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Parenting Corner


This blog is for parents interested in timely and relevant health information and practical tips for children, drawing on the expertise of pediatric specialists from Children’s National and other resources.

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  How to deal when our kid gets lice                                                                                                                    
DYour kid won't stop scratching her scalp. When you look closely, you're a little (okay, a lot!) freaked out because you think you just saw lice. (NJ Family)

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                            Dyslexia: Discovering the gift of a learning disability                                                                                                                                                            
Depending on how you look at it, dyslexia can be considered either a burden or a gift.
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                              A guide to kids and sunscreen allergies                                                                                                                            
Dr. Scott Norton, a dermatologist at Children's National, provides tips for parents on how to manage sunscreen allergies (Huffington Post)  

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                            Your toddler's lovey attachment is about more than just a soft toy                                                                                                                               
Dr. Michael Mintz, a clinical psychologist at Children's National, spoke to Romper about the significance of material objects to toddlers and the emotional support it provides. (Romper)   

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When will your baby's teeth emerge?                                                   
Dr. Erik Scheifele, division chief of oral health at Children's National, provided insight about natal teeth and supernumerary teeth in infants. (Parenting Magazine)  

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Here's how to keep your young kids safe during summer heat           
What does hydration look like for young children? Dr. Terry Kind, a pediatrician at Children's National, provided tips for parents on how to keep their kids safe and hydrated this summer, as temperatures continue to rise. ( Northern Virginia Magazine)
 
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Mosquitoes are at their peak right now, Here's what every parent needs to know       
Dr. Anna Kirkorian, interim chief of dermatology at Children's National, shares information about the best ways parents can treat and prepare for potential bug bites during this summer season. ( Northern Virginia Magazine)

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Tips on how to stay safe at the pool         
Dr. Joelle Simpson, an emergency medicine specialist at Children's National, offered parents and families tips about the dangers of leaving children unattended near pools and small bodies of water. 
 
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How to manage your child's screen time       
The excessive use of screens and technology has become a common theme in most households, especially among children under 18. Teens spend an average of nine hours per day using media outside of daily school work and children the ages of 8 and 12 years old spend six hours per day using media. While there is no clear answer on how much is too much screen time, it has been recommended that parents take a common sense approach to monitoring daily consumption

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Preparing your child for a new sibling         
The arrival of a new baby brings many changes to a family, and sometimes older siblings have a hard rime adjusting.  They may feel jealous of left out.  Preparing your kids for their new brother or sister can help ease this transition

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Keep your family heart-healthy with these five expert tips       
 Dr. Sarah Clauss, a cardiologist with Children's National, shares five ways families can prioritize heart health this February during American Heart Month (Northern Virginia Magazine)

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Tips to create a family-friendly health resolutions
             
One way to keep a resolution- whether its spending more time together as a family, eating more vegetables or volunteering in the community- is to create specific, time-bound goals for the entire family to achieve. 

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Ten tips from pediatrician moms on how to cure colds
            
Dr. Jessica Lazerov, pediatrician at Children's National, gives tips on how to prevent colds. Her top tip for promoting proper hygiene? Make it fun. She teaches children "the dab" dance, which shows them how to cough or sneeze into their elbow to prevent the spread of germs. (Parents Magazine) 

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How to Introduce Stuffed Animals and Toys to a Child’s Bed
                                                               
Stuffed animals and crib toys have no business in a crib in the initial months of a child's life. That's because the risk of Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS) for babies is increased when crib toys or stuffed animals are introduced to a baby's sleeping area. Dr. Daniel Lewin, pediatric psychologist and associate director of sleep medicine at Children's National, weighs in. (Fatherly)

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 How to pack your kids a healthy and tasty school lunch 
          
Packing a healthy and tasty school lunch can seem like a daunting task. Try using the MyPlate method, developed by USDA.

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What is hand, foot and mouth disease?
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD ) is a common childhood illness caused by a virus, known as coxsackievirus, which spreads easily from person to person. It can affect anybody, but it is most commonly seen in young children. HFMD tends to spread more during the summer and fall and can spread easily among young children in day care and preschools.

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Sunburn Safety
          
Switching gears from summer vacation to back to school can provoke a volatile mix of excitement and anxiety for parents and kids alike. Along with other experts, Dr. Eleanor Mackey, a psychologist at Children's National, shares tips on how to quell those first-day butterflies. 

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15 ways to ease the back-to-school jitters
         
Switching gears from summer vacation to back to school can provoke a volatile mix of excitement and anxiety for parents and kids alike. Along with other experts, Dr. Eleanor Mackey, a psychologist at Children's National, shares tips on how to quell those first-day butterflies.

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How to avoid tick bites and Lyme disease
         
The grass is green and the flowers are blooming, which makes it the perfect time of year for your kids to enjoy their favorite outdoor activities. During these warm months its very important to make sure your child is protected against all bugs bites but its specificially its time to watch out for ticks!   

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Boating Safety For Kids
      
With almost 100 different kinds of boats - from kayaks to canoes to motorboats - there's a good chance most of us will be having a great time on the water at some point. So when you do, please remember these simple tips on boating safety for kids.

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  What parents need to know about trampolines, bounce houses, ATVs and jet skis
     
  By following these tips from a Children's National Health System pediatrician, you can make sure your child has fun while staying safe this summer.

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Dangers of Drowning
     
Unintentional drowning is the leading cause of death among children. And its preventable.    

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6 Ways to Promote Healthy Sleep Routines for Your Family This Summer  
          
Sleep is a lot like surfing: It takes preparation and practice to learn how to catch and ride the wave. But it's worth the effort, since healthy sleep patterns during childhood and adolescence are linked to improved health outcomes, academic achievement and physical safety, among many other benefits.

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Solar Eclipse Eye Safety

There will be a solar eclipse in North America, on August 21, 2017. For information on what a solar eclipse is and how to best protect your eyes read this article from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.     



Moon Bounce Safety
                                                                         

 Moon bounce injuries are more common than you think. Here's how to avoid themg




Sun Safety Tips for the Summer
   

 The Division of Trauma and Burn Surgery at Children's National Health System is dedicated to increasing awareness about sun safety for infants and adolescents. By minimizing your child's sun exposure and using sunscreen, you can prevent potential damage and scarring.   

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  Homemade versus Store-bought Purees for Infants

 Bethany Skelton, CPNP-PC, a Nurse Practitioner with Children’s Pediatricians & Associates  Foggy Bottom/Capitol Hill shares her insight on the pros and cons of feeding your baby  homemade or store-bought food.  










                                                 
  Keeping Your Baby Hydrated During Summer  
   
Jamie Hedman, MD, a pediatrician with Children’s Pediatricians & Associates Foggy Bottom/Capitol Hill, answers frequently asked questions on the safest ways to keep your baby hydrated during the hot summer months.  



                                 
  A Guide to Your Child’s Feelings Using Pixar’s “Inside Out”  

Lauren Patton, PsyD, a child psychologist at Children’s National Health System, discusses children’s emotions using Pixar’s “Inside Out” as a guide.  

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  How to Safely Avoid Summer Bug Bites  
   
Meagan Van Assche, NP, a pediatric nurse practitioner with Children’s Pediatricians & Associates Foggy Bottom/Capitol Hill, shares recommendations for how you and your child can prevent getting bit by mosquitos and other itchy bugs this season.  

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Keeping Your Baby Hydrated During Summer   
    
Jamie Hedman, MD, a pediatrician with Children’s Pediatricians & Associates Foggy Bottom/Capitol Hill, answers frequently asked questions on the safest ways to keep your baby hydrated during the hot summer months.   











                                                              
Understanding Your Child's Immunization Record    
      Thursday, September 3, 2015    

 Lauren Eagan, NP, a nurse practitioner with Children’s Pediatricians & Associates Foggy  Bottom/Capitol Hill, clarifies what you see on your child’s immunization record.    



      
 Managing Your Child's Health Problems In School

 Lauren Martin, MD, a pediatrician at Children’s Pediatrician’s & Associates Foggy Bottom/Capitol  Hill, gives tips for communicating your child’s health needs and medication information to his or  her school.    


                                                    
Breastfeeding and Tongue-Tie Infants   
    
 Soleak Sim, MD, a pediatrician with Children’s Pediatricians & Associates Foggy Bottom/Capitol  Hill, discusses tongue-tie in infants for new parents.   

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How to Treat Poison Ivy and Poison Oak Rashes   
    
Scott Norton, MD, MPH, Division Chief of Dermatology at Children’s National, shares tips on how to identify and treat poison ivy and other rashes.   

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Tips for Safely Celebrating the Fourth of July With Your Family   
    
Leah Shoval, RN, BSN at Children’s Pediatricians & Associates Capitol Hill, shares some tips on how you and your family can safely celebrate the 4th of July this year.

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