Despite common knowledge, constipation is one of the most frequent childhood ailments that we see. Most individuals assume that constipation means a complete lack of bowel movements or difficulty having bowel movements. This assumption is not wrong, but it only encompasses one aspect of constipation. In fact, the most common type of constipation that pediatricians see is a child who actually stools once or more a day. For many parents this is confusing and often not believable. The following information should help to demystify and simplify constipation. [Read more…]
My baby always falls asleep while nursing, and then she/he is hungry a ½ hour later.
When babies are first born it is natural for them to sleep about 16 – 18 hours a day. This can present a challenge when trying to nurse a newborn and provide adequate nutrition. One of the most common complaints from even the most experienced mother is that her baby falls asleep 2 – 3 minutes into the breastfeed. This makes sense for a multitude of reasons. (1) Naturally sleepy baby (2) Nursing naturally relaxes and creates a setup for a sleepy newborn (3) Newborns tire out quickly. The first two issues will get better with time as baby grows. The third issue is something with which we can help. [Read more…]
With the warmer weather, we are already starting to see the ticks come out. Lyme disease is both a controversial and anxiety-ridden topic for many individuals. We hope that we can provide some information and education to shed light on this very charged topic. [Read more…]
With winter weather finally being in full swing, various illness are starting to take hold. Coughs, colds, vomiting, diarrhea – you name it, it’s out there. In fact, many of you may be experiencing one or more of these in your own home. Often the most difficult thing for parents is knowing what whether to wait it out or get it checked out. Another common concern is whether an illness requires antibiotics or not. [Read more…]
With the gluttony of the holidays behind us, January is a perfect time to start fresh. Large goals are often hard to achieve, so it may be wise to start small with those New Years Resolutions. Don’t let yourself get into a “winter rut” now that the holiday dash is over. Here are some tips to ensure a happy and healthy start to your New Year: [Read more…]
With the holidays upon us, most families find themselves coming together to celebrate. Be it a child coming home from college, or relatives coming from afar, this is the perfect time to formulate a plan to stay healthy this season. [Read more…]
Are you having difficulties getting your little one (or little ones) to bed at night? Do your children have trouble staying asleep? There are many common problems that a number of parents face when putting their kids to bed at night. In this blog post, we will hopefully arm you with some tips to help you survive that “witching hour”.
- Don’t miss the window!
One common misconception by parents is that their child “just does not seem tired” at bedtime. Assuming it is a reasonable time for bed (6:00 – 8:00 PM), a very energetic/ hyper child is an overtired child. [Read more…]
Although breastfeeding is a natural behavior, it is not always instinctive for mom and baby. Whether it is going well or there are struggles, I would like to offer some helpful hints to make the experience as easy and enjoyable as possible.
- Prior to giving birth, check with your OB and your future pediatrician to find out what lactation services are offered. If there are services available, you may want to attend a breastfeeding class or speak with a lactation consultant prior to giving birth. In doing so, you will feel more prepared for breastfeeding your newborn. [Read more…]
Are you an expectant mother? Whether this is your first child, or one of many, Doctors’ Pediatric has some helpful advice to help you prepare for your new baby.
Preparing for “The Big Day”
Many hospitals provide child birthing and child care classes that will help ready you for the delivery of your baby. A number of local hospitals also offer tours of the labor and delivery floor, so you can feel comfortable and know what to expect when your baby is born. [Read more…]
Now that summer is in full swing, please remember your daily sunscreen. Sun safety is extremely important.
A nightly tick check can be preventative against lyme disease, as it takes 24 hours for a tick to transmit lyme.
Summer is one of our busiest times. Please remember to schedule your yearly physical exam. Check with the front desk regarding camp and school forms. [Read more…]