Giving a new toy to your toddler can be as much fun for you as it is for your child. Seeing those big eyes light up and the joy on that little face is enough to send you back to the store for another. But how can you know the toys you are giving are appropriate?
It has been over 20 years since the National Institute of Child Health and Development launched its Back to Sleep campaign to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). That first initiative, started in 1994, saw infant death rates by SIDS drop by over half in 10 years. Further research, however, showed that in the same time period, many babies died not only while sleeping tummy side-down in their cribs, but also while sleeping in beds and on couches with their parents.
I’m alarmed at how many overweight children and teens I see in my practice. In my opinion, many children spend too much time tethered to their computers, electronic devices or the television. In addition, school days are getting longer, leaving less time for play.
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.
Before you have children, you’re aware there are items around the house that are dangerous—such as knives, scissors and household chemicals. After you have children, however, it’s easy for new parents to look around their house and see it as a baby death trap full of electricity and glass and sharp corners and small objects they can choke on. My advice to you is don’t panic —it’s probably not as bad as it seems — and to try to childproof your home to the best of your ability.
Potty-training theories are a dime a dozen, and even strangers don’t hesitate to offer free advice. But as each child is different, the real key to success is to pay close attention to your child and have lots of patience.
Every day, millions of parents across the United States wake their children up, get them dressed and send them out the door to school with their lunches. And every day, about 30,000 kids come home in the afternoon with a few extra friends: head lice. While your first reaction to lice is to recoil, remember that lice do not transmit diseases like mosquitoes or ticks and are relatively harmless. Lice is common among children and does not represent bad hygiene.
Tonsillectomies are one of the most common pediatric surgeries performed worldwide. In fact, more than 530,000 are conducted on children under age 15 annually in the United States. So, if your child’s physician has recommended that he or she should have their tonsils removed, you can take comfort in knowing it’s not uncommon.
When it comes to changing your baby’s diaper, you never know what you’re going to get. Will it be solid? Liquid? Gas?
But one thing you know you don’t want to see when you fold back that diaper is a case of diaper rash.
Going to summer camp is one of the experiences of childhood that for many American families is not to be missed. At the right camp, youngsters can gain leadership and social skills, connect with nature, learn independence, and improve self-esteem. In these ways, the summer camp experience can be tremendously beneficial to kids – physically, mentally, and emotionally.