Childhood Fears and Anxieties

Things that go bump in the night. The bane of Miss Muffet's existence. A teacher's harsh rebuke. What do they all have in common? Plenty: They're all typical childhood anxieties and fears. Nothing to worry (too much) about. But try telling that to your child! As a parent, you can make a big difference in how well your child handles common worries like these. Here are a few ideas that may help. The Many Sides of a Child's Fears Not all fear is bad. In fact, a little fear serves as an insurance policy. "Without fear, we'd jump headlong into things we ... More

TV and Furniture Tip-Overs Safety For Babies

Every 45 minutes, or less than the length of a Sesame Street episode, a child visits the ER because of a TV tipping over. It’s something most parents don’t even think about. But securing your TV and furniture is an important part of baby-proofing your home. Here’s all you need to know to get started. Top Safety Tips Assess the stability of the TVs in your home. Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall to prevent them from toppling off stands. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that you have a secure fit. If you have a large, heavy, old-style cathode ... More

Breast vs. Bottle for Feeding Your Baby

Many new mothers struggle with the decision to breastfeed or bottle feed their new baby. Here's some guidance to help you choose what's right for you. Breastfeeding Baby Breast milk is the perfect food for baby, with numerous advantages over baby formula, especially in the first four months or so. Here's why: It's always available. It's free. It contains active infection-fighting white blood cells and natural chemicals that give increased protection against infections in the first months, when these can be the most serious. It can help prevent SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. It contains the perfect proportion of nutrients that your ... More

Why Are Childhood Vaccines So Important?

It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it after it occurs. Diseases that used to be common in this country and around the world, including polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), mumps, tetanus, rotavirus and Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) can now be prevented by vaccination. Thanks to a vaccine, one of the most terrible diseases in history - smallpox - no longer exists outside the laboratory. Over the years vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives. Immunity Protects us From Disease Immunity is the body's way of ... More
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