When your child seems to be sick, “wait and see” is about the last advice many parents want to hear. It’s hard to see a child’s pain and discomfort, difficult to watch him struggle to overcome the virus du jour.... more
It has been nearly three years since the World Health Organization (WHO) released its new Child Growth Standards. Acting on a request in May 1994 from the World Health Assembly for a single international standard that would establish the breastfed... more
“Let’s get moving!” As a mom of two easily distracted daughters, I find myself often repeating this phrase when we’re running late for school, dance class, or a doctor’s appointment. But far beyond getting out of the house on time,... more
Should you welcome your baby into the world with open arms, or sequester him in a hospital nursery in the hours after birth? A trio of experts, on behalf of the Cochrane Collaborative, sought to answer this question. In particular,... more
Lactation consultants know their stuff. Years ago, one of them told me that breastfeeding enhances the effects of some vaccines, and she also recommended breastfeeding as soon as possible following vaccinations, since doing so is a natural pain reliever for... more
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