Shots Aren't Fun, but Tdap Should Be Done Every Pregnancy

By Lance Madigan
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Pertussis – also called whooping cough, or the “hundred day cough” – is a disease that can cause a lingering, gut wrenching  cough in children, teens and adults. In infants that can’t start vaccinations until they are two months old – pertussis can be deadly.

What Moms Need to Know About Picky Eaters

By Intermountain Healthcare
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Right from the start, some children are easy to feed and others are not. From struggles with breast- or bottle-feeding to reluctance to try new foods to refusing to eat anything that isn’t macaroni and cheese, some kids present feeding challenges that consume a huge amount of their parents’ time and energy. Much of this is normal and predictable – but in some children, picky eating is a problematic sign that needs attention. Digestive disorders and allergies aside (these are medical problems requiring your doctor’s evaluation and advice), here are some things moms and dads need to know about this all-too common problem.

Teaching Kids to Be Smart about Social Media

By Erik Merkley MD
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As parents, we are letting our kids jump into the deep end of social media and technology, and all too often they’re left to sink or swim. There are very real dangers associated with the technology our kids use, and as parents, we are the ones primarily responsible for teaching them the safety rules and providing electronic “life jackets.” 

What is Placental Encapsulation?

By Lance Madigan
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Have you heard of placental encapsulation?  The placenta (also known as afterbirth) is an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, provide thermo-regulation to the fetus, waste elimination, and gas exchange via the mother's blood supply, fight against internal infection and produce hormones to support pregnancy. The placenta provides oxygen and nutrients to growing babies and removes waste products from the baby's blood. The placenta attaches to the wall of the uterus, and the baby's umbilical cord develops from the placenta. The umbilical cord is what connects the mother and the baby.


5 Things You Should Do Before Delivery

By Collin Searle
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When you first get pregnant, it seems like 9 months is FOREVER. Sharing in the love of a new little bundle of joy is exciting and all you can think about is holding that baby in your arms. But before you know it, you have your baby showers behind you and just a big belly in the front, with your due date around the corner. Check out our list of To Do’s that you’ll want to do BEFORE that new baby enters the world.

What Your Baby's Skin Is Telling You

By Collin Searle
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Every new baby is unique and beautiful. Don’t be surprised, however, if your baby doesn’t look like the babies you see on television commercials or in magazine advertisements. Your baby may have lumps on his head, puffy or crossed eyes, a flat nose, a small chin, dry skin, or a rash.

Every baby is different in their own way, but what should you see in a normal newborn’s appearance, and what could cause you concern? Let’s take a look at what your baby’s skin might be telling you.