The baby was not gaining weight. Mom’s breast-feeding was not going well. This was all due to the inability of the baby to properly suck.
When my baby is teething I want to eliminate the pain. What is your opinion of the amber teething necklaces?
Common questions about newborn’s ability to see are brought to our attention.
A clinical report on infant sleep machines, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation for immersion in water during labor and delivery.
Any Children’s Hospital with pediatric residents involved is an asset for the health of your child. One should be grateful and respectful toward these dedicated physicians.
What to do with a new baby girl who has enlarged breasts and vaginal bleeding? Should we be worried?
Fluoride drops used to be a common procedure for our growing children. Why has this been discontinued?
Babies need time to be babies--that is who they are. In busy families, providing that time easily gets overlooked. When parents know what leads to a baby’s happiness they can better meet those needs within the context of the rest of the family.
When tiny lesions on a newborn are common or infectious.
The development of good sound teeth for children can start as early as the third trimester of mom’s pregnancy. Good dental health should begin early.
There are times when ear infections may persist or recur. New research gives important insight into these cases.
Dr. Samson reviews recent journal articles, including the topics of pediatric medication exposure, concussions, and immunizations.
Obviously, a new baby in the house will be the reason for sleep deprived parents. The infant simply will not fall asleep without being held and cradled. Somehow this habit must come to an end---but how?
This is a continuation addressing the guilt and pain of having to leave your child in the care of daycare providers.
Nighttime is miserable. My baby wakes up screaming every two hours. This has been going on for weeks. What can be the matter?
Vitamin K is routinely given to all newborns in the delivery room. It is a preventable measure of excess bleeding which the infants lack.
Nearly every day parents ask how they can help with their child’s pooping difficulties. While this is one of the most common pediatric problems, there is not a quick easy cure. It requires recognizing when a child is constipated, treating the problem every day, and constantly monitoring for return of symptoms. This guide will help parents identify and treat constipation, hopefully before it becomes a serious medical problem.
Waiting until the infant reaches six months of age reduces the risk of food allergies.
Here are a few quick reminders of current recommendations to maintain the health of your child’s teeth.
Both new and experienced parents are often frustrated when they don’t know how to sooth their fussy infant.. You feel like you have tried everything, and your baby is still crying!
It’s summer travel time! Here’s a quick look at how to prepare and survive the flight from here to there.
Hey doc, the neonatal doctor said that his testicle had not come down, and that you would need to follow this. He told us this was not uncommon and not a problem. What do you think?
She simply will not fall asleep unless she has that bottle with her in bed. Surely there can be no harm in that. Or is there?
A review of the most important advice from pediatricians and the American Academy of Pediatrics. This list will help to provide a safe sleeping environment and prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), suffocation or entrapment while sleeping.
Medications such as Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen are often recommended for fever or pain relief for infants and children. There have been some recent important changes in these recommendations and dosages. Parents need to be very cautious since these medications can be dangerous if given improperly.
Just how important are the residents and interns in a hospital? I know they are there to learn, but are the patients at the mercy of their learning?
Due to the large volume of phone calls from our patients regarding FEVER, we will be running this article again! This is a topic that needs to be addressed every cold weather season. It is time for a clearer understanding of the topic of elevated body temperature.
Myths and Old Wives tales run rampant. Here are a few frequently told, and often misunderstood tidbits on infants. Fast Facts will be an ongoing source of quick, relevant, and easily accessible information.
Hydrocoeles are quite common in newborn males. Dr. Theriot examines what they are and why they form.
Choking is the leading cause of injury that results in death for children younger than one year of age. Parents must be aware of common choking hazards and take preventive measures to avoid a choking accident.
Many of us live with the belief that life could be simple. We think that if we organized or balanced our many responsibilities and desires differently, life would be less complicated. Life is not simple There are tools we can use that will provide a greater feeling of simplicity which opens up the space for less stress and more joy.
The American Academy of Pediatrics announces a new policy statement for the safety of infants, toddlers and children riding in motor vehicles.
Most of us spend our entire lives asking ourselves one wrong question after another. This leads to frustration, non-achievement of goals and sometimes outburst behavior to others.
Teething is a common cause of discomfort and pain for infants and children from 4 months to 3 years old, and often beyond. Parents need to know how to best sooth their child in a safe and effective way. New recommendations suggest caution with commonly used medications for teething.
1) The usage of infant car seats is sometimes mishandled. Let us understand the degree of danger this puts on our babies. 2) Household cleaning product-related injuries are still happening. We must not let our guard down in preventing them.
The continuation of as review of typical infant feeding guidelines from nine months to twelve months as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Last month we discussed guidelines from birth to nine months.
A review of typical infant feeding guidelines from birth to one year, and updated nutrition recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Understand which foods are essential for adequate nutrition and which foods should be avoided
Henoch-Schoenlein Purpura is a childhood vasculitis that affects children under the age of 10 years. The symptoms include a purpuric rash (mainly of the lower extremities), swollen and painful joints, colicky abdominal pain and in some cases involvement of the kidneys. It is a relatively benign illness that resolves with nothing more than supportive care in the majority of cases. Most patients are back to their baseline within a few weeks, but there are a few exceptions.
Finger sucking is a normal early behavior in infancy and a common habit in childhood. It can lead to health and dental problems if it continues over three-to-four years of age. There are several proven ways to help your child break this habit.
Although certain light sources do reduce bilirubin levels in the jaundical newborn, you may waste valuable time ineffectively by placing a clothed baby under a light source. Have the bilirubin level measured and, if needed, instigate an effective method of lowering it.
With busy family schedules, giving the gift of time requires commitment and planning. By taking the steps to provide loving time, parents and children discover an added degree of intimacy and joy.
Moles, or pigmented nevi, are very common. There are two major classifications of pigmented nevi: congenital or acquired, Which should you be concerned about?
What is pertussis, and why is everyone talking about whooping cough? What you need to know for your family’s best health.
A second varivax shot is highly recommended to protect against chicken-pox.
Symptoms for Roseola are not always fool proof.
Last month we talked about the importance of children being attuned to their environment and being able to respond appropriately to their surroundings. For July let’s take a look at several common places and interactions that parents may use to help their children learn these important observational and reaction skills.
A retraction announcement was made linking measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism and bowel disease.
Here are some tips to help figure out your child’s headaches.
Breast bumps in infants, babies, and toddlers…a few things to think about before the teen years.
Dr. Theriot looks at three cases of ear drainage, all with different causes and treatments.
Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and Kohl's Department Store sponsored a safety campaign that would benefit all children. It is called "Count to 10 For Child Safety."
Dr. Welty looks at the importance of reading to your infant and young child.
The umbilical stump presents with raised red growth protruding from it and a yellowish lump at the base. Is this serious? How should it be treated?
This is a common skin infection that affects children from six months to 10 years of age. It is a bacteria that causes the classic strep throat, but is not a systemic infection.
Dr. Livingston reviews some helpful suggestions for breast-feeding.
All toddlers strive for independence. It is an important part of their development. When parents have the skills to help in the process, lots of frustration is avoided for both parent and child.
Dr. Theriot explores how to ease the transition of a new baby into families who already have older children.
When do you start brushing the teeth? At what age does a child see the dentist? There are often many questions surrounding this everyday habit.
Few moments in life are as magical and momentous as bringing the new baby home from the hospital.
For optimal development, babies need stimulation. They also need downtime. Downtime gives them the opportunity to develop skills that can only be learned with time to themselves.
While umbilical cord blood transplant holds much promise for the future, it is not without controversy.
Umbilical cord blood is collected at the time a baby is born. It is a source for stem cells which can be used to treat different malignancies, blood, immunologic and metabolic diseases.
How to live with, and overcome, the sleep deprivation that comes with a newborn.
Our skin is an organ and should be protected. It can be inflamed due to many factors. We should be aware of some basic principles of skin care to protect it.
When a person sleeps and is relaxed, the upper airways can somewhat collapse on themselves, narrowing the passageway for air into the lungs. Large adenoids further compromise the airway.
The treatment of sinusitis deserves special attention. A true sinus infection must be treated with 14 - 21 days of antibiotics.
A look at how mercury levels have changed in vaccines, and the diminished risk from mercury as a result.
A look at the likelihood of preterm infants going on to have behavioral problems.
Emergency rooms see greater than fifty thousand children a year who have inadvertently ingested a medication or substance not intended for them. This is to the exclusion of alcohol and narcotic ingestions.
Dr. Cox puts together the essentials every parent should had when traveling.
Learn the proper feeding practices to eliminate baby bottle decay.
Parents of a healthy newborn baby routinely come for the first doctor visit with these questions: a) weight gain b) bowel habits c) umbilical stump d) sneezing e) hiccups f) dry skin.
Engaging your baby through conversation and music helps with the bonding process necessary for healthy development.
That red and pussy finger/thumb is infected Herpes simplex. How to differentiate this from a more serious bacterial infection.
Green does not always indicate a disease process. Normal variations in bowel function can present with this color change.
Dr. Cox continues her series on car seat safety. An essential read!
Dr. Theriot takes a look at sepsis, and why a temperature of 100.4 degrees can mean hospital admission for newborns.
Dr. Cox takes a look at the car seat essentials with clarification on exactly what class of car seat you need to use for your child.
When the humidity falls below 40% the appearance of nasal, throat and lung symptoms increases. During the winter months, when we are faced with decreased moisture in the air due to furnace and heater use, we must try to keep the humidity above this level. A simple method of monitoring room humidity is discussed.
What is a normal bowel movement for a newborn? What about the infant’s snorting and sneezing? When should I be concerned?