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How To Tell If Your Child Is Sick

1 They must be able to tolerate a wide range of chemical substances in the environment - and some children develop an allergy. This primarily depends on the child's genes because allergies run in the family. 2 They are at risk for an infection when they become exposed to bacteria...

How to Manage A Fever

A fever, itself, is not harmful. What counts is the cause. You don't have to give your child anything for the fever just because it is there. A sick child's fever is usually highest from about 6 in the evening till 3 in the morning. If the fever is gone...

Jaundice

It is not uncommon for an infant's skin and eyes to be yellow. A hospital nurse will take a blood sample by pricking the baby's heel and will undoubtedly recommend frequent breast-feeding. If you're breast-feeding, don't give the baby water by bottle - it can upset the breast-feeding and...

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...

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...

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.

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