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The Best Solutions to Sleep and Bedtime Struggles

Establish a calming, consistent, and predictable routine. This is not a time to run around to get your little one’s sillies out! The bedtime routine should be a way to help your child wind down and get prepared for the next day. These routines should be short and predictable (about 30 minutes should be sufficient) and consistency is the name of the game as kids THRIVE with consistency. If you too often stray from what your child is expecting, they might be more likely to push bedtime boundaries. Don’t negotiate. Confidently set expectations around bedtime by simply and matter-of-factly explaining

Should 12-15 Year Olds Be Vaccinated For COVID-19?

Yesterday the FDA approved the Pfizer mRNA vaccine for use in children 12 to 15 years old. The following serves as a brief response to the FDA’s approval and an update to our April 23 newsletter in which I answered questions submitted by parents: The Latest on Children, Teens, and COVID-19 Vaccines.

Are You Worried About the 12 Month Sleep Regression?

Is your 1-ish year old still not sleeping through the night? Join the (very popular) club! Sleep interruptions are very normal at this stage, for one simple reason: your baby isn’t such a baby anymore. They are changing, gaining new skills by the second, and quickly becoming a little person with a HUGE personality.

Gratitude in the Time of COVID – Dr. Getzelman’s Reflections on the Last Year

I feel more rooted now than ever, more resilient. It may come as a surprise to many of you that I suffered from anxiety much of my adult life, in spite of the fact that people have long seen me as calm, cool and collected. My journey to finding my peace has been gradual—actually, it spanned several decades. During this last year, as challenging (and at times frightening) as it’s been, I have discovered a greater sense of my own gravity and my feet are more planted than ever as a result of my gratitude practice. I am grateful for

2021: The Link Between Allergies and ADHD, There’s More Than Meets the Eye

Allergies typically call to mind common symptoms like runny noses, itchy rashes, red eyes, cough, wheezing, etc. However, it turns out allergies can manifest in a variety of ways and may profoundly impact a person’s behavior and ability to focus and learn. In other GetzWell articles we’ve shared how Dr. Getzelman is leveraging 23andMe genetic data to get at the root cause of her patients’ conditions, and how her discoveries often link ADHD symptoms to genetic predispositions and underlying allergic reactions. (see: Could Gluten be to Blame for Your Child’s Behavioral Issues?) In this post, we’ll bring to you yet

Top 5 New Parent Questions

Q:  My baby is 5 days old and is having diarrhea. A:  After the first few days of life when your baby passes meconium that is very dark and sticky, it’s normal for your newborn’s poop to begin to be very watery and seem like diarrhea. Breast fed infants, in particular, have stools that are loose and “seedy” and range in color from brown to mustard yellow to green. A typical newborn’s poop looks a lot like grainy mustard–think Grey Poupon country style! And, some new infants poop up to 10 times in 24 hours and this is 100% normal.

“Why Does My Newborn Look Like a Tiny Teenager?”

Believe it or not, acne, breast buds, and dandruff are normal in newborns! Read on for more information about these conditions: Peeling, dry skin is commonly seen during the first few weeks of life. After birth babies need to “shed” their first skin. It may appear baby has dry and peeling or cracking skin particularly around wrists and ankles. There’s no need to panic or moisturize. This is dead skin and just needs to slough off. Once it does, your baby will have skin that is soft and delightful. Milia or small white bumps can develop on the nose, cheeks,

When breastfeeding moms are sick, is it safe for them to continue to nurse their babies?

The good news is that even if you are a nursing mom who becomes sick, breast feeding is very safe AND beneficial for babies. With all viral illnesses, your baby will have been exposed to the virus by the time you notice symptoms. The best thing you can do in ordinary times (pre-COVID) is to continue to breast feed if you feel up to it. In fact, your breast milk contains illness-specific antibodies that offer protection to your baby. During COVID-living, things are a bit more complicated as we want to prevent the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to baby.