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What’s the Hardest Stage of Parenting?

New research shows the ups and downs of parenting children of different ages. At every age, children present parenting challenges.  With infants, parents have to cope with physical exhaustion from sleep deprivation and the non-stop cycle of feeding, burping, cleaning, and comforting a fussy baby. During the toddler years, parents have do deal with an opinionated little […]

Shaken Baby Syndrome (Abusive Head Trauma)

Inflicted trauma (especially shaken baby syndrome) is a leading cause of childhood (especially infant) mortality. There are several risk factors associated with an increased risk for shaken baby syndrome. Multiple behavioral symptoms and physical signs enable physicians to establish the diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome. Successful treatment for shaken baby syndrome demands accurate diagnosis and removal of […]

Baby Skin Care: Tips to Keep Newborn’s Skin Healthy

Babies develop a myriad of skin conditions during the first few months of life. These include cradle cap, diaper rash, toxic erythema, milia, infantile acne, and others. Some are caused by normal hormonal changes or immature pores, while others are caused by inflammation or, rarely, an infection. Newborns Get Rashes Easily Because most newborn’s rashes […]

How many weeks is a normal term pregnancy?

Pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks, counting from the first day of your last normal period. The weeks are grouped into three trimesters (tri-MESSTURS). What is the first trimester of pregnancy (week 1-week 12)? During the first trimester your body undergoes many changes. Hormonal changes affect almost every organ system in your body. These changes can trigger symptoms […]

Pregnancy definition and facts*

*Pregnancy facts medical author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD A normal pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks and is grouped into three stages, or trimesters. Symptoms and early signs of pregnancy that begin in the first semester include: The absence of menstrual periods Breast changes including swelling or tenderness Tiredness Nausea Mood swings Other symptoms A pregnancy test measures the level of […]