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    Showing Off the Baby
      When is it safe to take the most beautiful newborn ever out of the house?
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    For a Cough, Try a Little Honey
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  • Ask Dr. Matt

      A child screaming and crying as though he's in pain in the middle of the night is frightening for parents, especially when the child seems to be awake and aware, but isn't able to say what the problem is.
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  • Teenage Jitters
  • Teenage Jitters

      For about 80 percent of adults every day, caffeine in moderate doses delivers increased feelings of alertness, decreased feelings of fatigue and gives a handy kick of energy.
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  • Babies Really Suck!
  • Babies Really Suck!

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      While some babies seem content to do most of their sucking to obtain nourishment, others just can’t seem to get enough.
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  • Driving Dilemmas

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       As dusk fell, snow began to flock the trees and street outside our home. My 16-year-old son stood crestfallen upon hearing my response to his request to drive over the hills and through the woods to his girlfriend’s house. My newly minted driver quickly recovered his willful teenage countenance, asking, “Can I see the data to support your position?”

  • Time to Eat
  • Time to Eat

    Introducing new foods to infants requires a plan
      When it comes to babies, parents probably encounter the most advice about when and how to introduce solid foods.
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  • Unleash the Monster

    Relieving chronic constipation takes work — and sometimes a miracle cure
      In this issue, I would like to address something that is hard to get out … namely, constipation. However, I want to address a very specific type of constipation that we see frequently in children — chronic retentive constipation, or as I like to call it, monsterpation.
  • Pustule Patrol
  • Pustule Patrol

    Helping prevent the spread of MRSA
      Since their discovery in the early 20th century, antibiotics have been effective in preventing much death and suffering for those fortunate enough to have access to them. Yet, as with most of the best things in life, too much of a good thing can be a problem.
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  • Ticker Testing
  • Ticker Testing

    Should heart screening be part of sports physicals for student athletes?
      You may have seen the horrifying video last winter of the Michigan high school athlete sinking the game-winning shot for his basketball team one minute, only to collapse and die on the court the next. Could his death have been prevented?
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  • Three Shots, You're Done
  • Three Shots, You're Done

    Taking action to prevent cancer should happen early in life
      Every year in the United States, more than 10,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and about 4,000 die from it.
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  • Sleep Strategies
  • Sleep Strategies

    Nighttime rituals can help newborns and parents get some shut-eye
      Perhaps the most challenging aspect of becoming a parent is dealing with a newborn’s sleep — or more accurately, lack of sleep.
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  • Potty Training
  • Potty Training

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      I think my child is ready to start potty training. I know I am sick of changing diapers. What is the best way to start?
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  • New Study Syndrome
  • New Study Syndrome

    Washing your produce is always a good practice — not just because you read about some new research
      A study published in an online medical journal of my field, Pediatrics, wound up in the headlines recently. “Study Links ADHD in Children to Pesticide Exposure.” Whoa! That sounded like bad news, for sure.
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  • Big Problem
  • Big Problem

    As a society, we need to address childhood obesity — but it all starts with your family
      No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Our children are the heaviest they have ever been, with three times as many obese children and adolescents compared to the 1970s in the United States.
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  • Too Hot to Handle?
  • Too Hot to Handle?

    When should you treat a fever?
      Some parents have the belief that if a fever rises too high, bad things will happen: poaching of the brain, melting of teeth or something equally horrific. In actuality, any serious consequence of fever itself would require a sustained fever north of 106 degrees Fahrenheit.
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  • Ask Dr. Matt: Why should I get the Flu Vaccine?
  • Ask Dr. Matt: Why should I get the Flu Vaccine?

      Why should I get the flu vaccine? I’m not in a risk group and they get the vaccine wrong sometimes anyway. And by the way, what is the deal with H1N1? I am pretty skeptical about that new vaccine. Is it safe?
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