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Ages + Stages

These posts address issues related to issues children usually face in specific stages of life, (newborns, infants, toddlers, preschool, tweens, and teens), as well as developmental and behavioral changes and challenges that pop up along the way.

Myth Busting | Can Vicks VapoRub on the Feet Shorten A Baby’s Cold?

By January 5, 2017 1 Comment
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My nine-month-old has her first cold and I can’t stand to see her like this! I asked my mom for advice and she told me to cover [my daughter’s] feet in Vicks VapoRub at night and then put socks on her. She said she used to do this with me and my cold would be […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants, Science 101 + Mythbusting, Toddlers + Preschoolers


How to Prevent Bullying: Create Stronger Allies

By November 30, 2016 No Comments
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As the mother of ten and seven year old boys, I’ve learned to live with a lot of noise. Sometimes it’s the sound of a loud toy, or the latest Pokémon episode streaming on Netflix, or footsteps careening down hallways and stairs.   More often than not it’s from brotherly squabbles over who gets to play […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, School-Aged Children, Tweens + Teens


The Truth About Teething

By November 8, 2016 No Comments
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Last month the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory about the use of homeopathic teething aids.  Many of us know these under the popular brand name of Hyland’s Teething Tablets.  So what are parents of teething babies supposed to do? Teething gets a bad rap. In the not-so-distant past, it was […]

Categories: Newborns + Infants, Science 101 + Mythbusting, Toddlers + Preschoolers


The FDA Answers Your Questions About Hyland’s Teething Tablet Advisory

By November 8, 2016 No Comments
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A little over a month ago the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory to parents to stop using and immediately dispose of any homeopathic teething aides or gels they may have in their homes or may be using.  The most popular of the brands that falls under this umbrella are Hylands […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Newborns + Infants, Toddlers + Preschoolers


Don’t Use Crib Bumpers, Says the Consumer Product Safety Commission

By November 4, 2016 No Comments
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This post is in response to a question from TheScientificParent.org reader, Dawn. If you have a question about a parenting issue, you can send it to contact (at) TheScientificParent.org Last week the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their Safe Sleep Policy, which again cautioned parents against the use of bedding and bumpers in cribs. […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Newborns + Infants


Shorties: Room Sharing for Safe Sleep

By November 2, 2016 1 Comment
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Can you provide more feedback on the 6-12 month change for room sharing with the child [as advised in the 2016 update to the AAP’s Safe Sleep Policy]? That seems like an incredible step higher than what was previously advised (though not official recommended). Keeping your child in the room with you for an entire […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Newborns + Infants, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health


Decoding the AAP’s Updated Safe Sleep Policy

By November 2, 2016 No Comments
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As a new parent there are few things you will focus on more than your baby’s sleep, or lack there of. Luckily the long hours and little sleep I received during my residency prepared me for being the parent of a newborn, but it was still difficult. I remember the sleepless nights, the frequent waking […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Newborns + Infants, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health