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Grown-Up Problems Start at Bedtime: Kids Who Don’t Sleep Enough Are at Greater Risk for Depression, Anxiety Later

Good sleep habits are essential for good health. Try to have your family have consistent bedtime routines, a set bedtime, and no TV in the bedroom! “Recent studies show that children who have persistent sleep problems, such as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or not getting enough night-time shut-eye, are more likely later to [...]

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Breast feeding is best, but add solids at 4 months…

Newspaper headlines drive me insane! At first glance, you might think these studies were anti-breastfeeding. yet what the study suggests is that you might not want to wait longer than 4 months before you add things to breast feeding i.e. solid foods. At Lilac City Pediatrics, we have been recommending the introduction of solids at [...]

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Autism risk ‘trebles’ if you conceive again within 12 months

We are no closer to finding the causes of autism, but we keep getting statistical points like this. Data like this would suggest there may be a genetic component along with environmental factors. We need to keep supporting research into causes and a cure. Autism risk ‘trebles’ if you conceive again within 12 months ‘

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Watch Him Roll! Baby Edward’s Amazing Brain

This is a really cool video of a baby busy in a playroom (they didn’t leave him for four hours they edited out the parents). Baby brain development is fascinating, and undirected play is a big help. Give your child room to explore! Watch Him Roll! Baby Edward’s Amazing Brain

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Secondhand Smoke Tied to High Blood Pressure in Kids

The health effects of second hand smoke have been well demonstrated, but this is yet another. Exposure puts these children at risk for lifetime cardiovascular problems. Quit smoking!!!!! “Children exposed to parental secondhand smoke were 21 percent more likely to have the upper number of their blood pressure reading (the systolic figure, which corresponds to [...]

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Early Antibiotics Help Ear Infections in Young Children

I was never a big proponent of the total watch and wait approach, because it didn’t jibe with my experience. So I guess I was ahead of the curve! However, there is other studies that show that when parents think their child has an ear infection, it is only abut 50-50. So if you are [...]

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Breastfeeding and its Effects on Academic Success

Children who are mainly breastfed for the first six months (or longer) score considerably higher academically at 10 years of age, especially boys. Boys were found to have improved academic scores in math, reading and spelling if they were breastfed for six months or longer. There was a small but insignificant benefit for reading in [...]

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Probiotics: Panacea or Just a ‘Big Fad’?

I don’t know what to recommend about probiotics, but the early data is interesting. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that do not cause disease. Giving your body a “bacterial adjustment” may be a common prescription in the near future. Probiotics: Panacea or Just a ‘Big Fad’? Humans Have Ten Times More Bacteria Than Human Cells: How [...]

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Autism and the Affluent

I like this op ed. It points out the hypocrisy in some people using non-science to avoid immunizations. There is NO link between immunizations and autism. In my 25 year career, I have watch several horrible diseases that killed children in front of me disappear thanks to advances in immunization. Protect your child today! Autism [...]

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Temper Tantrums

Here is a couple of nice articles about temper tantrums, which, although normal, can be exasperating. Hang in there! (and keep a sense of humor…) Temper Tantrums Temper Tantrums: Guidelines for Parents

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