Children’s Health

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) – Alcohol and the Unborn Baby

What is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome? Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is not a single disease but a range of disorders which include numerous physical and mental problems, as well as various developmental defects, that may occur as a result of alcohol consumption by the mother while pregnant. No amount of alcohol is considered safe >> Read More ...

Premature Baby (Preterm Birth)

What is Premature Birth? The duration of most pregnancies is usually about 40 weeks but it is quite normal for a baby to be born a week or two earlier. However, when a baby is born before 37 weeks of gestation, it is said to be a premature birth and such babies are known as premature babies or preemies. Prematurity is a >> Read More ...

Stomach Pain in Children – Causes and Other Symptoms

Stomach pains are a common complaint among children and it is not uncommon for parents to question the validity of a child’s complaint.  Whether physical, psychogenic or just an excuse to avoid an activity, stomach pain in children should always be investigated as it could be a symptom of a serious disorder. The >> Read More ...

Babies Vomit After Feeding, with Diarrhea and Abdominal Pain

Infants, both breastfed and bottle fed, have a tendency to regurgitate milk for various reasons, many of which are not due to any disease process. This effortless regurgitation or spitting up of milk is known as possetting. With vomiting, the regurgitated contents are pushed out with force. A list of causes of vomiting in >> Read More ...

Baby Vomiting | Causes of Vomiting in Infants and Toddlers

Although babies tend to frequently regurgitate after meals (possetting), vomiting itself should not be taken lightly as it may be due to some underlying pathology. This can range from more acute causes like viral gastroenteritis to serious conditions like gastric outlet or intestinal obstruction or even meningitis. In >> Read More ...

Colicky Baby | Prevention, Treatment and Remedies

Before commencing with any treatment for infantile colic, it is important to first confirm the diagnosis by eliminating other causes of baby colic symptoms. A thorough case history and physical examination of the infant by a pediatrician should be conducted before the diagnosis of infantile colic is reached. Parents who >> Read More ...

Baby Colic Symptoms and Causes

What is colic in infants? Infantile colic, commonly referred to as baby colic, is a distressing condition that most often occurs in babies between 2 weeks to 4 months of age. The exact cause of baby colic is unknown although a myriad of contributing factors and possible causes have been identified. However, none can be >> Read More ...

Gassy Baby | Symptoms, Signs, Prevention and Treatment

Although a baby cannot express the symptoms like nausea, stomach ache and cramps associated with excessive gastrointestinal gas, it is only logical to assume that the level of discomfort expressed by crying is related to these sensations. Gas problems in babies are not just a uncomfortable experience for the child but due >> Read More ...

Baby Gas Problems – Causes in Newborns and Infants

Excess gastrointestinal gas in babies is a common phenomenon and in most cases, it is not a sign of a digestive problem. Gas buildup in the gut may present with signs like excessive belching, flatulence, abdominal distension (bloating) and crying. Baby Gas Problems – Causes Gas accumulation or production within the gut >> Read More ...

Common Breastfeeding Problems for Mother and Baby

Breastfeeding is an essential practice for at least the first few months of a baby’s life. While many women opt not to breastfeed either due to career obligations or for cosmetic reasons, some women are unable to breastfeed despite the willingness to do so. A number of problems with breastfeeding may either >> Read More ...
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