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My Baby’s Head Looks Flat!

Posted by Suzanne Condron, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Aug 31, 2019 3:35:00 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

Childproofing Your Home

Posted by Debra Luben, M.D. on Aug 28, 2019 9:00:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: childproofing your home, childproof

Potty Training 101

Posted by Phong Van-Liaw, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Aug 26, 2019 8:30:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: potty training tips, what age should you potty train, how long does potty training take, potty training

Gross! Lice!

Posted by Jessica Lanerie, M.D. on Aug 23, 2019 8:08:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: lice, Pediatrics, head lice, how to treat head lice

Signs Your Child May Need a Tonsillectomy

Posted by Kathryn Wright, M.D. on Aug 21, 2019 8:19:00 AM

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.

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Topics: tonsillectomy, signs your child may need tonsils removed, tonsillitis surgery

Bottoms Up: The Low Down on Diaper Rash

Posted by Melanie Williams, M.D. on Aug 7, 2019 8:08:00 AM

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.

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Topics: diaper rash, what to do about diaper rash, how to treat diaper rash

Get Your Kids Ready for Summer Camp

Posted by Kara Carter, M.D. on Jul 10, 2019 10:57:00 AM

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.

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Topics: summer camp, getting kids ready for camp

How Can We Prevent Kids from Drowning?

Posted by Suzanne Condron, M.D. on Jun 8, 2019 8:33:00 AM

With the arrival of warm weather, so comes the potential for tragedy . Every year in the United States, more than a thousand children die in drowning accidents. The peak period of risk is among toddlers and preschoolers, but a child of any age can be at risk in the wrong circumstances.  What can we do to prevent these devastating accidents?  The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following guidelines:

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Topics: kids drowning, children and drowning, water safety, monitoring kids around water

Bzzz … Slap! How to Keep Your Kid Bug-Bite Free this Summer

Posted by Sophie Lung, M.D. on Jun 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM

As the weather heats up, many families will be spending more and more time outside with their children. While fresh air is good for you and your little one, make sure to protect them from the other things that come from being outside. Be prepared to prevent bug bites and sun exposure as the days get longer and you’re able to spend more time outside! 

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Topics: bug spray, fire ant, insect bites, deet, bug bites, insect repellant, mosquito

Why You Shouldn’t Give Your Newborn Water

Posted by Kathryn Wright, M.D. on May 4, 2019 8:46:00 AM

“Drink your water – it’s good for you!” How many times have you heard that in your life? And it’s true, but not for newborns. In fact, giving a newborn water can actually be harmful. 

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Topics: is water bad for newborns, newborn care

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