10 Steps to Help Prevent SIDS

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Parents who know about SIDS may think of it as their worst nightmare. Sudden infant death syndrome is known as SIDS or crib death. It’s when a baby 12 months or younger dies during sleep with no warning signs or a clear reason. Although there is no 100% way to prevent SIDS, there is a lot you can do lower your baby’s risk. Since the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its safe sleep recommendations in 1992 and launched its "Back to Sleep" campaign in 1994, the SIDS rate has dropped more than 60%. In 2015, the CDC noted 39.4 deaths per 100,000 live births compared to 154.5 deaths ... More

Swaddling: Is it Safe?

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New parents often learn how to swaddle their infant from the nurses in the hospital. A blanket wrapped snuggly around your baby’s body can resemble the mother’s womb and help soothe your newborn baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that when done correctly, swaddling can be an effective technique to help calm infants and promote sleep. But if you plan to swaddle your infant at home, you need to follow a few guidelines to make sure you are doing it safely. Back to Sleep To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, it’s important to place your ... More

10 Tips to Get Your Picky Eater Kid to Try New Foods

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Got a child whose favorite mealtime phrase is 'NO'? Metro Detroit experts and parents offer 10 ways to ease picky eaters into new eating experiences. Getting your child to try new foods is no easy task. You might hear words like “Eww” or “Yuck!” on a daily basis from your child. But it is important not to get discouraged when introducing kids to new food. The following tips and advice from southeast Michigan experts and parent-savvy sites are sure to be valuable to both you and your child. 1. Let them try it on their own Nobody likes to be ... More

Proven Strategies for Picky Eaters

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Frustrated parents are sending their fussy kids to specially designed clinics at children's hospitals. What strategies do the experts there have to improve your kid's diet? Get the dish here. Until about two years ago, 9-year-old Tyler Blatzheim's diet consisted mostly of milk, applesauce, crustless PB&J, and crackers. "His pediatrician kept telling me not to worry because Tyler was otherwise healthy -- even his weight and height were fine," recalls his mom, Jocelyn, of Gambrills, Maryland. "The doctor said he would grow out of being picky." But that didn't happen. By the time he turned 7, his pickiness escalated to ... More

7 ways to help kids take the fear out of live fireworks

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Fireworks are a time-honored Fourth of July tradition, but for young children, they can often be more frightening than fun. Here's how to ease your little ones into the festivities, according to clinical psychologist and child and family expert Dr. Barbara Greenberg, PhD. 1. Leave babies and toddlers at home Live fireworks can cause "unnecessary stress" for children under five years old, Greenberg said, especially if they're pre-verbal and won't understand the reason for the "loud, unpredictable sounds, bright lights and crowds." However, these are merely "developmental guidelines," and if your preschooler would love the spectacle, it's fine to bring ... More
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