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Newborns + Infants

Posts about children from birth to approximately age 1.

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


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


Developmental Milestones and Delays: When To Seek Help

By September 13, 2016 No Comments
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Whether it’s your first child or your third, parents often wonder if their child is meeting their milestones on time. We’ve all felt our stomachs drop as a fellow parent on the playground asks if our toddler or preschooler is doing something yet because their child is. If you have more than one child, you’ve […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Disability + Disability Advocacy, Newborns + Infants, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers