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Are pacifiers necessary?

Is it better to let your child suck on a pacifier or not to? What can you tell me about pacifiers? Are pacifiers necessary? Pediatric experts disagree on pacifier use. The infant’s urge to suck is greatest in the first six months of life and declines thereafter. Some babies need more sucking to satisfy them than others do. Some babies will discover their own thumbs …

Thermometer options

A few nights ago, I checked my daughter’s temperature with one of those ear thermometers. It registered as 101 degrees the first time, but 10 minutes later, it read 99 degrees. Is an ear thermometer as accurate as other thermometers? Plus, how can I make sure I’m using it properly? Please, give some thermometer options! Thermometer options You’re not the only one wondering. There’s a …

Post pregnancy weight loss – what to do?

I had a baby 13 months ago. When I went into the delivery room I weighed 206 pounds; now I weigh about 210, and I want to lose at least 80 pounds. Every time I try to lose weight, I do really well the first few days but then I start slip. I’d like to know how to lose weight fast and keep it off …

Washing your wounds – salt water or fresh?

Can salt water heal a wound any faster than fresh water? When my son cut his finger at the beach last month, he remarked several days later that the sore felt and looked better much faster than he expected. What can you tell about washing your wounds? Washing your wounds No, salt water doesn’t heal a wound any faster than fresh water does. The real …

Swimmer’s ear

It’s still warm here and the children love to swim! What is the best way to prevent swimmer’s ear? The ear canal is the passageway leading from the outside world into the ear, and it is usually protected from infection by ear wax and by the skin lining the canal itself. Factors that can disrupt this protective barrier include trauma, excessive cleaning or wetting, high …

Stomach ache vs. something serious

How can I tell when a stomach ache is something more serious? What should I give my little girl when she does have only a stomachache? How to recognize a stomach ache A fever, lack of appetite and progressively worsening abdominal pain are worrisome signs that something serious – like an inflammation of the appendix, or appendicitis – is going on. Often the fever is …

Dehydrated from Gatorade? Can it Cause Diarrhea?

My daughter had been playing a hard game of softball, so she kept drinking Gatorade to keep herself hydrated. Next thing, you know, though, she’s really dehydrated. The school nurse said it was because she’d been drinking TOO much of the stuff. But everything I read says sports drinks quench thirst and replace fluid, sodium and potassium lost through sweat. What’s going on here? Can …

Treatments for Mouth Ulcers, Canker Sores

My nine-year-old suffers from very severe mouth ulcers. Have you any idea what causes this or what cures it? Treatments for Mouth Ulcers, Canker Sores The most common form of recurrent painful mouth ulcers in an otherwise healthy person is called aphthous (pronounced aff-thiss) ulcers or “canker sores.” These ulcers are small, occur anywhere inside the mouth and can last for up to two weeks. …

Your baby motor skills – When your infant doesn’t roll over

When your infant doesn’t roll over My son is five months and two weeks old. He has not yet rolled over in either direction. My pediatrician says babies who sleep on their backs are commonly delayed in rolling over. He also says that this could affect his schoolwork in later years. My son is happy and seems bright and receives a great deal of attention. …

What to do if your child isn’t gaining weight

I have a one-year-old son who isn’t gaining weight. Can you suggest ways to boost his weight through nutrition? What to do if your child isn’t gaining weight More important than making a recommendation for improving your child’s weight gain is determining why he is not gaining weight. Your child’s length, weight and head circumference should be plotted on growth charts and compared to children …

Breast development in boys – is it a problem?

My son has a lump in his breast right behind the nipple. We were told it is nothing to worry about, that it is normal in 12- to 14-year-old boys. Is normal this breast development? Breast development in boys Your son is not alone. Fully 60-70% of male teens experience breast enlargement (gynecomastia) between 12-15 years of age. Breast tissue grows whenever the ratio of …

What Can Parents Do When Children Whine?

My 3 and 4-year-old girls whine all the time. My husband and I are at wits’ end. They also have a problem with doing what they are told, and they always talk back. What can we do when the children whine? What Can Parents Do When Children Whine? The management of whining in 3- and 4-year-olds is similar to the management of temper tantrums in …