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autism Lucky for the pediatrician, many parents are increasingly interested in childhood development and are knowledgeable on "ages and stages" or the appropriate development of a normal child. Much of the well child check up is devoted to tracking a child's development in gross motor, fine motor, language and cognitive skills. And high on the radar of many parents is Autism Spectrum Disorder. Rightly so, as it has become a more frequent diagnosis in the past 20 years and various studies pinpoint the frequency between 1 in 50 and 1 in 400 children, with a male predominance of 4:1.

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safe-swaddling Swaddling is well described as a soothing technique to calm your child and promote better sleep. Because newborns have an immature nervous system with active startle reflexes, swaddling prevents infants from frequent awakenings during sleep, thus lengthening their naps and nighttime sleep.

Harvey Karp, M.D., FAAP, endorses swaddling in his book, The Happiest Baby on the Block. He has been an outspoken advocate for safe swaddling as he touts the five S’s—swaddling, side/stomach position (The AAP and others recommend babies always be placed on their backs to sleep), swinging, shushing and sucking—for calming fussy babies. “If we can reduce crying and increase sleep, that is a good thing,” he said.

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Breastfeeding Bootcamp Wow! What an introduction to motherhood! I felt like I had survived boot camp by the time my daughter was 6 weeks old. Breastfeeding may be the single best gift you can give your child, but it is also one of your first big challenges. If you take anything from this post, I urge you not to get discouraged. If you are still reading this, you obviously have dedicated yourself to learning about breastfeeding. For that, you should be congratulated!

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Playground Safety Going to the park or playground? Make sure to consider the condition of the equipment. A recent study by the AAP of playgrounds in Chicago showed one third to one half failed safety inspections1. The inspection included age appropriate design, ground surfacing, equipment maintenance and physical environment.

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phone_calls Vacation is a time to relax with your family, right? But getting there can be stressful. Our advice nurses receive many questions prior to traveling. Some common ones:

 

Is there anything we can do for ear pain? During take-off and landing, your baby may show signs of ear discomfort or pain. Swallowing helps equalize the air pressure. Offering a bottle or pacifier may help. For older children, they can try chewing gum or drinking through a straw.