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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Pulling on Ears is Super-Fun According to Kids
Jan14

Pulling on Ears is Super-Fun According to Kids

Every parent (including myself) has suspected that their child has an ear infection when in fact they don’t. How does such deception occur?  According to my two-year old source, it is very cool to play with your ears. This 21 month-old patient I saw in the ER admitted to me that she discovered that when she puts her fingers in her ears it sounds really cool.  And the sound is even more interesting when she chews!  Thanks to this...

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Growing pains caused by living life
Nov23

Growing pains caused by living life

Growing pains cause real pain, but it’s not from growing. If your child has arm or leg pain at night, without warmth or redness of the joints, and the pain is gone the next day, they have growing pains. You don’t need to worry your child has some dangerous, mysterious disease (like cancer or an infection). They do have a mysterious disease, but it’s a common, benign one. Nobody knows exactly what causes growing...

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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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Why does fever cause a fast heart beat and rapid breathing?
Sep23

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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Kids be trippin’ (and stumbling)
May14

Kids be trippin’ (and stumbling)

Worried that your toddler is limping, has a neurologic problem, or worse, is just clumsy?  Toddlers walk with an awkward, unsteady gait because the angle between their thigh and foot has not yet established their normal set point. Kids need to spend a few years growing while bearing weight on their legs for the legs to straighten out correctly. Towards the end of pregnancy when their living situation gets a bit crowded, babies’ thighs...

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