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Preventing Premature Birth Content List

  • Birthmarks

    Birthmarks that babies are born with, or develop soon after birth, are mostly harmless and many even go away on their own, but sometimes they're associated with certain health problems.

  • Colic

    Colic is common in babies - but that doesn't make it easier for parents to handle. Learn what colic is, what causes it, and what you can do about it.

  • Febrile Seizures

    Febrile seizures are full-body convulsions caused by high fevers that affect young kids. Although they can be frightening, they usually stop on their own and don't cause any other health problems.

  • Flat Head Syndrome (Positional Plagiocephaly)

    Babies can develop a flat spot on the back of their heads, usually from sleeping in the same position too long. Alternating your baby's sleep position and providing lots of "tummy time" can help.

  • Infant Torticollis

    Babies with this condition have trouble turning their heads, due to muscle tightness. Simple stretching exercises and physical therapy can help babies get better.

  • Intussusception

    Intussusception is the most common cause of bowel blockages in very young children. Quick treatment can help them recover without lasting problems.

  • Port-Wine Stains

    For most kids, these birthmarks are no big deal — they're just part of who they are. Read about port-wine stains, how to care for them, and, if necessary, what treatments are available.

  • Transient Tachypnea of the Newborn (TTN)

    For some newborns, the first few breaths of life may be faster and more labored than normal because of a lung condition called transient tachypnea of the newborn (TTN).

  • When Your Baby’s in the NICU

    Learn what a NICU visit will be like for your little one, what you can do to help, and how to find support for yourself.

  • Your Baby’s Care Team in the NICU

    If your baby is getting medical care in you NICU, find out who will be caring for your baby and how they can help.

  • Are You in Labor?

    Here's how to tell the difference between true labor and false labor -- and when to get medical care.

  • Birthing Centers and Hospital Maternity Services

    Where you choose to give birth is an important decision. Is a hospital or a birth center right for you? Knowing the facts can help you make your decision.

  • Natural Childbirth

    Some women choose to give birth using no medications at all, relying instead on relaxation techniques and controlled breathing for pain. Get more information on natural childbirth.

  • Treatments to Prevent Premature Birth

    Some women are more likely than others to go into labor early. Find out what doctors can do to help prevent or delay early labor.

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