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Women's and Infants' Health

About Babies


A newborn baby's head accounts for about one-quarter of it's entire weight.

Babies are born with poor vision but can recognize their mothers almost immediately.

Children born in the month of May are on the average 200 grams heavier at birth than children born in any other month.

Newborn babies eat as often as 12 times a day.

In January, 2005, a Brazilian woman gave birth to a baby weighing 16.7 pounds.

According to Aristotle, wind direction determined whether a baby would be a boy or a girl.

The average child will eat 15 pounds of cereal in a year.

Diaper rash occurs more often after 8 months of age.

Identical twins exhibit almost identical brain wave patterns.

Babies are born with 300 bones, but because some bones fuse together, adults only have 206 bones.

The U.S. has one of the highest rates of multiple births, while Japan has one of the lowest, with multiple births occurring one in 120 births.

Babies communicate physically before they can communicate verbally. Parents subliminally teach their children some gestures, such as good-bye waves and pointing at objects.

Every three seconds a baby is born.

In 2004, nearly 500,00 babies were born prematurely - earlier than 37 weeks.



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