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10 Hidden Household Hazards

Every parent (& pediatrician) wants to keep kids safe at home. Of course you lock up poisons, secure stairs & wall outlets and install smoke detectors.

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The Sleep Kids Need

The National Sleep Foundation tells us what many parents already suspect: their children are not getting enough sleep. As children grow, sleep directly effects the development of both their minds and their bodies.

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Headphone and Earbud Caution

Listening to music is a soothing, popular activity for our kids. Be careful, however, that listening to music doesn't end up reducing your child's overall ability to hear! A study by the Harvard-affiliated Brigham & Women's Hospital found 20% of teenagers to have irreversible hearing loss. The suspected cause is prolonged exposure to noise.

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Nightmares and Monsters Be Gone

Nightmares are a common occurrence with children of all ages. Children between 3 and 6 years old are more susceptible to nightmares because this is the time when their imaginations are rapidly developing. 

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Shopping for the Baby Medicine Cabinet

Bringing baby home is exciting - ok maybe a little scary too! Your baby shouldn't need very much medication right away after coming home from the hospital. However, it is good to be prepared in case your baby develops a fever or has a problem with a gassy tummy.

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Back to School - Back to Snacking

It’s back-to-school time – which means after-school (and in-the-car) snacks. Busy parents also need snacks which are easy to make and grab for both the child and the parent.

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Categories: nutrition, health-notes,


Surviving the Hot Summer While Pregnant

Pregnant and having a hard time with the summer heat? Keeping cool during the hot summer months is important to both mom and baby. Learn the physical reasons heat is rough on pregnant moms - and what steps you can take to keep cool...
 

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Taming the Itch of Eczema

When your child has a rash - or a red, dry patch of skin it can be concerning. For many children, itchy, red skin is a sign of atopic dermatitis - otherwise known as eczema. This condition is most common in babies and children - but it can develop at any age.

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Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Is my child ready to enter kindergarten early - or should I wait? Should I 'red-shirt' my child for another year before he enters kindergarten to let him 'catch up?' Parents wrestle with when to enter children - and the answer is much more complex than just looking at their birthday and academics.

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Keep Your Child Safe Around Medications

Medication can aid tremendously in helping your child overcome an illness. However, medication taken in the wrong way can be very dangerous. 1 in 67 children will visit the emergency department for an unintentional medication overdose by the age of 5. Learn steps you can take to keep your children safe around medications.

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Eliminating Unwanted Habits

Many children develop unwanted habits. You can eliminate these - but it takes practice - and patience.

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Spring Allergy Battle Plan

With spring come daffodils, April showers and for some of us - sneezing. Spring allergies cause many of us to suffer with symptoms like stuffy nose, itchy eyes and sneezing. You can, however, prepare yourself and your family to lessen the symptoms and ease the discomfort.

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Notes from a Childcare Director

Ring, Ring "Your child is ill…please pick her up" – The Child Care Director

The child care center's phone number pops up on my caller ID and my first thought is, "you have got to be kidding me". As a parent of two, I can tell you I have had my fair share of sick days for my daughters. Children are good at catching illness (and spreading illness to others) many times throughout the year. Most parents only have a certain number of sick and vacation days, and they rely on child care to…Actually. Provide. Care.

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New Parent's Back Ache

New parents struggle with back pain all too often. What are the common reasons - and how can a parent prevent the ache?

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Is this a Cold - or the Flu?

Flu season is here. If you or your child starts to feel sick, how can you tell if it is a cold - or the flu? And then - what can you do?

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