Your Baby's First Year For Dummies
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During your baby’s first year, you’re still getting used to her needs, her moods, and her method of communication — which most often is a healthy yell. No need to panic, just run through the following list to discover the reason for your baby’s distress, which can help you find the way to alleviate it.

  • Is her diaper full?

  • Is she hungry?

  • Did you burp her after her last feeding?

  • Is she tired?

  • Is she frustrated or angry (by trying and not succeeding at a new skill, for example)?

  • Is she hurt?

  • Is she overstimulated (too much going on around her)?

  • Is she frightened?

  • Is something (a tag, or a toe stuck in a sock the wrong way) irritating her physically?

  • Is she sick (fever, diarrhea, runny nose)?

  • Is she cutting a tooth (general crankiness, drooling, blue spot on her gum)?

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Dr. James Gaylord has a dual Board Certification in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine and has been in private practice in Burnt Hills, N.Y. since 1997. He is a 1988 graduate of Albany Medical College, where he also served as an assistant professor from 1993 to 1997. His training includes a residency in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine; he also spent a year (1992-93) as chief resident in Pediatrics. He continues to train medical students in his private practice.

Michelle Hagen is a freelance writer and editor and the author of 8 books. She has a degree in literature from Empire State College.

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