9 Reasons to Eat Dinner as a Family

Courtesy of almost every family sitcom made in the last 60 years, the family dinner as we know it is an occasion for meatloaf, mashed potatoes, at least one fight over the salt shaker, and a few failed attempts at finding out how school was. Though cliche, this...

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Teething Necklaces and Beads: A Caution for Parents

When parents see their baby suffering, they just want a solution. Teething necklaces and beads have become an increasing popular alternative treatment to ease teething pain. But, are they effective and safe? The answer is no. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

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How To Help Kids Overcome Their Fear Of Doctors And Shots

Juli Fraga for NPR Like many kids, Lisa Sparrell's daughter never liked getting shots at the doctor's office. "At first she'd cry some, but was quickly placated with rewards like a lollipop or a sticker," says Sparrell, who lives in Honolulu. But last year, Sparrell's...

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When can I start giving my baby peanut butter?

Amanda Cox, MD, FAAAAI Many parents have questions and concerns about when peanut butter can be safely introduced, because it is the leading cause of fatal and near-fatal food allergic reactions in the United States. New Guidelines on the Introduction of Allergenic...

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Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical Health Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. HPV is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity, and it causes almost all cases of cervical...

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Winter Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Whether winter brings severe storms, light dustings or just cold temperatures, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some valuable tips on how to keep your children safe and warm.  Please feel free to excerpt these tips or use them in their entirety for any...

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RSV: When It’s More Than Just a Cold

By: Andrea Jones, MD, FAAP Almost all children get RSV at least once before they are 2 years old. For most healthy children, RSV is like a cold. But, some children get very sick with RSV. What is RSV? RSV (or respiratory syncytial virus) is one of the many viruses...

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New Year’s Eve Safety Tips

New Year’s Eve is a wonderful time to celebrate the start of a new year.  And fireworks are a wonderful way of celebrating!  However, all too often, New Year’s Eve festivities involve excess alcohol.  Just like driving and drinking do not mix, shooting consumer...

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How to Give a Time-Out

Giving a child a time-out can be a useful tool to help them cool down and learn good behavior. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The basics of a time-out—by the numbers: 1.      Warn your child first, "If you don't stop, you'll have a...

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How parents’ screen time impacts kids

Kids are growing up in an increasingly digital world, with infants as young as 4 months being exposed to technology — but that isn’t just when the child is looking at a screen. As a pediatrician and a mom of teens, I encourage parents to be aware of their own use of...

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The Benefits & Tricks to Having a Family Dinner

By: Kathleen Berchelmann, MD, FAAP Eating at least three family meals together each week is associated with healthier kids, according to a study published in Pediatrics. This was a large meta-analysis of more than 180,000 children, a well-designed study for those of...

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Parents: Beware of Button Batteries During the Holidays

BY: KARLA RAUCH The holidays mean something a little bit different for everyone. For me, it’s the time of year in which I step up my button battery awareness efforts into high gear. My youngest son, Emmett, swallowed a button battery eight years ago and has suffered...

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Coughs and Colds: Medicines or Home Remedies?

Medicines Oral over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines can cause serious harm to young children. The risks of using these medicines is more than any help the medicines might have in reducing cold symptoms. From ages 4 to 6 years: Cough medicine should be used...

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7 Exercise Ideas to Keep Your Kids Active This Winter

BY: CHRISTOPHER KIST, MS, HFS, CPT We’re all aware that regular physical activity is important and has many health benefits. But even some very active kids have a difficult time keeping the exercise going during the winter months. We get it – it’s cold, it’s dark...

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How to Plan a Balanced Thanksgiving Meal for Picky Eaters

Thanksgiving—a holiday full of elaborate food traditions—can be extra challenging for parents of picky eaters. Who wants a holiday dinner turned into a battle zone filled with whispered bargaining? Fortunately, with a little planning, you can create a balanced...

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