It can be frustrating and exhausting to be a parent, especially when your child is hurting. This frustration can turn into a feeling of helplessness if your child is hurting and you don’t know what’s causing it or how to make it better. This is an issue I run into a lot when kids experience growing pains. Here are some suggestions you can try that might soothe those aches and pains and give your child, and you, peace of mind.
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As a pediatrician, I’m frequently asked questions about breastfeeding by new moms who want to be sure they’re doing the best for their babies. I want new moms to know you’re not alone in your uneasiness or uncertainly. It’s a challenging time! Here are some questions patients frequently ask me about breastfeeding. Making an informed decision about what’s best for both mom and baby starts with good questions like these.
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.
For a lot of parents, the prospect of talking to their children about sex is among the most dreaded conversations. Plus, the timing of this conversation and what to say can be tricky.
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.
Parents can’t seem to help comparing their babies to others. And, of course, a whole chorus of well-meaning friends, relatives and complete strangers are always anxious to offer their opinions about what baby should be doing.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently made changes to its guidelines for children’s checkups. One new addition is screening for depression in adolescents ages 11-21. While this might seem young to be screened for such a serious illness, it makes sense when you consider that a large number of teen deaths occur as a result of suicide, and frank talks about depression might have prevented some of these tragedies.
Being a tween can be difficult, as can parenting one. You want to protect them, but at the same time you’re trying to teach them valuable lessons about how to stand up for themselves, learn who they are and withstand peer pressure. A lot of good, concerned parents ask me for ideas about how they can help their tweens navigate peer pressure. Here are some of the things that I tell them.
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!