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19/Apr/2022

While most pediatricians are proactive at screening for autism, hearing loss, and vision problems, it is typically up to parents to notice symptoms of ADHD in their children and request professional testing.

But for most caregivers, the problem isn’t noticing the signs of ADHD, it’s knowing where to go. Can a pediatrician diagnose ADHD or do you need to see a specialist?

In this article, we’ll discuss what you need to know about screening, diagnosing, and treating your child’s ADHD.


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Those coos and gurgles are cute, but you can’t always understand them.

When do babies start talking?

 

From the time they’re born (and even before!) we look forward to seeing our babies take on the world. From crawling to walking and babbling to talking, so much happens to babies in the first few years of life!

All babies are different, but there are certain guidelines the CDC puts out so that parents can make sure their babies are on track. One major milestone is when your baby (finally!) starts talking.

Read on to find out when babies start talking, what talking actually means (hint: it’s not words), and what you should do if your baby seems to be behind.


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We all want our children to have the best start in life, beginning with their nutrition.

But what is the best baby formula (and is there such a thing)?

 

From birthing to bathing, the choices for parents can be overwhelming. But few topics are as nerve-wracking as deciding how to feed your baby in the first few years of their life.

Breast- or bottle feeding? Powdered formula or liquid? Sensitive tummy and lactose-free versions–the baby aisle is downright exhausting!

One thing is for sure: you want to know that your baby is getting all of the nutrients s/he needs to grow and thrive. But with so many options on the market, how can you be sure which is the best baby formula?

As pediatricians, we understand your concerns. So let’s talk.


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Myths and misinformation abound when it comes to health.

In this article, we answer your top cold and flu myths, including “How do you catch a cold?”

 

It’s one of the moments that parents dread: “Mommy, Daddy…I don’t feel good.” Your kid is sick, complete with the sore throat, fever, cough, and other symptoms that often come along with it.

Whether you’re a new parent or a veteran, nobody likes when their kid is sick. Yet colds and flu are a (miserable) part of life, but they aren’t the only things that “go viral.” Rumors and old wives’ tales still circulate around these illnesses. Your best friend said turmeric does the trick. Grandma swears by her mama’s chicken soup recipe.

Luckily, we have the lowdown on what is true and what isn’t. Whether it’s “how to catch a cold?” or “should I get an antibiotic?” allow us to bust the top 10 cold and flu myths.


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You know you should encourage your child to read…

…But why is reading important for kids?

 

We see it everywhere as parents: Encourage your kids to read. Read to your kids at bedtime. Kids should read a minimum of 20 minutes a day. But have you ever asked yourself, “Why is reading important for kids? After all, don’t they learn enough at school?”

Read on to find out the top 10 reasons why reading is so important and how it can benefit your child (and you!).


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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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