Newborn

Circumcision and Circumcision Care

Choosing whether or not to circumcise your son can be a difficult choice. The important thing to remember is that circumcision is a choice. When a male fetus is developing, specifically his genitals, the penis develops with a special covering. This covering is called the foreskin. What once was thought of as a useless bit of skin, much like the appendix, has turned out, through research, to have a purpose Performing Circumcision Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin from the penis. This is generally performed on infant males within the first few days of life.
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Choosing Whether Or Not To Circumcise Your Child

By Nancy Da Silva For many parents, the decision whether or not to circumcise their newborn sons can be an emotional, not to mention confusing one. There are pro’s and con’s on both ends and each is side is only too eager to debate the issue. For clarity’s sake, let’s explain exactly what circumcision is in the context of this article. Every male infant is born with a flap of skin or ‘foreskin’ covering the head of his penis. Circumcision involves the removal of that foreskin.
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Choosing a Pediatrician

Choosing a pediatrician is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in the early part of your baby’s life. Your pediatrician will guide you through the major transitions in babyhood and beyond. He or she will be your sounding board and your advocate as you learn how to be the best possible parent to your baby.
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Caring for Your Baby’s Uncircumcised Penis

You’ve thought your decision through carefully and decided not to circumcise your little boy’s penis; now the rest is pretty straightforward, right? Well, not exactly. You may read many different variations on how to care for your son’s uncircumcised penis. And many moms (who are frequently the ones cleaning and bathing the diaper area) are not familiar with exactly what’s supposed to be going on down there.
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Burping Your Baby

By Nancy Da Silva

In theory, burping your baby probably seems like a pretty straightforward task. You feed your baby then you burp him. While that is the gist of it, there are things you can do to make the task go smoothly. There are also things you may want to watch out for just in case you find that things are going as easily as you thought they would.
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Bringing Your Baby Home from the Hospital

Your hospital bag is packed; your nursery is all set up. Everything that you have control over may be ready, but what do you do when you bring your baby home? Newborns are truly interesting creatures. They are cute, fragile and unpredictable. With crying being the only way they have to communicate, the first few days and even weeks can be very stressful.
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Apgar Test

  The Apgar test, named after Virginia Apgar, is a test given to babies at one minute and five minutes after birth. Dr. Apgar developed the Apgar test in 1952 after working in the obstetrical field as an anesthesiologist. Her system was developed to help doctors evaluate how baby was transitioning to life outside the womb. The scoring system is based on five observations: baby’s appearance (color), pulse, reflex response, muscle tone, and respiration. The Apgar score is a simple scoring system that any health professional can perform.
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