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Jennifer Lai, M.D.


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Heads Up Parents: Teens Are Eating Detergent Pods in New Viral Challenge

Posted by Jennifer Lai, M.D. on Feb 17, 2018 8:25:00 AM

When I read that teens were taking a viral challenge to eat detergent pods, my initial reaction was skepticism. Because that seems like the kind of thing a teenager should know not to do. As it turns out, however, this is really happening, and it is as confounding to parents as some of the other dangerous viral challenges we’ve seen in the past few years – like the viral challenge where kids were setting themselves on fire, or the Kylie Jenner lip challenge. 

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Topics: tide pod challenge

Tips for Soothing Your Child’s Growing Pains

Posted by Jennifer Lai, M.D. on Nov 25, 2017 9:06:00 AM

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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Topics: growing pains

These Are the Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Posted by Jennifer Lai, M.D. on Sep 13, 2017 7:58:00 AM

You’ve probably heard of autism spectrum disorders – they are common and varied. What I find from talking with parents is there isn’t a lot of knowledge about what these disorders actually are or how to look for signs that your child might be on the spectrum. 

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Topics: autism, autism spectrum disorder

Answers to Common Breastfeeding Questions

Posted by Jennifer Lai, M.D. on Jul 29, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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. 

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Topics: New Moms, Breastfeeding, breastfeeding questions, breastfeeding problems, breastfeeding questions answered

How to Wean Your Baby from a Pacifier

Posted by Jennifer Lai, 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

I’ve Been Laid Off. How Do I Handle it with My Kids?

Posted by Jennifer Lai, M.D. on Jan 11, 2017 8:12:00 AM

Layoffs happen daily in America. For some, it can be an emotional and financial hardship. When you have kids and a family, the difficulty is compounded and it can be hard to know the best way to address the situation with your children. Here are some things to consider as you begin to frame what you’ll say to your kids. 

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Topics: layoff, handling difficult situations with your kids

Easing Teething Pain

Posted by Jennifer Lai, M.D. on Dec 14, 2016 8:33:00 AM

The frustration of knowing your baby is hurting is often compounded by the fact they can’t tell you what’s wrong. While you may have to do some detective work for a cold or earache, it’s pretty easy to identify when your baby is teething. Fussiness and irritability are common telltale signs of teething pain. Here are my suggestions to help ease the discomfort. 

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Topics: teething, teething pain

Is Your Child Gripped by Virtual Violence?

Posted by Jennifer Lai, M.D. on Dec 3, 2016 9:04:00 AM

Violence on the screen, be it television, computer or cell phone, has become increasingly commonplace in our culture. Although we have rating systems in place to help parents decide what is OK and what isn’t OK for their child’s viewing, there seems to be a mounting effort by writers, directors and producers to push the boundaries of those ratings. What we’re seeing is more virtual violence. 

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Topics: virtual violence, virtual violence and kids, violent video games, violent cartoons violent videos

Let’s Talk about ‘the Birds and the Bees’

Posted by Jennifer Lai, M.D. on Nov 30, 2016 8:02:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: the birds and the bees, talking to kids about sex, parent-child sex talk

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