Babies are rarely constipated. And it can be hard to tell if they are because how often babies have bowel movements can vary. For example, babies who only breastfeed may have a firm stool just once a day. Signs of constipation include hard stools that can be large and painful, and blood around the stool. Before trying home remedies, talk to your baby’s doctor.
A baby’s undeveloped gastrointestinal system can’t deal with some foods that an adult’s body can. Honey, for example, may lead to infant botulism, which can be fatal. Always steer clear of chunky foods that pose choking hazards such as popcorn, hot dogs, raw fruits and veggies, raisins, and meat or cheese chunks.
Ginger, taken regularly as a powder in a capsule, grated fresh into hot water for a tea, or in syrup or crystallized form, may relieve morning sickness after a few days of treatment
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We’re often told that vaginal odor is a sign of infection, but in fact, some odor is normal. During your period, you may notice a blood-like scent, which makes sense. A mild, musk-like scent at any time during your cycle can be normal.
A pungent scent or strong fishy smell is not normal and may indicate an infection. Speak to your doctor, especially if you’re experience itching, fever, or other symptoms.
While you may feel embarrassed talking about vaginal odors, it’s important to talk to your doctor and not just try covering up the scent with vaginal deodorants.
RSV stands for respiratory syncytial virus, and it’s the top cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways) and pneumonia in U.S. infants. The infection begins with flu-like symptoms, including a fever, runny nose, and cough. Up to 40% of young children with their first RSV infection will develop noticeable wheezing, and up to 2% will require hospitalization. RSV tends to be milder in older kids and adults.
Baby diapers can leak for all sorts of reasons — the size or brand of the diaper that needs changing, or how you put them on. Here are some common causes of leaks and how to leak-proof your baby’s diaper:
If your baby is two weeks old or younger, he probably still has his umbilical cord stump, which diapers don’t lie over smoothly. Be sure that when you put baby’s diaper on, it’s fitted snuggly below the stump.
The diaper may be too big or too small. Try going up a size — or down, if the diaper is too loose.
The diaper may be the right size, but fastened too loosely. Try closing it tighter.
A baby boy’s diaper sometimes leaks if it has been fastened with his penis pointing upward. Try directing the penis downward as you put on his diaper.
Your baby is between sizes. In that case, the solution is time. Wait a few weeks and then try the next size up.
It’s easy to get more whole grains in your diet. Serve brown or wild rice instead of white. Make pancakes with oat or corn flour. Switch to whole-wheat tortillas. Munch on popcorn instead of chips. Go slowly and let your body get used to more fiber, and drink lots of water. That way you won’t have to worry about any gas or bloating.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) is a hormone that helps to mature eggs so they can be successfully fertilized by sperm. (In men, FSH helps sperm production.) FSH spikes in the few days before ovulation, then falls off once an egg is released. If you’re having problems conceiving, your doctor may suggest FSH testing, which can help diagnose fertility-impairing conditions like polycystic ovarian disease and even menopause.
Kids and teens who share family dinners 3 or more times per week:
Are less likely to be overweight
Are more likely to eat healthy foods
Perform better academically
Are less likely to engage in risky behaviors (drugs, alcohol, sexual activity)
Have better relationships with their parents
And “More frequent family dinners are related to fewer emotional and behavioral problems, greater emotional well-being, more trusting and helpful behaviors towards others and higher life satisfaction, "Journal of Adolescent Health" April 2012.