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Newborn Packet - Sounds and Symptoms

All newborns come equipped with a variety of alarming noises and movements, yet no instruction manual.  All babies have fussy periods when they are difficult to calm.  The following symptoms are those of real illness that should prompt a call to us:

Rectal temperature of 100.5 degrees or more
Persistent poor feeding
Excessive irritability
Persistent cough

For other confusing symptoms and behaviors, the following “instruction manuals” may prove indispensable in the year(s) ahead:

The Basics:
Your Baby’s First Year – American Academy of Pediatrics
Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5 – American Academy of Pediatrics
Your Child’s Health: The Parents’ One-Stop Reference Guide to: Symptoms, Emergencies, Common Illnesses, Behavior Problems and Healthy Development – Barton D. Schmitt

Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems – Richard Ferber, M.D.
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child – Marc Weissbluth
Sleeping Through The Night: How Infants, Toddlers and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep – Jodi A. Mindell
American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Your Child’s Sleep: Birth Through Adolescence – AAP

The Difficult Child –  Stanley Turecki, M.D.
Touchpoints: Birth to 3: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development – T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.
How to Behave So Your Preschooler Will, Too! – Sal Severe
1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 – Thomas W. Phelan

The Magic Years- Selma Fraibert
Toilet Learning- Alison Mack

New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding – American Academy of Pediatrics
The Nursing Mother’s Companion – Kathleen Huggins, R.N., M.S.