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17/Nov/2021

If you left it up to them, kids would do nothing but play.

But the importance of play is about more than just keeping them out of your hair.

 

We all want to do what’s best for our children. That’s why we take them to the doctor, get them their shots, give them healthy food (when they’ll eat it!), and encourage them to study so that they can do well in school.

But would you be surprised if we told you that play makes for an incredibly important part of childhood? So important in fact, that studies have shown that children who have ample play time actually do better in school.

So why—after a generation told us studying is vital for success later in life—are we focusing on play? As it turns out, children learn through play and build valuable life skills that can’t be taught in books or the classroom.

Read on to find out the top ten reasons why play is so important, and how it can benefit the cognitive development of your child(ren).


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Children’s nutrition has always been a hot button topic.

But it doesn’t have to be confusing! Welcome to Nutrition 101.

 

If you’ve been a parent for more than a year, you’ve probably asked yourself, “Is McDonalds too unhealthy? Is pizza for dinner okay? Am I a bad parent if my kid has chicken nuggets two nights in a row?”

Relax! While having fast food every day isn’t a good idea, you aren’t going to ruin your kid’s lives if they have an unbalanced meal from time to time.

As pediatricians, we generally recommend that you look at your child’s food intake over the course of a week (or longer) rather than the course of a single day. All things in moderation are fine, provided that your kids have an overall balanced diet.

But what exactly does a “balanced diet” look like?


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Do you have a tiny person with a big opinion?

Here are some toddler lunch ideas to help you avoid those lunchtime tantrums.

 

At some point in a toddler’s young life, s/he will likely become very selective about what they eat.

Fortunately, there are a lot of options when it comes to quick, easy, and healthy toddler lunches. Read on for tips on how to build a healthy lunch plate and some fun things you can do to get your toddler to eat it.


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A new school year is right around the corner.

These healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids off to a great start.

 

Did you know that the average school lunch time is only 25 minutes? That time includes lining up, walking to, and sitting down for lunch. By the time they reach the lunchroom, students may only have 15 minutes to eat.

As a parent, how do you make sure that they get a healthy lunch that they can eat in a short amount of time? The good news is that it’s simple to create a delicious and nutritious lunch box that your child will enjoy so much that the time won’t matter. They will gobble it up as quickly as they open it!

Read on to find some healthy lunch ideas that you can be sure will fill your child this school year.


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Your baby’s first illness is never fun.

Here’s how to identify (and treat) a newborn fever.

 

Having a baby is a time of joy and excitement.

Sure, those sleepless nights are tiring, but the newborn smell, baby yawns, and cute smiles cause you to melt into a puddle on a regular basis. Then there are the trying (or downright scary) times, like your baby’s first illness. And fewer things cause more anxiety than a newborn fever.

We know it can be scary, but don’t fret. Read on to find out what can cause a newborn fever, when to worry, and what to do about it.


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You and your baby are both miserable.

How long does teething last, anyway?

 

Your baby’s first tooth is a moment worth celebrating…and dreading.

Between the drooling, whining, and sleepless nights, you’re probably asking yourself (and every experienced parent in a three-mile radius), “How long does teething last?”

Guiding an infant through their first year of life can be a daunting task. But Kid Care Pediatrics is here to help!

In this article, we’ll answer some of your teething questions, such as “When do babies start teething?” “How long does teething last?” and most importantly, “How can I relieve my baby’s teething symptoms?”


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Smallpox used to be a devastating disease—it killed up to 300 million people back in the 20th century. In fact, it was so deadly, that it was often compared to the Black Plague. These days, however, smallpox is virtually unheard of. What changed?

The answer: vaccines. 

Many experts agree that vaccines are one of the greatest medical advancements that humans have made. Yet even vaccines are not immune to controversy. The result being that many parents have questions about whether they are beneficial or even safe for their children.

Want to learn more about child vaccinations? If so, you’re in the right place. We’ll be going over everything that you need to know about the topic below.

Keep reading to learn more!


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You’ve fed your baby. You’ve changed your baby. You’ve soothed your baby. You’ve sung to your baby. He’s been burped. You’ve fed the baby again. You’ve tried everything!

He. Is. Still. Crying.

What do you do now? Why did no one ever teach you how to stop a baby from crying?

Relax and take a deep breath. That’s why we’re here! Read on to find out what you can do about it so you can get back to enjoying the fun parts of being a parent.


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The 2020 pandemic has parents everywhere wondering….

How much screen time is too much?

The parks are all closed; play dates are cancelled; and it’s too hot to play outside. Looks like it’s time to watch a movie…again.

We’ve all been there. Even in our pre-COVID lives, parents sometimes just need a few minutes to cook, clean, or even take a shower. These are usually the times when we throw on a TV show or pull up Minecraft to give ourselves a few minutes of peace and quiet.

We know it’s unreasonable to suggest that you throw out all electronic devices, but how much screen time is too much? Should your 1-year-old have their own iPad? And how do you enforce screen time limits when your 10-year-old is doing virtual school?

Read on for the recommendations by doctors and other parents on what is an appropriate amount of screen time for kids of any age.


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