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Dad questions answered by real dads. This class teaches basics of infant care to dads.
Every August and September, parents and kids everywhere prepare for the first day of school. While the first day of school is always a big deal, there are few first days bigger than the first day of college. If your (big) baby is starting their first semester at a higher education institution, you know there is a lot to do – packing, unpacking, registering for classes and meeting new people are just a few items on a very long list. If you haven’t had these conversations with your college-bound son or daughter, make sure you add these discussions onto your to-do list.
A parent often will be worried about their child’s sickness, even following a visit to the doctor’s office. They might wonder why they never received medication, for example, or why their condition seems to worsen before it gets better. These are valid concerns that we do not take lightly.
A heart murmur is the sound the blood makes as it moves through the heart or blood vessel. It’s what your pediatrician hears when their stethoscope is on your child’s chest. A heart murmur isn’t necessarily bad. In fact, the majority of heart murmurs are classified as innocent — they are simply the result of blood flowing normally. Think of it like listening to water flowing through a garden hose. When the faucet is turned on, the water makes a sound as it moves through the hose. You can tell by that sound that everything is flowing normally, just like the sound of an innocent murmur. If there is a kink in the hose, however, the sound is different. The change in sound alerts your physician that there may be something wrong.
So you just left the hospital overwhelmed with new information on how to best care for your new baby. As you get accustomed to your child’s immediate needs — meals, changing diapers, learning to safely strap them into their car seat — it is easy to forget the importance of early initiation of tummy time.
When they hear their child has scoliosis, many parents are understandably frantic for answers about how this diagnosis will affect their loved one’s health and future. They wonder, will this curve get worse? Will my child need bracing or surgery in the future? Will my child be paralyzed from the procedure?
This is a perfect time to evaluate your previous New Year’s health goals and make sure you and your family stay on track. Many families have goals such as eating dinner together, grocery shopping as a family, focusing on eating more vegetables, or going for nightly walks after dinner. Surprisingly, many kids also have their own goals they would like to accomplish. Supporting and encouraging your child while they tackle their goal is a great way to make sure they succeed.
If your child has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (commonly referred to as ADHD), you already know how much this developmental difference can affect a child’s everyday functioning. Coping with this challenge brings with it a huge learning curve for the whole family. Your child’s differences in behavior, learning and attention can affect everything from the amount of time it takes him to get dressed in the morning to how well she makes and keeps friends to his ability to succeed in the classroom.
Flu season is here, and it is packing a big punch this year. In late December and early January, experts documented a surge of influenza illnesses throughout various parts of the country, and Florida is no exception. Experts predict this trend to continue for the next several months, and here’s why:
Once your child has mastered going pee and poop on the potty during the day, a parent’s next question is usually, “When can I stop buying night-time diapers?” That answer depends on your child.