Righty or Lefty? When will you know?
Apr15

Righty or Lefty? When will you know?

Will your child be an accomplished athlete or mathematical genius? We grownups love looking for subtle clues to our child’s future self. Surely you’ve seen your baby reach with his left hand and wondered – could your genius-athlete be a lefty? A preference for one hand can be determined around 6 months. So if you suspect your baby is right-handed, you’re probably correct. However, children’s hand use fluctuates until...

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The secret to rolling over: an unpredictable milestone
Mar02

The secret to rolling over: an unpredictable milestone

When and how should a normal baby roll-over and what does it mean? Rolling over is the most mysterious of the milestones. Some babies roll from front-to-back before they roll back-to-front and others choose the opposite order. Some babies roll over once and never again, and some babies log roll to get around rather than crawl. And all of the above are perfectly normal. Four months is the most typical age to start rolling, but anytime...

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The bright side of dark chocolate
Feb12

The bright side of dark chocolate

Looking for the perfect Valentine’s gift or Easter surprise? Introduce your kids to the taste of dark chocolate and you’ll improve their health for eternity. Dark chocolate has many beneficial health effects on adults including improved cardiovascular health, cholesterol, insulin levels, and it even improves mood. Few studies have looked at these effects on children. However since it is scientifically proven that children grow up to...

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4 vaccines you need before you visit the baby
Jan26

4 vaccines you need before you visit the baby

Washing your hands isn’t enough. Anyone who will be in close contact with your new baby needs to be vaccinated to prevent transmitting these deadly infections.  Pertussis Also known as whooping cough, this disease is perhaps the most dangerous and easily preventable. Mom’s doctor will make sure she has the vaccine, and most will recommend the Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, and acellular Pertussis) for the other parent. But don’t forget the...

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Need to find a new pediatrician NOW?
Jan06

Need to find a new pediatrician NOW?

Does the New Year mean a new health insurance company for your family? Or maybe your 14 year-old daughter asked if she could possibly see a female pediatrician. Whatever the reason you are searching for a new health care provider these guidelines may help you find the right practice:   Choose an office located near home/work/daycare Ask other moms or your local pharmacist for recommendations Check out how easy it is to make an...

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Best gift EVER? Play with your kids
Dec24

Best gift EVER? Play with your kids

What single thing develops every aspect of a child’s health? A. Giving them LOTS of gifts B. Giving in when your child whines C. Roughhousing The answer is C. Roughhousing seems an easy way to get hurt. But I assure you that I’ve seen hundreds of kids with broken bones from jumping on trampolines and slipping in socks on wood floors; but never a roughhousing injury. What I do see are kids who take life way too seriously, so that every...

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Uncovered: The Mysteries of changing diapers
Dec10

Uncovered: The Mysteries of changing diapers

Diaper irritation leads to an irritated baby. Follow these steps to ensure a smooth, soft, irritation-free bottom. Diapers and wipes are just tools for keeping moisture away from the skin. Here’s what you need to know to use them to your advantage. (And pay attention; many of these principles apply to caring for our sensitive adult faces too!)   Keep wetness away Cloth or disposable diapers? The choice of diaper is probably not...

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How kids would run reading time
Dec04

How kids would run reading time

Why bother reading when skipping a page sets off a tantrum and Olivia won’t sit still long enough to conquer even one page? Listening to a story literally builds kids’ brain cells. Only seconds after reading to a toddler, thousands of cells in their growing brains respond. So you have to read books to help develop well-rounded language skills. In fact, children are exposed to fifty percent more unique words in books than in television...

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Unclog a stuffy nose (the right way)
Nov01

Unclog a stuffy nose (the right way)

What are you supposed to do you when your little one is congested? Cough and cold medicines are potentially dangerous for children under two years old and are ineffective anyway.  A study in 2010 showed that good old vapor rub improved kids cough and congestion symptoms, and most importantly improved their sleep. So now I recommend Vicks VapoRub. But again, the camphor in VapoRub is not supposed to be given to children younger than...

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How to bathe a baby
Oct28

How to bathe a baby

Babies bathe in amniotic fluid for 9 months, yet too much time in the bath damages their skin. Last week a mother (and her 2 sisters, 1 aunt and grandma) crowded into a room in the ER with their 6 week-old little girl because they were worried that the baby’s skin was so irritated. This caring maternal squad was bathing the baby 3 or 4 times a day because it was the best way to stop her crying. There’s no question that bathing relaxes...

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Birthmarks and baby spots
Oct09

Birthmarks and baby spots

Have you been surprised to find a new spot on your child and wondered where it came from? The word “birthmark” is really misleading. They can be present at birth, but they don’t have to be. Birthmarks often appear when a child gets older and demonstrate that a baby’s body is still developing. Like the rest of their body, babies’ skin pigmentation is not mature at birth. Most kids get a little darker all over as they get older....

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Psych! You’re eating healthy
Sep16

Psych! You’re eating healthy

How do you get kids to eat healthy?  You have to teach kids to choose healthy foods. Humans come pre-programmed to like sweets and to reject plant-based foods. But kids’ palates really are surprisingly malleable. Here’s how you can raise a healthy eater. Kids start developing their tastes early in life; breast milk changes flavor between feedings and educates the palate. But formula-fed babies seem to transition just fine to the...

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