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How Long Should You Keep Your Child Rear-Facing in a Car Seat? 

As a parent, you celebrate each milestone your child achieves — sitting up, crawling, taking first steps and saying their first word. But graduating to a front-facing car seat? That’s one such milestone that shouldn’t be rushed, according to guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  For years, parents have learned that keeping their child rear-facing in…

How To Remove a Splinter — and When to Call Your Doctor

It’s a familiar situation for many parents: Your child is playing in the yard barefoot and comes in complaining that they stepped on something. You take a look at their foot. Sure enough, you see a tiny splinter. Should you grab the tweezers from the medicine cabinet, or take your child to urgent care to…

Meditation for Kids: The Basics and the Benefits 

Kids are always on the move. And with all of the hustle and bustle, they could use some time to unplug and reset. If you’re looking for a way to help your child chill out, meditation might be the thing. So, how do you get started if you don’t have a little yogi or flower…

What Is Sensory Play? The Benefits for Your Child and Sensory Play Ideas

You can probably name all the main senses: sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. But do you know why they’re so vital and why they’re even more important for children as they grow? Sensory play focuses on activities that engage your child’s senses, helping them develop language skills and motor skills. It also helps with…

Benefits of ‘Tummy Time’ and How To Do It Safely

Babies spend a lot of time on their backs looking up at the ceiling — in their crib, in their car seat and in your arms. Flipping them over onto their stomachs not only gives them a different perspective, but also plays an important role in their development. Pediatrician Matthew Badgett, MD, explains the main…

The Kids Are Not All Right: How the Pandemic Is Affecting Their Mental Health

At the start of the pandemic, we heard it all the time — “Kids are resilient. They’ll be OK.” But it’s been a few years and we’re still grappling with the realities of COVID-19. New variants, wearing masks, vaccination and the arguments about how relevant or irrelevant this all is. Our kids have been stuck…

How To Tell If Your Child Has Mono

Your teen seems sleepier and more tired than usual. (How’s that even possible, right?) They’re also complaining about a sore throat and their neck seems a bit swollen. Plus, their skin seems sort of yellow. The symptoms line up with mononucleosis, or “mono” for short. You may also know the contagious infection by a much…

Fun and Safe Winter Activities for Kids

While we’re running around like mad securing shovels, driveway salt, bread, milk and toilet paper, kids are just loving what winter is dishing out. And while we might worry about letting our kids play in the cold, there are some benefits to letting them frolic in the snow. “Even though it’s cold outside, it’s still…

How To Stay Safe While Sledding 

After a fresh snowfall, you’ve probably got a few fun seasonal activities in mind (after you’ve dug out your car, that is). And if you live with little ones, there’s a good chance they’re going to ask to go sledding. Sledding can be a lot of fun, but it also comes with plenty of risks….

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