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Ages birth to 5 years

Congratulations and welcome on the arrival of your baby. Your thoughts may be swirling with questions about your baby's care. You may feel confident, happy, unsure, depressed or overwhelmed — all in the same day.

This is a time of learning for both you and your baby. Try to be patient. You and your baby are starting to know each other. When you learn your baby's sleeping, eating and crying patterns, your confidence will soar.

As your baby grows, so will your list of questions.

Diaper rash, illness, spitting up, crying, teething — they may cause you sleepless nights and anxiety. You may wonder when you should call your health care provider or visit your clinic.

This section of the website can help answer your questions about:

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Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition

To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."

First published: 02/01/2010
Last updated: 01/01/2014

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic