Some people believe that nipple stimulation can induce labor. However, while nipple stimulation can release hormones that cause uterine contraction, most studies show that it does not bring about the onset of actual labor. Most doctors do not recommend nipple stimulation to induce labor, but some anecdotal evidence exists for its effectiveness. In this article,
Apart from having a doctor’s opinion during an ultrasound, is it possible to predict a baby’s sex? Friends and family may point out signs of having a girl or boy, but most of these will probably be based on folklore rather than science. An ultrasound at 20 weeks into the pregnancy is the most reliable
A pregnant woman will notice many different movements as the baby develops, and these movements are likely to get stronger with each trimester. As well as kicks, rolls, and jabs, a woman may also notice fetal hiccups. Identifying fetal hiccups can be difficult. A woman may notice, however, that the sensation of hiccups is more
Cystic hygromas are fluid-filled sacs that occur most commonly on the head or neck of a baby. They are a result of blockages in the lymphatic system. Doctors can sometimes detect cystic hygromas using ultrasounds during pregnancy. They can also diagnose them after the baby is born. Some cystic hygromas may not appear until the
Heating pads can be used while pregnant to ease any pain in the muscles or joints, so long as they do not raise the woman’s body temperature too much. Obstetricians and midwives routinely caution against the use of hot tubs during pregnancy, so it is understandable that women may worry about other heat sources during
Baby ear infections are common but are usually nothing to worry about. Many young children will not need antibiotics and can be treated with home remedies, such as acetaminophen, warm compresses, and drinking more fluids. This article looks at when antibiotics might be needed to treat an ear infection in a baby, and how to
Dehydration is more common during pregnancy than at other times. Most cases of dehydration in pregnancy are mild, but severe dehydration can be dangerous for both the mother and the baby. The fetus places intense demands on the body, and women who are pregnant need to consume extra nutrients. Morning sickness, as well as conditions
Usually, newborns grunt when they learn how to pass stool. However, this grunting can occasionally indicate a health issue, such as trapped mucus, gastroesophageal reflux or irregular breathing. In this article, we explore the reasons that newborns grunt. We also discuss accompanying symptoms, home remedies, and when to see a doctor. Is newborn grunting normal?
Researchers may have found a promising new treatment for a genetic form of autism. Using experimental cancer drugs, scientists reversed the condition in mice. It may soon be possible to reverse and even prevent autism. According to the most recent estimates, 1 in 59 children in the United States have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
A new study examines the impact of narcissism on adolescents’ school performance. The findings may help us to see this personality trait in a more positive light. Narcissism could make teenagers more self-confident, more mentally resilient, and better students. In specialist literature, narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism form the “Dark Triad” of personality traits. The phrase
In the context of an ever-louder international debate on whether patients with severe forms of epilepsy should be allowed to use medical cannabis to manage their condition, the Food and Drug Administration have just officially approved one such drug. The Food and Drug Administration have just approved a cannabis-based drug for the first time. Recently,
When a type of yeast called Candida grows out of control, a yeast infection can result. Yeast infections are common and may be painful and itchy. A yeast infection can affect adults and children, but babies and toddlers are especially susceptible. As scientists learn more about the body’s internal ecosystem, they gain more understanding of
Many symptoms of leukemia in children are also symptoms of common, less serious childhood illnesses. Leukemia can be chronic, and the symptoms may develop slowly, or it can be acute, and the symptoms may appear very quickly. Childhood leukemia also affects teens. It is the most common type of cancer in children under the age
Neglected older children are too often going “unseen” as authorities fail to recognise the abuse and trauma they have experienced and instead consider them to be the “problem”, a report has warned. Teenagers escaping neglectful homes are going missing, falling into exploitation and being drawn into criminal activity, as police and social services struggle to
More than half of young people feel “unaccepted” by their peers, teachers or families, a new poll has revealed. Nearly 60 percent felt they could be themselves around others for fear of being judged. It also emerged 72 percent of respondents have been prevented from getting a good night’s rest because of their worries. Read more A quarter