Pediatric News Blog


Bonding with your baby

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  • Bonding is important for your baby’s cognitive and social development.
  • For some bonding is instantaneous, but for others it is a gradual experience.
  • Caring for your baby, spending time together, baby wearing, kangarooing, and breastfeeding are all excellent ways to bond with your baby.

Early developmental factors that can lead to bullying

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  • Recent report identifies parenting behavior, child maltreatment, and excessive TV media as early developmental factors that can contribute to bullying.
  • Spending time together as a family enjoying frequent and positive parent-child interactions like reading, playing, or sharing meals together can reduce the likelihood of bullying.
  • If you are worried about your child’s aggression, you can help by modeling good behavior and empathy.

Gun Safety: Keeping our children safe

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  • Even when taught about gun safety, studies have shown that children rarely respond the way they have been instructed.
  • Properly securing your firearms is the best way to prevent accidents.
  • Whether you have a gun in the home or not, it is important to teach your children about gun safety because children often encounter guns in the homes of friends and family.

A False Sense of Security: Refusing Vaccination Puts Us at Risk

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  • Because of vaccines, diseases that once killed and maimed children are now highly preventable.
  • High immunization rates allow us to protect the most vulnerable in our communities, including babies and children with compromised immune systems.
  • Before you decide to delay or skip an immunization for your child, please talk to your pediatrician first so we can answer your questions and help you get the facts you need to make this important decision.

Changing our sleep culture

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  • Students who don’t get enough sleep don’t perform as well and are more prone to symptoms of depression.
  • Sleep deprivation can impair your driving as much as driving intoxicated.
  • We need to change how we perceive sleep and help make it more of a priority in schools and at home.


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