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My baby has sticky eyes. Does he need antibiotics?

Usually not. If his eyes are very red with copious amounts of pus coming from them and he is less than a month old you should seek medical advice urgently. The majority of babies however just have a blocked duct which … Continue reading

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What is colic?

If only we knew… As outlined at http://www.helpguide.org/mental/pdf/Colic.pdf, colic is a general term used when a baby cries for more than 3 hours a day for more than 3 days a week.  We are not entirely sure what causes the … Continue reading

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What is a heart murmur?

Heart murmurs are common in children.  When a doctor listens to a child’s heart with a stethescope, they normally hear a “lub-dub, lub-dub, lub-dub” noise.  Occasionally there is an extra noise so we now hear “lub-shh-dub, lub-shh-dub, lub-shh-dub”. By far … Continue reading

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It is normal for babies to cry

All babies cry.  If they don’t there is something wrong with them.  But it can be very upsetting for parents who can’t quite work out why they are crying.  I had a friend who used to keep a pillow next … Continue reading

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Is jaundice in the first few days of life serious?

60% of newborn babies born between 37 and 42 weeks gestation look a bit yellow (early onset neonatal jaundice) around about day 2 or 3 of life.  Babies born earlier than 37 weeks are even more likely to be jaundiced.  … Continue reading

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My baby has a flat head

Most babies with flat heads have something called positional plagiocephaly.  The various “Back to Sleep” campaigns which have happily reduced the incidence of cot deaths have also led to 5-48% of newborns ending up with a rather flat back of their … Continue reading

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What is an “umbilical granuloma”?

When a baby’s umbilical cord drops off, it sometimes leaves a raw area underneath.  The area “granulates” as it heals and leaves a small pink fleshy lump that protrudes out of the baby’s belly button.  It does not cause your baby … Continue reading

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