If you just had a baby, you’re probably extremely tired, and you may even be sleep deprived. The idea of co-sleeping with your newborn may seem like a good idea for convenience, especially if you’re breastfeeding, but there are many risks associated with co-sleeping you need to know.
Depression can be a harmful and dangerous illness to deal with – especially for kids and teens. Between 2007 and 2015, the suicide rate in teen girls doubled, reaching its highest point in more than 40 years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. This is part of the reason the American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines to recommend that kids be screened annually for depression beginning at age 12.
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.
While pregnant, what you eat and drink is even more important than usual because it impacts a child’s health. Some of your favorite foods may be among those you should avoid as they could pose a danger to your developing baby.
Medicine and the way we interact with it is always changing. Prescriptions that were once given without a thought to almost all patients have since been discontinued or limited to certain segments of the population. This is the case with codeine, a powerful cough medicine and pain reliever. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration looked at the practice of prescribing codeine to children and determined this particular medication shouldn’t be given to kids younger than 12 – for good reason.
Becoming a mother for the first time can seem overwhelming with the amount of information you can find online and the advice you receive from other mothers, but it’s important to know what essential items are needed for those nine months of pregnancy.
With the advancement of smartphones, the questions parents have about maturity, safety, and the necessity of technology for their kids are becoming trickier to answer. Many parents want to know what age might be appropriate for their child to start using a smartphone, because many children today have one as early as first grade. While I can't tell you the exact age at which your child should start using this technology, I can help give you some guidelines to factor into your decision.
As soon as you found out you were pregnant, you probably started getting a lot of advice – both solicited and unsolicited. It can be difficult to wade through information when it's coming at you from all sides to determine what's best for you and your baby. While there are a lot of things you can take or leave when it comes to your pregnancy, you should seriously consider taking childbirth classes.
Quick - how many people do you know with the flu? This flu season, it seems like the answer is, “All of them. Literally all of the people I know.” And despite your best efforts to keep it out of your house, your little one comes home from school with the flu. Here are some steps you can take at home to help her feel more comfortable after she’s seen her pediatrician.
You may not know a lot about the human papillomavirus (HPV) – a sexually transmitted infection that often goes away by itself, but can lead to long-lasting damage, including certain types of cancers. You’re not alone. A lot of parents I talk to have misinformation, partially correct information, or just flat-out wrong information about the virus and the vaccine that can prevent it. This is a serious issue, considering that 4-out-of-5 people have HPV at some point during their lives. Vaccination can help prevent the types of HPV that most commonly cause cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend boys and girls get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12. Unfortunately, myths and rumors shared on social media, blogs, and alternative health websites make claims that may scare away parents and their children from this life-saving vaccine. Here are some of the myths patients have come to me about concerning the HPV vaccine.