This week, the State of California announced an epidemic of whooping cough (also know as pertussis). We haven't seen numbers like these since the 1950's and unforntunately 5 infants under the age of 6 months have already died.
It is truly tragic to see a resurgence in vaccine-preventable diseases such as pertussis and measles, because in 2010 we have safe and effective vaccines that can prevent these diseases. In order to protect our communities, however, we need to encourage all parents to immunize their children. In communities where parents do not vaccinate in high numbers, it places all the children at higher risk.
I encourage all parents to vaccinate their children at the recommended intervals. The earliest an infant can receive the Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP) is 6 weeks of age.
Historically, 50% of infants who develop pertussis actually contract pertussis from a parent. New parents can help protect their infants by updating their vaccines with the new adult version Tdap (known as Adacel and Boostrix).
I encourage you to talk to your pediatricians and family doctors about the best ways to protect your precious babies from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Many newborn babies come out wanting to sleep during the day and party all night. Has this happened to you? What is a new parent to do?
For the first two weeks, newborn babies tend to be nocturnal. At about two weeks of age, they tend to modify this naughty behavior and spend a little more time awake during the daylight hours.
Trying to keep your newborn baby up all day, hoping she will sleep more at night, is likely to leave you with a very irritable baby who is awake during the day and night.
My best advice for new parents (in the first two weeks) is forget about your list of chores and to try to rest during the day when your baby rests, while counting down to that magical two week mark.View Thread
Many newborn babies will lose up to 7 to 10% of their birthweight in the first week. By two weeks of age, these same babies generally regain back to their original birthweight. From two to four weeks of age, babies usually gain weight at a rate of 1/2 to 1 ounce per day.View Thread