Catholic Pediatrics Blog

Delaying Baby’s First Bath: 8 Reasons why doctors recommend waiting up to 48 hours before bathing a newborn

First-Bath-NewbornMy newborn daughter was screaming during her first bath as I watched helplessly from my bed. She was only about an hour old.  I was trying to breastfeed her when the nurse took her from my arms, telling me that the baby had to be bathed before I was transferred to a different room.

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Kids, Mice and Rats: The Medical Risks of Rodents in Your Home, & 10 Ways to Get Rid of Them

If you have mice in the attic, rats in your crawl space, or rodents anywhere your children go, it’s time to get rid of them. Kids and rodents are a deadly combination, literally. Getting rid of rodents and cleaning up after them is easier than you think– with a few tricks you can get the job done quickly and safely. I speak from personal experience… doing this both the wrong way and the right way.

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Many Parts…All One Body

A 13-year-old female enters my office.  Her parents brought her in because her depression has become so intense that she frequently tries to avoid going to school and has stopped doing much with her friends, other than online activities.  She has started eating more, is tired all the time, and just wants to stay in her room.  Her grades have gradually declined over the past five years despite being an A student in elementary school.  She ruminates frequently and often seeks reassurance from her mom for various worries.

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Grrrrrit: The Art of Persistence

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. - Calvin Coolidge

As a young boy, Louis “Louie” Zamperini found himself headed down the wrong road in an early life of petty crime and alcohol. That was until his brother convinced him to start running, and running hard. In just a few short years, Louie found himself as the fastest high school runner in the country. In 1936, he competed as an Olympic athlete in Berlin as Hitler looked on.

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Someday When You Are an Adult…

At one point or another, most of us heard it when we were a kid.  Probably more than we wanted.  Whether our parents decided that our requests were too far-fetched or we were unprepared for the privileges and objects we desired, it was very likely that those six fateful words made their way to our ears.  Our reactions spanned from resignation to indignation to condemnation that all may have felt like this:  “You just don’t understand.”  But whatever our response was, and whatever reason was behind our parents uttering those fateful words, we all understood one thing:  our time would come, b

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Thumb Sucking and Finger Sucking: 11 ways to break the habit without breaking your budget

A little girl sucks on her thumb.If your thumb or finger-sucking child is 3 years old or over, it’s time to break the habit.

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When should kids start puberty?

Sad but true– when 8-year-olds have signs of puberty it’s usually normal. Nevertheless, it’s unnerving to find pubic hair on your 4th grader or buy a bra for your daughter who still wears a Brownie uniform.

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Home tests for strep throat– are they worth it?

UrgentCareFor less than two dollars you can buy a home test kit for strep throat, and save yourself the trouble of going to urgent care or your pediatrician. But how accurate are home step throat tests? Is it worth it?

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The Strong Willed Child: 5 ways to turn tension into joy

Time-outThey say that if you teach a strong willed child to do what is right, that they will do what is right with a strong will. It’s true, as long as you don’t break their will first. Raising a strong-willed child can drain all your energy if you’re not careful and creative with your parenting.

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