• A Trip to the EMERGENCY ROOM

    August 17, 2017

    Summer is filled with fun and frolicking but every now and then someone gets hurt. How we respond to emergencies will help set the tone for how our child will react. Tips to cope with an emergency room (or scary doctor) visit Choose your words carefully.  Keep your language simple and reassuring. If you don’t know…Read More

  • Staying Safe in the Summer Heat

    August 10, 2017

    The summer heat can put children at increased risk of heat related injuries. Here are some signs and symptoms to watch out for and a few tips to staying healthy and safe Risk factors: Hot weather (especially 90 degrees F or above) High humidity Exercise Young children being left in cars Early: Heat Cramps Muscle…Read More

  • Summer Bedtimes

    August 3, 2017

    The summer days are long and the bedtime question is inevitable: “Why do I have to go to bed if it is still light outside?” Tips on Dealing with Summer Bedtimes While many parents choose a later bedtime for summer, there really is no reason to change bedtime based on how light it is. Rather…Read More

  • Open Wide

    July 27, 2017

    Dental hygiene is important to kids health, but brushing can be anything but easy. Here are some tips to put the sparkle in their smile… Infants_________________________________ Starting at birth, bottles should NOT be given in the crib and babies should not be breastfeed continuously throughout the night.  When babies sleep with milk in their mouths,…Read More

  • Probiotics – What’s all the hype?

    July 20, 2017

    While the science is not conclusive, some research suggests that kids benefit from taking probiotics while on a course of antibiotics. Here are some good tips to know: Probiotics are bacteria that are typically found in the intestines and are thought to help the intestines function well. There is recent data that taking probiotics can…Read More

  • Tummy Aches vs Anxiety

    July 13, 2017

    Many caregivers and healthcare providers know about the connection between tummy aches and anxiety.  Figuring out if a stomach ache is caused by anxiety or physical illness is a tricky and often frustrating journey. Here are a few things for caregivers to keep in mind.   Abdominal complaints are very common in childhood. Paying close attention…Read More

  • Building Self-Esteem

    July 6, 2017

    Summer is a time of exploration, adventure and FREE time for kids.  It is also a great time to build your child’s self-esteem and confidence to start the next school year off with some new skills! Tips to help support and strengthen your child’s self-esteem New and challenging activities expand skills and build confidence.  Use…Read More

  • Avoiding Medication Mistakes

    June 29, 2017

    A new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, reveals that 80% of parents made mistakes in dosing their child’s liquid medications.  Follow these tips to avoid medication errors in your family Always use the dosing instrument that comes with the medication.  This may be a medicine spoon, dosing spoon, dropper or syringe.  Follow these…Read More

  • The Importance of Sleep

    June 22, 2017

    Whether you are an adult or a child, sleep is critical to your health.  Here are some reminders about the harmful effects of sleep deprivation and suggestions on how you can get some more ZZs The effects of insufficient sleep For children:   Lowers immune function Increases the risk of obesity and possibly diabetes Impacts…Read More

  • Planning Active Outings

    June 15, 2017

    All parents struggle to get out of the house, but going on active adventures together can be a healthy and fun way to spend a day in the BIG APPLE _____________________________________________________________ Visit a park  NYC is full of amazing places to visit.  Try taking the train or bus to a new park – like Prospect…Read More

  • More Water, Less Juice

    June 8, 2017

    New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics remind us why sugary drinks should NOT be a staple in a young child’s diet. Here are a few reasons for you and your children to stick to water and some tips on how to increase water intake _________________________________________ Water improves overall functioning Water transports nutrients, helps…Read More

  • “Ticked” Off

    June 1, 2017

    Experts say this years tick season is going to be a fierce one.  Get prepared with the following tips from our pediatricians. Facts about ticks Ticks crawl.  They do not fly or jump. Ticks generally attach to children’s legs or feet and may crawl toward other parts of the body, especially the head or ears.…Read More

  • Making Screen Time Physical

    May 25, 2017

    Studies show that use of screens can negatively impact a child’s physical activity Here are some tips to make screen time a healthier experience for your child’s body and mind Take a Body Break Use a timer to remind children to take body breaks.  Every 10 minutes, kids should pause their games or videos and take…Read More

  • Family Meals

    May 18, 2017

    By allowing for conversation, connection and face-to-face interaction, family meals can deepen and strengthen relationships between parents and children. There is a lot of research that eating meals as a family is linked with higher academic success, improved emotional well-being and lower rates of depression and substance use. Meals play an important role in many…Read More

  • Staying Safe in the Sun

    May 11, 2017

    It’s spring!  The SUN is out and your sunscreen should be too!! Here are some important tips, created with expert advice from pediatric dermatologist Lauren Geller, MD on why your children need protection from the sun and how you can get them to cooperate. WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: Prevention is key.  According to the Skin Cancer…Read More