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During the holidays, airports and roads are crowded with travelers hoping to spend time with loved ones and close friends. Traveling during the holidays can be extremely stressful due to long lines, challenging road and weather conditions and delayed flights. In this blog post... Read More
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The choice to take medications or not while you are breastfeeding can be a stressful decision for many moms. This is a major decision and important that you speak with your pediatrician and a lactation consultant. The key questions to consider for taking medication during... Read More
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Note: resources for this blog post came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. I remember the joy of hearing the ice-cream truck song, running to get money from my mom and buying delicious candy when I was a child. My... Read More
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The world of nutrition is a confusing place filled with new fad diets, contradicting information, and opinionated individuals who spread the word quickly. But who should you really listen to for nutrition advice? Registered dietitians (RD) or registered dietitian... Read More
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How many fast food restaurants have you driven through at 6 p.m. on a work night, with a hungry child in the back seat? Many of us have, and as parents we likely feel guilty. Childhood obesity is rapidly on the rise in this country. A recent study published in the Wall Street... Read More
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When I was pregnant with my son, I researched baby gear like baby carriers, infant seats, etc. I was overwhelmed at the large number of options. Do I really need a bouncy seat and a swing? Is a bassinet on the pack and play baby play yard really necessary or useful? I was also... Read More
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A new school year begins in a few weeks, which means your child will likely cross paths with vending machines, enjoy classroom celebrations and treats from school cafeterias. Although I know that it is near impossible to control everything that your children eats, I hope this... Read More
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Winter break is ending for many students, which means back to school. For college students, it means back to dorm living. When students live so close to one another, germs and illness spread easily and quickly. Which lead me to what inspired this blog post—the most recent... Read More
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Did you know our skin is an organ? In fact it is the largest organ in the human body and it holds us together! Our skin has a big job to do too. It is our first line of defense and it also defines who we are. It’s no wonder why problems of the skin can be so emotional and so... Read More
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Riding a bicycle can be one of the great joys in life. It can bring a sense of independence and accomplishment to a young child. But it can also be dangerous if proper safety precautions aren't taken. A properly-fitting helmet can help reduce the risk of a bicycle fall resulting... Read More
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Spring break and prom season are around the corner, which is what got me thinking about the topic of infectious mononucleosis, otherwise known as mono or the “Kissing Disease.” The reason why these two exciting springtime events inspired this blog post is because, well,... Read More
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As parents, maintaining consistency at home helps you and your child in so many ways. For example, soccer practice on the same day and at the same time every week, bath time around the same hour every night, etc. As a nurse in Rehabilitative Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los... Read More
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Most teens prefer not to talk to their parents about drinking alcohol and experimenting with drugs. Generally, these are activities they discuss (and/or engage in) with their friends, and keep very private. Parents can really never know for sure what their teens are doing.... Read More
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On the way to work, one morning, I was listening to talk radio and the host and guest were talking about the fact that 10,000 children a year are injured in those big and fun looking “bounce houses” that parents rent for parties. You see them in driveways on weekends with happy... Read More
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Co-sleeping or bed sharing with an infant has become a topic of discussion in the United States, most recently in KSPR’s (ABC News affiliate) coverage of an infant death in Missouri.  What is Co-Sleeping? Co-sleeping is defined as parent(s) and infants sleeping together in... Read More
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It can be very difficult for children using inhalers to coordinate pressing the inhaler and breathing in at the same time. Using a spacer with an inhaler can help your child get the proper amount of medicine into his or her lungs. A spacer looks like a round plastic tube that... Read More
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Growing up in London, England, we had a cat, as well as other animals including rabbits, chicken and one tortoise. Since then, we have carried on the tradition with two to three cats at any given time. You can imagine my surprise when my daughter moved away from home only to... Read More
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Did you know that children, even infants, can get kidney stones? While it used to not be very common in the kids, doctors are finding kidney stones increasingly more common. Kidney stones can cause unbearable pain, and can be difficult to get rid of. The best advice for dealing... Read More
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Note: resources for this blog post came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most parents know that lead is bad for children. We have heard that it was removed from paints and that pencils no longer have lead in them. But the danger of lead still remains. I... Read More
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Do you know what to do if your child gets a bloody nose, sprains their ankle, or gets a big scrape? I have friends and family members who literally keep me on speed dial every time someone in their house gets hurt. This got me thinking: what if you don’t have your own personal... Read More

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