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Genitalia & Circumcision

Baby Girl There may be some mucus coming from the vagina and even blood (pseudo-menstruation). This is caused by hormone changes and is nothing to worry about. Baby Boy The testicles may seem quite big, but this is normal. Important: The tip of the penis is covered by foreskin designed to protect the...

Circumcision: A decision you have to make for your baby boy

Circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove the layer of skin (foreskin) that covers the head (glans) of the penis and part of the shaft. It has been practised for centuries for religious, cultural or hygenic reasons. It is most often done in the first few days after birth...

How to give medication to your child

Don't make a fuss about it; the more you talk it up, the more you put the child on guard. Be casual.

Bowels & Bladders

Urine & Stools Your baby will urinate six to eight times each day. It is hard to tell exactly the amount of urine with the disposable diapers and it may even be hard to distinguish urine when it is mixed with a watery yellow stool. A baby boy will shoot an occasional fountain...

Never Shake A Baby

It only takes a few seconds to cause permanent damage by shaking a baby... Many parents don't know about the serious and potentially permanent damage that can occur if a baby is shaken. Some cases have resulted in permanent brain damage, paralysis and even death. In some of the more...

Testing Your Newborn’s Health

You've already learned that newborn babies don't look like the rounded, picture-perfect 'newborns' we see in advertisements or on television programs (these always show much older babies). With the first cry or breath, a newborns colour warms up (fingers and toes may still look 'dusky'). You may have also wondered why...

Ask Dr. Marla: Your Baby’s Fever

Fever is one of the most common symptoms that have parents running to see their doctors. Here's how to help your baby deal with one.

Children & Allergies

Allergies are common - affecting as much as 30 percent of the population in North America. If you are lucky enough not to have allergies yourself, it's unlikely you don't know someone affected by this increasingly prevalent phenomenon. Despite their prevalence, allergies are strongly misunderstood. There are many different things...

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