• Constipation and Stool Withholding

    October 19, 2017

    This week’s tip comes from Dr. Nanci Pittman, assistant professor in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Stool withholding is a common problem seen in toddlers. This is when toddlers try to hold in their stool rather than passing it. Often this can occur when a child has constipation and is experiencing pain when passing…Read More

  • Head On Collision

    October 12, 2017

    Talk of head injuries and concussions is at an all-time high.  This week, we break down what parents of young children should know, and how to respond.   Routine Head Injuries Head injury is a common issue in children From falling off a bed or a slide, to walking into a table corner, to a…Read More

  • Choosing a Preschool

    October 5, 2017

    As many parents consider some form of Preschool for their toddlers, here are some tips to keep in mind about finding the “right” fit. Goals of early education New opportunities, experiences and social interactions Practicing transitions and getting used to a classroom setting What to look for License from the NYC Department of Health A…Read More

  • Can you hear me now?

    September 28, 2017

    Parents have many concerns about children’s ears. Here are some answers to a few commonly asked questions… Should I clean my child’s ears? Nothing should be put in a child ear canal.  It is fine to wipe with a wash cloth or a Q-tip on the outside of the ear, but you can damage the…Read More

  • Itchy-Itchy, Scratchy-Scratchy

    September 21, 2017

    Getting outside to enjoy these beautiful Fall days can be an itchy endeavor Though the summer is over, Poison Ivy is still out there.  Here is some information to know before you head out to pick apples or jump in the falling leaves. Poison Ivy is a classic plant known to cause an itchy rash…Read More

  • Weight OFF Your Shoulders

    September 14, 2017

    Homework is here and backpacks can cause some health issues for kids. A few quick tips from our friends at Kids Travel Doc Backpack injuries are VERY common.  Over 7000 annually in emergency rooms! Size matters.  Backpacks should properly fit children and all attached straps should be used to maximize safety and comfort Problem solve.  Look…Read More

  • Should YOU be nit picking?

    September 7, 2017

    This time of year can bring lots of lice checks. Head lice is a very common issue in school aged children.  The phrase nit picking comes from the practice of humans picking lice nits (egg sacks) from hair.  Head lice are not known to transmit any disease and therefore are not considered a health hazard.  Personal…Read More

  • Going Back to School

    August 31, 2017

    Whether your child is starting school for the first time, starting at a new school or just having first day fears, preparing for the first few days can make the transition to the classroom easier for everyone Tips to help children prepare for school Visit.  Seeing their new school (even just the outside of it),…Read More

  • Games That Get Kids Moving Outside

    August 24, 2017

    These old fashioned classics have surprisingly great brain-boosting features and lend themselves to dramatic play adventures..   Here’s some inspiration for games that ignite outdoor playtime and get kids moving from Jocelyn Greene and our partners at Child’s Play NY. Hide and Seek This game is certainly a well-known classic, but it’s also genuinely amazing…Read More

  • 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