If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

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A food allergy occurs when the immune system overreacts to a food. The most common type is when the immune system makes a type of antibody called IgE to proteins in a particular food. This is an IgE-mediated food allergy. When exposure to the food occurs, symptoms start quickly. Symptoms include any or several of the following:  skin itching, hives, swelling of the skin, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulty (wheezing, repeated throat clearing, cough, throat tightness), or anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and progressive. Symptoms of anaphylaxis involve more than one organ system ... More

Understanding and Helping Toddler Sleep

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Toddler won’t sleep? Why’s that you ask? Part 1 Every parent has despaired of their toddler's night waking, no matter where the toddler sleeps and no matter the circumstances surrounding the desperation.  Although there is great disagreement regarding whether infants should be able to sleep through the night, the expectation that toddlers Can and Should sleep through the night without wakings parents is generally well accepted—with this expectation being what is presented as the “healthy” outcome by many health professionals. Recent research however shows us how incorrect this expectation is as science tells us that it is normal for toddlers to wake at night well into ... More

Our All-Time Favorite Lullabies

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Help your baby fall asleep with some of these classic tunes. Brahms' Lullaby Originally written by Johannes Brahms in the 19th century, this classic is more recognizable for its sweet melody than often-reworked lyrics. The German composer -- known in his time for having a less-than-soothing personality -- is said to have written the slumber-inducing ditty as a baby shower gift for a friend. A German folk poem inspired the original lyrics, but the words have changed often over the years and throughout myriad cultures. Rock-a-Bye Baby Though its tune is tranquil, the message of this nursery-rhyme-turned-lullaby is anything but -- "... ... More

DIY Musical Instruments for Kids

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Straw Pan Flute Craft – Making a pan flute is one of the easiest DIY musical instruments you can make. Grab a handful of straws, some tape, and you are ready to play like your favorite cartoon characters! DIY Xylophone – I knew my stash to cardboard rolls would come in handy sooner or later! Create a simple xylophone with recycled materials and use straws as mallets. Your xylophone can be completly customized with beautiful painting or stickers. This would be a great musical instrument to create while studying the letter X too. Rainbow Sensory Bottles/Music Shakers – I can’t get over the ... More

The Benefits of Music Education

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Whether your child is the next Beyonce or more likely to sing her solos in the shower, she is bound to benefit from some form of music education. Research shows that learning the do-re-mis can help children excel in ways beyond the basic ABCs. More Than Just Music Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. “A music-rich experience for children of singing, listening and moving is really bringing a very serious benefit to children as they progress into more formal learning,” says Mary Luehrisen, executive director of ... More
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