Category Archives: Healthy Babies

  • Planning for Baby’s Arrival? Don’t Forget Your Vaccinations

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    So many things to consider and prepare for in planning your little one’s arrival, don’t forget one of the most important things you can do to help protect your child’s health…vaccines. While there are some vaccines that are contraindicated during pregnancy, two that are proven safe and recommended during your pregnancy are the vaccines against Influenza and Pertussis (Whooping Cough). This applies for pregnant women and their families. Infants cannot begin […]

  • 7 Facts About the Benefits of Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding is Best

    If you are a new mom, you may have questions about breastfeeding versus formula. At Pediatric Center of Round Rock, we agree breastfeeding is best for the baby because in addition to providing the best nutrition, it also primes the immune system which prevents infections, allergies and asthma. It is recommended to breastfeed for at least 6 months, but we encourage our patients to continue for the the […]

  • Can Probiotics Help Sooth Colic? The Facts and the Myths

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    Parents will try almost anything to soothe a colicky baby in the middle of the night. Sleep deprivation by parents combined with good marketing strategies have created a successful industry designed to convince parents to try more and more products to treat colic, which over the decades have significantly increased in numbers. From Grape Water to Simethicone drops, to anise seeds, although harmless, they all fail to uniformly […]

  • Why Breast Milk is Best for Your Baby


    Though breast feeding can be difficult at the beginning, particularly for first time mothers, it gets easier. I speak from experience and encourage other mothers to continue to breastfeed as long as you are able because somewhere between seeing newborns for their 2 week and 1 month visit, I see breast feeding rates drop off dramatically. So, while this may happen for a variety of legitimate reasons, I […]

  • 5 Things To Consider When Choosing Where to Deliver Your Baby


    In most cases, you will deliver your baby where your healthcare provider has admitting privileges. At the Pediatric Center of Round Rock, our doctors have admitting privileges at North Austin Medical Center, Round Rock Medical Center and Dell Children’s Hospital. We communicate with the hospitals when our patients are admitted and when a new baby is born into our practice. If a patient is admitted to Dell Children’s […]

  • Newborn Health: Tips for Avoiding Infant Illnesses

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    Does your newborn seem to catch a new cold every month? Are you struggling to keep the sniffles away? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, a recent study conducted by University of Michigan Health System has discovered a major cause for infant illness sensitivity: “What happens at early age is that natural killer cells, like many other immune cells, do not complete their functional maturation until adulthood,” […]

  • Tips for Cleaning Out Your Child’s Nose Bulb


    If you’re a mom, you’ve more than likely used a nose bulb before, but are you aware of the built up bacteria growing inside of it? This photo was taken by a mom who cleaned her nose bulb after every use. As you can imagine, she was shocked by what she found inside – a build up of grime and bacteria. Keep those nose bulbs bacteria-free with the […]

  • 10 Ways to Overcome Postpartum Depression


    Bringing home a new baby can bring up a variety of emotions and feelings as well as difficulty managing the transition for yourself and your larger family. The medical term for these emotions is postpartum depression, and it’s a common result of giving birth that usually occurs about four weeks after delivery. Hormone changes after the birth of your baby can affect your body in a variety of […]

  • Newborn Screening Tests Identify Diseases Not Easily Noticed

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    After birth, all babies undergo tests to prevent future problems. This process is called newborn screening and is important because a infant can look perfectly healthy but may need special treatment if certain conditions are found. For example, a baby with hypothyroidism doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone and must be put on medication. Read on for more information about the newborn screening process and what your baby should […]

  • How to Protect Your Baby from SIDS

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    Even though Sudden Infant Death Symptom (SIDS) is rare, it is the leading cause of death of babies between 1 and 12 months of age. It is not the fault of the parent or caregiver, it can happen when everything is done right. However, there are steps you can take to lower the risk of SIDS. Experts are constantly discovering new information about SIDS so it is important […]

  • Tips for Protecting Your Baby from Dangers in the Home

    Every year, infants and children are injured by hazards that exist inside their own home. You will probably spend the most time with your new baby at home so it is important to take measures to ensure your child is safe. Along with the tips listed below, we have included a list of inexpensive devices you can purchase to baby-proof your home. Choking: ● Avoid giving your baby […]

  • Avoiding Food Allergies: Introducing New Foods to Your Baby

    More children in the United States suffer from food allergies than ever before. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies in children increased 18% from 1997 to 2007. It is estimated that 25% of allergic reactions that occur in school involve children who haven’t been previously diagnosed with food allergies. By identifying food allergies when your child is a baby, you can keep your […]