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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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Why Breastfeeding Your Baby Is Worth It

 

With cracked or sore nipples, engorged breasts, and all sorts of other challenges that come with nursing, new moms may be tempted to throw breastfeeding out the window. After all, it can’t make that much of a difference, right?

Well actually, it can! In fact, even the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of your baby’s life after birth because of the health benefits it provides (1). Here are just a few of the research-based benefits of breastfeeding your baby.

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Teaching Our Children to Appreciate Diversity

We live in the great American melting pot, full of people from different races, ethnicities, religions, and beliefs. And truly, part of what makes this country so great is that diversity!

But sometimes, all those differences can be hard to handle. It’s not always easy to accept people with different ideas and backgrounds. And yet accepting differences is vital if we are to have a healthy culture in our country.

So how can we help our children learn to appreciate the differences of others, no matter the background? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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3 Reasons Why Family Work Should Be a Priority

It’s the third time you’ve asked today, and Suzie still won’t take five minutes to sweep the kitchen. Jimmy has been playing video games for hours, but he refuses to stop and vacuum the living room. Natalie is dragging her feet yet again and still hasn’t fed the dog.

Sound familiar? After constantly nagging your son or daughter to help out, maybe you’re about ready to give up on chores altogether.

If you’re struggling to get your kids to work, you’re not alone! Research shows that the millennial generation cares less about work and more about play than any other generation (1).

So if kids have such a hard time with work, why fight to make work a part of family life? Here are three reasons you should make family work a priority even though it’s hard to do.

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3 Ways Labeling Hurts Your Kids

Teachers talk to each other about that “problem child” in their class. Parents worry because their son is hyperactive, or their daughter is shy. As adults, we often label children based on their behaviors or traits.

How  do these labels affect children? Here are a few reasons that adults should be cautious about labeling children.

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Reimaging Body Image

*Abby is scrolling through Facebook for the umpteenth time today only to see girls with picture-perfect skin, hair, makeup, and bodies. She can’t help but groan when she sees herself in the mirror, scrutinizing every little imperfection she finds. Her thighs aren’t skinny enough, her skin isn’t clear enough, her hair is too frizzy . . . she could go on.

Whatever it is, there always seems to be some part of our bodies to be dissatisfied with.  

And unfortunately, this dissatisfaction with appearance is all too common for teenagers. Their poor body image can lead to eating disorders, depression, and more. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 3% of all teenagers in the US struggle with an eating disorder of some kind.

How can we help our children learn to take care of their bodies while still having a healthy attitude about their physical appearance?

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Family Resolutions for 2018

It’s an American tradition to make resolutions for the new year. But sometimes these resolutions are so lofty, people don’t keep up with them. This year, keep it simple. Instead of making a whole list of complicated goals for the year that are way too specific, make some general decisions that apply to the whole family so you won’t be the only one making an effort to keep them.

Below are some great resolutions that’ll be easy to follow and that’ll be a benefit to the whole family.

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3 Benefits of Family Fun

Some of my favorite memories growing up are from family game nights. My oldest sister would be making cool creations with the game pieces, my dad would be trying his best to win, and the rest of us would gang up against my dad. There was always plenty of laughter, joking, and all-around fun.

While I didn’t realize it at the time, the family togetherness that came from our family fun really shaped me. Research shows that spending meaningful and fun time together as a family has a variety of benefits. Here are just a few of them.

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Preparing for Flu Season: 2017 Flu Update for Parents

 

This blog post is an adaptation (with minor modifications) of a 2017 Update on Influenza Disease and Vaccine written by ACPeds Board Member Dr. Scott Field.

We are getting into influenza (flu) season, and this one is likely to be a heavy one.

Most flu cases occur between December and March, with A strains causing the overwhelming majority of cases in the first two months, and B strains becoming more common in the last one or two months.  Light seasons frequently alternate with heavy seasons.  The last two seasons have been relatively light (1).

Flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and tens of thousands of deaths each year in the United States. Last season, over 100 pediatric deaths from influenza were reported to CDC.

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Overpopulation: Too Many Kids, or Not Enough?

Many scientists and concerned citizens around the globe are worried about the economy, the environment, and more. While they all seem to have different ideas about solutions, a lot of people point to what they feel is the problem: too many kids.

Overpopulation

This worry about overpopulation was kickstarted back in 1968 with Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb. But he didn’t come up with this concern on his own! Way back in 1798, Thomas Malthus wrote An Essay on the Principle of Population, proposing the idea that limited resources can only sustain so much. And Ehrlich said we were getting dangerously close to maxing out those limited resources.  

While overpopulation was a big concern back in the day, according to the Pew Research Center, Americans are even more worried about it now than they were then. Today, 59% of Americans and even more scientists think that the growing population is going to “strain the planet’s natural resources.”1

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Holiday Resources for Needy Families

In 2016 there were 40.6 million people in poverty, and 15 million of those people were children.

Most of these children have parents who work, but low wages and unstable employment leave their families struggling to make ends meet throughout the year, and especially during the holiday season. Thankfully, there are many government and non-profit agencies and programs across the United States that offer special assistance to low-income families desiring to celebrate this special time of year. If you are a parent who lacks the financial resources to celebrate properly with your children, or you know someone who is, please take a look at the resources below.

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