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Toddlers + Preschoolers

Posts about children from toddlerhood to the end of preschool, approximately ages 1-5 years old.

Santa and Elf on the Shelf: Inappropriate Lies or All in Good Fun?

By December 1, 2015 1 Comment
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As the winter holidays approach, Santa Claus and Elf on the Shelf are on the minds of many children who celebrate Christmas. Many parents’ thoughts also drift there, but for different reasons. Parents of young children wonder whether they should promote the myth of the jolly old man in the red suit or that tiny, habitually […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Faith + Beliefs, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers


Caring for Sick Kids: Know the Difference Between “Natural Remedy” Facts and Fallacies

By November 18, 2015 3 Comments
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Taking care of an ill child is challenging. On one hand, a parent wants more than anything in the world to relieve their child’s discomfort, but it’s also perfectly reasonable to have concerns about the potential side effects of prescription and over-the-counter medications. It is also completely understandable that many well-meaning parents seek out remedies that are marketed […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Newborns + Infants, School-Aged Children, Science 101 + Mythbusting, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens


What’s Up With Kids and Allergies?

By November 9, 2015 1 Comment
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This post was written in response to a question from TheScientificParent.org reader Salima, who received confusing information from her doctor and pharmacist about kids and allergies.   As a pediatric allergist, I see children of all ages presenting with a range of different symptoms, especially runny noses, cough, and rashes. As a parent, I see […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens


Helping Kids Welcome a New Baby

By October 20, 2015 No Comments
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  Three of the people I love the most and am closest to are my brother and sisters. I’m always happy to see them and, like the best old friends, we can catch up with each other’s news in a moment. These relationships are not an accident, however. They are the result of our parents’ efforts […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, Newborns + Infants, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens


Potty Training Sucks. Here Are 8 Sanity Saving Tips.

By October 13, 2015 3 Comments
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  In my first post here on The Scientific Parent, I’ll be discussing one of the least scientific areas of pediatric medicine — potty training. Pediatricians have a lot of scientific evidence to guide us towards appropriate treatment of ear infections, asthma, and a lot of other problems. But when it comes to advising parents […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, Toddlers + Preschoolers


How to Protect Your Family from Viral Meningitis

By October 12, 2015 1 Comment
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  There are certain diseases that instantly cause dread and fear when spoken about, especially when it comes to our kids. The mere mention of polio, measles, and meningitis create panic and fear within a community and I should know – I’m the father of an infant and every time we’re told one of these […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens


It’s Official: We Can All Calm Down About Screen Time

By October 6, 2015 4 Comments
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Pediatric use of screen time is something I’m a little sensitive about. I spent six months of my life working on it and for six months of my life it was all screen time, all the time. Once my portion of the project was over I swore I would never talk about screen time again, […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, School-Aged Children, Science 101 + Mythbusting, Toddlers + Preschoolers


Should You Treat Your Child’s Cold or Flu With Traditional or Homeopathic Medications?

By September 29, 2015 4 Comments
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  We’ve entered that time of year when many of us try to stay indoors as much as possible, cringe at the mere sound of someone coughing, and stock up on hand sanitizer in attempts to ward off illness. Cold and flu season has begun and, as usual, our children are the most susceptible to these […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens