Your baby is coughing and has a runny nose. It could be a cold, but it could also be something far more serious for infants. Just before the new year began, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning to parents about Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).
Depending on where you live in the United States, spankings and other types of aversionary discipline, such as yelling or shaming, may be fairly common. In other areas, punishments like this are on the decline, which is a good thing. For about two decades, the American Academy of Pediatrics has urged parents to use caution when disciplining their kids with these types of punishment tactics – especially spanking. Recently, the organization updated its recommendation: Don’t spank your kids. Ever.
There’s a lot you have to learn in a few short months if you’re about to be a parent. Your OB/GYN will be there to help you through much of it, but there’s another doctor you should get involved in this process before your baby is born: a pediatrician. A good way to go about doing that is by taking advantage of a prenatal visit.
Baby walkers are such a common and ubiquitous part of childhood that many of my patients are taken aback when I tell them that baby walkers not only pose a potential threat to their children, but that they’ve been banned in other countries all together.
Children and the elderly don’t have the strong immune system most others have. When an illness sweeps across the country, they are often the most affected. This is why it’s incredibly important to make sure your child has his or her flu vaccination as early as possible. Last year, 85 percent of the children who died from the flu were unvaccinated and one unvaccinated child has already died this year. These are heartbreaking statistics, but hopefully we can reduce this through education and awareness.
If there are two things I know, it’s that most kids aren’t overly fond of shots and vaccinating your kids for flu season is incredibly important. This can be a tough balancing act when it comes time to take your needle-shy kiddo to the doctor to protect him or her from the flu each year. It is especially tough during flu seasons like 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, when it was determined that the FluMist nasal spray shouldn’t be used because it was ineffective. This year, though, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 12 to 2 to return the nasal spray to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of recommended vaccines for the 2018-2019 flu season. The committee stopped short of explicitly recommending the nasal spray, however, and will instead let providers and patients decide if they’ll use it instead of traditional flu shots.
Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) changed its guidelines about rear-facing car seats. If you have a child in a car seat, it is important to know these changes.
You learn things about your baby as you grow together. From “Is that a hungry cry or a mad cry?” to “She rubs her nose when she’s sleepy,” your baby can communicate basic needs and wants to you. But every baby is different, which means that recognizing milestones, such as when baby should start crawling, walking, and especially talking, can be tough to measure. I find that parents fret over trying to figure out when their babies should be talking. It’s different for every child, but there are signs to look for if you’re concerned your baby might have a communication disorder.
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If you’re like many of the parents I know, your schedules can become a little lax from June to August when school is out. It can be hard to break away from that, but there does come a time when it’s a good idea to start getting kids back into a routine before school starts. In fact, that time is now. Not only will doing so help them adjust to the new school year, but it also will likely help you, too!
Gone are the days when young athletes play their sport for a few months a year and then take a long break. Year-round play is the new norm, and not only are kids playing year-round, they’re also competing at a higher level. This means that paying special attention to how your kid is playing, and for how long at a time, is important to help reduce injuries like little league elbow.