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6 Inherited Health Conditions

While tucking our sons into bed the other night, I was struck by how many of their physical attributes they've inherited from my husband and me. Eleven-year-old Nate has my heart-shaped face, large eyes, and cowlicky hair, along with my husband's mouth and freckles. Six-year-old Nicky, on the other hand, has the same green eyes and dirty-blond hair that I do, but my husband's nose and chin. But those aren't the only things we've passed on: Nate has acquired my propensity for headaches and hay fever, and Nicky got my husband's eczema in a bad way.

A Guide to Baby Poop, Pee and Spit Up

What goes in must come out, and in the world of babies that fact takes on a whole new meaning. It will seem like your baby pees, poops and spits up way more than he takes in, leaving you wondering if he’s getting any nourishment at all. To reassure yourself that he is not going to wither and die from malnutrition anytime soon, you will find that you inspect diaper contents with a zeal once reserved for an elegant gourmet dinner, then discuss them ad nauseam with your partner, relatives, friends and strangers in the grocery checkout line.

Winter Health Survival Guide

Even if this is your baby's first winter, you're probably prepared for a few cases of the sniffles. It's those other winter bugs -- the ones that can cause soaring fevers or awful coughs -- that leave you rattled. But not for long. We walk you through the latest research on seasonal bugs that strike babies and provide expert tips on the best ways to fight back.

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The Scoop On Poop

Here are a few things you can expect to see when you change your baby's diaper, according to Michael Farrell, M.D., a pediatric gastroenterologist at Children's Hospital Medical Center, in Cincinnati:

Newborns (for the first two or three days) will pass meconium, a sticky, greenish-black material that once filled their intestines in the womb. Then their bowel movements will change in color and consistency, depending on whether they're breastfeeding or on formula. Infants typically have between three and nine bowel movements a day (it varies with how much they eat).

Dealing with Baby Diarrhea

Too much poop can be tough to spot in tiny tots. What to watch for? Stools so loose they sink into the diaper, says Jolanda White, M.D., a pediatric gastroenterologist at Columbus Children's Hospital in Ohio. Here's the lowdown on what's up with all that doo-doo:

When to call the doc: Anytime a baby younger than 2 months has diarrhea, when you see blood in the stools, or when the diarrhea lasts more than eight hours. Be on the lookout for dehydration; the first clue is fewer wet diapers. If you see a sunken soft spot, head for the E.R.