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Ways to Prevent Poisoning At Home: For Young Children

If your child is mobile, it’s time to think about making your home as safe as possible. Today, we’ll focus specifically on preventing accidental poisoning at home. In other words, we’ll discuss how to keep dangerous chemicals out of their mouths and bodies. I’ll focus mostly on adults modifying their behavior as well as a…

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Television for Preschoolers: How to Find the Benefits

Many kids watch television at some point. Although the AAP recommends less than 1 hour per day of screen time (for children aged 2-5), it doesn’t mean that any screen time at all is “bad.” There can be many benefits, including parent-child bonding, early literacy skills, school-readiness, and cultural awareness. This post offers some ideas…

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Why is the pediatrician talking about my kid’s BMI?

There’s a lot to say about obesity in children. It’s unquestionably important. For many, it’s also a really emotional and sensitive subject. But we do have to talk about it. Obesity impacts children’s health. Defining and understanding how we measure obesity in kids is a necessary first step. Today, I’ll talk about body mass index…

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Kids’ Dry Skin Care in a Few Easy Steps

This is for information only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something…

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Migraine Headaches in Children: What We Discuss at the First Appointment

Disclaimer: This is for information only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of…

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Tools that Make it Easier to Go Outside with Children

Spending time outside is great for kids’ health. Whether it’s their  immune system, eyesight, muscles, heart, or lungs, being outdoors improves almost every aspect of their bodies. It’s important for mental health too. Sometimes, we need to make an extra effort to get out the door or to make the outdoors more satisfying. If that’s…

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Thoughts on Heavy Metals in Baby Foods

Maybe you’ve seen the headlines by now. There are toxic heavy metals in prepared baby foods. Even in organic prepared baby foods. The headlines are doing their job. We gasp. We click and we read. Hopefully, though, we’re not also feeling more afraid.  This is why I wanted to write today. These headlines are not…

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Seasonal Allergies in Children (& Options for Symptom Relief)

“Could it be allergies?” The parents of a newborn asked, as we gazed at their baby’s tiny nose and the even tinier amount of congestion. “Well . . .” I began. Could it be? Are all snotty noses probably allergies? During some seasons, it sure feels that way. In this post, we’ll review seasonal allergies,…

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Are Artificial Sweeteners A Good Choice for Kids?

Sugar substitutes are everywhere! Whether natural or artificial, non-sugar sweeteners are in more foods than ever before. They’re in things many kids eat daily. What’s a parent to do? Avoid them? Or, seek them out to replace sugar? Unfortunately, the research is not crystal clear. But, we do know enough to make a few general…