Toy Buying Tips for Babies & Young Children:

​The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report, Selecting Appropriate Toys for Young Children in the Digital Era, offers guidance that can help you navigate the shopping isles. The best toys are those that match your child’s developmental skills and abilities and encourage the development of new skills. Get Back to Basics: Traditional Toy Categories Symbolic/pretend – Pretending […]

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What is Croup?

Croup is a condition that causes a swelling of the voice box (larynx) and windpipe (trachea). The swelling causes the airway below the vocal cords to become narrow and makes breathing noisy and difficult. It is most commonly caused by an infection. Croup most often affects children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years. […]

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Constipation

All children are different – and bowel patterns are no exception. Because of this, it’s sometimes hard to tell if your child is constipated. Infants, especially breast fed infants, may go a couple of days without a bowel movement and still not be constipated. Another might have relatively frequent bowel movements, but have difficulty passing […]

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Signs of Dehydration in Infants & Children

Mild to Moderate Dehydration: Plays less than usual Urinates less frequently (for infants, fewer than six wet diapers per day) Parched, dry mouth Fewer tears when crying Sunken soft spot of the head in an infant or toddler Stools will be loose if dehydration is caused by diarrhea; if dehydration is due to other fluid […]

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American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Recommendations for Children’s Media Use

Today’s children grow up immersed in digital media, which has both positive and negative effects on healthy development. Problems begin when media use displaces physical activity, hands-on exploration and face-to-face social interaction in the real world, which is critical to learning. Too much screen time can also harm the amount and quality of sleep.  AAP […]

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Winter Car Seat Safety Tips from the AAP

Winter is a tricky time for car seats. As a general rule, bulky clothing, including winter coats and snowsuits, should not be worn underneath the harness of a car seat. How to Keep Your Child Warm and Safe in the Car Seat: Store the carrier portion of infant seats inside the house when not in […]

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