The press has frequently focused on infectious disease epidemics such as H1N1 influenza and HIV, but rarely discusses the growing problem of pediatric obesity. If HIV affected 30% of the population you would bet there would be an outcry for the government to do something about this problem. Right now almost 32% of children 6-17 are […]
New mothers often ask me about the benefits of breastfeeding versus bottle-feeding and the amount of time recommended for breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is a recommended in all infants except in rare instances. There are many benefits of breast milk that cannot be duplicated in infant formulas. Maternal infant bonding increases with breastfeeding. Recent studies have shown […]
Kids and sports seem to go together. It has been that way in the past but the trend is moving away from that. Why? Here are some reasons along with tips to help your kids kindle a love for sports. The Verdict is in Many kids are moving away from organized sports. With the obesity […]
The joy of a new baby is certainly special and something that all new parents experience. However, a lack of sleep is also part of having a new baby and new parents notoriously get very little sleep, if any at all. Fortunately, there are some strategies and tips to help new parents get some sleep […]
Sources say that nearly half of all children have tooth decay before Kindergarten age. While it may be tempting to think baby teeth are no big deal, in fact they can become so decayed that crowns or caps are needed. This is particularly true if the toddler is young and it will be several years […]
It’s been said that babies are not born with pacifiers in their mouths. True, but they often end up with one so soon it seems like they were born with it! If you are trying to decide whether or not to use a pacifier with your baby, here are some pros and cons to consider.
Anyone who has had a child who has had it knows how worriesome it can be. You know your child hasn’t had a bowel movement in a week, you can see the grimaces and discomfort, and you sit and wait feeling helpless about the situation. Childhood constipation is a serious, and sometimes chronic, problem that […]
Is your toddler just not listening, or does she really have a hearing problem? Is she ignoring you, or not hearing you? How can you tell? You’re right to be concerned; hearing problems can lead to speech issues and social difficulties. Here are some tips and ideas for how to spot signs of an actual […]
According to sleep experts, children in preschool need about 10 to 12 hours of sleep per night, while older children need around 8 to 9 hours. But a recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation indicated that over 60 percent of children have trouble either going to sleep or staying asleep during the week. Beauty rest is one thing, but lack of sleep in children can lead to much more serious problems including depression, hostility, weight gain, and lower school performance. The culprits that are keeping children awake at night?
According to Peg Dawson of the Seaport Coast Mental Health Center, as many as 30% of children suffer from sleep disorders. For the math-challenged, this amounts to three in ten children who suffer from a lack of restful and restorative sleep or do not sleep well. Much research has been done to indicate that getting […]