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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

Sepsis

Sepsis is a serious infection usually caused when bacteria make toxins that cause the immune system to attack the body's own organs and tissues.

Spina Bifida

Spina bifida is a birth defect that involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings. It's usually detected before a baby is born and treated right away.

Spina Bifida Occulta

In spina bifida occulta, a baby is born with a gap in the spine's bones, but the spinal cord and its covering do not push through it.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants 1 month to 1 year old. Though SIDS remains unpredictable, you can help reduce your infant's risk.

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.

Transient Tachypnea of the Newborn (TTN)

For some newborns, the first few breaths of life may be faster and more labored than normal because of a lung condition called transient tachypnea of the newborn (TTN).

Umbilical Hernias

An umbilical hernia shows up as a bump under the belly button. If a hernia doesn't go away by age 4 or 5 or causes problems, doctors may recommend surgery.

Undescended Testicles

Shortly before birth, a boy's testicles usually descend into the scrotum. When a testicle doesn't make the move, this is called cryptorchidism, or undescended testicles.

When Your Baby’s Born Premature

Premature infants, known as preemies, come into the world earlier than full-term infants. They can have many special needs that make their care different from that of other babies.

When Your Baby’s in the NICU

Learn what a NICU visit will be like for your little one, what you can do to help, and how to find support for yourself.