Is a Birth Plan Really Necessary?

birth plan

I dutifully read all about getting prepared for childbirth during my first pregnancy, thanks to online resources and books for moms-to-be. I wanted to be as ready as possible. But I ended up drawing the line when it came to writing out a birth plan. This plan is meant to help expectant mothers ensure that their childbirth experience goes ... Read More...

False sense of security? Federal food allergy guidelines

food allergy guidelines

The federal government recently issued its first official guidelines to schools on how to protect our children with food allergies. Personally, I don’t have a child with food allergies, but I know many children who are allergic to foods and how hard it is for these children to maneuver in a world that is not food-allergy friendly. It makes the ... Read More...

Conventional vs. Organic Milk: Why My Choice Is Organic

conventional vs. organic milk

I have always taught my girls that they should never judge a person by what’s on the outside, because its what’s on the inside that counts. And now, apparently, that applies to milk, too. Who knew? Years ago, I began giving my daughters organic milk because of concerns over bovine growth hormone used to stimulate milk production on ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: Blocked Tear Ducts

blocked tear duct

Q. I noticed that tears well up in the corner of my baby’s eyes when she cries or when I take her out into the cold weather. Now the skin under the eyes is getting red from rubbing. Is this something serious? What can be causing this? A. You are certainly not alone with this problem. In 6 out of every 100 newborns, the tear ducts are blocked ... Read More...

Exercising While Pregnant May Boost Baby Brain Power

exercising while pregnant

When you’re pregnant, there are certain trimesters when you feel exhausted just walking up the stairs to your bedroom - never mind trying to get a good cardio workout in. But, you might want to try. According to researchers from the University of Montreal, just 20 minutes of exercise, three times a week, could improve a newborn baby’s ... Read More...

Pediatricians to Parents: Restrict Screen Time for Kids

restrict screen time

Do you let your little ones watch television or have computer time? At what age did you let them start using technology on a regular basis? Did it start as a way to calm a fussy toddler? Or maybe it came to be as a way to educate your preschooler? Or maybe it just happened out of necessity in elementary school? How much is okay and how much ... Read More...

Exercising during pregnancy is good for babies’ brains

exercising during pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, there are certain trimesters when you feel exhausted just walking up the stairs to your bedroom, never mind trying to get a good cardio workout in. But, according to a new study, you may want to try. The new report says that 20 minutes of exercise three times a week could improve a newborn baby’s brainpower. The study ... Read More...

Depression after a miscarriage

depression after a miscarriage

When you have a miscarriage, suddenly it seems like the whole world falls into two categories: Women who have been where you are at and women who are pregnant. After I miscarried, friends and family blanketed me in support and even complete strangers shared their stories of loss with me. It broke my heart to hear their voices crack as they ... Read More...

Asthma and the common cold

asthma and colds in kids

Parents of a child with asthma realize early on they can’t wrap their child in a bubble and protect him or her from the world. Asthmatic children face the same hazards as anyone -  and, at this time of year, that means there’s always a chance of catching a cold. While a stuffy nose is inconvenient for most, for the asthmatic child ... Read More...

How to talk to a loved one about a suspected diagnosis

suspected diagnosis autism

Would you ever bring up concerns that your niece or nephew might have autism to your sister or brother? Would you feel comfortable expressing concerns about your best friend’s little girl having speech delays or never making eye contact? You may have a friend or family member who has a child who you notice may behave just a little left of ... Read More...