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Infants Parenting Safety

Will Standing Hurt a Baby’s Feet or Legs?

“Will standing hurt my baby’s legs?” I’m surprised how often I’m asked if having a baby “stand” on a parent’s lap will make them bow-legged or otherwise hurt them. Standing and jumping while being held and supported is a natural thing babies do, so why do so many parents worry if standing will cause bow […]

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Infants

Infant Poop: What’s Normal and What’s Not

Who would think they would focus so much on poop as new parents do? Color. Consistency. Frequency. So many things to worry about with infant poop! One of the most common concerns I hear is that a baby who used to poop several times a day stops pooping for days at a time. They might […]

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Infants Uncategorized

Bumps, ridges, and soft spots on a baby’s head. When should you worry?

Parents often worry about lumps and bumps on a baby’s head. Babies normally have bumps, ridges and soft spots on their head. When should you worry?

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Infants Nutrition Uncategorized

Starting Solids

Many parents are excited yet apprehensive about starting solids with their infants. So many questions… so many fears. Many food introduction guidelines have changed in recent years. What you did with your older kids might not be following current recommendations. Back in time I first published a version of this in 2011, and I still […]

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Dental Health Infants Parenting Sleep Uncategorized

Pacifiers in babies and children: Encourage or discourage?

There’s a lot of debate about pacifiers and since it’s Children’s Dental Health Month I thought I’d tackle the issue. Many parents are apprehensive to start one with a baby, yet many babies need to suck. Sucking is a natural reflex. Sucking on thumbs, fingers, pacifiers or other objects may make babies feel secure and happy […]

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Food Allergy Infants

Introducing Peanuts

For years I’ve been recommending peanut products to infants who are low risk for peanut allergy due to growing evidence that it’s beneficial. What do studies show? Studies have highlighted the benefit of early introduction of peanut product decreasing peanut allergy risk, so more parents are wanting to know exactly how to give a baby peanut products without […]

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Infants

Flat Heads in Babies

Babies often get misshapen heads from laying on one side or even from being squished while still inside mom. The misshapen head is referred to as plagiocephaly, scaphocephaly, or brachycephaly — depending on the overall shape (see photo under “Diagnosis” below). These head shapes, especially plagiocephaly, are very common. If I knew I’d one day have a […]

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Infants Skin Issues

Dry Skin

Dry skin is often called eczema or atopic dermatitis. Whatever you call it, it’s itchy and annoying! We see it year round for various reasons. Managing it can be tricky, but there are things to do to help. Eczema’s Snowball effect It’s really important to keep skin well hydrated or it tends to snowball. The […]

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Breastfeeding Cough and Colds Illnesses Infants

Help! I’m sick and I have a baby at home.

When we have newborns we don’t want them exposed to germs. We avoid large crowds, especially during the sick season. We won’t let anyone who hasn’t washed their hands hold our precious baby. We might even wash our hands until they crack and bleed. But what happens when Mom or Dad gets sick? What about […]

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Infants Injuries Parenting Safety Vaccines

7 Vitamin K Myths Busted

Social media has allowed the sharing of misinformation about many things, especially medically related things. When the specifics of something are unknown to a person, pretty much anything that’s said can sound reasonable, so people believe what they hear. This happens with many things, such as vaccine risks, chelation, and vitamin K. I want to […]