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Everything you need to know about babies

The biggest change in life is to have your first baby and become a parent. There’s plenty to learn, and lots to wonder. Here we have collected our articles about babies and parenting in the first year. Have we missed something we should be writing about? Comment on the page or email cecilia.chrapkowska@gmail.com

Agnes Wold on advising new parents
Agnes Wold on advising new parents

It is fascinating to see and hear all the advice being handed out that is almost all completely wrong! My mother used to tell me how she was crying at the crib when I was a kid. This is because there …

Babies sweat in hot weather – should you give them water?
Babies sweat in hot weather – should you give them water?

Finally the summer heat is here! What we’ve all been waiting for! But if it’s your first time caring for a sweaty baby, you’re probably asking – how am I going to deal with this? I’ve only just gotten…

Baby poo – what is normal? Green poop or slimy – what does that mean?
Baby poo – what is normal? Green poop or slimy – what does that mean?

Facts and advice about baby poo. Written by pediatricians for parents. A baby’s poo always raises questions – Is green poo a sign of disease? Does a baby have to have yellow poo? Can an baby have slim…

Bottle feeding your newborn baby formula – how much do you give? And how often?
Bottle feeding your newborn baby formula – how much do you give? And how often?

Facts and advice about bottle feeding your newborn formula. Written by pediatricians for parents. A newborn baby needs food. The food can be breast milk or formula. The choice is up to the parents. In…

Bronchiolitis (and RSV) in children and babies – symptoms and infection
Bronchiolitis (and RSV) in children and babies – symptoms and infection

Facts and advice about bronchiolitis (and RS virus) in babies. Written by pediatricians for parents. Every winter RSV returns, and parents don’t know what to think. What are the symptoms of bronchioli…

Colds in babies – snotty and stuffy nose – how to help?
Colds in babies – snotty and stuffy nose – how to help?

The first time your baby gets a cold, you probably have so many questions. What should I do? Is the baby going to be clear of this? Is it the RS-virus? As a pediatrician, I am not nearly as interested…

Colic in infants – gastric drops, acupuncture, what helps?
Colic in infants – gastric drops, acupuncture, what helps?

Facts and advice about colic and how to survive as a parent. Written by pediatricians for parents. Infant colic affects between 3-30% of all infants. Babies scream inconsolably for hours a day, usuall…

Constipation in children – what helps?
Constipation in children – what helps?

Constipation is a really common problem in children of all ages. The exception is breastfed babies. They rarely get constipated. It is common for bottle-fed infants to be constipated, as well as those…

Cradle cap – this is how you get rid of it
Cradle cap – this is how you get rid of it

Cradle cap is a completely harmless form of dermatitis on the scalp and does not bother the baby. But if you as the parent prefer to treat and remove it, read below. What is cradle cap? Cradle…

Diaper rash, fungal infections and a red baby bum.
Diaper rash, fungal infections and a red baby bum.

A red baby bum can be a diaper rash, fungal infection or just a result of heat and moisture. Here you can learn how to distinguish diaper rashes from fungal infections; and how to treat and prevent re…

Gastroenteritis and breastfeeding
Gastroenteritis and breastfeeding

I’ve been asked some questions about gastroenteritis and breastfeeding, and here are my answers. More information about gastroenteritis can be read in this post. 1. I am breastfeeding and have g…

Get started with breastfeeding – when does the milk come?
Get started with breastfeeding – when does the milk come?

Facts and advice about getting started with breastfeeding Written by pediatricians for parents. When does the milk come? That seems to be the most common question mothers ask pediatricians on their ma…

Head injuries and concussion when children hit their head
Head injuries and concussion when children hit their head

Facts and advice about head injuries and concussion. Written by pediatricians for parents. Children often fall and hit their head. Learn when it is dangerous and when to seek care. And is it dangerous…

Help babies fall asleep – tips for a successful bedtime routine
Help babies fall asleep – tips for a successful bedtime routine

Getting a baby fall asleep is a really difficult art. Sleep, or lack thereof, affects both you as parents and your baby. This topic is the most sought after and science doesn’t provide much help. R…

How a baby’s immune system works – about breastfeeding and antibodies
How a baby’s immune system works – about breastfeeding and antibodies

Facts about the baby immune system, antibodies and breastfeeding. Written by Professor of Clinical Immunology and Microbiology. Do newborn babies have a functioning immune system or not? What good is …

How long should you breastfeed?

Many parents are asking the question – how long should I breastfeed? And some feel compelled to provide you with assured answers. WHO has decided to recommend 6 months of full breastfeeding and part-t…

Infant sleep – how much or little is normal?
Infant sleep – how much or little is normal?

Infant sleep is not like adult’s sleep. Most newborn babies sleep a lot, and some sleep all the time. Yet newborn sleep is one of the greatest challenges facing early parenthood. Babies’ circadian rhy…

Lumps behind the ear, in the throat or on neck in children
Lumps behind the ear, in the throat or on neck in children

Have you discovered a lump behind the ear, in the throat or on the neck of your child? Maybe it’s a lymph node? Should it really be there for so long? Can the nodules be dangerous? The lumps are of…

Milk protein allergy in babies and milk-free infant formula

Milk protein allergy, also known as cow’s milk allergy, milk allergy or cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA) is a tricky condition often suspected in screaming infants. These children may feel better eat…

My baby just wants to sleep on me and your baby doesn’t want to be in your arms
My baby just wants to sleep on me and your baby doesn’t want to be in your arms

Some babies just want to be close all the time, others never want to be in anyone’s arms. Some can only sleep on you and others can’t go to sleep on your lap. What should I do? Do you like routine?…

Never shake a baby – Shaken Baby Syndrome
Never shake a baby – Shaken Baby Syndrome

  If you shake a baby so violently that the head is thrown back and forth, the blood vessels under the hard meninges are torn off. This creates cerebral hemorrhages that can become very large …

Postpartum depression – when it’s hard to be a parent
Postpartum depression – when it’s hard to be a parent

Depression is a common disease. Postpartum depression is depression associated with being a new parent. If you are experiencing postpartum depression, it is especially important to seek care quickly. …

Taste food portions – when and how to introduce food?
Taste food portions – when and how to introduce food?

Facts and advice about taste portions. Written by pediatricians for parents. Taste portions of food are usually given to babies at 3, 4 or maybe 5 months of age. The introduction of food to babies has…

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? About vaccinations for babies.
To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? About vaccinations for babies.

There has been a lot of debate about whether to vaccinate your baby or not. Here is a take on what Ursula Flatters, a physician at the anthroposophical Vidar clinic in Ytterjärna, said: “Some par…

When a baby wants to sleep on their stomach – do baby breathing monitors help against sudden infant death syndrome?
When a baby wants to sleep on their stomach – do baby breathing monitors help against sudden infant death syndrome?

The most important advice regarding newborns is this – they should always sleep on their backs. The risk of sudden infant death syndrome greatly increases when newborns sleep on their backs. The advic…

When a newborn has trouble breathing, is my child deprived of oxygen?
When a newborn has trouble breathing, is my child deprived of oxygen?

In the mother’s womb, a baby does not need to be able to breathe. Oxygenation occurs through the placenta. Once the umbilical cord is cut, this no longer works and the newborn must start breathing. Mo…

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