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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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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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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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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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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Are multivitamins necessary?
Sep11

Are multivitamins necessary?

Is your child a picky eater, vegetarian or only eats white foods? Then you’ve wondered what their diet is missing. Children have a natural instinct to eat just the right amount of calories to grow. Unfortunately, they don’t automatically choose a well-balanced diet. It seems natural to try to fill the gaps in a picky toddler’s diet. Although multivitamins provide B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc and many other nutrients, all of these are...

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Babies feel pain
Aug28

Babies feel pain

Do we learn to feel pain? Babies’ scrunched up faces and curdling screams certainly suggest that our little ones feel pain. However, until the 1980s, scientists believed that babies’ responses were purely a reflex, and not a true pain reaction. So, fearing they would overdose these tiny creatures, doctors didn’t routinely use anesthetic even during surgery. The truth is that babies are born wired to feel pain. Just this spring,...

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Bend over and take your medicine:  rectal acetaminophen
Aug06

Bend over and take your medicine: rectal acetaminophen

Child refusing fever medicine? What to do when not even a spoon full of sugar will make the medicine go down. Most kids can vomit on command as many parents have witnessed after politely begging a child to take their medicine. Vomiting is no special trick. But I’ve yet to meet a kid who can bear down and push out a rectal suppository. So, if you’ve got an uncooperative medicine-taker at home, there are options. Rectal acetaminophen...

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How would kids childproof?
Jul30

How would kids childproof?

Childproofing your home to protect from falls isn’t just about buying and installing gear. Babies have a miraculous ability to fall from furniture before you have ever witnessed their ability to roll over. And toddlers are legally required to climb to the highest point available to them in any given situation. They climb out of high chairs, reach for high shelves and stand up in shopping carts. And sometimes they fall. Kids fall in a...

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Welcoming a new baby: Rules of engagement for big sibs
Jul15

Welcoming a new baby: Rules of engagement for big sibs

Worried you don’t have enough space in your house or enough attention to give two kids? There’s plenty to fret about when you are expecting an addition to the family. Don’t waste your time worrying; this efficient guide will prepare any age sibling for the new arrival: Under age 2 You can give your toddler an army of baby dolls and let her rub your giant tummy for hours but these kiddos aren’t quite developmentally capable of...

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