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Are essential oils safe for babies?
20/07/2018

Some people use essential oils, such as lavender or chamomile, to massage their baby or in a diffuser. In this article, we look at the potential benefits of essential oils for babies, as well as which ones to use and how to use them safely. People should never use essential oils on babies less than 3 months old.


What can you put on a newborn's dry skin?
18/07/2018

It is quite common for newborns to have dry, flaky, or peeling skin. In this article, we look at the causes of peeling skin, such as exposure to the amniotic fluid. We also provide ten home remedies to help prevent and treat newborn skin peeling, including using a humidifier and moisturizing the skin. Learn more here.


What causes a blocked tear duct in infants?
17/07/2018

A blocked tear duct is very common in babies. There are many possible causes, including tear ducts that are too narrow. Symptoms include excessive watering of the eyes. Most cases do not cause any pain and do not require treatment. Learn more about the causes and treatment of a blocked tear duct in a baby here.


How to deal with 2-year molars
17/07/2018

Teething can be a difficult process for infants, toddlers, and caregivers. Two-year molars are the large teeth at the back of the mouth, and when they come in, it can cause even more discomfort and irritability. In this article, learn how to relieve related pain and which medications to avoid.


What to do if a baby has an allergic reaction
17/07/2018

Allergic reactions are common in babies and may occur as a result of irritants, bug bites, certain foods, or underlying skin conditions. Allergies can cause various rashes, including eczema, hives, and papular urticaria. In this article, learn how to identify different allergic reactions and when to see a doctor.


What causes head lice?
17/07/2018

Head lice have existed on humans for thousands of years. These otherwise harmless parasites can cause itchiness and discomfort. In this article, learn about the causes of lice, which groups of people are most at risk, and what treatments are available. We also explore symptoms and when to see a doctor.


What to know about macrocephaly
16/07/2018

Macrocephaly is the term for an unusually large head. This can occur due to a family history of the condition, or it could indicate an underlying medical problem, such as a genetic syndrome. In this article, learn about the causes of an abnormally large head in infants and how doctors diagnose and treat the condition.


How to get rid of diaper rash
16/07/2018

Diaper rash is a red, painful rash that thrives in warm, moist environments. The rash may also be scaly, bumpy, or raw in appearance. In this article, learn about ten home remedies for diaper rash, including taking oatmeal baths, replacing chemical baby wipes, and removing acidic foods from the child’s diet.


Can you use Vicks on a baby?
12/07/2018

There are many people who believe using Vicks VapoRub on a baby's feet can help reduce a cough and congestion. However, some of the active ingredients in Vicks are not safe for young children. In this article, learn whether Vicks is safe for babies, as well as about alternative ointments for cough relief.


Is it safe to give infants Benadryl?
11/07/2018

Allergic reactions are common in children and infants, but are anti-allergy medicines safe for all ages? Benadryl is not generally safe for use in infants under 2, though it can be used under a doctor's orders in infants between 2 and 5. Learn about the safety, risks, and dosages of Benadryl for infants here.


Are babies fully developed at 36 weeks?
10/07/2018

Full-term pregnancies last about 40 weeks. However, some women deliver earlier or later than this. This article investigates what happens when a baby is born at 36 weeks, which is known as late preterm. We look at the potential impact on the infant's development and discuss other possible complications.


What are the early symptoms of leukemia in children?
06/07/2018

A range of common symptoms, such as weight loss, bruising, and swelling, can indicate leukemia in children. Spotting the symptoms early may lead to a faster diagnosis and treatment with a better chance of success. Learn more about the symptoms of leukemia in children here.


Everything you need to know about cystic hygroma
05/07/2018

Cystic hygromas are fluid-filled sacs that occur most commonly on the head or neck of a baby. They occur due to blockages in the lymphatic system. In this article, we look at the causes of cystic hygromas, including environmental and genetic factors, as well as how doctors remove or shrink the growths.


What are some natural treatments for toddlers with a yeast infection?
05/07/2018

Yeast is present in the body and grows naturally on the skin. Too much yeast can cause an infection. This can occur in toddlers wearing diapers. There are natural treatments for yeast infections, including tea tree oil and garlic. Learn more about the natural treatment options for a toddler with a yeast infection here.


Medical cannabis for epilepsy approved in FDA first
28/06/2018

Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first ever cannabis-based drug for the treatment of severe forms of epilepsy.


Narcissism may improve school performance in teens
28/06/2018

A new study puts a positive spin on narcissism, suggesting that the trait makes teenagers more mentally tough and boosts their academic performance.


Reversing autism with a cancer drug
27/06/2018

Scientists may have found a new treatment for a genetic form of autism; experiments in mice successfully reverse the condition using cancer trial drugs.


Why do newborn babies grunt?
25/06/2018

Newborn babies usually grunt when learning how to pass stool. However, the grunting can sometimes be a sign of an underlying health issue, such as trapped mucus, gastroesophageal reflux, or irregular breathing. Here, we explore causes of newborn grunting, related symptoms, home remedies, and when to see a doctor.


Can dehydration affect pregnancy?
22/06/2018

Dehydration is more common during pregnancy than at other times. This is because the body has an increased demand for water. Dehydration can be dangerous for the mother and baby, so it is important to pay attention to the early warning signs of dehydration during pregnancy and to learn how you can prevent dehydration.


Can you treat baby ear infection without antibiotics?
22/06/2018

Babies and young children are more prone to ear infections than adults. However, unless the infection is severe or present in a very young infant, antibiotics are often not necessary. Here, we look at what ear infections are and how to treat the symptoms at home while the baby’s natural defenses fight the infection.


Can you use a heating pad while pregnant?
21/06/2018

It is safe to use heating pads during pregnancy so long as they do not raise the body temperature too much. Heating pads can soothe the many aches and pains that arise during pregnancy. In this article, we discuss safe ways to relieve pain, including the benefits of heat pads and why it is best to avoid hot tubs.


What to do after a baby falls
21/06/2018

A baby falling off a bed can be frightening, but in most cases, it does not cause any serious harm. However, injuries are possible, so it is important to be aware of signs indicating that the baby is hurt and should see a doctor. Here, we look at what to do when a baby falls and how to care for them afterward.


Everything you need to know about facial tics
18/06/2018

Facial tics are sudden, involuntary muscle movements in the face. They can be mild or severe, making it difficult for a person to carry out everyday activities. Facial tic disorders include transient tic disorder, chronic motor tic disorder, and Tourette's syndrome. Read about treatment, and when to see a doctor.


Toxic synovitis: Causes and symptoms
16/06/2018

Toxic synovitis causes joint pain and inflammation in the hip. It primarily affects children and usually occurs following a viral infection. Signs of toxic synovitis include limping, walking on the tips of the toes, complaining of leg or hip pain, and being reluctant to walk. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment.


Why do I feel pain in my ear when swallowing?
14/06/2018

The ears are linked to the nose and throat, and infections in any of these areas can cause ear pain when swallowing. A range of other issues, such as dental abscesses and joint damage, can also cause this pain. Here, learn about the many causes and their symptoms and treatments. We also describe when to see a doctor.