Posts Tagged: kids health

Prepare For A Preemie

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Although most expecting parents are eager for their baby’s arrival, they’re not so eager as to want the big day to come too soon! Unfortunately, preterm births – defined by the March of Dimes as births that happen before 37 weeks of pregnancy – are all too common. The March of Dimes anticipates about 380,000… Read more »

On the Move!

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“Perfection.” That’s what Chelsea Myers says of baby feet. When her son was born she remembers measuring his whole foot against her thumb. There is just something about baby feet that we all love. Mom Emily Czerwonka says they “make us think of all the miles we’ve walked,” while Sue Duty says she “wonders where… Read more »

Babies, Backs & Bellies

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Safe to Sleep is always important (always place Baby on his back for sleeping!), but are you as diligent about tummy time for your little one?   “It’s all about balance,” says neonatal/pediatric occupational therapist Michelle Emanuel. She’s spent a career helping babies with issues like head flattening (plagiocephaly), posture problems, and asymmetries (torticollis).  … Read more »

Baby On Board

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National Child Passenger Safety Week takes place Sept. 17 – 23. Safe Kids (safekids.org) estimates that 73 percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly, and that thousands of U.S. children die in motor vehicle related incidents each year. But there’s something you can do, and that’s to make sure your child’s car… Read more »

Don’t Mess Around With Strep

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School’s starting up again, and with that comes multiple viruses and bacterial infections, including the dreaded strep throat. We chatted with Kathryn O’Malley, M.D., F.A.A.P., from Muddy Creek Pediatrics, on the basics of strep throat. We also learned (as will you) about why it’s important to treat strep with antibiotics and to complete the full… Read more »

Nursing Troubles: Could Baby Be Tongue-Tied?

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New moms are well aware of the benefits of breastfeeding their newborns, but there are times when it can feel like an exercise in torture if Baby doesn’t latch correctly. That doesn’t necessarily mean you and your baby are doing it wrong. He might simply have ankyloglossia, or tongue-tie, in which the band of tissue… Read more »

Kids & Phone Radiation

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Cell phones are fantastic, but it’s possible — just possible — that we have grown lax about the radiation danger they may pose to our kids.   Last year, the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) released partial findings from a study involving rats exposed to the same kind of radio frequency that cell phones emit…. Read more »

Laughing Matter: Kids & Nitrous Oxide

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When he was little, Reading dad David Powell was given Nitrous oxide —laughing gas — at a dental appointment. A family he was carpooling with came to visit him at the dentist’s office. “The only problem,” Powell says, “is that I was hallucinating and they were walking on the ceiling.” He says that although he… Read more »

Recognizing Baby’s Allergies

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Recognizing an illness or an allergy in an infant is pretty tough for a new parent. It’s not like your little fella can tell you what hurts or makes him uncomfortable. All he can do is make sure you know something’s up with his tears and fussiness. So it’s up to you to be aware… Read more »

SCREENS & TOTS

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  For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advised parents of children ages 2 and younger to avoid exposure to screens, be it TV, computers or mobile devices. The reasoning was that young minds are still developing and aren’t ready to process an understanding of a 2D world versus a very real 3D world…. Read more »

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