4 (Research-Backed) Reasons Why You Should Schedule Family Meals
Families build strong connections and loving relationships through breaking bread together. Family meals provide numerous benefits for the development and[...]
Teaching Kids To Read, Ages 0-5, A Course Review
Children can enjoy reading a book, whether they understand the words or not. The best place to begin reading is[...]
7 Ways to Help Your Picky Eater
“My child won’t eat healthy foods!” Getting a child to eat foods that are good for them is a common[...]
Feed the Baby Hummus Reviews
In April 2018, Dr. Lewis was contacted by The Independent UK to review Feed the Baby Hummus, Pediatrician-Backed Secrets from[...]
The Mysterious Origin of the American Easter Bunny
For centuries, Easter eggs have been delivered by the Easter Bunny within America. Hundreds of years ago, eggs were forbidden[...]
On Wisdom…. The Present Parent Handbook Review
The Present Parent Handbook, by Dr. Timothy Dukes, is a relevant reminder that our children need us to connect with[...]
Essential Car Seat Facts PLUS Resources!
Simply having a car seat in the car is not enough to keep your baby protected while using your vehicle.[...]
Is Your Newborn's Appearance Normal?
Do you have dreams of how your new baby will look and feel? Do you peruse magazines and online publications[...]
Every Day is a Gift
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson These wise[...]
How to Tell if You are Spoiling Your Baby
Are you spoiling your baby with too much physical contact? Parents in Tibet believe babies should have ongoing physical contact[...]
Breastfeeding Positions You'll Love
Choose breastfeeding positions that are relaxing for both you and your baby. Any position the baby finds comfortable with a[...]
Insect Repellents – A Pediatrician's Top Picks!
Biting bugs outside can be a nuisance, but so can excessive use of insect repellents. The following list is helpful[...]
Good Health: Feed Your Baby Soup
When starting solids for babies, parents are told to begin pureed foods at age four to six months. In particular,[...]
Toddlers: How to Eliminate Viewing Handheld Devices (and Why)
Research presented at a 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting suggested that children under age two who use handheld devices may[...]
Security Objects and Nannies in London
Several years ago, I read a study that said over a third of British people sleep with their teddy bears.[...]
Book Review: Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
Australian author, Mem Fox wrote a gem when she created the book, Whoever You Are (Voyager Books, 1997). Research[...]
Wisdom and a Tasty Dish from St. Croix
This month, my family and I showed up at Harvey’s, a festive local restaurant in downtown Christiansted, St. Croix. The[...]
Using Hands to Nurture Your Baby
Do you have loving memories of a family member’s hands? Perhaps your own mother’s soft hands with short nails, or[...]
Book Review: Sticks and Stones – 39 fun and simple games from around the world
Author Phyllis J. Perry wrote a gem when she published Sticks and Stones. Each simple game is easy to enjoy, yet[...]
All About Measles and the MMR Vaccine
It’s no secret that measles is on the rise in the United States. Measles is highly contagious. Children with measles[...]
Adopting a Child? Create a Nurture Plan!
Adopting a child is a common, loving way to create a family. Babies, who are adopted, whether just after birth[...]
Take Charge of Toddler Temper Tantrums
Toddlers get frustrated, and often can’t find the right words. They may move toward the point of no return to[...]
Baby Gas Prevention and Treatment
Baby gas (wind if you are in England) is normal, but may be a nuisance if your baby is uncomfortable.[...]
Divorce Advice for Parents of Babies and Toddlers
Children might seem too young to understand divorce, but they certainly react unfavorably to stress. They can pick up on[...]
Should Your Baby “Cry It Out” to Sleep?
If your baby is still not sleeping through the night after age 6 months, should you let her cry it[...]
Honor the Egg
Easter in America is a time to enjoy celebrating with the family. Children wake up in the morning to baskets[...]
Getting Your Baby to Sleep Peacefully – All Night!
Word is out that parents in Brazil (and many other countries) nurture their baby to sleep AND get a good[...]
Should I Worry About Infant Botulism?
Infant botulism is a dangerous disease that can be prevented in most cases. The most common cause of infant botulism[...]
Parents: Here's 3 Ways to Help Prevent Marijuana Exposure
The American Academy of Pediatrics has opposed legalizing marijuana, due to the increased risk of exposure to children. According to George[...]
Is Hand Feeding Your Baby Chunky Foods Acceptable?
Hand feeding is gently placing food, whether chunky or pureed, in a child’s mouth. In many areas of China, children[...]
Fun Facts: Dental Hygiene Beyond Teeth Brushing
We know that parents lead by example, and your interest can be contagious. Dental hygiene may seem tedious, but[...]
Does Your Baby Have a Cold? Here’s What to Do
Winter is fast arriving; with the change of weather, the common cold blows in. A cold is a viral infection[...]
Should My Baby Watch Videos or TV?
Question: My 11-month-old loves to watch videos on my phone. I play videos for him, and he smiles and laughs.[...]
Should You Circumcise Your Son?
Circumcision is a surgical procedure performed on baby boys to remove a portion of the foreskin covering the penis. Circumcision[...]
How to Recognize Whooping Cough
Whooping cough is caused by Bordetella pertussis, a bacterium transmitted from person to person by coughing or sneezing (airborne transmission)[...]
9 Suggestions to Help Breastfeed Beyond Childbirth
Breastfeeding is definitely on the rise in the United States, but not for long periods of time after birth. The[...]
How to Maintain Your Child's Vitality in a Fast-Paced World
As a pediatrician in my 20th year of practice, I am concerned about how our children and parents seek the[...]
3 Ways to Keep Your Baby Smoke Free
Babies exposed to smoke may have health consequences for the rest of their life. Secondhand smoke is exposure anywhere in[...]
Back to School for the Body & Brain
Splashing around and summer fun is coming to an end. The 2016 – 2017 academic year is here! Have we prepared[...]
How to Choose Child Care for Your Baby
Thinking about child care? Many parents have to work; they are faced with the decision to put the care of[...]
Purchasing a Baby Swing? Here's Guidance.
Should your little one have a baby swing? Parents who have babies with fussiness or colic often find swings to[...]
Head Banging Information and Advice
My baby is ten months old, and I notice he likes to bang his head against the crib. I’m worried[...]
6 Potty Training Steps To Promote Success
Potty training your child should begin, in earnest, no earlier than the age of two. Although many children may urinate[...]
Book Review: 100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids
100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids, recently published by Amanda Boyarshinov and Kim Vij, is packed with instructions[...]
How to Choose a Doctor for Your Child
Selecting a health care provider is a personal choice. Choose a doctor you are confident will provide good care for[...]
How to Start Congee Baby Soup (Recipe Included!)
Eating natural, fresh foods ensures that your child is getting flavor and nutrients at your table. Foods from the earth[...]
13 Important Babyproofing & Safety Tips
Did you know that injuries are the leading cause of death among babies? Do your best to prevent them by[...]
How to Detect and Prevent LEAD Exposure
I have a baby that crawls around and puts everything in his mouth. My parents are re-modeling their house. How[...]
Teen Essay – Teens Need Sufficient Adult Guidance
An essay written by Jordan Jaafar, Age 18, St. Mary's Hall, San Antonio, Texas, propels a parent's mind to reflect,[...]
Should Your Baby Use a Pacifier?
Pacifier use is a personal choice. A pacifier combined with holding, cuddling, rocking, and kind words is a loving form[...]
New Baby and Family Pet? How to Transition Easier.
A beloved family pet waiting at home or brought into the home during your baby’s newborn period can lead to[...]
Toddler Weight Gain & Eating in the Absence of Hunger
In May 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a study revealing that eating in the absence of hunger is[...]
How to Keep Your Child from Choking
According to a study in the August 2013 issue of Pediatrics, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), hard[...]
Sunscreen: Just Say NO to Toxins!
Buying Sunscreen to prevent sunburn? Avoid the ingredient "Oxybenzone" and "Retinyl Palmitate." Conflicting studies (and availability of other products)[...]
Multicultural Baby Board Book, Global Babies
Global Babies is a board book sure to delight little readers and their parents. Babies love looking at babies. Have[...]
Book Review: How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk is a book I highly recommend to anyone[...]
White Noise: Keep The Sound Low!
Many parents (including me!) have used infant sleep machines as white noise to calm and soothe. A study published in[...]
World Style Eating for Babies: Choose Garlic!
Garlic consumption is recommended for treatment and prevention of common colds across the globe. Many physicians in Asia believe garlic[...]
Should You Co-Sleep with Your Baby?
First, let’s explain the difference between simply sharing your bed with your baby and “co-sleeping.” Co-sleeping and bed sharing have[...]
Important Car Seat Information
My goal as a pediatrician is information sharing and feedback. I notice too many children sitting in the front seat,[...]
Behavioral Biting in Toddlers
My 15 month old daughter is biting everyone, all the time. Her cousin only bit when he was upset. Anna[...]
New Mom Newsflash: You Don't Have to be a Superhero!
Our cultural view is often that a new mom should "handle most everything." What this attitude can breed is isolation,[...]
Online Guidance for Children, Tweens and Teens
Social media, texting and online engagement should be fun and educational. We don’t want to take away the fun--but we want[...]
All About the PCV13 (Prevnar) Vaccine
Prevnar 13 is a vaccine recommended for all children between the ages of 2 months and 5 years to prevent[...]