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April 2014 Blog Archive

Failure to Thrive: Taking the Failure out of FTT

As a pediatric gastroenterologist, I often see infants and children who are not gaining weight. This diagnosis, regardless of the etiology, is usually coined failure to thrive. Parents are often frustrated with the name of this diagnosis as it sometimes seems that they or their child has 'failed' at something and that their child is not 'thriving'. Since FTT, as it is often abbreviated, is a common reason for referral to a pediatric gastroenterologist, I wanted to further discuss and shed some light on this topic.

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Fevers: Get the 411 on how to handle your child's 101

You've gotten through the fussy stage and now your baby is pure joy. She rolls, he giggles she coos. You may have even started solids and then it happens....your baby gets his first fever. For most parents, especially the first fever, a strikes fear in the heart of parents and sounds an alarm bell. As a pediatrician, I know that fevers are not dangerous. As a parent, I can sympathize with wanting to make your child feel better and understanding why they are sick. There is a lot of confusion and misinformation about fevers out there. This article is meant to help you understand more about fevers, what causes them, how to treat them and when to be concerned. As always, reading an article is helpful, but if you have any specific concerns about your child's health, you should call your pediatrician.

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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FINDING AND UTILIZING SUMMER SITTERS

The typical school-age child has 10 weeks of summer vacation. That’s at least 70 full days with you or another caregiver–be it a daycare provider, camp counselor, nanny, babysitter, family, or a friend. Regardless of your family’s regular schedule, it’s likely you could use a bit of additional childcare this summer. Now is the time to think about lining up your summer childcare help, here are a few tips to get you started.

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