Yearly Archives: 2010

The Importance of Family Time

When I was growing up, my parents always made it a point to sit down and eat dinner as a family. Although like most siblings, my sister and I would often end up arguing or bothering each other, it was … Continue reading

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Feeding your Baby: The Transition to Solids, Part 2

(This post is continued from yesterday’s Part 1 segment) So, when do you start your baby on solids? My advice is to watch your baby and see when he wants to start solids. It should not be until she has … Continue reading

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Feeding your Baby: The Transition to Solids, Part 1

If you have a baby, you’re probably getting advice (from all corners!) on how to feed her. Everybody can agree these days that mom’s own milk is the best food for babies, but after that, there can be a lot … Continue reading

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The Importance of Vaccinating Parents and Siblings to Protect Babies

“Whoop” This is the awful high-pitched inhaling sound people can make after a burst of coughing associated with pertussis. This sound is what gives it the common name: “Whooping Cough.” It has also been called the “100-day cough” due to … Continue reading

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Getting the Okay to Play

Summer vacation has just started, but soon enough the annual mad dash to get those pre-participation sports physicals will begin. The state of WI requires that all students participating in organized sports have a physical examination by a qualified provider … Continue reading

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Too Much Sugar – Part 2

(…continued from Tuesday’s post…) The kinds of calories that we eat affect are bodies in different ways. For example, fat in the diet has no effect on our insulin levels. Protein generally does not have much impact on insulin levels … Continue reading

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Too Much Sugar – Part 1

I recently read that the average adult has about 1 teaspoon of glucose (sugar) in his or her bloodstream at one time. That’s a normal size adult with a normal blood glucose level. So that’s about 4.2 grams of sugar … Continue reading

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What to Watch for: Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Summer is a time for children to play outside, be active, and enjoy freedom from the classroom. However, summer is also the season when some of the most common pediatric illnesses rear their ugly heads. One of these illnesses that … Continue reading

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Swimming Safety

Summer break is finally here and kids will soon be spending more time in and around water. Swimming is a great way for kids to get exercise and stay cool during the summer, but it is important to swim safely. … Continue reading

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Taking Time to Enjoy Summer

I remember that when I was a kid, summer seemed to last forever. I couldn’t wait for the school year to end because I knew that those endless days were just around the corner. Those last few weeks of the … Continue reading

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Get Rid of Your Unwanted Medications at MedDrop

With the recent voluntary recall on Infants’ and Children’s Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, and Zyrtec, you may have some bottles sitting around in the cabinet gathering dust. (For more information about the recall and to get a refund or product coupon, … Continue reading

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Get in Shape this Summer

Looking to run a road race this fall? Preparing your son or daughter to join the cross-country team? Just want to shed a few of those hibernation pounds? Nothing like a good jog on the Lakeshore Path or a run … Continue reading

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What is the Meriter Pediatric Center?

I am so excited! Not only is this my first opportunity to write a blog, but also the long-awaited opening of the Meriter Pediatric Center is only a day away! On Tuesday, May 18th, the hard work of so many … Continue reading

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Fears in Toddlers

I was recently asked about a toddler who was afraid of her own shadow. Fears are common in toddlers, so I have included my response on our blog. Developmentally, toddlers are becoming much more aware of what is around them … Continue reading

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Planting a Garden With Your Child

Spring has sprung, and summer is on its way. This is a great time to plant something with your child. Flowers are fun, but vegetables can help a child learn that food doesn’t just come from the refrigerator. Even veggie-avoiding … Continue reading

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Bug Off!

It’s so exciting that spring is finally here after our long Wisconsin winter! Continuing on the summer theme, I’d like to talk about protecting kids from those pesky mosquitoes. Ordinarily, the bites of mosquitoes are just a nuisance. The bite … Continue reading

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Keeping Summer Fun

Whoever thought that age four would be the time to start worrying about extracurricular activities? The arrival of the YMCA and MSCR summer guides began my internal debate. Perusing through the pages of both guides peaked my interest in many … Continue reading

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When April Showers Bring More Than May Flowers

Yes, spring is finally here … I always look forward to this season. You can see the grass turn green, flowers starting to bloom. Ah, fresh air. But for some people it may be a season that brings misery. Seasonal … Continue reading

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To Fly or Not to Fly … With a Toddler

A number of years ago, my wife and I decided to take a trip to California with our 22-month old daughter, Sophia. We reserved a hotel, arranged for a rental car, and booked the 4 hour flight to San Diego. … Continue reading

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Sun Safety Tips

It’s spring, or at least it is starting to feel like it! With this, comes children playing outside more and many families traveling over Spring Break to places much warmer and sunnier than Madison this time of year. Some of … Continue reading

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What is Homeschooling?

The question most people ask me when I tell them that my children are homeschooled is, “I don’t really know what that is. Can you tell me more about homeschooling?” If I could explain homeschooling in one sentence I would … Continue reading

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The Truth about Meningitis

By now, you may have read or heard about the young University of Madison senior and the Mt. Horeb High school girl who recently died from bacterial meningitis. It’s pretty scary to hear of such stories in otherwise healthy young … Continue reading

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