Common Baby Problems

These are some of the issues and problems that you can may expect to encounter with young babies. Eczema Eczema can quite often occur in babies up to about 4 months of age. It is usually milder than the type that occurs in adults. Your baby's cheeks become rough and scaly and this…

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The Birth

You will know when you are about to give birth because both you and your body will display some warning signs such as: an urge to clean up the house in readiness for the arrival of the baby. you may feel energetic and unsettled - wanting to keep on the move. you may…

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Week by Week Changes

When you become pregnant you experience many incredible changes over your pregnancy.  Here we look at week by week changes you will experience...  And developments in your womb. Week 1: Development of the Zygote Day 1.    During sexual intercourse Approx 300-500 million sperm are deposited in the female genital tract...  But only…

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Your Pregnancy (A Summary)

The First Signs A missed period The first and most obvious sign that you may be pregnant is a missed period. This however may be caused by other factors or it may simply be late. Lighter periods Some women continue to get their periods for a couple of months but they are lighter.…

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Miscarriage

Quite a high percentage of early pregnancies miscarry.  It can occur when you do not realize it - you may think your period was abnormally heavy. This is often nature's way of rejecting an embryo that is abnormal or malformed. Miscarriages are often known as spontaneous abortions and people in medical occupations often use…

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Infertility

Infertility unfortunately can affect many couples trying to conceive a baby.  It is the inability to conceive a child after a year or more of sexual intercourse without contraception. What to look for If after a period of unprotected intercourse, the couple cannot conceive, this is infertility. It can be because of either partner…

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Finding Your Due Date

280 days or 40 weeks is the usual duration of a pregnancy...  To determine you due date firstly work out the first day of your last period and count forward 9 months and 1 week from that date. To assist you we have a chart below that you can use (Scroll Down to…

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Conception

Conception is a lot more complicated than the act of joining the sperm with an egg. The timing and conditions must be right to ensure that it is successful. People naturally assume that conception will take place soon after they stop taking 'the pill' - it is a presumed natural and straightforward event.…

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Menstrual Problems

What to look for Menstruation occurs when an ovary releases an egg, at this time the lining of the uterus grows and becomes flooded with blood. If the egg is not fertilised, the ovary releases progesterone, which causes menstrual flow. This happens every 28 days until interrupted by pregnancy or ended by menopause.…

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Immunisation

It is normal for you and your child to come into contact with bacteria and viruses on a regular basis. Some of these microbes can cause serious problems. Immunisation protects your baby from serious diseases and illnesses. It is safe and easy to administer. How immunisation can help... When you are vaccinated, your…

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Cervical Problems

The cervix is at the neck of the uterus (womb), is about 2.5 cm long and has a small break through it. What to look for vaginal discharge. painful intercourse. vaginal bleeding, sometimes during or after intercourse. unusually heavy menstrual periods. crampy pelvic pain or a feeling of heaviness. Many cervical problems have…

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Colic

Colic is an acute abdominal pain probably caused by abnormal bowel functions and wind. What to look for Colic is thought to occur when the bowel in a baby contracts more regularly than an adult's slower peristaltic movements. It is characterised by: loud screaming lasting for hours, three or more days a week and…

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Depression

Depression is a state of feeling 'down' which lasts for a long but indefinite period of time What to look for For major depression, you may experience four or more of the following: persistent sadness, pessimism. feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, or hopelessness. loss of interest or enjoyment in nearly every aspect of…

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Dermatitis

Dermatitis is a red and itching inflammation of the skin What to look for Contact dermatitis (an allergic reaction) (an allergic reaction) A red rash that is restricted to the area of skin exposed to an irritant. Nummular dermatitis Red, itchy, circular lots of weeping, scaly, or encrusted skin, common in older people who…

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