Pediatrics Sitemap - Page 6 2013-12-12
New Clothing Recalls
That the clothes they wear could be a choking hazard to their kids is a big surprise to most parents. Nevertheless, in addition to small items, such as buttons
National Infant Immunization Week 2013
This week, the 19th annual National Infant Immunization Week, is a great time to highlight both the dangers of vaccine-preventable diseases and the benefits of
Land of Nod Doll Recall
The Land of Nod and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling five different plush handmade baby dolls because the hands on the plush dolls can
World Malaria Day 2013
Few people in the United States think about malaria unless they are getting ready to travel out of the country, after all, according to the CDC, in 1949, the
Saturday Safety Review
In this week's Saturday Safety Review, stories of: a 2-year-old near Union City, Georgia who died after he was attacked by the family's pit bull while his
North Carolina Measles Outbreak
We haven't heard too much about measles lately. After almost weekly reports of new outbreaks a few years ago, in which we reached a 15 year high of 220 cases in
Children's Art Contest
The American Academy of Pediatrics is launching its 9th annual international Children's Art Contest for kids in grades 3 through 12. Divided into three
Latest Food Poisoning Outbreaks
There are several foodborne outbreaks and food recalls that parents should be aware of to keep their kids safe from food poisoning, including: at least 32
Update on the North Carolina Measles Outbreak
As the case count in the North Carolina measles outbreak is now up to 19 cases, we are learning some more information about the outbreak, including that:
The Kentucky Shooting - A Too Common Tragedy
The unintentional shooting and death of a 2-year-old in Kentucky has made the news around the world. What is it about this tragedy that has captured
Measles in New York City
It hasn't gotten as much attention as the ongoing measles outbreak in North Carolina, so few people are likely aware that there has also been a measles outbreak
Now Under FDA Review - Soap and Caffeine
Many of us know the FDA for approving new vaccines and drugs, issuing food recalls, and investigating food poisoning outbreaks, etc. The FDA has been in the
Saturday Safety Roundup
Saturday Safety Roundup
Should you throw away your toothbrush after having strep throat?
Have you ever been told to throw out your children's toothbrush after they have had strep throat? The theory behind getting a new toothbrush is that strep
Understanding the Plan B Rulings
A few different things happened with Plan B last month, a good option for emergency contraception. Approved in 1999, Plan B became available over-the-counter
Another Shooting Accident - Another Child in Critical Condition
With the unintentional shooting death of the 2-year-old in Kentucky fresh in everyone's mind, there is news of another unintentional shooting. This one is in
Cyberbullying is Rampant in High Schools
Bullying at school has likely been a problem as long as there have been schools. Barton D. Schmitt, MD wrote about bullying as a possible cause of school
Hand Hygiene Day - Save Lives: Clean Your Hands
Not to be confused with Global Handwashing Day, which was observed on October 15, today is Hand Hygiene Day, the World Health Organization's annual campaign to
Measles in Michigan
An infant who wasn't vaccinated has developed a probably case of measles in Battle Creek, Michigan after traveling out of the country. The child likely exposed
Studies for National Youth Traffic Safety Month
As we observe National Youth Traffic Safety Month, let's take a look at some recent studies that show we need to do more to keep our kids safe on the road.
Bike to School Day Is Today
Today is the second annual National Bike to School Day, which joins Walk to School Day to help get kids more active and build awareness for the need for
Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: a 12-year-old in Camden, New Jersey who was unintentionally shot in the face by a 12-year-old with a
Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: a 13-year-old in Las Vegas, Nevada who died after she was unintentionally shot by one her friends. a
Does Better Recess Equal Better School Days?
Often, when you ask younger kids what they like best about school, they will say recess. That's not surprising. Everyone could use a nice little break in
We may soon be getting safer strollers. And that's good news if you have been affected by one of the many stroller recalls over the last few years. In
Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: a 12-month-old in Dallas, Texas who died after she was left in a hot car while her mother went to work
Although the year seemed to get off to a slow start, we have seen several big measles outbreaks lately that are already boosting this year's numbers.
Beds Recalled Because of Fall Hazard
About 59,000 panel, loft, and bunk beds that were imported by Lea Industries and sold at furniture stores across the United States and Canada have been recalled
Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: a 12-year-old in Greenville, Texas who died after he was unintentionally shot. a 10-year-old in
Measles is Back and so are the Consequences
Measles doesn't make the news very often, at least it doesn't until there is a big outbreak. Unfortunately, there have already been several large, ongoing
Another Raw Milk Outbreak in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is no stranger to outbreaks from raw milk. Neither is The Family Cow dairy in Chambersburg that has been ordered to stop selling raw milk by the
Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: a 2-year-old in Cherokee County, Texas who died after he unintentionally shot himself in the face with
Hepatitis A Outbreak Hits Five States
A multistate outbreak of hepatitis A has this vaccine-preventable disease in the spotlight this weekend. The CDC reports that at least 30 people have gotten
Update on Measles in New York City
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued an update on the measles outbreak in New York City. Unlike many other measles outbreaks
Update on a Large Salmonella Outbreak
The CDC recently reported that a large multistate outbreak of Salmonella is continuing, now affecting children and adults in 34 states. So far, at least 224
Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: a 15-year-old in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania who died after he unintentionally shot himself in the chest
Baby Bath Seats Recalled
Three different companies and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling baby bath seats because the the bath seats can tip over, posing a risk of
Update on a Recent Lawn Mower Accident
Lawn mower accidents aren't rare, especially this time of year. Unfortunately, it is a bit rare that people are actually aware of the dangers that lawn
Ask About Guns - It can save your child's life
Each week, I write about gun accidents and tragedies, many of which involve a child finding a gun while visiting someone else's home. Some recent tragedies
Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: a 9-year-old in Paris Township, Ohio who died while visiting relatives after he was unintentionally
Hot Car Alert
We tend to see a rise in the same types of tragedies this time of year - more drownings, lawn mower accidents, ATV accidents, and falls from open windows, etc.
Another Measles Update - Another Record Year
We aren't hearing much about measles this year. That certainly isn't because it isn't around. So far this year, there have been 107 cases of measles in the
Peanut Allergy Tragedy at Summer Camp
The Huffington Post recently published a article, Getting Past the Hype About Peanut Allergies, that left me a little baffled. The doctor who wrote the
Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: an 11-year-old in Belleville, Illinois who died after he was unintentionally shot in the head with a
Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of a: a 15-year-old in Edina, Missouri who died after he was unintentionally shot in the back of the head
Making it Easier to get the Flu
Most people are quite happy that we are over and done with the 2012-2013 flu season. After all, this past year's flu season caught many people by surprise in
It's summertime. We are supposed to get a break from getting sick this time of year, right? While that is mostly true, as we don't usually have any big
Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: a 9-year-old in Oakdale, Minnesota who was unintentionally shot in the chest by her 5-year-old brother
Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: a 13-year-old in Clearfield, Utah who was unintentionally shot in the arm by her 15-year-old brother.
Lightning Safety Week
Some recent incidents involving lightning strikes highlight the importance of teaching your kids about lightning safety. Talking about lightning safety is
Each year, members of the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks warn parents about the dangers of buying and using consumer fireworks. In addition to the
Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: a 15-year-old in Logan County, Oklahoma who is in critical condition after unintentionally shot
While reports of outbreaks linked to contaminated foods are old news these days, it isn't often that we get an outbreak of Listeriosis, which is caused by the
Rubella in the News
A case of rubella in a student at Valparaiso University in Indiana is a good reminder that measles isn't the only vaccine-preventable disease that is
Another Bath Seat Recall
Some parents will remember that about 40,000 baby bath seats were recalled last month from three different companies because they posed a drowning risk to
Be a Good Media Role Model
Parents often complain that their kids watch too much TV and play too many video games. It is easy enough to say that they should just turn off the TV, but
Among this week's recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission are clothing that could harm your children: Infants' First Impressions Varsity
Falling TVs are Still Hurting Kids
A new report that will be published in the August issue of Pediatrics, Television-Related Injuries to Children in the United States, 1990-2011, found that
Recent Botulism Cases
Botulism is thought to be rare, but surprisingly, we do here about it in the news from time to time, and not just because of celebrity botox parties. The
Baby Einstein Activity Jumpers Recalled
Stationary activity centers were always one of my favorite baby products when my kids were growing up. They are much safer than mobile baby walkers and my kids
CDC Cyclosporiasis Update
The CDC issued an update on the recent, ongoing multistate outbreak of cyclosporiasis. From an initial report of 2 cases in Iowa, there are now 269 cases in
Pediatricians Prescribing Healthy Habits
In addition to writing prescriptions for antibiotics for ear infections, steroids for poison ivy, and inhalers for asthma attacks, etc., it is not that uncommon
Update on Measles in the USA
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has finally issued an update on their measles outbreak. As we already suspected, there were 58
Clues to the Cyclospora Outbreak Source
We are finally getting some clues about the source of the outbreak of cyclosporiasis that has now sickened 378 people in 15 states. This is up from 269 cases in
Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Update
The CDC is now reporting that the Cyclospora outbreak has grown to 400 cases in 16 states, which is a jump from 378 people in 15 states just a few days ago.
Yet Another Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Update
There is some good news about the Cyclospora outbreak that has gotten at least 400 people sick in 16 states, including Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin,
Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: a 3-year-old in Monroe, Louisiana who is in serious condition after he was unintentionallyshot by a
FDA Updates Their Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Info Again
While the peak of the Cyclospora outbreak that we have all been hearing about has certainly passed, we continue to get updates and new information from the FDA
Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: a 14-year-old in Salem, Oregon who was unintentionally shot in the armpit while playing with a loaded
Texas Measles Health Alert
It has not been a slow year for measles, although unless you have a large measles outbreak in your area, you might not know it. In 2008, there were 140 cases
More Water-Absorbing Balls Recalled
Last October, a study in Pediatrics, Water-Absorbing Balls: A GrowingProblem, reported on a case in which an 8-month-old infant required surgery after
New Clothing Recalls
Studies have shown that many recalled products never actually get removed from the homes of the families that have them. This means that kids can remain at
How the Government Shutdown Hurts Kids
The effects of the government shutdown is being downplayed by many people. But don't be fooled, this isn't just about people not being able to visit our
Flu Season Update
As flu cases rise, the CDC is warning that increases in flu activity are expected in the coming weeks. Has your family gotten a flu vaccine yet?
Texas Measles Outbreak - Is it about Religion?
As we get more answers about the Texas measles outbreak, we are also left with many more questions. The outbreak, which has increased to at least 16
Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: a 3-year-old at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming who died after she unintentionally shot herself
Update on the Measles Outbreak in Texas
The measles outbreak in Texas continues to grow. The current case count is up to 10, with at least one more suspected case being investigated. The youngest
Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: a 14-year-old in Seattle, Washington who unintentionally shot himself in the leg while passing around
HALO SleepSacks Recalled
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that about 27,000 HALO SleepSack Wearable Blankets with Pink Satin Flowers have been recalled because
Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: a 16-year-old in Drain, Oregon who died after he was unintentionally shot by his 15-year-old friend
Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: a 2-month-old in Minneapolis, Minnesota who is in critical condition after he was unintentionally shot
The Politics of Vaccines and a Measles Outbreak Update
Thanks to generally high vaccination rates in Texas, a quick response from local and state health departments, and a few vaccination clinics at the church that
Measles Outbreaks - Then and Now
Just a few years ago, in 2011, I was reporting about how we were breaking records for the high numbers of measles cases we were seeing across the country. As
Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: a 16-year-old in Houston, Texas who was unintentionally shot in the thigh by her 17-year-old brother
Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: a 14-year-old in San Antonio, Texas who died in a hunting accident. a 13-year-old in Fort Worth,
The Impact of the Government Shutdown on our Kids
This should be a great day for our kids. The first day of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act means that many more children will have access to
Kids with Cancer Shut Out Because of Shutdown
Most people likely haven't heard of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, which is the nation's largest hospital that
Latest Salmonella Outbreak
There have eight Salmonella outbreaks so far this year. Although contaminated chicken has been the most common cause of Salmonella outbreaks this year, we have
Flu Season Update
The first flu season update from the CDC came a little late this year. We usually get an update in early October, but the government shutdown caused the CDC
In this week's Safety Roundup, stories of: a 5-year-old in Vidor, Texas who died after he unintentionally shot himself with his babysitter's semiautomatic
Head Lice Home Remedies
Review the symptoms of head lice infestations and get information about some of the natural remedies and home remedies for treating head lice.
Review all of the available treatments for children with acne.
Antibiotics for a Green Runny Nose?
Review whether or not a baby needs antibiotics when they have the flu and green mucus.
Tremors And Shakes
Review what may be causing a child's hands to shake, including a familial or essential tremor.
Are Vaccines Made In China?
I am concerned about all of the reports of problems with toys, pet food, and other products that are made in China. Are vaccines made in China?
Adderall XR Drug Warning
Review the latest warnings about Adderall XR for treating children with ADHD and the risk of sudden death.
Sleeping With The Lights On
Review why a child might not sleep well if she sleeps with a bright light on that may inhibit the production of melatonin.
Strep Throat Symptoms
Review why a child being treated with antibiotics for strep throat might start coughing.
Professional Help for Potty Training Problems
Question of the Week. What do you consider to be professional help when it comes to potty training?
ADHD in Preschool Age Children
Review whether or not a preschool age child who has a short attention span and is hyperactive has ADHD or if these are just normal behaviors at this age.
Preventing Migraine Headaches
Review when your child should take a prophylactic medication, like Periactin or Elavil, to prevent her migraine headaches.
Nestle NAN Baby Formula
We just came back from Guatemala with our adopted daughter who is 6 months old. They were giving her Nestle NAN infant formula. Does Nestle have NAN formula in the US?
Nosebleeds and Headaches
Review what might cause a child to have nosebleeds and headaches, including anemia and high blood pressure.
Growth Hormone To Make Kids Taller
Review whether a normally growing child should take growth hormone to make him even taller.
Heel Pain and Sever's Disease
Learn more about Sever's disease, a common cause of heel pain in athletic children.
Infant Cold and Cough Medicines
Learn what medicine you can give an infant with a cough.
Infants, Tears and Crying
Review when infants should start crying real tears.
Review how often your baby should take a bath and tips on a good bath time routine to help prevent her from getting dry skin. Page 2.
Your baby's bowel movements may begin to change when he is 4 to 5 months old, especially once he starts rice cereal and other baby foods. Learn how to recognize when your baby is constipated and what you should do about it. Page 3.
Infant Q&A - Does Standing Cause Bowing?
Does standing or bearing weight on her legs cause a baby's legs to bow? What are some of the causes of bowed legs? Page 4.
Health Alert - Antibiotic Overuse
When your baby has a virus, an antibiotic won't help him get better any faster, won't make him less contagious, and usually won't keep it from getting worse. Page 5.
Baby Product Safety - Rainforest Jumperoo
Learn how to use a baby jumper safely, which can provide some fun for your baby who is likely getting tired of laying around all of the time. Page 6.
Myth of the Super Baby
Although baby DVDs, computer programs, and classes may claim to make your baby smarter, it is important to remember that they won't create a
Swimming Safely with your Baby
To keep your baby safe and healthy around water, experts recommend a few key safety practices, including a layers of protection safety plan and using touch supervision when your baby is in the water. Page 3.
Mercury in Vaccines
The presence of mercury, or more precisely, thimerosal, in vaccines, is a common reason that some parents are hesitant to get their infants vaccinated. Learn which vaccines still have mercury in them. Page 4.
Baby Vitamins and Minerals - Fluoride
By the time they are 6 months old, babies begin to need some fluoride to help keep their teeth healthy. That doesn't have to mean giving your baby vitamin drops though. Most babies can get all of the fluoride they need from the water they drink. Page 5.
Register Your Car Seat
Although many people throw away the registration card, along with the packaging that came with their car seat, it is important to keep in mind that sending in your registration card and registering your baby's car seat is a good way to make sure that the manufacturer can contact your baby's car seat is recalled. Page 6.
Six Month Well Child Visit
At six months, it is time for another well child checkup with your Pediatrician. Page 7.
Your Baby Week Twenty Three
Review a day in the life of an average five-month-old baby, which may help you with your own baby's routines. Plus, get information on sleep, baby food safety, organic baby food, changing pediatricians, urinary tract infections, and normal baby growth patterns.
Baby's Sleep Problems
Learn how much sleep your five-month-old should be getting, whether she should be sleeping through the night, and how to fix common sleep problems. Page 2.
Organic Baby Foods
With the general popularity of organic foods, it is not surprising that organic baby foods are now available, too. But are these organic baby foods more nutritious or safer for your baby? Page 3.
Baby Food Safety
Many general basic food safety tips, plus a few more, apply to baby food, especially when you are making homemade baby food. Page 4.
Your Baby's Growth
Review general guidelines for typical growth for your baby now that she is five months old and for her next few years. Page 5.
Urinary Tract Infections in Infants-Babies and UTIs
It is often confusing for parents when their infant has a urinary tract infection (UTI). Learn about the diagnosis and treatments for children with urinary tract infections, including information about testing for reflux. Page 6.
Whatever method you may have used to choose your pediatrician, you may feel like you should have done a little more homework if you don't like your child's current doctor. Fortunately, you can change pediatricians and put a little more thought into choosing a doctor this time. Page 7.
Homemade Baby Food
Making homemade baby food is much easier than most parents think, and it can provide a significant cost savings versus commercially made baby food. On the other hand, store-bought baby food is more convenient and typically doesn't have any artificial preservatives or added sugar anymore. Review which is the better choice for you and your baby. Page 2.
Acid Reflux Redux
Review when you can expect your baby's reflux to go away and what you can do until your baby does stop spitting up. Page 3.
Infant Care Tips - Fever
Among all of the symptoms that their kids may have, such as a cough, sore throat, and vomiting, etc., fever seems to be the one that parents often seem to worry about the most. Learn about taking your infant's temperature and what to do when your baby has a fever. Page 4.
Infant Q&A - Still a Preemie?
When does a premature baby stop being a preemie? Are you supposed to use an adjusted age for your premature baby when starting solids or expecting her to sit up? Learn more about adjusted ages and your premature baby. Page 5.
Safety Alert - Baby Walkers
Although some parents begin to use mobile baby walkers once their baby is 4 to 5 months old, many experts think that they are too dangerous to be used routinely. A stationary walker or activity center can be a safer choice for your baby. Page 6.
Learn what to do about a school aged child who is having soiling accidents and may have encopresis.
Flu Shots for Infants and Rationing Flu Shots
Review whether a healthy 11 month old should get a flu shot, even if she stays home, isn't in daycare, and has no chronic medical problems.
Amount of Formula Feedings
Review how much formula your baby should be eating at each feeding.
Birth Control Pills and Getting Pregnant
Expert Q & A. How long will it take to get pregnant after stopping birth control pills?
Your Baby Week Twelve
Learn about your twelve week old baby's development and get information about drugs and breastfeeding, baby talk, diarrhea, when to move a baby to her nursery, and whooping cough.
Drugs and Breastfeeding
Even though most medications are safe to take while breastfeeding, taking a medication is sometimes a reason that breastfeeding moms use for why they stop breastfeeding. Review how you can learn which drugs are safe to take while you are breastfeeding your baby. Page 2.
Babies with Crossed Eyes
In their first few months, babies don't focus well, which can cause their eyes to sometimes cross. This should stop by the time they are three or four months old though, when their eyes shouldn't cross anymore. Page 3.
Learn more about baby talk, which at three months has more to do with how you talk to your baby and really with how your baby talks to you. Page 4.
Week Twelve Q&A - Moving to the Nursery
Review when you can move your baby to a crib in her own, separate nursery. Page 5.
Whooping Cough Alert for Babies
Unfortunately, unlike polio and measles, which have been eradicated in the United States, kids can still get whooping cough or pertussis, leading to a chronic cough, coughing spells, or the classic whooping cough sound. Page 6.
Week Twelve Care Tips - Diarrhea
Since diarrhea is such a common symptom, it is a good idea to understand the recommended treatments for infants with diarrhea, so that you are prepared if your baby gets sick. Page 7.
Health Alert - Baby TV
Should babies watch TV? The American Academy of Pediatrics says no, but many parents think it is okay. Learn more about this issue and then see if you still want to turn that TV on when your baby is around. Page 8.
Your Baby Week Twenty
Now that your baby is about four and a half months old, it is a good time to review breastfeeding goals, baby food allergy symptoms to watch for, how to avoid car seat mistakes, and learn about red flag symptoms, sibling rivalry, your baby's eyesight, and when you can stop burping your baby.
Baby Food Allergy
Knowing what baby food allergy symptoms to watch for can be helpful when starting your baby on new baby foods. Page 2.
Your Baby's Eyesight
Review how well your baby can see now that she is four months old. Page 3.
Red Flag Symptoms
Learn which symptoms should raise a red flag and that your child might need immediate medical attention such as bloody diarrhea, fast breathing, seizures, etc. Page 4.
Safety Alert - Car Seat Mistakes
Avoiding common car seat mistakes, such as turning your baby's car seat around too early, can help make sure your baby stays safe. Page 5.
Learn how to manage sibling rivalry, which can worsen now that your baby is awake more often during the day and may be taking up more of your time, leading to even more problems with her siblings. Page 6.
Infant Q&A - Burping Your Baby
Review when you can stop burping your baby. Page 7.
Breastfeeding mothers sometimes have very different experiences during their baby's second week. Some have worked out latch issues, are nursing every few hours, and have a good supply of breastmilk. Others are still working on getting their baby latched on well and building up their supply of breastmilk. Page 2.
Although parents often go down the list, moving from on type of formula to another when their babies continue to not tolerate their formula, it is almost always better to talk to your pediatrician before changing formula. Page 3.
Household accidents are a leading cause of death for children. Most of these deaths could easily be prevented and it is therefore very important to keep your baby's safety in mind at all times and keep your home well babyproofed. Page 4.
Week Two Development
Baby your baby's second week, she will likely be awake a little more and may be smiling. Review what other developmental milestones your two-week-old baby is expected to have reached. Page 5.
Week Two Care Tips
Review basic baby care tips, including umbilical cord care, how often your baby needs a sponge bath, skin care, and how to prevent diaper rashes. Page 6.
Week Two Q&A
Common questions parents have with a two week old baby at home can include how to prevent SIDS, caring for an uncircumcised penis, and at what temperature they should keep their home. Page 7.
Week Two Medical Issues
In addition to jaundice, hiccups and gas, and baby rashes, which can linger during your baby's second week, other conditions that sometimes begin at this age include pyloric stenosis and colic. Page 8.
Two Week Well Child Check-up
At the two week checkup, you can expect your pediatrician to check the weight, height and head circumference of your baby and review her growth and development. Page 9.
Your Baby Week Twenty Four
Review basic care tips for your twenty-four month old baby, including how to find out about product recalls, storing homemade baby food, avoiding acidic foods that might causes rashes, high tech baby gadgets, vaccine shortages, and when to keep your baby home from day care.
Storing Homemade Baby Food
Learn how to safely store homemade baby food for your baby. Page 2.
Infant Q&A - Acidic Baby Foods
Acidic foods, including peaches, tomatoes, apples, and citrus fruits, can sometimes cause babies to have a rash. Page 3.
Staying Home from Day Care
Review general guidelines for when your child should stay home from day care when she is sick and when it may be okay for her to go to day care, like when she just has a cough and runny nose, but isn't fussy and doesn't have a fever. Page 4.
Some high tech parenting gadgets that can help keep your kids safe include a rear view backup camera for your car, backup sensors, and a baby monitor. Page 5.
It can be important to be aware and remember if your child missed a vaccine because of an immunization shortage, so that you can get the vaccine once it becomes available. Page 6.
Health Alert - Homemade Baby Cereal
Although an iron-fortified baby cereal is a good source of iron, homemade baby cereal is not going to have very much iron in it at all and may not be a good choice for babies who need extra iron, including breastfeeding babies. Page 2.
Learn why you may notice that your baby's skin color takes on a more yellow to orange color as she eats more baby food, especially vegetables and fruits with a deep green or yellow color. Page 3.
Learn how to properly wash your hands, including the best times, to keep your kids safe from any bacteria that may be on your hands. Page 4.
Swimming with your Baby
Review when you can start swimming with your baby and how to keep your baby safe in the water. Page 5.
Baby Sign Language
Teaching sign language to babies who don't have any hearing problems is becoming a popular trend. Review if baby sign language is something that you should try and how it could benefit your baby. Page 6.
Infant To Do List - Learn Poison Control Number
Learn why you should learn the number for poison control, and when and how to call poison control when your child gets around something that can harm him. Page 7.
Unfortunately, even after three or four weeks of symptoms, colic isn't going away yet for most babies. Review common treatments for colic as symptoms are peaking during your baby is six weeks old. Page 5.
Week Six Q&A - Sun Safety
Learn how you can protect your kids from the sun, including when you can start using sunscreen and other ways to keep your kids safe from the sun. Page 6.
Week Six Medical Issues
Common medical issues that can often begin when a baby is around six weeks old include diaper rashes and eczema. Learn how to recognize and treat these common conditions. Page 7.
Week Six Safety Alert - Falls
Never, even if your baby isn't rolling over yet, leave her alone on a changing table, bed, couch, or anywhere else that she can fall. Page 8.
Week Six To Do List - Learn CPR
One of the most important things that you can add to your to-do list as a parent -- that could one day save your baby's life -- is to learn CPR. And with the Infant CPR Anytime system created by the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Heart Association, you can even learn CPR at home. Page 9.
Your Baby Week Sixteen
Review common issues that may come up during week sixteen with your baby, including breast milk supply problems, roseola, making sure your baby's crib is safe, safe traveling, reporting vaccine side effects, and dealing with unwanted advice.
Reporting Vaccine Reactions
While very helpful, unfortunately, vaccines can sometimes cause side effects. Learn how to report side effects to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System if your baby does have a moderate or severe reaction to any of the vaccines that he gets. Page 2.
Before you move your baby to her crib, you want to make sure that it is safe. Common crib safety tips include making sure your crib is assembled correctly, that it hasn't been recalled, and that it meets current safety standards. Page 3.
Unwanted Advice - Unwanted Parenting Advice
Even as new parents get some confidence in their abilities as their baby gets older, they sometimes have to learn how to deal with unwanted advice from family members, friends, and even strangers. Page 4.
Childhood Infections - Roseola
Getting a child diagnosed with roseola can be confusing for parents, since it is usually not until a child is getting better that the symptoms become clear and a diagnosis can be made. Page 5.
Health Alert - Foods to Avoid
Review which foods you should avoid giving your baby during her first year, including honey, egg whites, goat's milk, and certain fresh vegetables if you are making homemade baby food. Page 6.
Safety Alert - Traveling with your Baby
As your baby gets older, you may be taking her out in public more and may even consider traveling now. Taking a vacation doesn't mean that you should take a break from recommended safety practices. Page 7.
Review the common symptoms and treatments for cradle cap, a common problem for babies. Page 2.
Infant Care Tip - Medication Dosages
Review the dosages on some of the medications that you might be giving your baby and safety tips to keep in mind when giving your infants medicines. Page 3.
Infant Q&A - Baby's Soft Spot
Their baby's soft spot is an area that many parents go out of their way to avoid. Learn more about this
It is never too soon to start thinking about how you will discipline your child as he gets older and you might even consider what discipline strategies you will use now, before you need them. Page 5.
Health Alert - Reptiles as Pets
Review why you shouldn't keep a pet turtle, frog, or other reptile or amphibian in your home if you have a baby or any young child under age five in your home. Page 6.
Your Baby Week Ten (Two Months Old)
Review how to take care of your ten week old baby, including information on breastfeeding twins, avoiding water and juice, whether your baby's eye color will change, babywearing, RSV, and why your baby shouldn't be around second hand smoke.
Water and Juice
Remember that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics,
Week Ten Q&A - Baby's Eye Color
Will their baby's eyes stay gray, which many babies are born with, or will they turn brown, green, or blue? Page 3.
Week Ten Care Tips - Sleeping
If your baby isn't sleeping as well as your think she should be, now would be a good time to work on your baby's sleep problems. Page 4.
Baby Product Safety - Babywearing and the Maya Wrap Sling
A Maya Wrap Sling is a great way to carry your baby around and keep your arms and hands free. Page 5.
Quit Smoking Reminder
Even though many pregnant women quit smoking when they become pregnant, many start smoking again after their baby is born. Learn why your baby shouldn't be around second hand smoke. Page 6.
Childhood Infections - RSV
RSV is a common virus that can cause a cold or more serious infections, with wheezing and difficulty breathing, especially in younger children. Page 7.
Health Alert - Cold Medicines
To be safe, talk to your pediatrician before giving your younger infant, who is under three or four months old, any over-the-counter medicines. Page 8.
Week Ten To Do List - Emergency Info Checklist
This Emergency Information Checklist makes it easy to collect emergency information and post it by your phone and provide it to your child's babysitter or other caregivers in case of an emergency. Page 9.
Review common breastfeeding issues that may come up when your baby is three weeks old, including supplementing with a bottle, using a pacifier, and feeding during a growth spurt. Page 2.
Parents, even first time parents, expect their new babies to cry sometimes. Review why your baby might be crying and whether or not he is crying too much. Page 3.
Although often blamed on digestive problems or formula allergies, colic is likely a normal developmental stage that some newborns go though. Review some facts about colic to see if it may be why your baby is crying so much. Page 4.
Baby Skin Rashes
Unfortunately, babies often don't have very clear skin, and may have baby acne, heat rashes, and cradle cap. Page 5.
Week Three Care Tips
Review how to continue to care for your three-week-olds umbilical cord and how to take a rectal temperature when you are worried that your baby might have a fever. Page 6.
Week Three Q&A
Review whether or not is normal that a baby does not have tears when he cries. Page 7.
Week Three Medical Issues
Common medical issues to watch for in your baby's third week include fever, umbilical cord problems, a blocked tear duct, and breastmilk jaundice. Page 8.
Daytime Routines for Babies
Parents often think about and ask about what their baby should be doing at night. Keep in mind that it is just as important to consider what your baby should be doing during the day. Page 2.
Sick Visits and your Pediatrician
Review how to get the most of your baby's sick visits to her pediatrician, including all of things you should know before you leave your pediatrician's office. Page 3.
Baby Products Safety - Strollers
Whether you have a $800 to $1,000 Stokke or Bugaboo stroller or a much less expensive $40 to $50 stroller, you will likely get a lot of use out of your baby's stroller in her first few years. That makes it important to understand how to use your stroller safely. Page 4.
Infant Care Tips - Runny Noses
Especially with all of the recent warnings about not giving young kids cold medicines, knowing some home remedies that don't involve actually giving your baby a cold medicine can be helpful. Page 5.
Infant Q&A - Color of Bowel Movements
Green, yellow, brown. While the color can be a sign that your baby has a gastrointestinal problem, such as a stomach virus or food intolerance, it is just as likely to be normal if your baby has no other symptoms. Page 6.
Health Alert - Shopping Cart Safety
Letting your child ride in a shopping cart is dangerous. Learn alternatives and how to keep your kids safe around shopping carts. Page 7.
Your Baby Week Nine
Review care tips and issues that may affect your nine week old baby, especially as you may be taking her out in public more. These issues can include avoiding infections, breastfeeding in public, flu shots, and using insect repellents safely. Also learn how to predict your baby's future height and whether it is better to let your baby have a pacifier or suck on her fingers or thumb.
Breastfeeding in Public
In addition to the fact that it bothers some people who are not supportive of breastfeeding, the other main issue about breastfeeding in public is that some breastfeeding mothers simply aren't comfortable doing it. Review how to get more comfortable about breastfeeding your baby in public, such as at a restaurant, the park, or a store. Page 2.
Kids Height Predictor
These height predictors can give you a pretty good idea of what your child's future height will be. Page 3.
Week Nine Q&A - Thumb vs. Pacifier
My baby keeps putting her fingers in her mouth and sucks on them. I try to take them out and put a pacifier in, but she seems to prefer her fingers. Which is better, her fingers or a pacifier? Page 4.
Week Nine Care Tip - Insect Repellents
As you take your baby out more as he gets older, insect bites can become a problem. Fortunately, it is indeed considered safe to use insect repellents on infants age two months and older to prevent bites from mosquitoes and other insects. Page 5.
Week Nine Safety Alert - Kids in Hot Cars
Review tips that may help reduce the risk that you might leave your baby alone in a hot car, which puts them at risk for heat stroke and death. Page 6.
Health Alert - Flu Shots
Review how a flu shot can protect your baby from getting the flu, even if she is too young to get a flu shot yet. Page 7.
Supplemental Bottles for Nursing Babies
Even moms who are exclusively breastfeeding will occasionally have times when they may need to supplement with a bottle. That can be a problem if your baby is stubborn and doesn't want to take a bottle though. Page 2.
Safety Alert - Rolling Over
Rolling over can make your baby more mobile and can lead to falls and can help him to reach many objects that can lead to choking if you aren't careful about keeping your home childproofed. Page 3.
Infant Q&A - SIDS and Rolling Over
One big issue with rolling over is that your baby may not longer be sleeping on her back as she sleeps. Learn what to do if your baby is rolling over on to her stomach when she sleeps and you are worried about SIDS. Page 4.
Learn the symptoms and treatments for pink eye, which can cause your baby to have a red eye with drainage. Page 5.
Ear Pulling vs. Ear Infections
Review why ear pulling or tugging on her ear might be normal for babies and isn't always a sign of an ear infection, especially when your baby doesn't have other ear infection symptoms. Page 6.
Getting a Second Opinion
Learn how and when you should get a second opinion about your baby when she is sick, including when she needs to see a pediatric specialist. Page 7.
Your Baby Week Seven
Learn about tummy time, baby vaccines, choosing a day care, plagiocephaly, safety, and your baby's development as she reaches seven weeks old.
Tummy time is the practice of putting your baby on her tummy for short periods of time while she is awake. This can help with your baby's development and prevent flat head (plagiocephaly). Page 2.
Week Seven Developmental Milestones
Although it may have seemed like your newborn baby didn't do very much developmentally, a lot begins to happen by the end of the second month. She's able to focus on objects and lift her head. Page 3.
Choosing a Day Care for Baby
Parents often need to look for child care by their baby's second month. Learn what to look for when choosing the right day care for your family. Page 4.
Week Seven Q&A - Gassy Foods
Review whether or not you need to watch what you eat when you are breastfeeding, including so-called gassy foods. Page 5.
Plagiocephaly and Flat Heads
Laying in one position for too long can exert a lot of force on a baby's head and cause the head to become misshapen, which is called positional plagiocephaly. Learn to recognize and prevent this common condition. Page 6.
Week Seven Safety Alert - Burns
Review how to protect your baby from getting burned, including setting the temperature of your hot water heater to 120 degrees and having a home fire escape plan. Page 7.
When to Call Your Pediatrician
Learn when you should call your pediatrician for serious symptoms, like a high fever, persistent vomiting, fussiness, bloody diarrhea, etc. Page 8.
Get more information about the vaccines your baby is about to get at her two month well child checkup. Page 9.
Your Baby Week Six
Common issues that you may have to deal with at six weeks include growth spurts and pseudo-constipation with your breastfeeding baby, the peak of colic symptoms, diaper rashes and eczema. Plus, learn about infant CPR, using sunscreen, essential baby products, vitamins, and starting cereal.
Week Six Breastfeeding Issues
Although breastfeeding is typically going well by the time your baby is six weeks old, there are a few issues to watch for including growth spurts and pseudo-constipation. If you are not prepared for them, these normal issues can create very real problems. Page 2.
Starting Baby Cereal
Review why you shouldn't rush to start your six week old baby on cereal and when would be a more appropriate time to start baby cereal. Page 3.
Review whether or not you need to give your baby vitamins, which is typically recommended for preemies and breastfeeding babies. Page 4.
Is Bronchitis Contagious?
Learn more about bronchitis, including the symptoms of bronchitis and whether or not bronchitis is contagious.
Infant Q&A - Baby Sinus Infections
Do babies have sinuses? Can they get sinus infections? Learn more about babies and sinus infections so that you know what to do the next time your baby has a green or yellow runny nose. Page 5.
Health Alert - Mercury Thermometers
Mercury, even the small amount in a mercury thermometer, can be a hazard to your children, which is why you shouldn't even have one in your home anymore. If you do, learn how to safely get rid of it. Page 6.
Four Month Well Child Check
Prepare for your baby's four month well checkup with her pediatrician by learning what immunizations she will get, what else to expect, and what questions you might ask your doctor now that your baby is four months old. Page 7.
Review the classic signs of a growth spurt, which will likely affect your baby's eating and sleeping habits. Page 2.
Week Eleven Q&A - Car Seat Position
Most parents already understand that their baby is safest riding in the back seat facing backwards in their car seat, but where in the back seat? Page 3.
Week Eleven Care Tip - Diaper Rash Creams
Making the decision of which diaper rash cream or ointment to use can be confusing. Get more information about the ingredients in common diaper rash creams and ointments to make the decision easier the next time your baby has a diaper rash. Page 4.
Week Eleven Medical Issues - Heat Rash
Review the symptoms, prevention tips, and treatments for babies with a heat rash. Page 5.
Week Eleven Health Alert - Postpartum Depression
While many people only think about postpartum depression when the symptoms begin right after a baby is born, it is important to keep in mind that postpartum depression can begin anytime within the first year after a baby is born. Page 6.
Baby Potty Training
Also called 'elimination communication,' baby potty training is the technique of training your baby to use the potty much earlier than the traditional age of two to three years that kids in diapers often end up learning being potty trained. Page 2.
If your baby didn't have a hearing test when she was born or if you are unsure of the results, now would be a good time to discuss this with your pediatrician. Page 3.
Health Alert - Preventing Food Allergies
Learn how you can try to prevent your high risk child from developing food allergies, including allergies to peanuts, milk, eggs, tree nuts, and fish. Page 4.
Infant Q&A - Sweating Too Much
My baby seems to sweat a lot. When he wakes up in the morning, his hair is wet and his back is often sweaty when I am breastfeeding him. He seems fine otherwise and doesn't seem hot. Is it normal to sweat so much? Page 5.
Infant Care Tips - Cleaning Baby Teeth and Gums
Learn how to care for your baby's gum and teeth, keeping in mind that some experts recommend that even before your baby gets his first baby tooth, that you should wipe your baby's gums with a soft washcloth or soft infant toothbrush and water each day. Page 6.
Health Alert - Optional Vaccines and Alternative Immunization Schedules
Review why unvaccinated children and those who are not fully vaccinated also pose a risk to infants who have not yet completed their first series of immunizations and those children who have immune system disorders. Page 7.
Your Baby Week Five
Now that your baby has graduated from a newborn to an infant, learn about basic care to keep her safe and healthy, including breastfeeding tips, how to prevent shaken baby syndrome, proper use of a baby car seat, normal growth and development, and whether or not you can spoil a baby.
Breastfeeding in the Second Month
Although breastfeeding is likely getting easier as you enter your baby's second month, there may be times that you need some help and support to continue breastfeeding your baby as long you both would like. Review how to set up a breastfeeding support team. Page 2.
By five weeks, parents have often settled on a specific brand of formula. The main thing that changes now is how much your baby eats at each feeding and each day. Learn how to recognize when your baby needs more formula to eat and general rules or guidelines on how much he should be eating each day. Page 3.
Growth and Development Week Five
Recording regular measurements of your child's height, weight and head circumference at your visits to your pediatrician and plotting them on a growth chart are a good way to see if your child is growing normally. Page 4.
Baby Car Seats
The American Academy of Pediatrics states that the best baby car seat is
Shaken Baby Syndrome
To help prevent shaken baby syndrome, it is important to educate all of your baby's caregivers that they should never shake a baby. Page 6.
Spoiling a Baby
Most experts think that you can't spoil a baby, so don't hesitate to pick up your baby when she cries and consider carrying her in a wrap or carrier to keep her comforted and calm. Page 7.
Week Five To Do List
Although you may be feeling more confident about taking caring of your five-week old baby, there is still a lot to keep up with. Review all of the things that you might overlook that can help keep your baby safe and healthy. Page 8.
Baby Ear Piercing
When can you get your baby's ears pierced is a common question from new parents, but instead of rushing into this cosmetic procedure, think about the risks and consider putting it off until your baby is a little older. Page 9.
Baby massage is often viewed as a sophisticated technique or treatment to relieve gas or colic, but can also simply be a fun thing to do when you need to calm or play with your baby. Page 2.
Blocked Tear Duct
Learn about the symptoms and treatments for children with a blocked tear duct. Page 3.
Infant Care Tips - Cough
Review how to care for your baby's cough when she has a cold, croup, RSV, allergies, and how to recognize more serious disorders such as pneumonia. Page 4.
Week Fourteen Q&A - Preventing Ear Infections
My first child had a lot of ear infections and ended up needing tubes. Is there anything I can do to help avoid the same issues with my second child? Page 5.
Baby's First Tooth
Although the average age for getting a first baby tooth is 6 months, some infants don't get their first tooth until they are 14 or 15 months old. Page 6.
Health Alert - Failure to Thrive
Babies with failure to thrive are losing weight or aren't gaining weight well and will need a complete examination by their pediatrician to figure out the cause. Page 7.
Your Baby Week Eighteen (Four Months Old)
By eighteen weeks, your baby may be ready for baby rice cereal, so you should learn more how to start feeding her cereal. Also learn how home treatments for vomiting, thrush, alternatives to baby formula, baby sinus infections, your baby's four month checkup, and the dangers of mercury thermometers.
Alternatives to Baby Formula
If a baby is having a formula intolerance or allergy, then it might be time for a formula change if you aren't breastfeeding. Alternatives to the formula your baby is drinking is almost always going to be another formula though, and not goat's milk, soy milk, or a homemade formula. Page 2.
The yeast that causes thrush is everywhere, so it is likely that your baby could get thrush at least once in her first year. Learn more about typical symptoms and treatments for thrush so that you are prepared if she does. Page 3.
Infant Care Tips - Vomiting
Parents often feel helpless when their baby is vomiting. Learn the recommended home treatment tips for vomiting so that you are prepared if you baby gets a stomach virus and begins vomiting. Page 4.
UpToDate is a comprehensive and easy to use reference tool that every pediatrician should have access to. When you use it on your iPhone, it is like have a medical library in your pocket.
The incubation period is the amount of time, usually days to weeks, between when a person is first exposed to a contagious disease, like strep throat or the flu, to when they develop symptoms of the infection.
Pinworms - Symptoms of Pinworms
Learn about the common symptoms of pinworm infections, including rectal itching and restless sleep.
Children can have lymphadenopathy, abnormally enlarged lymph nodes, as a part of many infections and other conditions.
High-Fructose Corn Syrup
High-fructose corn syrup is a common sweetener that is used in soft drinks, breakfast cereals, cookies, snacks and many other baked goods.
Rickets is a condition that develops in children who do not have enough vitamin D in their diet, which leads to their having bones that don't mineralize properly â€” they have weak bones.
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy
Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a rare form of child abuse in which a caregiver makes up symptoms and signs so as to make it appear that their child is sick.
Sunscreen - Sunscreen Questions and Answers
Review common questions, answers, myths and facts about sunscreen, such as how much sunscreen you should use, how often you should reapply sunscreen, and if tanning will help your teen's acne.
Review the differences between sunblock and sunscreen to help you choose the best sun protection for your kids.
National Public Health Week 2012
This year, National Public Health Week is being observed from April 2 - 8, 2012.
National Window Safety Week
National Window Safety Week is observed at the beginning of April to help educate parents about the dangers or window falls.
World Health Day
World Health Day, observed on April 7, marks the founding of the World Health Organization.
Screen-Free Week 2013
During Screen-Free Week in 2013, April 29 to May 5, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood urges children, families, schools, etc. to
National Preparedness Month 2012
National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is observed each September. It's a great time to learn how to get your family prepared for any type of emergency that might strike.
SSI Disability Program for Children
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program provides some financial support to children with severe mental and/or physical disabilities who meet strict financial eligibility requirements.
Vayarin - New Non-Stimulant for ADHD
Vayarin is a medical food that can be used to treat children with ADHD. As a non-stimulant with omega-3 fatty acids, it is an especially good option for those parents who do not want their child on a stimulant drug.
Intuniv, a new FDA-approved treatment for children with ADHD, is a long-acting non-stimulant medication that can help to control disruptive ADHD symptoms, including hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattentiveness.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Learn if you need a carbon monoxide detector in your home to keep your family safe from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Diarhea - Misspelling for Diarrhea
Diarhea and diarrea are common misspellings for diarrhea.
Survival Swimming Skills - Swim Lessons for Kids
Learning survival swimming skills by taking an infant aquatic or infant swimming resource provider class can be a good part of a layers of protection plan to keep your kids safe around the water.
Sharing. We are still working on this one. Unfortunately, this photo shows the more typical 'mine' and 'gimme' toddler behaviors, instead of true sharing. Page 10.
Babies' First Days
Like most twins, our boys liked to sleep together their first few months. Page 2.
Once they start crawling, you have to watch out for safety hazards that might harm your baby. Page 3.
Although they also spend a lot of time pushing, hitting, biting, and taking things away from each other, it is nice to see twins playing together too. Page 4.
First Birthday Party for your Baby
Your baby's first birthday party can be lots of fun, especially if they have their own birthday cake to eat and make a mess with. Page 5.
A Day at the Beach
The beach is fun for toddlers, but remember to keep them safe from the sun and water. Page 6.
Although you may have a calm toddler who rarely fusses, most toddlers show a range of emotions throughout the day, including being happy, sad, and mad. Page 7.
While not really their first Halloween, their first toddler Halloween was the first one that they really seemed to enjoy. Page 8.
Toddler Halloween Costumes
These Halloween costumes, where the twins dressed up as Superman and Batman, were a little more 'manly' than the pumpkin infant costumes they wore the previous year. Page 9.
Back to Sleep
Learn how the back-to-sleep campaign has helped to greatly reduce the incidence of SIDS.
Potty Training - Advice and Tips to Get your Kids Potty Trained
Potty training is a developmental milestone that some parents dread and others look forward to. Get some potty training tips to help you avoid common mistakes and help make sure your child has good potty training experiences.
Even though international adoption rates have been declining, many children continue to be adopted each year, which makes it important that adoptive parents understand the latest guidelines about vaccines and screening their adopted children for infectious diseases.
Road and Traffic Safety
Learn why keeping your kids safe from road and traffic accidents involves a lot more than choosing the right car seat, especially once your kids start walking or biking or even driving themselves.
Drug Testing and Drug Screening
It is recommended that all teens be screened for drug and alcohol abuse, which makes learning about drug testing and drug screening important.
Influenza - What is the Flu?
Learn everything you need to know about influenza, or the flu, including a history of the major flu pandemics, development of the flu vaccine, and common symptoms.
Cholesterol Screening - Are Your Kids at Risk?
Learn about recommendations for testing your child's cholesterol, including the latest guidelines on cholesterol screening from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Asthma inhalers are commonly used to both treat and prevent asthma and can include albuterol inhalers, steroid inhalers, and combination inhalers.
Outbreak News - Current Outbreaks and Epidemics
Stay up-to-date on recent outbreak news and learn about recent outbreaks and epidemics that may get your kids sick.
Help With Weight Loss for Kids Who Can't Lose Weight
Your overweight child has seemingly done everything to lose weight and is still putting on the pounds. What's next? Get some extra help with weight loss for kids who can't lose weight.
Habits that Promote Cavities and Tooth Decay
Review some of the habits that promote cavities and tooth decay and how you can help your kids avoid cavities, including an early first visit to the dentist.
Alternatives to Vitamins for Picky Eaters
Vitamins may be good nutrition insurance for kids, but what do you do when your picky eater won't even take a vitamin?
Sippy Cups - Use and Misuse for Babies
Sippy cups can provide a good way to transition from bottles to open cups for toddlers, but can be misused if they are used for too long if your child carries one around filled with juice all day.
2012 Pediatrics Update
Review the latest news and advice from 2012 to make sure you are following the latest recommendations to keep your kids safe and healthy.
Gaining weight can be hard for some kids, especially those who have a poor appetite. Eating more energy-dense foods that are loaded with calories can help your child gain weight; just make sure that they are also nutrient-dense, so that they are healthy too.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were six large listeria outbreaks in the United States from 1985 to 2011, including the latest nationwide outbreak linked to recalled cantaloupes, which has become one of the deadliest.
Riding A Bike - Milestones for Kids
Riding a bike is an important milestone for kids, but not one to stress over. Most kids learn to ride a bike when they are ready, no matter which method you choose to teach them, so remember to keep it fun.
Listeria infections are not as common as other causes of food poisoning, like Salmonella, but they are more likely to lead to hospitalizations. Learn more about Listeria symptoms, outbreaks, and avoiding these infections.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide poisoning kills over 400 people a year. Learn how to avoid exposure to carbon monoxide and to recognize symptoms when levels get high.
HIV Testing - Guidelines for Teens
Review the latest guidelines about HIV testing from the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics, including that all teens should be routinely tested for HIV.
Hunting Accidents - Gun and Shooting Tragedies
To protect children from hunting accidents, in addition to reviewing typical gun safety advice, it is important to understand that hunting accidents and tragedies do actually happen.
Protect Your Kids from Falls
Although falls out of windows get the most attention, reviewing stories of all of these recent accidental falls will hopefully reinforce the importance of protecting your kids and childproofing your home.
Baby Birth Weight Statistics
Was your baby born too big, too small, or just right? Check the average birth weight of other babies and other baby birth weight statistics to see how your newborn compares on the growth charts.
Eating Ice - A Common Symptom of Iron Deficiency Anemia
Eating ice and other non-food items, like dirt and paper, is usually thought to be associated with kids who have iron deficiency anemia. These kids might compulsively eat almost anything, even the carpet or couch cushions.
Safe Food - Food Safety by the Numbers
Understanding food safety numbers, such as the minimum temperatures to cook and store foods and how long you can safely keep food out, can help reduce food poisoning and make sure you serve safe food to your kids.
WHO Growth Charts - New Growth Standard for Infants and Toddlers
WHO growth charts are the new standard to monitor the how well younger children are growing, as they do a better job of representing the normal growth of breastfeeding babies.
High Risk Foods
Some high risk foods, such as raw eggs, raw milk, and undercooked ground beef, are well known causes of food poisoning. Learn the others to keep your family safe and healthy from risky foods.
Croup Cough Sound - Croup Symptoms
The croup cough sound is a very classic sign of croup, which often wakes kids up in the middle of night sounding like a barking seal.
Bronchitis is a common diagnosis for kids with lingering coughs, which leads to many unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions. That makes it important to learn to recognize bronchitis symptoms when your kids get them.
Swollen glands or lymph nodes worry many parents, even though they are common and often normal, which makes it important to understand the causes and signs when they might be serious.
Could It Be Autism? Book Review
Could It Be Autism? is a great resource for parents and Pediatricians to help them recognize the first signs of autism, know what further testing should be done when a developmental problem is suspected, and understanding what treatments are available.
Do Vaccines Cause That - Book Review of Do Vaccines Cause That
Read a review of Do Vaccines Cause That?!, which is essential reading for all pediatricians and any parents who are either not vaccinating their children or who are having second thoughts about the importance of vaccines and are overwhelmed by worries about vaccine side effects.
Thinking Person's Guide to Autism Book Review
The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism is a must read for parents of children with autism, pediatricians, and other health care providers. From getting a new diagnosis and figuring out the best therapies, to navigating services at school, this book covers everything you will need to know.
Autism Health and Safety Issues
Even after they have done a lot of research, many parents of children with autism still aren't aware of many important health and safety issues, such as wandering, high rates of accidents, problems during puberty, or the possible need for guardianship when your child with autism turns 18.
Daily Tick Checks
A daily tick check can help you find and know to remove ticks before they can get your kids sick. Page 2.
Removing a Tick from your Child
Review what supplies you will need to remove a tick from your child. Page 3.
Grabbing the Tick
Learn how to grab a tick with tweezers when you are trying to remove it from your child. Page 4.