Newborns

Newborn Rashes

The most common newborn rashes and what to do about them.

Tongue Tie

Tongue tie is when the attachment under the tongue does not allow the tongue to move in all the ways it needs to for proper feeding and speaking.

Feeding Your Baby

Determining what to feed your baby is a big decision when you become a parent. Regardless of whether babies get breastmilk, formula, or a combination of both, the most important thing to remember is that they need to be hydrated and get the nutrition needed to grow. Many parents are guilted into choosing one feeding over another based on friend's or family's opinions. Some parents have a feeding plan that simply doesn't work. You must choose what works best for you and your baby!

Newborn Topics

The following is helpful information on various topics affecting newborns, including birthmarks, fussiness, and SIDS.

Co-Sleeping

Many parents consider sleeping with their newborn for many reasons, such as bonding, breastfeeding ease, and to increase the amount of time they are in bed (though not always restfully sleeping!)

Circumcision

Circumcision is commonly performed in the newborn period. This is an elective procedure. Parents may decide whether or not to have their son circumcised. Evidence suggests that a circumcision can protect against urinary tract infections in the first year of life and sexually transmitted diseases in the future.

Care of the Uncircumcised Penis

At birth the foreskin is attached to the head of the penis, also called the glans. As infants or children grow, they occasionally have erections, which eventually helps the foreskin come away from the glans. This separation may take months or years.

Kansas State Newborn Screen

Newborn screening is important because many diseases and conditions do not have any visible symptoms early in life. Unless these diseases are identified and treated early, they can cause severe illness, mental retardation, or even death.

What to buy for baby, and what is NOT recommended

Many parents are excited to buy (or get as gifts) cute newborn things; however, many items sold for newborns are not safe. While we cannot present a comprehensive review of everything, these are common items that you need ... or need to avoid. Remember when choosing any purchase, spending more does not make it "better." Expensive brands can be recalled or have problems as well as less expensive models.