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Summer Safety Tips

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FUN IN THE SUN Babies under 6 months: Avoiding sun exposure and dressing infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats are still the top recommendations from the…

15 Safety Mistakes Parents Make

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By Amy Zintl From American Baby magazine, October 2003   Unintentional injury remains the leading cause of death among children. In 2000, more than 120,000 were permanently disabled from injuries,…

Halloween Safety Tips

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HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS ALL DRESSED UP: Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or…

Winter Safety Tips

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Winter Safety Tips Whether winter brings severe storms, light dustings or just cold temps, the American Academy of Pediatrics has some valuable tips on how to keep your child safe…

Holiday Safety Tips

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TREES When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “Fire Resistant.” When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness because a fresh tree is less of a fire hazard….

Summer Safety Tips – Part 2

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FIREWORKS SAFETY Source: aap.org Fireworks can result in severe burns, scars and disfigurement that can last a lifetime. Fireworks that are often thought to be safe, i.e. sparklers, can reach temperatures…

Suntans, Sunburns and Sunscreens

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Why are physicians concerned about sunburns and suntans?  For starters, too much sun exposure can cause actinic keratosis, melanomas, skin cancer and premature skin aging.  They are all a nuisance…

What Every Parent Should Know About Lead Poisoning

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Lead is a soft, pale gray metal found naturally in the earth. It is used in paint for bridges, boats, and factories, in making batteries, and in many other products…

Child Development

Potty Training 101

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Potty Training 101 From Start to Finish Potty training includes these steps: Telling your child what you expect of him/her Your child telling you before he/she has to go pee…

Bed Wetting

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BED WETTING Toilet training a child takes a lot of patience, time, and understanding. Most children do not become fully toilet trained until they are between 2 and 4 years…

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay— How to Prevent It Proper dental care is a lifelong commitment that starts even before your baby’s first tooth forms. While daily cleanings and fluoride are…

Is Your One-Year Old Communicating With You?

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Is Your One-Year Old Communicating With You? “Dada.”  “Mama.”  “Ball.”  What will your baby’s first words be? Whatever the word is, when you hear it, it’s an exciting moment in your…

Circumcision

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Circumcision: Information for Parents Circumcision is a surgical procedure in which the skin covering the end of the penis is removed. Scientific studies show some medical benefits of circumcision. However,…

Helping Your Baby Learn to Talk

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Helping Your Baby Learn to Talk   Babies learn an amazing number of things in their first two years, such as how to talk. Some start talking early, and others…

Sleep, Your Baby and You

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Sleep, Your Baby and You Guidelines on Best Sleep Practices for Newborns to Toddlers From the National Sleep Foundation The information you'll find here has been developed by a panel...

Diseases and Medical Conditions

Flu Season

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Last year’s flu season was a long, memorable one for many people. This year, Cottonwood Pediatrics hopes to see fewer children for the flu because parents took preventive steps. Here…

Bronchiolitis and Your Young Child

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Bronchiolitis and Your Young Child Guidelines for Parents Adapted from Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5 Respiratory illnesses caused by viruses are some of the most…

Pandemic Influenza Planning: A Guide for Individuals and Families

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Pandemic Influenza Planning: A Guide for Individuals and Families Get Informed. Be Prepared. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services May 2006 “While the Federal Government will use all resources…

Preventing Common Springtime Allergies

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Preventing Common Springtime Allergies Dehumidification to Reduce Dust Mites and Mold The arrival of spring for much of North America means April showers and May’s warmer temperatures. Unfortunately, moisture and…

Study Finds Parents Overlook Most Important Asthma Steps

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Study Finds Parents Overlook Most Important Asthma Steps WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Parents of children with asthma try hard to protect their youngsters but often overlook the most important measures, including…

Allergies and Pollens

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Allergies and Pollens The pollens most people are allergic to are produced by plain-looking plants that do not have showy flowers because these type of plants rely on bees and…

Anemia and Your Young Child

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Anemia and Your Young Child Guidelines for Parents Adapted from Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5. Anemia is a condition that is sometimes found in young…

Seven Steps to Stop Smoking

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Seven Steps to Stop Smoking Recognize your habit and your addiction. There are two basic reasons for smoking: nicotine addiction and pleasure. Paying more attention to when you smoke and…

Alcohol: Your Child and Drugs

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Alcohol: Your Child and Drugs Children are challenged at younger ages than ever before to try drugs. Use of tobacco, marijuana, and cocaine are serious problems. However, one of the most…

Understanding ADHD

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Understanding ADHD Information for Parents About Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder   Almost all children have times when their behavior veers out of control. They may speed about in constant motion, make noise nonstop,…

Diseases That Can Affect Your Preteen

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Learn About Diseases That Can Affect Your Preteen As a loving parent, you can’t help but worry at times abut your child’s health. Although you can’t protect her or him…

Your Child and Antibiotics

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Your Child and Antibiotics Unnecessary Antibiotics CAN Be Harmful About antibiotics Antibiotics are among the most powerful and important medicines known. When used properly they can save lives, but used…

Parenting Tips

14 Ways to Show Your Love for Your Children This Valentine’s Day

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14 Ways to Show Your Love for Your Child   Use plenty of positive words with your child. Respond promptly and lovingly to your child’s physical and emotional needs and…

Back to School Tips

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Back to School Tips Making the First Day Easier Remind your child that she is not the only student who is a bit uneasy about the first day of school….

Close Supervision Improves Parenting Skills

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Close Supervision Improves Parenting Skills By Sally Koch Kubetin Pediatric News, September 2003 Adults become better parents when they abandon the power struggle and start supervising their children, Dr. John…

What Do We Do Now?

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What Do We Do Now? Tips for Parents Adopting Internationally By Marybeth Lambe, MD in Adoption Magazine Appeal to your baby’s senses. Hold off washing the outfit he came home…

Cries in the Night: Nightmares and Night Terrors

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Cries in the Night: Nightmares and Night Terrors A parent first hears the cries, then perhaps the sound of little feet, and then the small body hurtling into your bed. Could…

Using Time-Out for Behavior Problems

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USING TIME-OUT FOR BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS   Guidelines for Parents Time-out involves placing your child on a chair for a short period of time following the occurrence of an unacceptable behavior….

11 Things to Do Instead of Spanking

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Eleven Things to Do Instead of Spanking And a Few Suggestions If You Feel You Must Spank Dr. Jon Jantz Ignore. Ignore behavior that: will not harm them; bad habits,…

“Dad, Do You Know How to Read?”

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“Dad, Do You Know How to Read?” Television Can Be Dangerous for Our Children by David Epstein, MD and Jon Jantz, MD Regardless of whether they are in your care…

Are You Listening To Your Children?

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One of the greatest gifts that parents can give their children is that of listening to them. Involved parents pay attention to what their children have to say. They are…