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December 11, 2017

Kids, sleep and melatonin. Kathleen Berchelmann, MD.

We call our 2-year-old “the sleep bandit.”  Every night we get our kids through the bath, in pajamas, and finally, after multiple stories and lots of kisses and snuggles, we close the last bedroom door.  About 5 minutes later we hear her little feet… and we start the game of putting her back to bed, many, many times.  She just won’t sleep.  Out of desperation we tried giving her a little melatonin… it worked.
December 11, 2017

Know the Dose for Your Kids’ Medicines

Accuracy is important when it comes to taking medicine or giving medicine to family members. When the recommended dose is not followed, medicines may not work the way they are meant to or may result in an overdose.
December 11, 2017

Organic or Not? Two Pediatricians Weigh In.

Should I buy my family organic foods? This is a question we hear all the time in our practices. And it’s not as easy a question to answer as you might think.
December 11, 2017

Fear the Blanket, Not the Germs. Generation Grandparent

People talk about the first glimpses of their first grandchildren in terms borrowed from romantic poetry: They swoon. They find every finger and eyelash beautiful, perfect. They melt into helpless puddles of love.
December 11, 2017

EWG’s 2017 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

More and more Americans are demanding food free of synthetic chemicals. But EWG's analysis of tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that nearly 70 percent of samples of 48 types of conventionally grown produce were contaminated with pesticide residues.
December 11, 2017

How to Be a Modern Parent. By Perri Klass, M.D. and Lisa Damour.

We all want to be the best parents we can be for our children, but there is often conflicting advice on how to raise a kid who is confident, kind and successful. Throughout the circus act of parenting, it’s important to focus on balancing priorities, juggling responsibilities and quickly flipping between the needs of your children, other family members and yourself. Modern parents have the entire internet at their disposal and don’t follow any single authority. It’s hard to know whom or what to trust. Here, we’ll talk about how to help your child grow up to be a person you really like without losing yourself in the process.
December 11, 2017

New Fathers Are Older Than Ever. By NICHOLAS BAKALARAUG. 30, 2017

Researchers at Stanford University reviewed data on 168,867,480 live births from 1972 to 2015, making statistical adjustments for missing paternal records. The average age of the father of a newborn in the United States, the investigators found, has risen to 30.9 from 27.4 in 1972.
December 11, 2017

The Best Relief for Stress in Children May Be a Dog. When it comes to easing the stress level of a child dogs are better than parents.

Should we be prescribing dogs instead of Prozac or Valium to treat stress in children?
December 11, 2017

6 Great Reading Apps for Kids. By Dominic Umile

In this swiftly changing techy era, it's tough to sort through what apps are must-have. When it comes to sharing (or creating!) books with your kids, we've got you covered. Dig into this list of nifty and distinctive phone and tablet apps.