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Flat Spots and the Shape of Your Baby’s Head

Babies who sleep on their back or in a car seat without changing positions for long periods of time can develop flat heads, a condition called plagiocephaly.

High-Risk Pregnancy

Every family looks forward to a healthy pregnancy and to the birth of a healthy newborn. For some, there may be unexpected challenges along the way because an expectant mother has a high-risk pregnancy.

Metabolic Tests at Birth

Metabolic tests are done on newborns with very small blood samples that are taken at birth from every baby in California.

Signs and Symptoms of Pneumonia

Symptoms of pneumonia can include fever and cough, and in the very young, those may be the only symptoms. In older children, you will notice their respiratory rates go up because they need to oxygenate their blood so they breathe more often.

What Is Colic?

Colic is the term used to describe uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy infant during its first three to four months of life. Sometimes colicky babies are responding to a discomfort in digestion.

When Your Baby Needs Surgery

In this health feature, Dr. Mustafa Kabeer, a CHOC Children’s pediatric surgeon, offers advice to parents for preparing their infant for surgery.

Breast Milk Benefits for Mom and Baby

Breast milk is the ideal food for babies says Dr. Christine Bixby, CHOC’s medical director of lactation services. Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding an infant in this health feature.

Birth Defects

Common birth defects include: heart defects, cleft lip, cleft palate, Down syndrome and spina bifida. Congenital heart defects are the most common in the U.S.

Parents and Preemies

A premature baby or preemie is born before 37 weeks of gestation. They often require hospitalization. The best way for it to grow is to have the mother's milk.

What Parents Need to Know About Cleft Palate Repair

Cleft lip and cleft palate are anomalies of the mouth and lip where the sides of the lip and the roof of the mouth do not fuse together as they should.

Crawling, Walking and Hip Disorders

Orthopaedics is the field of medicine that diagnoses and treats conditions of the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Exams at Birth

Moments after a baby is born a brief exam is conducted. The thorough exam checks the baby's head, eyes, ears, mouth, heart and hips.

Febrile Seizures: What Parents Need to Know

Seeing your child experience a febrile seizure can be scary, but unless they go on for five minutes or longer, they may not be life-threatening.

The experts at CHOC Children's and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital in partnership with the Orange County Register have developed this site to provide you with the information you need to help keep your children healthy. From immunizations to broken bones, we're here to provide answers to some of parenting's most common, and not-so-common, questions.

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