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Old and New Natural Ways to Prevent Colds

By Marc Courtiol

If you are a parent to a baby or toddler, you are undoubtedly used to your little one having several colds each year. In fact, it may even seem like as soon as your child has finally gotten over a cold, another one mysteriously appears not far behind. While your first instinct might be to reach for the nearest over the counter cold remedy for children, many doctors are now advising against it.

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Parents! Rid your Home of Harmful Allergens

For those of us who suffer from allergies, sometimes getting through the day can be a daunting task. Symptoms ranging from itchy, watery eyes to a constantly runny nose contribute to making our lives miserable when our bodies are assaulted by allergens that they simply cannot deal with.

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Soy and Health Issues in Children

Many people have turned to soy alternatives in the belief that these foods and beverages are healthier for their children. However, consistent research over the past several years has indicated that soy products may ultimately cause more harm than good.

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How to Lose Your Mommy Tummy

One of the hardest things that new mothers face is figuring out how to lose their mommy tummy.  The outer abdominal muscles become so stretched out during pregnancy that even once you have given birth and your uterus has shrunk back down to its normal size, it is very difficult to get those muscles back into pre-baby shape.

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My Baby Has Reflux – Now What?

By Cyndra Neal

You’ve just come back from your pediatrician with a diagnosis of reflux for your baby and a prescription for an acid reflux medication in your hand. Now’s the time to do some research into the different types of reflux medications prescribed for infants, how they work and are they safe for your infant.

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Homeopathy for Children

First introduced in 1796, homeopathy is an alternative type of medical treatment that uses diluted formulas that are believed to create effects within patients that are very similar to the symptoms that are present in that individual. These non-traditional remedies are prepared by a process known as serial dilution, which involves a series of steps to dilute the substance of a particular solution, followed by forceful shaking. Homeopathic practitioners refer to the dilution process as potentization.

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The Declining Quality of Children’s Diets and What to do About It

According to the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, children between the ages of two and nine have diets that are less than desirable. This is an extremely important issue because poor eating habits that start early in life are likely to continue into adulthood, resulting in a host of health problems that might otherwise be avoided.

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Bullying Prevention Skills and Techniques for Children

By Mark Lakewood, CEO

Child bullying is a big problem in our schools today. The main difference between child bullying today from the past is the nature of the bullying and the violence that occurs in the aftermath. Cyberbullying is becoming a popular and more destructive form of bullying than traditional bullying. More children today are bringing guns to school to seek revenge on others. Child bullying has been around and will probably remain for years to come. Unfortunately, we do not have the power to rid the world of bullying. The answer to the issue of child bullying rests within us, especially the victims of bullying. Victims of bullying are never responsible for being bullied. On the contrary, victims of child bullying have the power in themselves to think, behave, and react in ways that limits or eradicates bullying. As a society, we spend much of our energy identifying and punishing the bully that we fail to spend adequate time empowering the victims of child bullying. We should spend more of our energy on the things that we can control rather than the things that we have limited or no control over. We need to teach children about the power that they already possess. Let me elaborate on a few issues that parents should teach their children regarding bullying prevention.

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The History of Gripe Water

By J. Andrews

Gripe water has long been a home remedy for the treatment of gastrointestinal discomfort, colic, and teething pain in infants. Gripe water was first developed in 1851 in England and the discovery was actually made by accident.

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The New Colic

By Cyndra Neal

Colic. That word strikes fear into the hearts of new moms and pediatricians everywhere. Although theories abound, very little is known about colic. It comes on as mysteriously as it disappears. Parents inundate pediatric offices and emergency rooms, sure that something is seriously wrong with their infant. Some pediatricians send the parents home with only assurances that their baby will grow out of it. But a disturbing trend is developing among many pediatricians to diagnose colic symptoms as acid reflux and to prescribe Zantac, Prevacid or other acid reflux medications without doing any diagnostic tests. Many pediatricians prescribe acid reflux medications as a test for reflux. Some mothers report their pediatricians prescribed acid reflux medications over the phone without even seeing the infant. The parents are happy because they have something to possibly alleviate the obvious pain their baby is suffering. The pediatricians are happy to be able to prescribe something that might help. The pharmaceutical companies are certainly happy. And the baby…well the baby could still be suffering from colic as well as the added side effects (restlessness, constipation) of the acid reflux medications. The baby may now be prescribed other medications to help counteract the side effects.

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Surprising Secrets to a Successful Summer

by Toni Schutta


You’re probably busy planning every detail so your kids can have a memorable summer packed with vacations, summer camps, sports activities and more.

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Colic and Shaken Baby Syndrome

by Cyndra Neal

Your baby has cried with colic for the last 2 weeks almost non-stop. You’re scared. You’re frustrated. You are sleep deprived. You’re not thinking clearly. You are shaking your baby.

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A JAB IN THE DARK. Are our children being over vaccinated?

By Sara Mulholland, Empowa Pty Ltd.

Triple Triple Antigen, Triple MMR, Triple Hib, Triple Hep B, Quadruple oral Polio, Meningococcal C, Pnuemococcal, Varicella, boosters and more boosters. When will it end? Sara Mulholland examines the evidence.

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Can A Chiropractor Help My Baby?

By C. Neal

Your infant is crying constantly, uncontrollably. Your pediatrician is telling you “to wait it out” or worse – prescribing an acid reflux medicine with alarming possible side effects for reflux and colic. Chiropractic medicine may just be the alternative you’re looking for. Many parents don’t even consider going to the chiropractor for their infants but chiropractic pediatric treatment has been receiving more attention in the last 20 years.

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What is Rescue Facts and How does Rescue Facts Work?

by Maria Gath

One of the scariest moments in a person’s life can very well be the moments before the impact of a car accident. Those moments become scarier when you have a child in the car with you.

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Wrestle Mania – How Times Have Changed

By Sylvia Wells

Wrestle Mania

Back in the day I used to get a kick out of watching wresting on TV with my older brothers. We cheered for the good guys to come to their feet as the bad guys would somehow manage to pull a metal chair out from under the ring without the referee’s awareness. The chair was typically used to slam across the good guys back with a big foot stomp onto the canvas of the ring to heighten the effect. The wrestlers had sidekicks and funny-looking managers who always seemed to worm their way in front of the cameras for some trash talk.

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The Holidays, Toy Safety, and Parents

With millions of toys made in China pulled from the shelves over safety fears in recent months, deciding what to buy your children for the holidays has become an increasingly difficult decision. The holidays are dangerous enough without having to worry about giving children gifts that could potentially harm them.

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‘High 5 for Kids’ Offers Professionals Tools to Help Improve Eating and Fitness Habits of Preschoolers

By Maya Lunnemann

ST. LOUIS (June 26, 2008) – Despite a reduction in childhood obesity rates recently, early childhood professionals continue to reinforce awareness among parents about their role in encouraging nutrition and fitness of their young children. Parents consistently underestimate the power they have in modeling good nutrition and fitness habits for their children, say early childhood specialists at Parents as Teachers National Center.

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Should Men Get Involved with Breastfeeding?

Research has shown that breast-fed babies enjoy health advantages such as fewer digestive problems, colic, reflux, gas, intestinal infections, allergies and skin diseases. The babies are also at less risk of developing high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. A study suggested they are smarter than formula-fed babies as well. That is why men should get involved with their wife, girlfriend, or family members to help with breastfeeding cores. The breast-fed babies are probably better at sports too. Although there is no current study supporting this sports theory, maybe someone can add this study their next thesis?

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Mommy, My Skin Hurts. I Don’t Feel Good.

Exposure to the sun is associated with all forms of skin cancer, but the most common type of skin cancer is basal skin cancer. Frequent severe sunburns and intense sun exposure in childhood increase the risk of basal cell skin cancer. Basal cell skin cancers usually appear on sun-exposed areas, most commonly the face and neck, but also on the trunk and legs. The fact that it is showing up in teens and people in their 20s is of great concern to dermatologists. The incidence of basal cell skin cancer in North America is going up by 10% a year.

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Parents and Lifeguards Beware. Dry Drowning!

Parents need to know the three warning signs of dry drowning, since dry drowning occurs most often in children and the small amount of water necessary to claim another victim to dry drowning can be inhaled during a child’s bath time, in the neighborhood pool, or at the beach.

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by Chris Molnar

Premature babies start life with special challenges, but kangaroo care can increase their overall growth rate and help in their development. Slings and wraps are an excellent way to compliment this type of care, as they mimic and simulate being in mom’s womb. The warmth, closeness, and skin-to-skin contact that is possible with these baby carriers all help a premature baby thrive. The security of the baby carrier and fully participating in the baby’s care can turn a time of crisis and anxiety into one of deep bonding with their newborn. Being involved in the nurturing and caring of baby in the hospital and the practical skills learned will give parents greater confidence so they can care for their baby after they go home.

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The Benefits of Fish Oils for Child Development

For many years millions of people have understood the benefits of taking cod liver oil as a supplement to their diet. Over the past few decades awareness into the foods we eat has increased and the importance of oils obtained from the body tissue of fatty fish, rather than the liver alone, has become more apparent. To achieve optimum health, food that is high in saturated fat or contains trans fats should be kept to a minimum and we are advised by medical experts to consume food which contains high levels of essential fatty acids.

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Tips for Choosing a Lactation Consultant

There is nothing more exciting or overwhelming than becoming a parent for the first time. What if there was someone who could help to take some of the guesswork out of being a new mother and answer all of your breastfeeding questions? More »

Study Finds a Downside to Parenting

Parenthood may be wonderful and rewarding, but it's also depressing, and the depression stays around even after the kids leave. Parents have significantly higher levels of depression than adults... More »

Eating Your Way To Pregnancy Nutrition

Hello New Mom! It’s you and Baby now, so you’ll want to eat what’s best for both of you. Keep in mind that while you are eating for two, only one of you is a full grown adult so... More »

Lactation 101 and Helpful Techniques

New baby? Lactation, or breastfeeding, is not only a natural, healthy way to provide the perfect mix of nutrients, hormones and proteins for your newborn, but it also creates an inv... More »

Childproofing Your Home Can Be Childproof

Having babies and small children in your home means life, fun, noise and safety, safety, safety. Normal, everyday items can be dangerous and even life-threatening to them, so you’ll... More »

Breastfeeding Nutrition

So youve decided to breastfeed your baby! You’ll want to make sure that both you and your little one are getting all of the nutrients you need to stay healthy and strong. According... More »

Finding the Right Pediatrician for You and Your Baby

Congratulations, you're pregnant. As the count-down to the birth of your new child approaches, you should consider finding a pediatrician who will work the best with your... More »