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So your baby has an ear infection. Now what?

Has your child started pulling, tugging or rubbing his or her ears? Maybe your baby can’t sleep and has kept you up crying and fussy all night? Most likely your child has ear pain from an infection.  Ear infections are one of the most common reasons for acute visits to the pediatrician in children between …

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Parent and teacher: How to seamlessly play both roles

As Barbara Bush once said, “The home is the child’s first school, the parent is the child’s first teacher and reading is the child’s first subject.”  Nine years. This June was the start of our ninth year homeschooling. and while we have had successes throughout the years, we have also had challenges. This year has …

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How to help kids cope with coronavirus changes

Every child responds differently to change. How your child will react to life changes depends heavily on their age and stage of development. Helping children — toddlers and teenagers included — understand new rules, roles and regulations can be difficult, especially when parents might be experiencing their own disruption to routine due to the COVID-19 …

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Talking to your kids about the novel coronavirus disease

As a parent during the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no avoiding the topic of conversation with your kids. News about the virus is everywhere, and children of all ages are feeling the effects. With school closures, event cancellations, quarantine fears and unusual work-from-home policies, your kids may be asking some tough questions. Here are a few …

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What to do when your baby won’t stop crying

The moment you bring a new life into this world, you become a parent — a remarkable, celebrated title. You’ve spent nine months preparing to be a support system, safe haven and outlet of unconditional love for your baby. While this pure bliss never truly fades, it can easily be overshadowed by strings of sleepless …

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How to successfully transition your baby to solid foods

There are many theories on how and when you should feed your infant. As your baby approaches four months of age, the options can become overwhelming and nerve-wracking as information pours in. From relatives and friends, to the media and your favorite mommy blogger, it seems like everyone has an opinion about how, when and …

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Why trampolines may be more dangerous than you think

Jumping on a trampoline may seem like a fun physical activity for your child, but how safe is this popular pastime? The truth is that trampolines pose a significant safety concern for all children, especially those under the age of six. I’m telling you this as a doctor, but also as a parent. My four-year-old …

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Why playtime is the most important part of your child’s day

Next time you take your child to the doctor, you may get an unusual prescription: playtime. Playing is more than a way for children to have fun and pass the time. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, playtime is the most powerful way for a child to learn and develop — physically, emotionally, socially …

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