Though human milk is the preferred feeding for infants, parents may consider formula-feeding if there is an inadequate supply of breast milk, the baby sucks inefficiently, the parents want to monitor how much the baby is receiving, or the mother is taking medications that are unsafe for the baby and may be passed through the breast milk. Read more: Infant Formulas Article
Multimedia: Slideshows, Images & Quizzes
Better Ways to Feed Your Baby
What tips and tricks help you introduce healthy foods to your baby's diet. Learn techniques for feeding that work for infants and...
Get the Facts About Bottle Feeding and Infant Formula
Do you need to warm a bottle? What's the best way to burp your baby? Find out what you need to know about bottle feeding and...
Top Surprises of Life After Baby Arrives in Pictures
What are surprises new parents when they bring a baby home? Learn about infant sleep, getting help, adult relationships, and...
Related Disease Conditions
Pregnancy Planning (Tips)
Pregnancy planning is an important step in preparation for starting or expanding a family. Planning for a pregnancy includes taking prenatal vitamins, eating healthy for you and your baby, disease prevention (for both parents and baby) to prevent birth defects and infections, avoiding certain medications that may be harmful to your baby, how much weight gain is healthy exercise safety and pregnancy, travel during pregnancy.
GERD and GER (Acid Reflux) in Infants and Children
GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is the upward movement of stomach content, including acid, into the esophagus and sometimes into or out of the mouth. Common symptoms of GERD in children include colic, feeding problems, poor growth, frequent vomiting or coughing, heartburn, regurgitation, recurrent wheezing, pneumonia, choking, or gagging. Treatment may involve elevating the child's bed, keeping the child upright after eating, limiting foods that seem to make the reflux worse, encouraging your child to exercise, and serving several small meals a day.
Gangrene may result when blood flow to a tissue is lost or not adequate to keep the tissue alive. There are two types of gangrene: wet and dry. All cases of wet gangrene are infected by bacteria. Most cases of dry gangrene are not infected. If wet gangrene goes untreated, the patient may die of sepsis within hours or days. Dry gangrene usually doesn't cause the patient to die. Symptoms of dry gangrene include numbness, discoloration, and mummification of the affected tissue. Wet gangrene symptoms include swelling, pain, pus, bad smell, and black appearance of the affected tissue. Treatment depends upon the type of gangrene and how much tissue is compromised by the gangrene.
Children's health is focused on the well-being of children from conception through adolescence. There are many aspects of children's health, including growth and development, illnesses, injuries, behavior, mental illness, family health, and community health.
Iron is a mineral our bodies need. Iron deficiency is a condition resulting from not enough iron in the body. It is the most common nutritional deficiency and the leading cause in the US. Iron deficiency is caused due to increased iron deficiency from diseases, nutritional deficiency, or blood loss and the body's inability to intake or absorb iron. Children, teen girls, pregnant women, and babies are at most risk for developing iron deficiency. Symptoms of iron deficiency include feeling weak and tired, decreased work or school performance, slow social development, difficulty maintaining body temperature, decreased immune function, and an inflamed tongue. Blood tests can confirm an iron deficiency in an individual. Treatment depends on the cause of the deficiency. Proper diet that includes recommended daily allowances of iron may prevent some cases of iron deficiency.
Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a disorder that is inherited. PKU disorder increases the levels of phenylalanine in the blood. Phenylalanine is an amino acid that is obtained through diet, and is found in some artificial sweeteners. Signs and symptoms of PKU may vary from mild to severe, and may include: Behavioral problems Developmental delays Autism Seizures PKU has an autosomal recessive pattern of inheritance.
Local ResourcesFind a local Pediatrician in your town
Treatment & Diagnosis
Prevention & Wellness
- Abnormal Gut Microbiome May Stunt Preemies' Growth
- Infant Formula Powder Recalled Due to Possible Metal Contamination
- Another Reason Breast Is Best for Fragile Preemie Babies
- Few Days of Formula Feeding After Delivery Won't Harm Breastfed Babies
- Breast Milk, Formula Affect Baby's 'Microbiome' in Different Ways
- Breast Milk May Boost Preemies' Brain Development
- Want Good Sleep for Baby? Food May Be Key
- Special Baby Formula Doesn't Seem to Prevent Type 1 Diabetes
- Probiotic Supplements Failed to Prevent Babies' Infections
- Most Cow's Milk Baby Formulas Don't Up Risk of Type 1 Diabetes
- Most of Canada's Packaged Foods, Drinks Have Added Sugars
- Used Safely, Donor Breast Milk Can Help Preemie Babies
- Big $ Spent Marketing Not-So-Healthy Baby, Toddler Foods: Study
- Antibiotics, Formula Feeding Might Change Baby's 'Microbiome'
- Antibiotics May Blunt Breast-Feeding's Benefits
- Special Infant Formulas Don't Shield Against Asthma, Allergies: Study
- Breast Milk Makeup May Influence Child's Later Weight, Study Says
- Fewer U.S. Hospitals Send New Moms Home With Formula
- Arsenic in Well Water Can Raise Level in Baby Formula: Study
- FDA Sets Safety Standards for Infant Formula
- Newborns Fed Formula in Hospital Less Likely to Be Breast-Fed Later
- Health Tip: Help Prevent Clogged Milk Ducts
- A Little Formula Might Help Breast-Feeding for Some Babies
- Omega-3s in Formula Can Help Baby's Eyesight: Review
- Study Sees Link Between Prolonged Formula Feeding, Leukemia Risk
- More Benefits of Breast Milk Revealed
- Soy Formula May Harm Babies With Underactive Thyroid: Report
- Infant Formula Can Be a Major Source of BPA: Experts
- Soy and Cow's Milk-Based Baby Formulas Face Off
- A Common Organic Sweetener May Boost Arsenic Levels in Foods
- Infant Formula Investigated in Baby Death
- Fatty Acids From Formula or Breastfeeding May Boost Mental Development
- Health Tip: When You Feed Baby Formula
- Black Women in U.S. Comfortable With Formula Feeding
- Breastfeeding Rates Vary by Race, Region
- Formula Samples Hinder Breastfeeding Efforts
- Health Tip: Choosing a Baby Formula
- Iron in Infant Formula May Raise Adult Parkinson's Risk