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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.


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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

3 Reasons Your Baby Is Crying And What You Can Do

by Francisco Arnold

If your baby is crying incessantly, it can be downright awful. You feel bad for your infant that you can't seem to help and you are exhausted beyond exhausted. If your baby is crying, it's trying to tell you something is wrong, although it's difficult to tell what it is that your baby wants or needs. If you've tried just about everything you can think of, there may be other reasons why your baby is crying, and it could have something more to do with your baby's health, as opposed to the typical hungry or tired crying. Read on for a few other reasons why your baby may be crying.

Your Baby Is Teething

If your baby is about 3 months old, the first teeth may be beginning to come in. When this happens, it's painful for an infant to have to deal with. It's awful for parents as well, but there are ways to help your baby cope with this pain. One thing you can do is to give your infant a cool washcloth to bite on and chew on. A pacifier works as well for chewing, as the pressure will help your infant with the pain. You can also try using teething tablets or Acetaminophen as long as your child's pediatrician approves. 

Your Baby Is Constipated

If you haven't seen a poopy diaper in a while, or the consistency of your baby's poop is very hard, your infant may be constipated. If you notice a lot of gas and not a lot of poop, you may need to give your baby some water with the approval of your baby's pediatrician. Your baby may not be getting enough water and formula or breast milk could be constipating your infant. If your baby is a bit older and can tolerate water, give your baby water.

Your Baby Has an Ear Infection

If your baby is crying constantly and it seems to worsen when laying down or has it's head to one side or the other, it may be an ear infection. Your infant may also have discharge from the ear, or the ear may appear bright red, although the redness may be difficult to tell with the crying, your baby may be red all over. If you suspect an ear infection, get your infant to the pediatrician for an exam and for treatment.

If your baby is crying and it's more than the typical crying because your baby is hungry or overly tired, you should make an appointment at a local pediatric care clinic. You can learn more about what else you can do or try to help your infant feel better.