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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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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5 dangers worth worrying about
Jul21

5 dangers worth worrying about

I only have 3 rules for my own kids; wear helmets, buckle up and brush your teeth. Otherwise, I let my kids run, jump and play without much intervention. But that’s because I’m a pediatrician that works in an emergency room and I know what’s really dangerous. Your child is far more likely to be harmed by things you aren’t even thinking about. Here’s what makes my palms sweat:   1. CHOKING New parents choose baby’s first solid...

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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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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 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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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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