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Vaccines: Regaining the Public Trust

When my sons turned 15 months old I recall becoming rather emotional when I held them while a nurse administered their three vaccines each.  In hindsight, my teary eyes were the result of a mix of the boys’ recognition that vaccines are painful and the fear that many parents have nowadays: could I be harming

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Springtime Maladies

Does my child have a cold or is it seasonal allergies? Sometimes it can actually be difficult to tell, but there are a few things that might help you to tell the difference.  First, most children under the age of two years old, do not develop significant environmental allergies.  Also, in that age group, we

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Baby Sleep Day

March 1 is Baby Sleep Day- unfortunately this does not mean that your infant will magically be a better sleeper on this day, rather it’s a day to bring attention and recognition to the important of infant sleep.  Infant sleep patterns are often a topic of great concern for new parents, and something that we

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Growth

What’s the deal with growth spurts? The biggest growth spurts for children occur in the first year and then again around puberty.   The first year of life is an incredible time of growth in all areas – height, weight and head circumference.  Significant growth spurts usually happen around 7-10 days of life and again between

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Recognizing and Preventing Poisonings in Your Home

Did you know that everything in your house is poisonous? If you think about it, anything at a high enough dose could be poisonous to your child. Even water, if taken in excess, could be poisonous to an infant. While I am deliberately overstating the risk, it is smart to think this way- be aware

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Stitches

Winter snow and ice means sledding, and sledding means injuries including cuts and lacerations. Of course as many parents know kids can get injured in any weather, but how do you know when your kid may need stitches? Hopefully this post will give you enough information to help you when you’re at home with a

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