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Newborn Care

Looking at Your Newborn: What's Normal

When you first meet your newborn, you may be surprised by what you see. Here's what to expect.

Medical Care and Your 1- to 3-Month-Old

You probably have lots of questions about your baby's health. When should you call the doctor, and what medical care should you expect for your baby at this age?

Medical Care and Your 4- to 7-Month-Old

Because your baby begins to show his or her personality during these months, your questions may move from simple sleeping and eating concerns to those about physical and social development.

Newborn Screening Tests

Newborn screening tests look for health conditions that aren't apparent at birth. Find out which tests are done.

Nursing Positions

If you're a new mom, breastfeeding your baby can feel like a challenge. Check out this article for information on common nursing positions, proper latching-on techniques, and how to know if your baby is getting enough to eat.

Oral Thrush

Oral thrush, a very common infection in infants that causes irritation in and around the baby's mouth, often goes away on its own without medical treatment.

Preparing to Adopt a Child

Considering adoption? Here are some things to know about the health and medical care of an adopted child, before, during, and after the adoption.

Sleep and Your Newborn

Newborn babies don’t yet have a sense of day and night. They wake often to eat – no matter what time it is.

Talking to Your Child's Doctor

Building a relationship with your child's doctor requires communication and reasonable expectations.

Teething Tots

Teething can be a tough time for babies and parents. Here are the facts on teething, including tips for baby teeth hygiene and relieving pain.