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Your child's health and safety is our top priority. Please search our resource library for information on health, nutrition, fitness, injury prevention and other important topics.

Newborn Health Conditions

A to Z: Colic

Colic is defined as crying for more than 3 hours a day, for more than 3 days a week, for at least 3 weeks.

Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome)

Abusive head trauma is the leading cause of death in child abuse cases in the United States. It happens when someone shakes an infant.

Cleft Lip

A cleft lip is when a baby's lip doesn't form properly during pregnancy. Most kids can have surgery to repair one early in life.

Cleft Palate

A cleft palate is when a baby is born with a cleft (gap) in the roof of the mouth. Most kids can have surgery to repair them early in life.

Cleft Palate With Cleft Lip

A cleft palate with a cleft lip is when a baby's lip and palate (roof of mouth) don't form properly during pregnancy. Most kids with cleft lip and palate are treated successfully with no lasting problems.

Congenital Hypothyroidism

Some babies are born with a thyroid gland that didn't develop correctly or doesn't work as it should. This is called congenital hypothyroidism.

Constipation

Constipation is a very common problem among kids, and it usually occurs because a child's diet doesn't include enough fluids and fiber. In most cases, simple changes can help kids go.

Cradle Cap (Seborrheic Dermatitis) in Infants

This harmless condition - the infant form of dandruff - causes rough, scaly patches on a baby's skin.

Craniosynostosis

Craniosynostosis is when seams between bones in the skull close too soon. When this happens, the skull can’t expand grow as it should, and it develops an unusual shape.

Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is a very common infection that can cause a baby's skin to become sore, red, scaly, and tender. In most cases, it clears up with simple changes in diapering.