POSTS WITH TAG: baby health

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    A mother from Ontario, Canada is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for her family today after a Facebook photo of her 5-week-old daughter Brielle went viral. Meghan Mcnutt-Anderson's daughter contracted pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, a highly contagious bacterial infection that affects the lungs and airways that is especially dangerous in infants. In serious cases, it can cause vomiting, weight loss, pneumonia, convulsions, brain damage, and even death.

    Understandably beside herself upon learning of her child's diagnosis, Mcnutt-Anderson took to the social media site last week to post a photo of Brielle and update friends and family on the emotional situation. But she also ended up sending a warning to parents who choose not to vaccinate their children ...

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    A few days ago, 1-year-old Lyra Kaufman made headlines after becoming seriously ill on a sailboat stranded 1,000 miles from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. After word spread that Lyra was dramatically rescued by the Navy, the public's gloves came off on the little girl's parents, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman.

    As the couple noted in a statement, many questioned the parents' decision to sail with their young family, including not only 1-year-old Lyra but her 3-year-old sister Cora.

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    Up until 10 days ago, I hated breastfeeding. Absolutely loathed it. I had attempted to breastfeed my now-2-year-old daughter, and the experience left me feeling deflated and depressed at a time when I should have been over the moon.

    My little girl was healthy and had a healthy appetite -- that I couldn't manage to satisfy, which just made me feel like a horribly inadequate mom. Perhaps as a result of the fact that I was induced, I produced little milk at first, and coupled with the amount of stress I and everyone around me had placed in my breastfeeding success, nursing just wasn't happening.

    I trashed breastfeeding every opportunity I got and thought of myself as a cheerleader for bottle feeding -- which I definitely felt was needed given our culture's borderline nutso obsession with nursing.

    But two weeks ago I gave birth to my baby boy and everything changed. I'm breastfeeding and loving it -- not because I'm a better mom, but because of 5 factors that had nothing to do with me.

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    Just 16 weeks into her pregnancy, expecting mom Candie Baber got disturbing news: Her unborn baby had a life-threatening heart condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Essentially, baby Gracie was born with half a heart. "It was really hard," Baber says, "because it's like someone telling you your baby is not going to be OK." And yet amazingly, Gracie is now 4 months old and thriving enough to go home with her family.

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    When you're done with your wedding dress, what do you do with it? Throw an epic trash the dress session? Hang it in a closet somewhere and forget about it? How about cutting it up to make clothes for babies in the NICU who will never make it home from the hospital?

    They're called angel gowns, and they're the brainchild of a woman named Lisa Grubbs, wife of a specialist for premature babies. They're also the most heartbreaking and yet sweetest thing I've heard of in a long, long time.

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    I'm giving birth to a baby boy, oh, any minute now. As someone who usually follows social norms, I'm really surprised by how put off I am by the thought of circumcision. Growing up in the U.S., circumcised penises seem normal to me, but I can't wrap my mind around why I'd willingly let a doctor cut off a piece of skin located on the most sensitive part of his male sexual organ. It seems bananas!

    With that said, I also don't want him to mature into a teen and realize his penis is different. I don't want him to feel more self-conscious about his body than he probably already will at age 16. Is that a good enough reason to circumcise him? Probably not. And I'm still on the fence about this decision (despite the ticking clock), but here are 24 real-life quotes from moms and dads who either chose to circumcise or chose not to circumcise their baby boys.

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    There are lots of things new moms worry about once their babies arrive. Is he getting enough to eat? Is he gaining enough weight? Are we bonding? One thing they are often not immediately concerned with is eczema -- that is, until the first signs of the skin issue pop up. The moment I noticed the dry scaly patch on my son's arms, I was immediately alarmed. To be honest, I had no idea what it was. Thoughts of crazy, flesh-eating infections flew through my "new mom" mind. I wasted no time taking him to the doctor. It's "just eczema," the pediatrician said dismissively. But as time went on, I would learn that in some cases, eczema is not just eczema.

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    One Colombian family has the dubious honor of having the most obese baby in the entire country. At just 8 months old, little Santiago Mendoza weighs 44 pounds. To put that in perspective for you, that is about the typical size of a 5-year-old. He should actually weigh closer to 17 pounds. But this isn't just the case of an extraordinarily plump child. That weight has caused Santiago dangerous health problems, and now a charity has swooped in to save his very young life.

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    Ready for a really weird one? A breastfeeding mom was shamed recently (no, that's not the weird part, it's coming, all right?) for trying to feed her daughter ... in a hospital waiting room! Yup, a hospital as in a medical establishment ... as in a place where everyone should understand just why it is that women breastfeed their babies!

    This begs the question, doesn't it? If you can't find breastfeeding acceptance in a hospital, where CAN a nursing mother catch a break?

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    I was one of those germaphobe first-time moms armed with hand sanitizer and shopping cart covers, doing what I thought I could to keep my then tiny baby healthy.

    Yes, I was more than a little obsessed.

    Now that I have four kids, I look at all the moms I see whipping out the wipes and the gels and the high-chair covers and roll my eyes because it's a total waste of time.

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