Recently, some of my parents have raised questions about whether their child should be vaccinated. This worries me. It seems to have become fashionable among certain groups to question the need for vaccination and raise doubts about their safety. Certain
Babies sometimes suck their thumbs while still in the womb. At birth, a baby will reflexively suck any object placed in its mouth; this is the sucking reflex responsible for breastfeeding. From the very first time they feed, infants learn
Iron is an important dietary mineral that is involved in various functions, especially the transport of oxygen in the blood. This is essential in providing energy for daily life and for brain development. Babies, toddlers, preschoolers and teenagers are at higher
Choking, drowning, burns and other accidents are all too common with children. Most of these can be prevented with careful attention and planning, but when accidents do happen parents must be prepared to respond quickly and correctly. I will be
Recently, I have been seeing many cases of gastroenteritis. Gastroenteritis is an infection of the gut (intestines) that causes diarrhea, and may also cause vomiting, cramps and stomach pain. In most cases, the infection clears without medications within a few
Constipation is an ugly thing for any of us- from babies to old folks. It can range from an annoyance to a serious medical problem, and should never be ignored or dismissed. However, before you reach for over-the counter medications,
Coping with teething is no fun for anyone, especially your baby. Some parents use medications containing an anesthetic chemical called benzocaine to help soothe sore gums. Benzocaine can be found in over-the-counter medicines like Orajel, Baby Orajel, and Orabase.
Helping your child start to use potty (or toilet) is a big step for both of you. If you remain positive and calm, your child will be more likely to learn quickly and easily. The secret is to recognize the
A sweet and thoughtful note from one of my families. It is always my honor and joy to work with you to keep your children happy and healthy.