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Welcome to the Blog page of the American College of Pediatricians.  Each issue of the Blog is intended to assist parents, encourage children, and enrich the family.  Read our most recent issue below, and scroll to the bottom of this page to read earlier issues.

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Cyberbullying: Is it Happening to Your Child?

As a parent, you generally have a good idea of when your child is being themselves or being distant or upset. There are usually pretty clear indicators that tell you when something is off or something is right. However, there are the occasions when parents cannot tell if something is wrong, they miss the signs or they are simply doubting the thoughts that something could truly be wrong.

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To Co-sleep or Not to Co-sleep?

 

One of the greatest concerns for new parents is the safety of their newborn babies and a controversial topic along that line is how best to put infants to sleep. As is often the case, modern medicine does not have a definitive answer for these concerned parents.  For decades, the mantra of American pediatricians has been to sleep all infants in a crib and, while the specifics of how and where to accomplish that has been modified over the years (back-sleeping, no pillows/bedding, in the same room as the parent, etc.),  the fact remains that, at least in the Western world, physicians have discouraged co-sleeping (or bed sharing).

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Shooting the Dog

Once upon a time, a trapper lived in a cabin in the forest, far from civilization.  His wife had died, leaving him with his small son to raise.  When food supplies ran low, he usually waited until his son was asleep for his afternoon nap, and leaving his trusty dog to guard the cabin and the boy, he would quickly go out to gather what he could from his traps or to do a little hunting.

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Are you Pro-life? What About Your Pediatrician?

At first, the question of having a pro-life pediatrician might seem inconsequential.  After all, isn’t the doctor just there to give checkups and shots and make sure your child is healthy?  What does it matter if your pediatrician is or isn’t pro-life?

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Parents are Teachers

 

Parents love their children and want to raise them so that they can succeed in life on their own someday. But, most parents lack the training to raise their children. Without formal training parents can revert to coercive, harsh punishments and threats to control their child’s misbehavior. If this is becomes the family environment, though it often happens unintentionally, there are many risks for negative consequences. If children grow up in homes of consistent harsh punishment, the risks of these outcomes increases:

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Reading to Your Child

For parents, days are often consumed with work, tasks, and responsibilities. Almost everything that we do as parents is so that we can provide better lives for our children. Unfortunately, this can lead to us being so busy that we miss the opportunity to read to our children daily. The good news is, reading to our kids doesn’t have to be one more drudging task on our never ending to-do list. In fact, it can be a quick addition to your child’s bedtime routine that becomes much easier to make time for once you have a solid understanding of the benefits reading will have on your child’s development and long term success.

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Summer Fun: Limit Screen Time to Get Kids Outdoors

You may have noticed that childhood nowadays looks a little different than it used to. In a world full of technology, TV, and video games, it can be easy for kids to get wrapped up in screen time and forget about the outside world. And in fact, research shows that kids of this generation spend less time playing outdoors than their parents did, largely because of technology (1).

This commercial from Nature Valley highlights some of the differences between kids back in the day and kids now (2). 

Obviously, times are changing. But what are some of the downsides of children spending too much time with technology?

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Tips for Stepfamily Success

Approximately 40% of families with married parents and children in the United States are stepfamilies. These blended families are often formed in hope of new beginnings after a divorce or the death of a spouse. As 4 out of 10 of the marriages in the US are remarriages and about 75% of divorced people in the US will remarry, many children will live in stepfamilies before they reach adulthood.

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The Importance of Attachment

A large body of research has consistently supported the links between early security and insecurity in the child’s early relationships and future adaptive and maladaptive developmental outcomes (1).

Some of the key research findings on attachment are listed below:

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Keep Your Children Cool, Safe, and Hydrated this Summer!

Summer time is such an exciting time of year for most children. School is out, winter clothes are put away, and time can be spent exploring, having outdoor adventures, and building relationships with family and friends. If you want your children to learn to treasure the outdoors and gain all the benefits of nature-based play, it is important to plan for how to make these adventures as safe as possible for your kids. With the toasty temperatures outdoors, children, especially infants and toddlers under age 4, are at the highest risk for heat-related illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Symptoms of heat-related illness include dizziness, nausea, confusion, a fast pulse, fainting, headache, and either very hot or cold and clammy skin.

Tips for Preventing Heat-related Illness in Kids:

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