Infant and Toddler Health

Abdominal Gas and Colic

Some people have problems digesting milk protein or milk sugar ( lactose intolerance ). But these problems are very rare in babies. Until your doctor can evaluate your baby, it is usually not advisable to switch formula or stop breastfeeding as a means to remedy suspected food digestion problems. A vast majority of…

Abdominal Pain, Age 11 and Younger

Covers possible causes of abdominal pain in children 11 and younger, including stomach flu, urinary tract infection, constipation, and appendicitis. Includes interactive tool to help you decide when to call a doctor. Offers home treatment tips.

Abuse: Signs of Abuse-Related Injuries

Most injuries are not caused by abuse. But bruises are often the first sign of possible abuse. Suspect physical abuse of a child or vulnerable adult when: Any injury cannot be explained or does not match the explanation. Repeated injuries occur. Explanations change for how the injury happened. You may be able to prevent…

Acetaminophen Use in Young Children

Acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, helps reduce fever and relieve pain. It does not reduce inflammation, as do nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ( NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, but it also is less likely to cause stomach upset and other side effects. Be sure to follow these medicine precautions. Your child’s…

Alcohol Effects on a Fetus

What effect does alcohol have on a fetus? A woman who drinks alcohol while she is pregnant may harm her developing baby (fetus). Alcohol can pass from the mother’s blood into the baby’s blood. It can damage and affect the growth of the baby’s cells. Brain and spinal cord cells are most likely to have damage. The term…