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  • Immune Deficiencies
  • Detailed information on immune deficiency disorders in children, including Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, Common Variable Immunodeficiency, DiGeorge Syndrome, and X-linked Agammaglobulinemia

  • Immune Disorders
  • Detailed information on the immune system and immune disorders

  • Impetigo
  • Detailed information on impetigo, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Infant
  • Detailed information on infant health

  • Infant Feeding Guide
  • How much, what, and when to feed your baby can seem daunting. But this cheat sheet will give you the information you need to start your baby on the right “nutritional” foot.

  • Infant Nutrition
  • Choosing how to feed your baby is an important decision that has life-long effects for your baby and for you.

  • Infant of Diabetic Mother
  • A baby born to a diabetic mother may need glucose orally or intravenously. The baby's blood glucose levels will be closely monitored after treatment.

  • Infant Play
  • Hang brightly colored objects near your newborn. Sing and talk to your baby. Rock your baby, and take him or her for walks.

  • Infant Sleep
  • If you know anything about your baby’s sleeping pattern, it’s probably that it doesn’t coincide with yours. But learning more about your baby’s nighttime and daytime sleep needs can help you recognize what’s normal—and what’s not.

  • Infection in Babies
  • Newborns are particularly susceptible to infections. One of the best ways to keep your baby infection-free is to wash your hands before and after handling him or her. Other preventive measures may also be necessary.

  • Insect Stings
  • Yellow jackets cause most of the allergic reactions to stings. Fire ants, found in southern states, can sting multiple times—and the sites are more likely to become infected.

  • Insect Stings and Allergic Reactions
  • For most children, the reaction to a sting is short-lived, with redness and swelling followed by pain and itching. For others, however, the allergic reaction to an insect sting can be life threatening.

  • Insects in the Ear
  • Don't attempt to remove the insect by poking it with a cotton swab. This may push the insect farther into the ear or cause damage to the middle ear and eardrum.

  • Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)
  • Newborn babies with this condition often appear thin, pale, and have loose, dry skin. The umbilical cord is often thin and dull-looking rather than shiny and fat.

  • Intravenous Line and Tubes
  • Because most babies in the NICU are too small or sick to take milk feedings, medications and fluids are often given through their veins or arteries.

  • Intraventricular Hemorrhage
  • If your baby is born prematurely, there are many worries that likely go through your mind. One of the things that can happen is bleeding on the brain. Read on to learn about this and what doctors can do help your baby.

  • Introducing a Bottle
  • You’ve been breast-feeding your baby up until now—but it’s time to return to work. You haven’t given her a bottle with breast milk yet. When should you make the change? Here are tips to make a successful transition from breast to bottle.

  • Intussusception
  • Detailed information on intussusception, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Is Your Child at Risk for Hepatitis B?
  • Hepatitis B is a highly contagious, sexually transmitted disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver, possibly causing lifelong liver infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer and death.

  • Is Your Teen Abusing Drugs or Alcohol?
  • Besides having trouble with school and relationships, teenagers taking drugs may display emotional extremes with irritability, anger and changes in sleep patterns.

  • Newborn Crying
  • Crying is the way babies communicate. They cry because of hunger, discomfort, frustration, fatigue, and even loneliness.

  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta in Children
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta is also known as brittle-bone disease because it is characterized by bones that break easily without a specific cause.

  • Thumb Sucking
  • Thumb sucking is normal in infants and young children. It shouldn't cause any permanent problems if your child stops by age 5.