Sun Safety

What’s the best way to protect my child in the sun? Follow these simple rules to protect your family from sunburns now and from skin cancer later in life. Keep babies younger than 6 months out of direct sunlight. Find shade under a tree, umbrella, or the stroller canopy. When possible, dress yourself and your […]

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AAP Recommendations on Limiting Sun Exposure in Children and Supporting Legislation to Prohibit Salon Tanning by Minors

Numerous public health campaigns encourage people to protect themselves from the risk of developing skin cancer, but people of all ages continue to overexpose themselves to harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun. Teenagers and young adults are also exposed to UVR in tanning salons. Rates of skin cancer – including melanoma, the most serious […]

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Dietary Measures : Obesity

We direct these suggestions to parents, since you probably do most of the shopping and cooking for the household—and also because if a youngster’s diet is to succeed, other members of the family need to abide by the same dietary rules. “You can’t tell a kid, ‘These potato chips are not for you, they’re for […]

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Calcium

Hey, What’s to Eat? Unless you’ve been totally out of the loop, it’s likely you’ve heard about the childhood obesity epidemic. Nearly 1 in 3 children in America is overweight or obese. It’s talked about on television, radio, the Internet, and in books, newspapers, and magazines. Yet, with all this focus on kids being overweight […]

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NEWBORNS

September 15, 2011 | No comments | For Parents of Newborns

Fevers Misconceptions about fever are commonplace. Many parents needlessly worry and lose sleep when their child has a fever. This is called fever phobia. Overall, fevers are harmless. Fever is a physiological mechanism that has beneficial effects in fighting infection. Although many parents administer antipyretics (medications to reduce a fever) such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen […]

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Practical Pacifier Principles

September 15, 2011 | No comments | For Parents of Newborns

Pacifiers have proven themselves to be yet one more source of parenting controversy. Breastfeeding purists say stick to your guns and keep them out of your newborn’s mouth—even when your baby is not yet able to use his own fingers as an alternative. (We would note that if and when your baby is able to […]

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A Parent’s Guide To Safe Sleep

September 15, 2011 | No comments | For Parents of Newborns

Did You Know? About one in five sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) deaths occur while an infant is in the care of someone other than a parent. Many of these deaths occur when babies who are used to sleeping on their backs at home are then placed to sleep on their tummies by another caregiver. […]

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Diaper Rash Solution

September 15, 2011 | No comments | For Parents of Newborns

What can I do if my baby gets diaper rash? If your baby gets diaper rash (and to prevent future diaper rashes) it’s important to keep the area as clean and dry as possible. Change wet or soiled diapers right away. This helps cut down how much moisture is on the skin. Gently clean the […]

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Brushing Up on Oral Health: Never Too Soon

As the AAP and other children’s organizations report, tooth decay (also called early childhood caries, or ECC) is the most common chronic children’s disease in the country. As a result, it is very important that parents work with their pediatrician to establish good oral health care from the first weeks of their baby’s life. Although […]

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Spitting Up and your baby

September 15, 2011 | No comments | For Parents of Newborns

Definition The effortless spitting up (reflux) of 1 or 2 mouthfuls of stomach contents Symptoms Smaller amounts often occur with burping (“wet burps”) Larger amounts can occur after overfeeding Usually seen during or shortly after feedings Occurs mainly in children under 1 year of age and begins in the first weeks of life Caution: normal […]

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