“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.
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.
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!
All you want to do is help your feverish, drooling, cranky baby who’s teething and isn’t sleeping, to feel better. For years, parents have reached for teething products with a numbing agent called benzocaine to help relieve the pain that comes from teething. And even though products containing benzocaine have been used for decades, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning against using these products, saying benzocaine poses a serious risk to infants and children younger than 2 years old.
Issues surrounding breastfeeding are some of the most common questions I get from new mamas. This is something they’ve never done before and are unsure of how it should feel, whether or not it’s being done correctly, and what it could mean when their breasts feel different. For example, breastfeeding isn’t necessarily the most comfortable practice a new mom has ever done. So when breastfeeding is painful, some moms think that’s just how it goes, when a lot of times, painful breastfeeding is a sign of mastitis.
Many of us have done it. We’ve slipped and said a not-so-nice word in passing to another adult in front of a toddler, forgetting that toddlers are little sponges, soaking up everything we’re saying and doing. You might not have realized you’ve even done this until the daycare calls with questions about your child’s new colorful vocabulary. While it obviously needs to be corrected, don’t stress out over it – this happens all the time. Here are some ways to handle bad language in toddlers.
When your child is vomiting, no one involved is happy. They’re miserable, you’re concerned and you’re probably worried about what to do and how to keep it from spreading to other family members, especially if you have other small children. The good news is while it’s exhausting for both you and your little one, illnesses that cause vomiting are typically short-lived and will go away on their own. That doesn’t mean you can let your guard down, though.
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When you have children, it can seem as though it’s one malady after another. As if skinned knees and sore throats aren’t enough, rashes can pop up without warning.
The good news is that while rashes are common in children, they usually aren’t serious. Remain calm and keep your first-aid kit stocked with over-the-counter pediatric antihistamine medication, topical corticosteroid ointment, ibuprofen or acetaminophen and mild soap.
You’ve bought them the best helmet, pads, racket, bat, ball, glove or shoes available on the market. You’ve taught them how to protect their face from the ball, to keep an eye on the defense or how to slide properly into home. They stretch before practice to avoid pulling a muscle and you watch how they land or jump to make sure they can avoid a knee injury. If you’re taking every precaution to make sure your child can participate safely in athletics, make sure you’re not overlooking one obvious safeguard: nutrition.
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.