Dr. Jay Hoecker
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Dr. Jay Hoecker
I'm not planning to have my newborn son circumcised. How should I care for his uncircumcised penis? In brief: In an uncircumcised penis, a fold of skin (foreskin) covers the head of the penisCHILDREN'S HEALTH CIRCUMCISED CIRCUMCISION NEONATAL NEWBORN SON MALE HEALTH
If you choose not to have your son circumcised, simply wash his uncircumcised penis with soap and water during each bath.
When should I use a cool-mist humidifier versus a warm-mist humidifier for a child with a cold? In brief: For their safety, always use cool-mist humidifiers for childrenCHILD CHILDREN HUMIDIFIER
Hot water or steam from a warm-mist humidifier or steam vaporizer can burn a child if he or she gets too close.
My 10-month-old son has had strep throat twice. Is this normal or should I be concerned? In brief: Recurrent strep throat isn't likely a sign of an underlying problem with a child's immune systemSON STREP THROAT
Children who develop strep throat repeatedly may have contact with a carrier of strep, likely at home or in a child care setting — or may be strep carriers themselves.
My 7-year-old daughter has been diagnosed with strep throat four times in six months. Should we consider having her tonsils removed? In brief: If a child has six or more severe throat infections in one year, his or her doctor might suggest surgery to remove the tonsils (tonsillectomy)STREP THROAT
To be considered severe, each throat infection must meet at least one of the following conditions: Oral temperature of at least 101 F (38 C), Enlarged and tender lymph nodes in the neck, White spots on the tonsils, Positive test for strep throat.
Should I be concerned that my 2-year-old doesn't say many words and is hard to understand? In brief: If you're unable to understand any of your 2-year-old's words, talk to your child's doctor about scheduling an evaluation
Speech delay can be an early sign of other developmental issues.
When's the right time to start feeding a baby solid foods? In brief: By ages 4 months to 6 months, most babies are ready to begin eating solid foods as a complement to breast-feeding or formula-feedingFEEDING
What's so magic about ages 4 months to 6 months? It's around this time that babies typically stop using their tongues to push food out of their mouths and begin to develop the coordination to move solid food from the front of the mouth to the back for swallowing.
I'm concerned about my newborn's vaccination schedule. Why do infants need so many vaccines so quickly? In brief: Newborns need multiple vaccines because infectious diseases can cause more-serious problems in infants than in older childrenCHILDREN'S HEALTH IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE INFANT NEONATAL NEWBORN VACCINATIONS
While maternal antibodies help protect newborns from many diseases, this immunity begins to disappear as quickly as one month after birth.
What's the importance of tummy time for a baby? In brief: Tummy time — placing a baby on his or her stomach while awake and supervised — can help your baby develop strong head, neck and shoulder muscles and promote certain motor skillsTUMMY TIME
Tummy time can also prevent the back of your baby's head from becoming flat (positional plagiocephaly).
How can I tell if my baby's weight is cause for concern? In brief: If you're concerned about your baby's weight, consult your baby's doctor
Growth, development and weight are great topics to discuss during routine well-baby exams.