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2018
November
05,
2018
| 09:32 PM America/Chicago
Parents should not spank, hit, slap, threaten, insult, humiliate or shame to discipline their children. Those recommendations are based on the latest research from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The organization, which represents about 67,000...
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August
30,
2018
| 08:53 PM America/Chicago
The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its recommendations on car safety seats in the hopes of protecting kids from the leading cause of death for children 4 years and older: motor vehicle crashes. The policy statement from the AAP “provid...
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March
06,
2018
| 06:16 PM America/Chicago
Over time, various concerns about vaccines have been brought up. Basically the way it happens is like this … someone comes up with a theory as to why vaccines might be a cause of autism. The scientific community starts to complete studies to determin...
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February
26,
2018
| 10:15 PM America/Chicago
DeMar DeRozan seems to have it all. He was the ninth player taken in the 2009 NBA draft, he’s been an All-Star for three straight seasons and his Toronto Raptors has the third best record in the league. He’s also wealthy, famous and receives supports...
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2017
April
25,
2017
| 09:11 PM America/Chicago
Want a simple way to decrease your children’s risk of ADHD, injuries, high blood pressure, obesity and depression? Make sure they get enough sleep. A new study, published in the Journal of Obesity, found that routines for preschool-aged childre...
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March
14,
2017
| 07:51 PM America/Chicago
A more than 20-year study emphasizes the dangers of your baby’s nursery products and the deadly consequences of not providing a safe-sleep environment for your child. The new study, published online and in the April issue of Pediatrics, showed tha...
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January
25,
2017
| 06:15 PM America/Chicago
Should you buy a newborn baby respiratory monitor? Will it give you peace of mind? Will it prevent a bad outcome in your child?The answer is probably…no and no.Newborn technology innovation is driven largely by cashing in on the fears of parents. ...
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January
05,
2017
| 05:04 PM America/Chicago
Did you child receive a phone, tablet or TV this year for Christmas?  Have you seen or talked to them since? Whether it’s a phone, a tablet or the TV, there’s no denying that the use of screens and media have changed childhood and parenting. Do...
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2016
September
26,
2016
| 04:46 PM America/Chicago
It’s hard for most children to sit still even for a little while. But how do you tell the difference between normal and hyperactivity? Furthermore, parents may wonder, “If my child is hyperactive, does that also mean that he or she has Attention-Defi...
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September
14,
2016
| 11:40 PM America/Chicago
A new study published in Pediatrics found that more than 80 percent of parents aren't giving their children the correct dosage when their child is sick.  Parents using dosing cups had four times the odds of making a dosing error, compared to when ...
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August
10,
2016
| 10:00 PM America/Chicago
This is a conversation I had recently: “What have you been up to this summer? Did you play outside at all or has it been all video games?” “Pretty much video games.” “Oh cool, what kind of games do you like? Sports?” “No, stuff like Call ...
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June
23,
2016
| 04:40 PM America/Chicago
I was surprised by yesterday’s announcement that the nasal spray version of the annual flu vaccine didn’t protect kids last year. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) and the Centers for Disease Control’s ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunizati...
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January
08,
2016
| 06:08 PM America/Chicago
“I want to quit!” “This is not fun!” “I don’t want to play anymore.” Are these lines you’ve heard your young athlete say? Have you found yourself asking questions like – “What could cause a talented, young athlete to lose their passion for p...
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2015
October
23,
2015
| 05:20 PM America/Chicago
At worst, I’m pretty sure I sound like the teacher from Charlie Brown. At best, the mom is rolling her eyes and pulling her phone out to hand to her screaming child. “Children under 2 years of age should have no screen time and after 2 years, w...
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October
20,
2015
| 10:31 PM America/Chicago
The American Academy of Pediatrics has come out strong against expectant moms drinking any amount of alcohol during pregnancy, saying consumption can damage a developing fetus. In an article published in “Pediatrics,” the AAP says, “no alcohol int...
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September
21,
2015
| 11:15 PM America/Chicago
The upcoming flu season leaves many questions, but one thing remains certain for Mary Suzanne Whitworth, M.D., the medical director of Infectious Diseases at Cook Children’s. “Vaccinations are still the best answer to preventing the flu and protec...
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August
19,
2015
| 06:16 PM America/Chicago
Long hours. Not having a chance to eat with the family. Pressure to excel. It’s a familiar pattern with many adults. Unfortunately, it’s also a troubling trend among today’s high school athletes. Cook Children’s pediatrician David H. Goff, M.D....
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August
12,
2015
| 10:04 PM America/Chicago
Do you know the name Jessica Anne Colletti, yet? If you don’t know her name, you more than likely have seen her photo because she has blown up the Internet with a photo of her breastfeeding her own son and the son of a friend. For some it’s a b...
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July
28,
2015
| 10:16 PM America/Chicago
So, your baby can’t sleep on his side, but your mom says he will sleep better that way. You decide to seek out some information online and you find this: “Although data to make specific recommendations as to when it is safe for infants to sleep...
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May
05,
2015
| 05:42 PM America/Chicago
I’m not afraid to step into controversial pediatric topics. I’ve covered essential oils, HPV vaccination and many others. But I was surprised when I stepped into another HUGE controversy on my Facebook page a while back while discussing head lice....
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February
23,
2015
| 06:05 PM America/Chicago
Although the number of crash-related injuries treated at Cook Children’s Medical Center has decreased slightly since 2012, the number of deaths has spiked from zero to five in 2014. As a Level II Trauma Center, Cook Children’s Medical Center receives...
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2014
November
04,
2014
| 08:29 PM America/Chicago
“Did you give him his medicine this morning or was I supposed to?”“Hey bud, how did you get that BAND-AID®?”“I just climbed up on this and got it (from the medicine cabinet).”Those are 2 conversations that happen frequently and just yesterday, respec...
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August
31,
2014
| 10:51 PM America/Chicago
As a mom and a pediatrician, I want what is best for my children and my patients. I want to keep my kids and my patients as safe as possible. One way to do this is to follow the recommendations and best practices regarding child passenger safety. Mot...
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August
26,
2014
| 04:36 PM America/Chicago
The anger and subsequent anxiety I felt after hearing about “The Newborn Sleep Book” surprised me. I am not a “crunchy” pediatrician by any means. I have taught families to sleep. This is why the feeling I got in my stomach is unexpected.The book is ...
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August
20,
2014
| 05:04 PM America/Chicago
Every time your children score a point, gain lives, beat a level or win a prize on a video game or gadget, they arereceiving one of many frequent intermittent rewards that keep them hooked and focused. And parents wonder whytheir child is struggling ...
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July
16,
2014
| 08:03 AM America/Chicago
These days many of the kids’ sporting associations, coaches, and sometimes even parents seem to be treating kids as little adults. However, kids are not just small grownups. Children are still growing, which makes them more prone to injury. They are ...
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July
02,
2014
| 04:58 PM America/Chicago
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a statement recently encouraging pediatricians to talk with their families about the importance of daily, out-loud reading to your children (Literacy Promotion:  An Essential Component of Pediatric Pr...
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