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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 Future Obesity

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

    • Acquired Hypothyroidism in Children

      Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland doesn't make enough thyroid hormone. The condition is more common in adults. But it’s the most common thyroid disorder in children. Not enough thyroid hormone leads to signs such as slow growth, lack of activity, and poor performance in school.

    • Circumcision

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

    • Colic

      Colic is when a healthy baby cries for a very long time, for no obvious reason. It is a common problem that affects some babies during the first 3 to 4 months of life.

    • Constipation in Children

      Constipation is when a child has very hard stools, and has fewer bowel movements than he or she normally does. It is a very common GI (gastrointestinal) problem.

    • Cradle Cap

      Cradle cap (infant seborrheic dermatitis) is scaly patches on a baby's scalp. Cradle cap isn’t serious, but it can cause thick crusting and white or yellow scales. Some babies can also have seborrheic dermatitis in the diaper area, and on the face, neck, and trunk. Cradle cap usually clears up within the first year.

    • Diapers and Diaper Rash

      You have 2choices in diapers—cloth or disposable. Each type has advantages and disadvantages. You must decide which works best for your child and family.

    • Diarrhea in Children

      Diarrhea is a common problem. It may last 1 or 2 days and go away on its own. If diarrhea lasts more than 2 days, your child may have a more serious problem.

    • Fever in A Newborn

      The system that controls body temperature is not well developed in a newborn. Here's what you need to know about fever and your baby.

    • 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.

    • GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) in Children

      GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a long-term (chronic) digestive disorder. It happens when stomach contents flow back up (reflux) into the food pipe (esophagus).

    • Graves Disease in Children

      Graves disease is an autoimmune disease. With this disease, antibodies cause the thyroid gland to make too much thyroid hormone. This is known as hyperthyroidism. Excess thyroid hormone in the bloodstream leads to the body's metabolism being too active. It can cause problems such as weight loss, nervousness, fast heartbeat, tiredness, and other issues. It’s an ongoing (chronic) condition that needs lifelong treatment.

    • 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 healthcare providers 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, tiredness, and even loneliness.

    • Rumination Syndrome

      Rumination syndrome is a rare behavioral problem. It affects children and some adults. Rumination syndrome causes an automatic regurgitation of recently eaten food. If your child has this problem, he or she will usually eat meals normally. But, after about an hour or two, undigested food comes back up into his or her mouth from the esophagus. Your child will either rechew and reswallow the food, or spit it out. Usually, this happens at every meal, day after day. Rumination is a reflex, not a

    • Scrotal Swelling in Children

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

    • 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 happen 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

      Toilet training should begin when the child shows signs that he or she is ready. There is no right age to begin.

    • 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.