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Colds: When Should You Worry?
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

The cold is a viral infection of the nose and throat. It usually passes in three or four day unless your child develops a complication. Call your child’s doctor if any of the following happens. • First, the eyelids develop […]


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Pushing Kids to Read and Do Math Too Soon
by Evelyn Petersen

If your son were 14 and planning to take driver’s education to get a driver`s permit in two years, you would not say, “You are going to be driving in two years, so take the keys to our new car; […]


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When Your Toddler Doesn’t Share Toys
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

Toddlers often become upset when other children play with their toys. They see possession as ownership. They don’t understand the concept of sharing until three or four years of age. But you can plant the idea with statements, such as […]


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Biting
by Vicki Lansky

I have yet to figure to how to “get” a child to outgrow anything. They seem to do it on their own timetable. Between 2 and 3 biting, unfortunately, is a common occurrence because children lack the verbal skills to […]


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Nutrition
by Alvin Eden, M.D.

Most babies begin eating table foods at around 1 year of age. However, it is important that they eat the right table foods. Remember that it is less important that your child eats all the right things than that he […]


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Not Saying “I’m Sorry” and Saying “No”
by Vicki Lansky

Children at two years of age are egocentric, and you can’t teach them to say “I’m sorry” or not to say “No.” They are practicing their newly discovered independence. They don’t call them the “Terrible Twos” for nothing! It’s important […]


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How to Help Make Your Transition Back to Work Smoother for Your Child
by Vicki Lansky

There are a number of things you can do to reassure your child who is having separation anxiety. First, call your child as often as you reasonably can during the day from work so that she has contact with you, […]


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Weaning From the Bottle Without Disrupting Your Child’s Comfort Zone
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

Breastfeeding or bottle-feeding can be considered prolonged after about 18 months of age. However, most children will eventually give up breastfeeding and bottle-feeding on their own by about 3 years of age. Delayed weaning should be considered abnormal only if […]


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Dealing With An Early Riser
by Vicki Lansky

Older babies and toddlers are often early wakers, and, unfortunately for parents who are slow starters, the children are usually bright-eyed, full of conversation, and raring to go. Or worse, some wake up cross and irritable. Parents who like to […]


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Explaining Divorce
by Vicki Lansky

Very young children may be unable to put a label on the experience of divorce, but even they realize that something is different and usually react with bodily responses and regressive behavior. • When parents are anxious, toddlers sense the […]


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