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  1. Ankyloglossia…Being Tongue-Tied ›

    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.

  1. Amber Teething Necklaces ›

    When my baby is teething I want to eliminate the pain. What is your opinion of the amber teething necklaces?

  1. Eye Facts For Newborns And Infants ›

    Common questions about newborn’s ability to see are brought to our attention.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    Another study that shows vaccines are safe.

  1. Dermatographism ›

    Not all hives are an allergic reaction.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    A clinical report on infant sleep machines, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation for immersion in water during labor and delivery.

  1. The Value Of A Teaching Hospital ›

    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.

  1. Enlarged Breasts, Vaginal Bleeding And Milk Production…All Normal For A Newborn Female ›

    What to do with a new baby girl who has enlarged breasts and vaginal bleeding? Should we be worried?

  1. Facts About Fluoride ›

    Fluoride drops used to be a common procedure for our growing children. Why has this been discontinued?

  1. Keeping Baby Happy ›

    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.

  1. Erythema Toxicum Neonatorum…Not As Bad As It Sound ›

    When tiny lesions on a newborn are common or infectious.

  1. Early Childhood Caries ›

    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.

  1. The Ear Infection That Won’t Go Away ›

    There are times when ear infections may persist or recur. New research gives important insight into these cases.

  1. What’s Up, Doc ›

    Dr. Samson reviews recent journal articles, including the topics of pediatric medication exposure, concussions, and immunizations.

  1. When Your Infant Won’t Sleep ›

    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?

  1. The Clinging Daycare Child, Part 2 ›

    This is a continuation addressing the guilt and pain of having to leave your child in the care of daycare providers.

  1. The Night Crier ›

    Nighttime is miserable. My baby wakes up screaming every two hours. This has been going on for weeks. What can be the matter?

  1. Why Vitamin K In The Delivery Room? ›

    Vitamin K is routinely given to all newborns in the delivery room. It is a preventable measure of excess bleeding which the infants lack.

  1. Constipation: A Parent’s Guide ›

    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.

  1. Baby’s New Shoes ›

    An infant’s first shoes should be flexible, breathable and supportive.

  1. When Can I Start Solids For My Baby? ›

    Waiting until the infant reaches six months of age reduces the risk of food allergies.

  1. A Few Quick Pediatric Dental Tips ›

    Here are a few quick reminders of current recommendations to maintain the health of your child’s teeth.

  1. Why Is My Baby Fussy? A Parent’s Guide To Interpreting Babies’ Cries ›

    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!

  1. Fast Facts: Infant Air Travel ›

    It’s summer travel time! Here’s a quick look at how to prepare and survive the flight from here to there.

  1. Cryptorchidism, Or Undescended Testes ›

    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?

  1. My Baby Needs That Sleep Time Bottle ›

    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?

  1. Safe Infant Sleep: Protect Your Infant From SIDS And Sleep-related Deaths ›

    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.

  1. Fever Reducers And Pain Relievers: What Parents Need To Know ›

    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.

  1. The Role of Residents In A Hospital ›

    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?

  1. The Twelve Gifts of Self ›

    A reminder of what the true importance of life is.

  1. Fever Is Our Friend: How Come Reptiles Are Smarter Than Humans? ›

    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.

  1. Fast Facts: Basic Infant Care ›

    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.

  1. Probiotics – Useful Or Just Costly? ›

    What do the studies say about the usefulness of probiotics?

  1. Hydrocoele In A Newborn Male ›

    Hydrocoeles are quite common in newborn males. Dr. Theriot examines what they are and why they form.

  1. Choking Prevention ›

    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.

  1. The Myth of Simplification ›

    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.

  1. New Infant And Child Car Seat Recommendations ›

    The American Academy of Pediatrics announces a new policy statement for the safety of infants, toddlers and children riding in motor vehicles.

  1. Please Ask The Right Question! ›

    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.

  1. Teething Do’s and Don’t's ›

    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. What’s Up Doc? ›

    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.

  1. Infant Nutrition Update, Part 2 ›

    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.

  1. Infant Nutrition Update ›

    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

  1. Henoch-Schoenlein Purpura ›

    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.

  1. Finger Sucking: Breaking The Habit ›

    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.

  1. Newborn Jaundice Can Be A Medical Emergency ›

    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.

  1. Time: The Most Precious Gift ›

    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.

  1. When Are Moles a Concern? ›

    Moles, or pigmented nevi, are very common. There are two major classifications of pigmented nevi: congenital or acquired, Which should you be concerned about?

  1. Whooping Cough Epidemic ›

    What is pertussis, and why is everyone talking about whooping cough? What you need to know for your family’s best health.

  1. Bed Bugs ›

    Bed bug infestations are on the rise, and they really are a blood sucking parasite.

  1. Chicken Pox Vaccine…Again? ›

    A second varivax shot is highly recommended to protect against chicken-pox.

  1. Fever And Rash In A One-Year-Old That Is Not Roseola…But Due To A Vaccine We Gave ›

    Symptoms for Roseola are not always fool proof.

  1. Pertussis In California…Now An Epidemic ›

    How preventable is this infectious illness?

  1. Child Safety: Being Aware Of your Surroundings, Part 2 ›

    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.

  1. Autism Study On Vaccines Retracted ›

    A retraction announcement was made linking measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism and bowel disease.

  1. Chronic Daily Headaches: What Can You Do For Your Teenager? ›

    Here are some tips to help figure out your child’s headaches.

  1. Premature Breast Development In Infants And Toddlers ›

    Breast bumps in infants, babies, and toddlers…a few things to think about before the teen years.

  1. Different Causes of Ear Drainage ›

    Dr. Theriot looks at three cases of ear drainage, all with different causes and treatments.

  1. Safety Tips: Local Community Campaign ›

    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."

  1. Read Aloud To Your Baby And Young Child ›

    Dr. Welty looks at the importance of reading to your infant and young child.

  1. Umbilical Granuloma ›

    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?

  1. What A Strange Place For Strep ›

    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.

  1. Tips For Breast-feeding Moms: How To Increase Milk Supply And Medication Advice While Nursing ›

    Dr. Livingston reviews some helpful suggestions for breast-feeding.

  1. Giving Toddlers Choice ›

    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.

  1. Accidental Bed Related Increase in Infants ›

    Dr. Cox reviews recent infant mortality data.

  1. Jaundice…What’s That? ›

    An overview of pediatric treatment for jaundice.

  1. Cold Season For Infants And Toddlers ›

    Preventing viruses is a lot easier than waiting them out.

  1. When The New Baby Comes Home ›

    Dr. Theriot explores how to ease the transition of a new baby into families who already have older children.

  1. Pediatric Dental Care: A Healthy Smile Starts Before The First Tooth ›

    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.

  1. Coming Home With The New Baby ›

    Few moments in life are as magical and momentous as bringing the new baby home from the hospital.

  1. Downtime For Babies ›

    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.

  1. Umbilical Cord Blood Banking…A Good Idea or Not? ›

    While umbilical cord blood transplant holds much promise for the future, it is not without controversy.

  1. Nitrates and Baby Food ›

    A look at the dangers associated with excessive consumption of nitrates.

  1. Umbilical Cord Blood Banking ›

    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.

  1. Sleep, Glorious Sleep ›

    How to live with, and overcome, the sleep deprivation that comes with a newborn.

  1. Loving The Skin You’re In: Basic Skin Care ›

    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.

  1. Biotinidase Deficiency and Cystic Fibrosis To Be Added to California’s Newborn Screening Program ›

  1. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome ›

    A look at SIDS.

  1. Snoring In A Two-Year Old—A Problem, Or Not? ›

    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.

  1. Sinusitis in Children: Often Times Things Aren’t Always As They Appear ›

    The treatment of sinusitis deserves special attention. A true sinus infection must be treated with 14 - 21 days of antibiotics.

  1. Toddlers At Play ›

    The challenges and rewards of toddlerhood.

  1. The Bottom Line on Mercury ›

    A look at how mercury levels have changed in vaccines, and the diminished risk from mercury as a result.

  1. Behavioral Problems With Preterm Infants ›

    A look at the likelihood of preterm infants going on to have behavioral problems.

  1. Accidental Substance Ingestion ›

    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.

  1. A Simple Medical Travel Bag ›

    Dr. Cox puts together the essentials every parent should had when traveling.

  1. My Baby Needs That Sleep Time Bottle ›

    Learn the proper feeding practices to eliminate baby bottle decay.

  1. Outcomes From Nontraditional Adoptive Placements ›

    An overview of nontraditional adoptions.

  1. Typical Newborn Questions ›

    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.

  1. Pacifier Use ›

    Dr. Welty summarizes pacifier use.

  1. Baby Bottle Decay ›

    A look at the dangers of letting a baby sleep with a bottle.

  1. Stimulate Your Infant Auditorily ›

    Engaging your baby through conversation and music helps with the bonding process necessary for healthy development.

  1. Herpetic Whitlow ›

    That red and pussy finger/thumb is infected Herpes simplex. How to differentiate this from a more serious bacterial infection.

  1. Hair Loss That’s Not a Problem: Telogen Effluvium ›

    A look at a case of telogen effluvium.

  1. Green Bowel Movements ›

    Green does not always indicate a disease process. Normal variations in bowel function can present with this color change.

  1. Car Seats: Essential Information, Part 2 ›

    Dr. Cox continues her series on car seat safety. An essential read!

  1. Why 100.4 Degrees? ›

    Dr. Theriot takes a look at sepsis, and why a temperature of 100.4 degrees can mean hospital admission for newborns.

  1. Car Seats: Essential Information ›

    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.

  1. Low Humidity and Respiratory Difficulties ›

    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.

  1. Circumcision: New Pediatric Policy Statement ›

    New policies regarding circumcision.

  1. My Baby Has A Flat Head ›

    What is the difference between craniosynostosis and a flat head?

  1. Normal For Newborns ›

    What is a normal bowel movement for a newborn? What about the infant’s snorting and sneezing? When should I be concerned?

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