7 Ways to Make Going Back to School Easier

back to school routine

This post originally appeared on August 12, 2013. It was last updated on August 21, 2017.  It’s that time of year again; kids are going back to school. But before you send your precious little ones off to school, there are a few things that will help make going back to school easier. Here are 7 Ways to Make Going Back to School ... Read More...

Too old? When kids outgrow their pediatrician

If your doctor's office still looks like this in your 20s, it may be time to consider switching doctors (bennadel.com)

This post originally appeared on August 9, 2012. It was last updated on August 17, 2017.  I was about to leave for college after a summer home when my mom made an innocent suggestion. “Perhaps you should go to the doctor for a check-up.” I groaned. It wasn’t that I didn’t like my doctor. He was smart, funny, and a good ... Read More...

What To Do When a Doctor Won’t Accept New Patients

The right doctor is out there! You just gotta know where to look.

This post originally appeared on August 20, 2012. It was last updated on August 11, 2017.  We've all found ourselves in need of a primary care doctor: whether you've moved to a new area, your trusted family physician has retired, or the doctor you've been seeing just isn't living up to your expectations. The thought of having to identify ... Read More...

City Rankings for Access to Pediatric Care

When kids are sick, parents want quality care quick. Vitals looked at the 200 largest cities in the country to find out how smaller metropolises fared compared to their larger counterparts when it comes to pediatric care. The study, America’s Top Cities for Access to Pediatric Care, analyzed the number of pediatricians available in each city ... Read More...

Mom-to-be? Top 10 baby gear picks

baby gear top picks

Looking for baby gear to get you started? Here is a list of useful can’t-live-without products for new parents: 1. Munchkin Warm Glow Wipe Warmer - Take the chill out of diaper changes with these pre warmed wipes for your baby’s bottom. Turn on the convenient soft light for nighttime changes. 2. Nosefrida Nasal Aspirator by FridaBaby ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: My kid has the flu

my kid has the flu

Q. My kids may have the flu.  What should I do? A. Yes, it’s that time of year again- the achy, sniffly, congested, fever time that makes our lives miserable is here. The thing is, it’s not just a question of feeling miserable when it comes to a child suffering from the flu. Not only are children easily vulnerable to the quickly ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Should I bank my cord blood?

should i bank my cord blood

Q:  I'm pregnant. My husband and I are both healthy. Is it worth it to save our cord blood? How could we use it? A. Sure, money is tight and with all the changes to your family associated with this new baby and financial demands, it’s understandable that you would question the value to each purchase. Technology now allows us to obtain ... Read More...

Embryo Adoption: When Couples Can’t Conceive

embryo adoption

When couples undergo in vitro fertilization, they often freeze several embryos in hopes that one takes. If they’re lucky and have a child, they could end up with extra embryos. The question for couples is what to do with them. They can save them to extend their family in the future – while at the same time racking up hefty storage ... Read More...

4 Indoor Cold Weather Activities for Kids

cold weather activities

During the winter months, with cabin fever factored into the equation, there is a definite escalation in sibling rivalry amongst my two daughters. The equation is simple: Too much energy + not enough outlets = bickering and picking on one another. I’ve found that the best solution is what kids need anyways: activity – lots of it. Here ... Read More...

Natural Remedies for Colic

natural remedies for colic

It’s tough to see a baby cry. And that’s why colic is so painful for parents. It can be frustrating – not to mention emotional – to have an inconsolable baby who cries excessively. Doctors tend to diagnose colic if a baby cries for over 3 hours at a time a few times per week. The condition is quite common. One out of every 4-5 babies ... Read More...