’ Disease in Children

      The most common cause of hyperthyroidism in the U.S. is an autoimmune disorder called Graves’ disease. Children can develop Graves’ disease, although it's less common in kids than adults.

    • Hypothyroidism in Children

      Congenital hypothyroidism occurs in about one in 3,500 to 4,000 live births and is about two times more common in girls than boys. Newborn screenings can lead to earlier treatment and reduce the risk for developmental delay.

    • Inguinal Hernia

      An inguinal hernia is a bulge that occurs in your groin region, the area between the lower part of your abdomen and your thigh. Inguinal hernias occur because of a weakening of the muscles in the lower abdomen

    • Many Youngsters Suck Their Thumbs

      Young children often suck on their thumbs. It's perfectly normal, even though some parents fret about it.

    • Measuring a Baby's Temperature

      Most physicians recommend taking a baby's temperature rectally, by placing a thermometer in the baby's anus. This method is accurate and gives a quick reading of the baby's internal temperature.

    • Newborn-Crying

      Crying is the way babies communicate. They cry because of hunger, discomfort, frustration, fatigue, and even loneliness.

    • Rumination Syndrome

      Rumination syndrome is a rare disorder in which the child eats meals normally, but after about an hour or two, undigested food comes back up into his or her mouth.

    • Scrotal Swelling in Children

      Scrotal swelling is a common problem seen in young boys and baby boys. It can have many causes. These are usually divided into painless and painful scrotal swelling.

    • Seborrheic Dermatitis (Cradle Cap)

      Cradle cap can occur on the scalp, diaper area, face, neck, and trunk. Symptoms include dry or greasy scales.

    • Separation Anxiety

      Separation anxiety usually begins around 6 months of age. Babies may suddenly be afraid of familiar people such as babysitters or grandparents.

    • Temper Tantrums

      These fits of rage—the stomping, screaming, and falling on the floor—are a normal part of childhood development. Temper tantrums often occur only with a parent. They are a way for the child to communicate his or her feelings.

    • Tips to Lower Toddlers’ Choking Risks

      Before your child’s fourth birthday, create a safe environment by avoiding certain foods and keeping small objects out of reach.

    • Toilet-Training

      Detailed information on toilet-training your child

    • What Is Rotavirus?

      Rotavirus is a viral infection that causes severe diarrhea in children. A vaccine is now available to help protect youngsters against this illness.