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Talk with Your Doctor about Newborn Screening

Newborn screenings will help you make sure your baby grows up healthy. Talk about newborn screening with your doctor or midwife before your baby is born.

Review Date: April 23, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 1 Month Visit- (PDF)

The doctor or nurse may ask you these questions at your baby's 1 month visit to make sure that you and your baby are well.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 2 Month Visit- (PDF)

The doctor or nurse may ask you these questions at your baby's 2 month visit to make sure that you and your baby are well.

Review Date: May 14, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 4 Month Visit- (PDF)

The doctor or nurse may ask you these questions at your baby's 4 month visit to make sure that you and your baby are well.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

FAQs: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center

This document provides answers to frequently asked questions about the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center and informational requests concerning oral health issues.

Review Date: November 12, 2012

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center

Infant Immunizations FAQs

Get answers to common questions about babies and vaccines.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Newborn Screening Test: Frequently Asked Questions

This page answers the most frequently asked questions by parents about the newborn screening test, often referred to as the PKU or heel-stick test.

Review Date: April 25, 2012

Save Babies Through Screening Foundation, Inc.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV): Frequently Asked Questions

RSV is the leading cause of pneumonia and bronchiolitis in babies and is the most frequent cause of lower respiratory tract infections in children. To help protect your baby, here are some simple steps that parents and caregivers can take.

Review Date: September 26, 2011

PreemieCare

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 6 Month Visit - (PDF)

The doctor or nurse may ask you these questions at your baby's 6 month visit to make sure that you and your baby are well.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 9 Month Visit- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with the pediatrician to make sure that you and your baby are well.

Review Date: May 14, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

A Healthy Mouth for Your Baby

Milk, formula, juices, and other sweet drinks such as soda all have sugar in them. Sucking on a bottle filled with liquids that have sugar in them can cause tooth decay. This easy-to-read tip sheet presents advice on how to protect your baby from tooth decay.

Review Date: November 12, 2012

NIH National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research - NIDCR

Airplane Travel with Infants

Air travel with an infant typically is safe. However, air travel during the first two weeks of life may not be advisable, as a newborn's body is still adjusting to life outside the uterus, and is especially vulnerable to the germs that circulate in the aircraft's recycled air.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

All About Shaken Baby Syndrome - Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to commonly asked questions about shaken baby syndrome (SBS) including medical consequences, prevention and ways to get help and additional information related to SBS.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Learn what to do if you notice crossed or wall eyes persisting in your infant.

Review Date: March 02, 2012

Prevent Blindness America

Ask the Pediatrician

Pediatricians from the American Academy of Pediatrics provide answers to your health questions.

Review Date: June 27, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Baby Safety Basics

Did you know that the leading causes of unintentional injury-related death for infants are suffocation, car crashes, drowning, fire or burn injury, falls, and poisoning? Many of these injuries are preventable, and this guide provides safety essentials you need to know when caring for your baby.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

Home Safety Council - Safe Kids Worldwide

Baby’s First Test

Get answers to some of the common questions that come up about newborn screening.

Review Date: October 11, 2011

Genetic Alliance

Bisphenol A (BPA) Information for Parents

BPA is a chemical that has been used for more than 40 years in the manufacture of many hard plastic food containers. While BPA is not proven to harm children or adults, recent studies on the effects of low doses of BPA in laboratory animals have led federal health officials to express concern about BPA's safety.

Review Date: November 13, 2014

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Breastfeeding

The experience of breastfeeding is special for so many reasons – the joyful bonding with your baby, the cost savings, and the health benefits for both mother and baby. Read this article for tips and suggestions on how to successfully breastfeed your baby.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

Office on Women's Health

Caring for Your Premature Baby

Yes, babies who are born prematurely (before the due date) may need special care during their first 2 years, especially if they were very small at birth (less than 3 pounds). Here's some advice on how to care for your baby when he or she comes home from the hospital.

Review Date: August 16, 2012

American Academy of Family Physicians

Circumcision

This fact sheet answers common questions parents may have about circumcision.

Review Date: December 15, 2014

American Academy of Family Physicians

Community Services Locator for Children and Families

The Community Services Locator is designed to help service providers and families find available national, state, and local resources that can address child and family needs.

Review Date: December 09, 2012

Maternal and Child Health Library

Diaper Banks

Diaper Banks provide absorbent products to those who cannot afford to purchase them. Some diapers banks are focused on the needs of a newborn or small child, but many include adult incontinence products.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

The Simon Foundation For Continence

Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed)

LactMed is a database of drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It gives information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible harmful effects in the nursing infant.

Review Date: September 28, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Failure to Thrive

In the first few years of life most kids gain weight and grow much more quickly than they will later on. It is important to get help if your child does not reach developmental milestones.

Review Date: December 07, 2011

The Nemours Foundation

Fast Facts for Families: Pertussis, A Family Affair- (PDF)

Learn how immunity against pertussis (whooping cough) is only obtained after a child has received all of the required doses. This brochure illustrates the importance of immunization for everyone in contact with infants and small children.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition

Feeding Your Newborn

How you feed your newborn is the first nutrition decision you will make for your child. Take a closer look at these guidelines for breastfeeding and bottle-feeding so you can make an informed decision.

Review Date: August 09, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Find a Pediatrician or Pediatric Specialist

Search for an American Academy of Pediatrics member pediatrician, pediatric sub-specialist, or pediatric surgical specialist in your area.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Getting Ready for Baby

Read this information to help get ready for the arrival of your new baby.

Review Date: February 23, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Has Your Baby's Hearing Been Screened?

Your baby should have a hearing screening within the first month of life. It's important to detect deafness or hearing loss as early as possible.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Infant and Newborn Development

Learn about newborn and infant development. Remember that babies do not develop at the same rate. There is a wide range of what is considered "normal."

Review Date: January 16, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Infant Botulism

Infant botulism is a rare illness that can occur when an infant ingests bacteria that produce a toxin inside the body. Since honey is a known source of the bacteria spores that cause botulism, it should not be given to babies under 12 months of age.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Infant Sleep Positioners Pose Suffocation Risk

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are warning against the use of sleep positioning products for infants under 6 months old. These positioners place infants at high risk of suffocation.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

InfantSEE™ Program

Under the InfantSEE program, AOA optometrists provide a comprehensive eye and vision assessment for infants within the first year of life regardless of a family's income or access to insurance. Use the InfantSEE doctor locator to find a provider near you.

Review Date: March 24, 2013

American Optometric Association

Kids Aren't Just Small Adults- (PDF)

Find ten useful tips on giving medicine safely to infants and children.

Review Date: October 16, 2012

Consumer Healthcare Products Association

Learning to Breastfeed

This article offers information about how to breastfeed successfully.

Review Date: February 20, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Low Birthweight

Low-birthweight babies are at increased risk for serious health problems. Learn what you can do to reduce your risk of having a low-birthweight baby.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

March of Dimes

March of Dimes provides information on planning a pregnancy, and on prenatal and postnatal care.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

Mother of Supertwins (MOST) Family Support Forums

MOST offers a variety of online support forums for participants to post multiple birth related questions and receive responses from other parents of triplets or more.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

MOST (Mothers of Supertwins)

National Newborn Screening Status Report- (PDF)

Find out which newborn screening tests are required by each state.

Review Date: March 18, 2013

Educational Institution--Follow the Resource URL for More Information

Newborn Screening Tests

All states screen newborns for certain birth defects. When test results show that the baby has a birth defect, early diagnosis and treatment can make the difference between lifelong disabilities and healthy development.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

Parents Portal: Infants & Toddlers (Approximate Ages 0-3)

Being a parent of a baby or a toddler can be both fun and hard work. If your child is age three or younger, these resources will help you learn how to give your child a healthy start to life.

Review Date: February 24, 2011

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Pregnancy & Newborn Timeline of Tips

As an expectant parent, there is so much to learn about caring for your unborn baby and even more to learn about caring for your newborn once you’re home from the hospital. Here is a timeline of tips that provides accurate and up-to-date information on infant health and survival.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

First Candle/SIDS Alliance

Safe Sleep for Your Baby- (PDF)

Babies sleep safest on their backs. This PDF lists ways that you and others who care for your baby can reduce the risk of SIDS.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development - NICHD

Safe Sleep Saves Lives- (PDF)

This downloadable, English/Spanish brochure highlights safe sleep practices for parents and their infants.

Review Date: July 20, 2012

First Candle/SIDS Alliance

State Map Page: Newborn Screening

Every newborn in the U.S. receives a newborn screening test. Select the state initials on the map or the state name in the table below for newborn screening information in your state.

Review Date: November 01, 2011

National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center

The Parent's Guide to Newborn Screening: These Test Can Save Your Baby's Life

This publication answers questions about tests that could save your baby’s life, including why your baby needs newborn screening tests.

Review Date: April 25, 2012

Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

The Period of PURPLE Crying - A New Way to Understand Your Baby's Crying

The Period of PURPLE Crying® is the phrase used to describe the point in a baby’s life when they cry more than any other time. Parents will learn about the normal crying curve, how to cope when emotions run high, and the dangers of shaking a baby.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome

Well-Baby Exam: What to Expect During Routine Checkups

Know what to expect at your baby’s well-baby visit.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)- (PDF)

Find out how a lactation consultant can help you breastfeed your baby.

Review Date: January 20, 2012

International Lactation Consultant Association

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