When is it safe to whiten teeth while breastfeeding?

When is it safe to whiten teeth while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to whiten teeth while breastfeeding? When someone is lactating or breastfeeding, it’s easy to think about every activity and how it affects breast milk.  Many people postpone certain procedures or plans until they’ve stopped breastfeeding. But, is tooth whitening also one of those unnecessary risks? Generally speaking, most tooth whitening treatments are…

After the NICU: What Happens Next and How to Prepare
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After the NICU: What Happens Next and How to Prepare

Having a baby spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is a marathon-type event. It requires stamina, patience, and courage. Really. What happens after the NICU, though? Once you are home with your baby, what can you do to help prepare for the next steps? Many babies who have been discharged from the…

What happens at the first pediatrician appointment for autism?
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What happens at the first pediatrician appointment for autism?

If you have wondered whether your baby or child has autism, a first step is often an evaluation in the pediatrician’s office. Yes, it can be the same pediatrician that checks growth charts and treats ear infections. Many pediatricians do not formally diagnose autism (especially in one visit), but they can get the process started…

Breastfeeding and Mammograms: 3 Things to Know

Breastfeeding and Mammograms: 3 Things to Know

If you’ve been advised to have a mammogram, what should you do if you’re breastfeeding? The short answer, according to the American College of Radiology is: The mammogram can still be done if someone is lactating or breastfeeding. This post covers a few common topics and misconceptions about mammograms and breastfeeding. The key points are…

Should Your Baby Use an Amber Teething Anklet?

Should Your Baby Use an Amber Teething Anklet?

Teething can make some babies miserable! What’s a parent to do for those new teeth and sore gums? Talking to other parents and googling can lead to learning about amber jewelry, like amber teething anklets, bracelets, or necklaces. Those that sell the amber products often say that just wearing the amber-based jewelry can help calm…

Free Symptom Tracker Printable: The Best Way to Log Symptoms

Free Symptom Tracker Printable: The Best Way to Log Symptoms

If you or your child have ongoing health issues, just scheduling a doctor’s visit is stressful enough. Arriving and trying to explain everything is even harder. How can the appointment be a little less easier? Finding a way to organize and communicate your thoughts can help a lot. One of the best ways to keep track…

17 Gross Motor Activities for Your Infant (0-12 months)

17 Gross Motor Activities for Your Infant (0-12 months)

Wondering what to do to help a baby’s physical development? A baby uses gross motor skills when they use their large muscle groups. Think arms, legs, and trunk. So, how can parents support a baby’s gross motor development? This post covers several gross motor “activities” that caregivers and infants can enjoy at home. Parents need…

Foot Pain at Night in Children: Growing Pains or a Reason to Worry?

Foot Pain at Night in Children: Growing Pains or a Reason to Worry?

It’s after bedtime. Everyone is tucked in and nearly asleep.  Then, there’s a wail from a child’s room, “My foot hurts!” Why would a child complain about foot pain at night? There are many possibilities. Today I’ll review a few of the most common reasons a child’s feet may hurt at night.  Then, I’ll list…