It is common knowledge that babies need to be burped every so often to avoid an episode of colic. Colic is a paroxysmal stomach pain that infants below the age of three months suffer from. The pain can persist for hours, and it is a disheartening dilemma for both the parent and the infant.
The exact cause for colic is not fully determined. There are some theories, however. One is overfeeding and the other is swallowing too much air while being fed. Formula-fed babies are more susceptible to colic than breastfed babies. Continue reading
Some parents wonder why their baby has a cold or signs and symptoms of it just after birth. It’s not really a cold; it’s nasal congestion – a common condition that babies experience. Constant sneezing, stuffy nose, and even snoring are the clear hints that the baby is suffering from it.
But my baby’s nose and mouth have been suctioned well right after birth, so how come this still occurs? It’s not all about suctioning the mucus out, really. Newborn nasal congestion occurs because they continue to have mucus in the upper respiratory tract (nose, sinuses, and larynx) and the posterior pharynx (throat) until about two weeks after birth. That snoring you hear when your baby is fast asleep is due to aforementioned mucus. Another cause for the snoring is the irregular breathing of newborns. It is normal for them to have it during the first month of life. Continue reading
I think all SmartMoms will agree with us when we say that childbirth is already difficult as it is. With all the advancements in the medical field, parents are given choices in childbirth that make the journey that much more stressful! The ultimate goal of every parent is to have the best childbirth, and this very idea plus the available options can cause a series of debate between couples, knowledge acquisition, and asking other moms about their experiences. The best source for the last one is our SmartMom app, of course! For the second point, you can find pertinent information below! Continue reading
Amongst the many concerns that plague parents, a baby skin rash is one of the most common. It is quite alarming to see a cluster of red spots that formed in either your baby’s bottom or her chest. Add to that fact is the amount of irritation, discomfort, and in some cases, pain the skin rash is causing your baby.
The good news is that they are treatable and can easily be prevented. The measures you have to take when it comes to both are not that difficult to do, too! We have listed the common baby rashes below along with the accompanying treatment and prevention for each. Continue reading
Breast pumps are heaven-sent for mothers who are eager to continue nursing even while they are busy at work and those who cannot breastfeed the conventional way because of latching problems (either the child has cleft palate or the mother has a condition that prevents her to do so). In addition to that, breast pumping stimulates the production of milk.
That last bit of information answers the question posted above, but that doesn’t end there, of course. To fully understand the issue raised, we need to know the how starting with a little breast physiology. Don’t worry, we’ll try to make this part as quick and a little less drab as possible. Okay, without further ado, here’s what your breasts can do. Continue reading
If you lived through the 80s, you’re probably aware of that famous surrogacy case known simply as the Baby M case. Just to give you a briefer: Mary Beth Whitehead entered into a contract with William Stern and his wife Elizabeth. Mrs. Whitehead agreed to be inseminated with Mr. Stern’s sperm, and if the procedure becomes a success, carry the baby then give up her parental rights once the baby is born for $10,000. Continue reading
Cold Cap or Hypothermia Cap Treatment has been referred to as resetting the brain by some doctors. They believe that it is one of the treatments that can minimize the effect of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) – a condition where the baby has been deprived of oxygen long enough to cause injury to the brain. It can lead to cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and death.
In the United States alone, the incidence rate of HIE is 1-3 per 1000 live births. The mortality rate (death rate) is 10% to 60% while the morbidity rate (the condition itself) is 25%. Ninety percent of HIE is due to umbilical cord compression or when the cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck, fetal hemorrhage, and placental abruption. Ten percent happens after delivery. Continue reading
A perfect mix of excitement, naiveté, and anxiety makes a first-time mother scurry to the hospital even before real contractions begin. Actually, it’s not just first-time moms. Even the multipara (mothers who have given birth multiple times) are not excluded from it.
It’s not your fault! The ‘when to go to the hospital for contractions’ question is one of the hardest questions. There are times when your body betrays you. You really just don’t know if it’s just a mere indigestion case from devouring one fourth of the restaurant’s menu for dinner or an honest-to-goodness uterine contraction.
A broken water bag is a clear marker that one should go to the hospital immediately. Some moms don’t experience that, though. They go through the whole labor with the water bag intact, and had to undergo amniotomy (artificially rupturing the water bag or amniotic sac). The latter would often base their decision to go to the hospital on the kind of contraction they are having. Continue reading
Women go through a lot of transformations during pregnancy and right after having a baby. One odd transformation is our mane glory – from firm, luscious hair during pregnancy to a heart-wrenching hair loss post baby.
You’re reading this because:
a.) You’ve been recently diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes and the management aspect of the disorder is still very vague to you
b.) You know someone who has it and want to help her out
c.) You have a just-in-case mentality, hence the need for gathering as much information as you can
d.) You’re bored – got nothing else to read
For whichever your reason may be reading up on Gestational Diabetes management, don’t you worry! We’ll walk you through what you need to know.