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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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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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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You ate what?!  How to handle household poisonings
May22

You ate what?! How to handle household poisonings

I generally don’t put non-food substances in my mouth. But young kids exploring this new world might eat deodorant, nail polish remover, grandma’s pills, or hand sanitizer just in case they might be delicious. How worried should you be?  Children are at higher risk for accidental poisoning than adults are. Kids are particularly sensitive to overdose from even small doses of toxins simply because they are smaller. In order for Tylenol...

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