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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

Hemangiomas: Suzanne's Story

When Anna was born, she developed red spots that her parents learned were hemangiomas, benign birthmarks that she eventually outgrew. Her mother tells her story.

Hernias

Hernias are fairly common in kids, and hernia repair is one of the most common pediatric surgeries.

Hypospadias

Hypospadias is when the urethra — the tube that drains pee from the bladder to outside the body — opens in a different place instead of at the tip of the penis.

If Your Baby Has a Birth Defect

If your child has a birth defect, you don't have to go it alone - many people and resources are available to help you.

Infant Torticollis

Babies with this condition have trouble turning their heads, due to muscle tightness. Simple stretching exercises and physical therapy can help babies get better.

Intestinal Malrotation

Malrotation is a type of obstruction caused by abnormal development of the intestines while a fetus is in the womb. Find out more about this condition and the complications it can cause.

Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)

Intrauterine growth restriction is when a baby in the womb doesn't grow at the expected rate during the pregnancy. Women with IUGR should eat a healthy diet; get enough sleep; and avoid alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.

Intraventricular Hemorrhage in Newborns

An intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) is bleeding in and around the brain’s ventricles. Most babies with a mild IVH do well.

Intussusception

Intussusception is the most common cause of bowel blockages in very young children. Quick treatment can help them recover without lasting problems.

Jaundice in Newborns

Jaundice is when a baby has yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes. Most types of jaundice go away on their own.