How to rehydrate kids with stomach flu
Dec06

How to rehydrate kids with stomach flu

Most kids don’t need intravenous (IV) fluids to get back on their feet after a bout of vomiting or diarrhea. Here’s what you need to know to get through the stomach flu: Give frequent, small sips of fluids. Offer a drink even if your child is vomiting every 5-10 minutes — which is common during the first few hours of being sick. Their stomach will absorb enough of the fluid before they vomit again and you can prevent dehydration...

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Uncovered: The Mysteries of changing diapers
Dec10

Uncovered: The Mysteries of changing diapers

Diaper irritation leads to an irritated baby. Follow these steps to ensure a smooth, soft, irritation-free bottom. Diapers and wipes are just tools for keeping moisture away from the skin. Here’s what you need to know to use them to your advantage. (And pay attention; many of these principles apply to caring for our sensitive adult faces too!)   Keep wetness away Cloth or disposable diapers? The choice of diaper is probably not...

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How to bathe a baby
Oct28

How to bathe a baby

Babies bathe in amniotic fluid for 9 months, yet too much time in the bath damages their skin. Last week a mother (and her 2 sisters, 1 aunt and grandma) crowded into a room in the ER with their 6 week-old little girl because they were worried that the baby’s skin was so irritated. This caring maternal squad was bathing the baby 3 or 4 times a day because it was the best way to stop her crying. There’s no question that bathing relaxes...

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What color is your baby poop?
Apr02

What color is your baby poop?

How does Plain Jane milk come out the other end as Technicolor poop? Baby poop’s unique color is a combination of intestinal bacteria, bile and whatever was swallowed. Two jars of squash equals orange poop. But even when baby is only taking formula or breast milk, the color changes daily and even diaper-to-diaper as the relative composition of these components change. The characteristic yellow or green hue comes from bile. Bile is...

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Is your newborn constipated? The real reason your little one can’t poop.
Sep07

Is your newborn constipated? The real reason your little one can’t poop.

She turns red in the face, grunts, pushes…and nothing comes out. I know what you’re thinking. Poor baby, she hasn’t pooped in days. You’ve called your doctor, or consulted a baby book; you may have tried all the poop-producing tricks like the “thermometer in the bottom” and massaging her belly. Still no results. So what’s going on? The truth is that pooping is way more difficult to accomplish than you would guess. Not only does your...

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