The secret to getting your kids to eat better
Sep20

The secret to getting your kids to eat better

Kids’ sense of taste is pre-programmed from birth to like sweets and to reject plant-based foods. However, their palates really are surprisingly malleable. The secret to raising a healthy eater is simple: you have to teach kids to choose healthy foods. Here are a few tips: Limit foods you don’t want them to like Kids start developing their tastes very early in life. When a baby starts eating solid foods, you’ll notice that...

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To vaccinate for flu or not?
Aug10

To vaccinate for flu or not?

You can get sick with the flu even if you are vaccinated, so why bother getting the vaccine? It’s true that the flu vaccine does not completely prevent influenza. In 2013-14 it prevented illness in 61% of people who were vaccinated. So if you are already a little nervous about giving your child yet another vaccine, knowing this fact might make you forego the vaccine altogether. But there is no reason not to get the flu vaccine...

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Why does fever cause a fast heart beat and rapid breathing?
Jul23

Why does fever cause a fast heart beat and rapid breathing?

Have you freaked out about a high fever and fast breathing or rapid heart rate only to find a dose of Tylenol turns a floppy mess of a toddler back into her usual playful self? You check on your little darling and find she is burning up with fever, breathing really fast and looks simply terrible. If you haven’t rushed off to see a doctor under such circumstances, the thought certainly has crossed your mind. Usually sometime around...

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Latch-on: Simple solutions to common breastfeeding problems
Jun29

Latch-on: Simple solutions to common breastfeeding problems

Any mom who says breastfeeding is easy just doesn’t remember the first few weeks! At some point every new mother has difficulty breastfeeding. If you have been advised to supplement with formula, don’t give up on breastfeeding entirely. Every ounce of breast milk a baby gets will help them grow and thrive in ways that formula manufacturers will never be able to match. Fortunately, the two most common breastfeeding problems,...

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Blue lips, hands and feet mean a warm heart
Apr27

Blue lips, hands and feet mean a warm heart

Babies can be colorful – literally. A young mother noticed that after she nursed her six-week-old baby boy the skin around the baby’s lips was always blue. He didn’t seem in distress, and would lay peacefully afterward in her arms, content and relaxed in a “milk coma.” The mom finally mentioned the color change around the baby’s mouth to her husband when he came home from work. He was alarmed that it was a sign that the baby was not...

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How to decorate a smart baby’s nursery
Feb28

How to decorate a smart baby’s nursery

Decorating the nursery isn’t just fun – it’s also important for a baby’s development. According to baby vision researchers you can enhance a child’s visual development by giving her a rich and interesting environment and tailoring it to the stage of her development.  So, go ahead and get that expensive wall hanging or fuzzy rug.   Mobiles Slow moving mobiles help your baby practice following objects with her eyes. You may...

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Don’t blame teething for baby’s ills
Feb18

Don’t blame teething for baby’s ills

Teething has had a bad reputation for over 5000 years. Hippocrates, Homer, and Aristotle associated teething with serious diseases1. Since then teething has been blamed for ailments from seizures, to infections like cholera, meningitis, tetanus and even penile discharge. In 18th century France, about half of all infant deaths were attributed to teething. Obviously, it’s ridiculous to blame the eruption of a new tooth for...

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How to rehydrate kids with stomach flu
Dec06

How to rehydrate kids with stomach flu

Most kids don’t need intravenous (IV) fluids to get back on their feet after a bout of vomiting or diarrhea. Here’s what you need to know to get through the stomach flu: Give frequent, small sips of fluids. Offer a drink even if your child is vomiting every 5-10 minutes — which is common during the first few hours of being sick. Their stomach will absorb enough of the fluid before they vomit again and you can prevent dehydration...

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What’s autism, what’s not?
Nov22

What’s autism, what’s not?

Don’t freak out if you catch your child head-banging, echoing others words’ or hand flapping. Yes, those are symptoms of autism, but they don’t define your child as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Every regular developing kid will do many of the same things that autistic kids do at some point. Many “autistic” behaviors are part of normal development and are simply stages kids go through as their nervous system wires itself...

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How to outsmart mosquitos and prevent bites
Aug03

How to outsmart mosquitos and prevent bites

Yes, you should be worried about mosquitos transmitting Zika. And you should be just as worried about dengue fever, yellow fever, chikungunya, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile, and several other diseases. About 700 million people are infected every year around the world and some get really sick. Even if you don’t get sick, bug bites are easily infected by dirty kid hands scratching their itch. Plus, bug bites are just annoying. Here’s...

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The Sunscreen Scoop: recommendations for every age
Jun23

The Sunscreen Scoop: recommendations for every age

Lost in the sea of sunscreen choices? Here’ s how to choose the perfect sun protection for every situation Although there is no perfect sunscreen, it’s a little easier to choose a good one these days. Older sunscreens were only designed to block UVB rays because they cause sunburn. But scientists recently discovered that although UVA rays don’t cause sunburn, they do cause skin cancer and photo-aging (aka wrinkles and age spots). SPF...

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Bedtime snacks help kids sleep
May10

Bedtime snacks help kids sleep

If dinner is at 5:30 p.m. it makes perfect sense that your child will be hungry again at 8:30 pm. So, go ahead and give them a bedtime snack. They aren’t necessarily trying to postpone sleep; they might just need some calories to get them through the night. Toddlers who wake up with the sun may have a circadian rhythm that tells them to get up very early (and apparently tells them to wake everyone else!) But these kiddos might wake up...

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