How to Wean Your Baby from a Pacifier

Posted by Erin Eckhart, M.D. on Apr 1, 2017 9:01:00 AM

While your grandmother may have turned up her nose at pacifiers, we now know they have benefits for babies during the first six months of life, including reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). 

But even babies can get too much of a good thing. It’s a good idea to wean your baby from the pacifier between 8 and 12 months and definitely by 2 years old. That’s when increased dental problems and ear infections caused by pacifiers start to outweigh advantages.

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Topics: pacifier

What to Do About Intoeing

Posted by Jennifer Lai, M.D. on Mar 29, 2017 8:03:00 AM

I frequently get questions from parents about the way their children walk – or their gait. From walking on their toes to walking slowly, parents worry about whether their child is developing correctly. This includes intoeing, which is commonly referred to as being pigeon toed. I’d like to share some information on this condition to help you separate fact from the myths I’ve seen on the internet. 

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Topics: pigeon toe treatment, intoeing, pigeon toed

Sibling Rivalry Driving You Up the Wall? Here’s How to Manage it

Posted by Paula Schlesinger, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Mar 22, 2017 7:53:00 AM

“He hit me!” “I didn’t do it!” “Yes, he did and because of how much it hurt I dropped the lamp!” I’ll bet you’ve heard similar exchanges between your kids. I’m also certain you’ve witnessed how intense and hurtful sibling rivalry can be. Common as it is, sibling rivalry can be difficult to manage. It’s important for parents to get control of it early, though, because it can affect children’s self-esteem, future relationships, temperament, family dynamics and more if it isn’t dealt with appropriately. 

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Head’s Up! There Are New Guidelines for Peanut Allergies in Infants!

Posted by Carolyn Carlson, M.D. on Mar 15, 2017 7:56:00 AM

After years of guidelines that instructed parents to hold off on giving young children peanut-related products, new guidelines endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and other medical professionals say parents should introduce foods containing peanuts to children early and often, starting when they’re infants, as a way to avoid life-long peanut allergies. 

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Topics: new guidellines for peanut allergies in infants, when to introduce peanut products to babies

How to Stop Bedwetting

Posted by Ghazala Abuazza, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Mar 11, 2017 8:56:00 AM

Sleepless nights are probably something you’re accustomed to if you’re a parent. Sometimes those sleepless nights are spurred by colic or night terrors, but for so many parents, the problem comes from bedwetting, which means both you and your child are up, wet, tired and probably frustrated. Bedwetting is a common problem, and while there isn’t a cure-all to stop it, there are some things you may be able to do to help prevent the issue. 

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Topics: bed wetting, bedwetting

My Baby’s Head Looks Flat!

Posted by Suzanne Condron, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Feb 17, 2017 3:35:44 PM

One of the most common concerns pediatricians hear from parents is their baby’s head looks flat. We call this condition plagiocephaly. Doctors examine babies from head to toe to distinguish between a temporary, self-limited problem and one that needs further evaluation or treatment.

When we are born, the skull bones are only loosely joined together. This unfused structure allows the skull to conform to the narrow birth canal when we are born and it allows for the rapid brain development and resulting head growth that occurs in the first year of life. Babies are regularly born with oddly shaped heads, but over days to weeks their heads become more symmetrical.

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Topics: plagiocephaly, flat head

How to Get Your Child to Stop Lying

Posted by Beth Yip, M.D. on Feb 15, 2017 8:25:00 AM

Liar. For so many people, it’s one of the worst things you can call them. Teaching kids not to lie can be tricky because most kids automatically start lying when they don’t know the difference between fantasy and reality. Here’s some advice on how to address lying as children age. 

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Dads, Your Kids Need You!

Posted by Hunaid Gurji, D.O., Ph.D. on Feb 8, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Kids need their dads. This seems obvious, but as recently as 10 years ago, cultural norms in America meant that moms stayed home and nurtured while dads went out and provided for the family. More recently, however, there’s been a shift in the traditional “family dynamic.” There is more of a male presence at home (especially following the recession of 2008) and more groups are lobbying for paternity leave after a baby is born. Studies of the impact a father has on his children have come to the same conclusion: It’s important that dads stay involved. 

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Topics: dads, fathers, kids need their dads in their lives

12 Ways to Help Lower the Risk of SIDS

Posted by Diana Collins, M.D. on Feb 4, 2017 8:36:00 AM

The loss of an infant to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is devastating for parents, families and their health professionals. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), SIDS claims the lives of nearly 3,500 babies each year in the United States. It’s the leading cause of death for infants 1 to 12 months of age. But by following a few tips, parents and grandparents can help prevent SIDS. 

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Topics: SIDS, how to reduce the risk of SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome

How to Talk to a Child about a Death in the Family

Posted by Laura Roberts Pena, M.D. on Feb 1, 2017 7:57:00 AM

Losing a loved one is hard. When a child’s loved one dies, it can be infinitely more difficult. Knowing what to say to a child about a concept as heavy and involved as death is daunting, especially when processing your own grief. Here are some tips that may help make talking to your child about death a little easier. 

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Topics: kids and death, how to talk to a child about death

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