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Protect Against Flu: Caregivers of Infants and Young Children

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Children younger than 5 years old– especially those younger than 2– are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications. CDC estimates that since 2010, flu-related hospitalizations among children younger than 5 years ranged from 7,000 to 26,000 in the United States. Many more have to go to a doctor, an urgent care center, or the emergency room because of flu. Complications from flu among children can include: pneumonia (an illness where the lungs get infected and inflamed), dehydration (when a child’s body loses too much water and salts, often because fluid losses are greater than fluid intake), worsening of long-term medical problems like...

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10 Things to Know About Newborn Babies - Part 1

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1. Baby may be, well, a little funny-looking.  His head may be smooshed from his journey through the birth canal, and he might be sporting a "bodysuit" of fine hair called lanugo. He could also be puffy-faced and have eyes that are often shut (and a little gooey). After all, he just spent nine months in the womb. But pretty soon, he'll resemble that beautiful baby you imagined.2. Don't expect rewards - smiles or coos - until about the 6-week mark.Up until then, you're working for a boss who only complains! To get through the exhaustion and emotional upheaval, keep...

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Bringing Baby Home, Your Baby’s First 30 Days - Staying Sane

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Staying Sane: No matter how excited you are to be a mommy, the constant care an infant demands can drain you. Find ways to take care of yourself by lowering your expectations and stealing short breaks.First, ignore unwanted or confusing advice. "In the end, you're the parents, so you decide what's best," says Julie Balis, a mom in Frankfort, Illinois."Forget about housework for the first couple of months," says Alison Mackonochie, author of 100 Tips for a Happy Baby (Barron's). "Concentrate on getting to know your baby. If anyone has anything to say about the dust piling up or the...

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Bringing Baby Home, Your Baby’s First 30 Days - Traveling with Baby

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Traveling with Baby: Enlist backup. Make your first journey to a big, public place with a veteran mom. "Having my sister with me for support kept me from becoming flustered the first time I went shopping with my newborn," says Suzanne Zook, a mom in Denver.If you're on your own, "stick to places likely to welcome a baby, such as story hour at a library or bookstore," suggests Christin Gauss, a mom in Fishers, Indiana."Keep your diaper bag packed," says Fran Bowen, a mom in Brooklyn. There's nothing worse than finally getting the baby ready, only to find that you're...

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Bringing Baby Home, Your Baby’s First 30 Days - Getting Dad Involved

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Getting Dad Involved: Your husband, who helped you through your pregnancy, may seem at a loss now that baby's here. It's up to you, Mom, to hand the baby over and let Dad figure things out, just like you're doing. Let him be. Many first-time dads hesitate to get involved for fear of doing something wrong and incurring the wrath of Mom. "Moms need to allow their husbands to make mistakes without criticizing them," says Armin Brott, author of The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year (Abbeville Press). Ask Dad to take time off from work --...

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