How can I protect my baby from infant botulism?

Infant botulism is a rare but serious gastrointestinal condition caused by exposure to Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum) spores. Bacteria from the spores can grow and multiply in a baby’s intestines, producing a dangerous toxin. The condition can occur in infants up to age 12 months. To protect your baby from infant botulism, avoid exposure to READ MORE

My newborn fusses when I lay him down. How do I break him of this habit?

For a newborn, wanting to be held isn’t a “habit” — it’s a need. Try to look at it from your baby’s point of view: After nine months spent nestled inside you, being alone in a big crib with no warm body nearby can come as quite a shock. Although every baby is different, almost READ MORE

Is it normal that my baby hiccups all the time?

Hiccups are usually harmless and don’t bother babies. “It’s a nuisance to parents, but not so much to the baby,” says Lynnette Mazur, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. “Unless the hiccups interfere with daily activities like sleeping or eating, there’s no need to see a healthcare READ MORE