* Introduction

* Pre-Birth Mother Care

* Birth

* Bringing your New Baby Home

* Inoculations

* Feeding your    Baby

* Drugs

* Diapers

* Washing

* Clothes

* Sickness

* Babysitters

* Friends

* Walking

* Watching

* Playing,    Reading &    Teaching

* Toys

* Jewelry

* Smoking

* Body Parts

* Singing

* Pictures

* After Birth    Mother Care

* Mosquito    Spray and    Coils

* Fans

* Kids and    Animals

* Sanitation &    Cleaning

* Girls and Boys

Injuries & Sickness

   All babies get sick. On average, your baby will get a cold or flu 4 - 6 times a year. They will scratch their eyes and face with their fingernails, get diaper rash, cut their arms and legs, have earaches, and bad stomachs. They may show an allergic reaction to certain foods or drugs. They will fall down and hit their heads against walls, furniture and the floor. The will have fevers and cry after an inoculation. They will get mosquito bites, and bites from other bugs. This is common for all babies.

   Your job is to make sure that none of this happens, and when it does, to take care of it immediately. Babies can't tell you where it hurts, when it started, how much it hurts. But by careful observation, you can figure out where most of the problems are coming from.

   Many sickness happen to babies because they have no immunity to that particular disease. Once you get a flu and recover from it, your body knows how to stop that particular flu in the future, before you get sick. Diseases also come from other people who are sick or carry a sickness in their blood, when they have contact with your baby. Diseases can also come from animals, bugs, food and anything else touching the skin, eyes, or in the mouth, and in the air.

   Most injuries and sicknesses can be fixed in the home without going outside for help. Some require immediate medical attention. You must know what to do, and when to do it, in every situation, to keep your baby healthy and alive. You need to know observe your child when she is healthy, so you know when something is wrong.

   This book does not cover diseases and treatments, so you need to seek information elsewhere, but we do have some advice:

* When changing diapers, look for any problems in the genitals, and around the waist.

* It is usually better to avoid injuries than to deal with fixing one after it happens. Sometimes, you want to let your baby get a small injury, like bumping their head softly into the wall, so that they learn. Most injuries to babies happen when you are not paying attention.