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Tips for a successful transition to Daylight Saving Time

clock face

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 11, when we’ll be turning our clocks ahead one hour.

For many of us, it can be a difficult adjustment, especially when we’re already lacking adequate sleep time.

Here are some of my tips on how you can prepare yourself and your family for the change in sleep patterns that come with the time change:

Does my child need to be undressed during a routine physical?

doctor exam room child

Young children need to know that their bodies are private and should be respected. Most parents do an amazing job of helping them know how to protect their personal space.

However, going to the doctor can suddenly create a whole new set of expectations and talking about it with your child ahead of time can help reduce any anxiety or confusion. 

How to keep children safe and warm in their car seats

baby girl in car seat

With cold temperatures here in full force, it’s a good time for a refresher on how to keep infants and children safe in the winter months.

When parents of newborns are trying to figure out how many layers of clothing to put on their children, the basic rule of thumb I promote is the number of layers it takes for you to be comfortable is how many layers your child needs. For example, if you’re sitting in a T-shirt and shorts in your home, your child should not be bundled in four or five layers of clothing and blankets.

Tips to keep your family safe this holiday season

christmas girl

As Christmas approaches, here are a number of tips to keep your family safe and comfortable this holiday season.

Children and fireplaces: We should be very cautious around young children as they get near fireplaces. Even as the fires go out, these surroundings can remain very hot. When fires are active, children will be quite drawn to them. They may be tempted to play with them or put things in them to burn.

Know the differences between bronchiolitis and asthma

It is easy for parents, and even medical providers, to confuse bronchiolitis and asthma.

Both of these illnesses have several things in common, such as noisy or rapid breathing, fatigue, wheezing and coughing. These illnesses are also more common in childhood. Lastly, the viruses that cause bronchiolitis are the same viruses that can cause asthma flare ups.

However, the treatment for these diseases can be very different, so it is important to distinguish between the two.

What to know about bedwetting

What to know about bedwetting

When it comes to bedwetting, there is a lot of variability, and not knowing what is supposed to happen at what age can cause a lot of anxiety for parents.

Some cultures don’t use disposable diapers, so they have some children who learn to become potty trained very early in life.

Most young children are potty trained by the time they enter preschool, as that’s typically a requirement for attending school.

Every child is different in terms of their level of interest in potty training.

Don't forget kids with food allergies this Halloween

Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love to see kids get to use their imaginations in deciding on their costume.

From the kids' perspective, Halloween is all about the candy.

However, if they’re the kind of kid who can only have certain types of candy due to health problems, Halloween can be a huge disappointment to them. Their bag of treats is filling up, but maybe only one in every eight pieces of candy is something they can eat.

How to get children back on a sleep schedule for school

Getting kids on a back-to-school sleep schedule

Most kids have probably gotten out of a bedtime routine this summer while they are out of school.

It’s important to get them back on a sleep schedule now, especially since we are only a couple of weeks out from the start of a new school year.

The No. 1 tip I can give to families is to start adjusting their child’s bedtime back by 15 to 30 minutes every night until the child is back into their normal bedtime routine.

That also means that you should wake them up 15 to 30 minutes earlier each morning.

Pediatricians advise no fruit juice for kids before the age of 1

Juice not recommended for children under the age of one

For a long time we’ve been convinced that fruit juice is a necessary part of our diets and that’s definitely not true. 

As a result, it may have come as a surprise to parents that the American Academy of Pediatrics recently recommended that no fruit juice be given to children under one year of age and limiting juice for any child up to the age of 18. 

There are a lot of good reasons for the new recommendations. 

Old meds aren't safe: Here's how to dispose of them

We all have old, expired medications in our homes.

Some might have been bought at the store while others might have been prescriptions from your doctor. It can be hard to know what to do with these old drugs so many people just keep them shoved in a drawer or closet.

Using expired medications is never recommended. And keeping these bottles and pills in the home can be dangerous, especially if children are present. Lastly, some prescriptions could be abused by a friend or family member if they are found.

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