A Glossary for what parents should know especially for moms in the first year of parenthood.
Mommy Glossary I- R
Impetigo – A yellow crusted rash. Needs doctor’s treatment for a prompt cure. Very contagious.
Jaundice – Yellowing of the skin. Often happens in new-born babies.
Knock Knees – Many toddlers look knock-kneed. Real knock knees need medical attention.
Masturbation – Sexual pleasure obtained through handling genitals. A common harmless activity.
Meconium – A black, tarry substance that babies pass before the normal motions start appear a day or so after birth.
Milk Surplus – Usually a temporary phenomenon that passes after a few days.
Otitis media – An infection in the middle ear producing, in babies, a temperature, crying and diarrhoea and sickness.
Overweight – If a baby weighs persistently more than he should he is overweight and at extra risk because of this. Consult doctor about weight management.
Posseting – Sometimes confused with vomiting – this is a harmless and normal rejection of excess food through the mouth after feeding. Some babies posset more than others.
Postnatal Examination – An important procedure in which the doctor checks, when baby is about six weeks old, that womb and vigina are normal after childbirth. A smear test is taken routinely and contraception advice is given if required.
Pustules – Yellow spots that appear on a baby’s face quite soon after birth. They go away usually without treatment. See a doctor if they spread.
Reflexes – These automatic muscular responses indicate that the nervous system is working properly. Reflexes are tested at birth.
Rubella – The medical name for German measles.
Ruptures – See Hernia.
source: The First Year Book by Eric Trimmer