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  • Newborn on mother's chest just after delivery. Ob in the background.

    Better Births, Less Anemia: Delayed Cord Clamping Made Easy

      Waiting just 1-2 minutes after birth before cutting your baby’s umbilical cord can protect her from anemia, yet most obstetricians don’t do it.  I know why … I’m a hospital based pediatrician and I attend deliveries regularly.  Practicing “delayed cord clamping,” as this procedure is called, means that the OB has to hold the […] Read full story

  • Smiling, blue-eyed baby crawling on a hardwood floor.

    Great News: A Dirty Home May Be a Healthy Home

        St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University contributed to a mutli-city study that revealed that children who, during their first year of life, lived in homes with bacteria and allergens from cat, mouse, and cockroaches have a lower risk of developing asthma and allergies. Great news for families with less-than-spotless homes It turns […] Read full story

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    Iodine Supplements? Yes! New Recommendations for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

      I’ve been throwing down prenatal vitamins every morning for more than a decade, so I was shocked to realize that I’m deficient in iodine, a nutrient essential for thyroid function and brain development.  I’m not alone, almost a third of pregnant women in the United States don’t get enough iodine in their diet, and […] Read full story

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    Fun Ideas for After School Play!

    Older kids shouldn’t be left out of play.  In fact, one of the benefits of having older children is that they often like to play the same things I do!  We love a good, competitive board game or a rousing 4-Square championship on the driveway. Elementary activities mirror some of my favorite ways to pass the […] Read full story

  • Child playing with play dough molding shapes

    Awesome Kindergarten Play Ideas

    Kindergartners are so grown up, but are always game for playing.  They love it when their play resembles things that they see older kids or adults doing. What makes Kindergarten activities even more fun is that many participants have a healthy dose of imagination which elevates simple play into a whole new world.  Toilet paper rolls become […] Read full story

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    Playful Activities for Preschoolers

    Preschool is all about learning through play.  The learning activities aren’t just about school skills, but also life skills.  These same playful learning ideas can be used at home. Finding activities for preschoolers is easier when you think about any activity as a simple game that may or may not have traditional rules!  At this age, kids […] Read full story

  • Two year old boy playing in a cardboard box on a green lawn

    Channeling Energy into Fun with 2 Year Olds

    Oh the 2 year old!  2 year olds are so full of passion that their reputation precedes them.  But when all that curious energy is channeled toward play, the results can be magically fun. Finding activities for 2 year olds that captivate isn’t as hard as you might think.  They are easily engaged in simple discovery if […] Read full story

  • Red Colander with straws in the holes to show toddler game

    10 Fun Activities for 1 Year Olds

    We love babies!  One of the most rewarding parts of being a mom is watching your baby investigate the world.  They are watching everything and interacting with anything they can get their chubby hands on. Encouraging play is not complicated.  Most 1 year-olds are very willing participants!  They don’t need expensive toys or fancy entertainment, activities for 1 year […] Read full story

  • Three kindergarten children. A hispanic boy wearing a red shirt, an Asian girl wearing a pink top, and a black girl wearing a green top

    The State of Child Wellness

    As a pediatrician I am dedicated to the health of each individual patient.  My hope is also that my career adds up to improve the status of child health and well-being as a population. Many of the factors that play into child health such as nutrition and safety are driven by circumstances outside the walls […] Read full story

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    Musings from the Newborn Nursery: Prepare Your Child Early For A New Baby

    When rounding on newborn babies in the hospital I make it a point to ask if there is an older sibling.  How old is the new big sister and/or brother? Who is taking care of them now?  How has your family helped to prepare the child for the new baby? It is normal for children to experience a […] Read full story