Baby acne

Typically, new moms don’t associate acne with their soft little bundle of joy. However, the American Academy of Dermatology says that baby acne is a common ailment caused by hormones from the mother that increases oil production in the infants skin. Don’t worry though – outbreaks typically clear within a few weeks, without treatment. Bedding and apparel collect saliva and dead skin cells, so try keeping baby’s clothes and sleeping area clean at all times.

Hidden virus

RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, RSV infections generally occur from November to April. RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children under the age of 1 year in the United States. Almost all children will have had an RSV infection by their second birthday, but only 0.5 to 2 percent will require hospitalization, and most who do are under the age of 6 months. Be sure to talk to your child’s doctor about RSV.

Toy Safety

Toys are fun, but they can present health hazards to your baby, depending on age-appropriateness. CPSC.gov advises parents to keep small balls with a diameter of 1.75 inches or less out of the reach of children under the age of 3.

Toys and games with small parts that are intended for use by children of certain age groups are legally required to be labeled as such. Appropriate toys for children under 3 include plush animals, teething toys and soft building blocks. Always be sure to supervise babies and young children during play.

Baby sign language

A new trend in the world of baby development is teaching your child sign language. Baby sign language can be an effective way for baby to communicate, long before any vocal communication is established. However, it can also be beneficial to parents. In a study published by the Education Resources Information Center, researchers followed 40 infants from age 8 months to 20 months. Half of their mothers were trained to use a set of gestures to their infants. The mothers who used the gesture training were found to be more responsive to their infants nonverbal cues, and therefore encouraged more independent action by their infant.