Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

When a little boy gets his penis stuck in a zipper, it makes me cringe. The August 2001 issue of Pediatric News contains a great tip from San Diego emergency room physician Dr. John Kanegaye: a plentiful coat of mineral oil on the injury eases the disengagement of skin from zipper.

Fifteen Minutes of Magic Massage

If you’ve ever had a massage, you know how soothing and wonderful touch can be. Infant massage has been the subject of recent studies and shown remarkable benefits.

Appliance Choices for Making Baby Food

When you start making baby food, you’ll need an appliance that will puree your baby’s food into a smooth, pudding-like texture. Here are the top three choices in pureeing appliances and some helpful advice choosing which one is right for you.

Possible Causes of Failure to Thrive

What are some possible causes of the very general diagnosis of “failure to thrive”? At 7 weeks, our daughter is still 7.5 ozs below her birth weight and none of the “experiments” our doctor has tried have helped her to gain any weight consistently. We were advised to try eliminating all dairy products from my diet, then supplementing formula after each breastfeed, and now give up nursing entirely and formula feed, but none of these is making a difference. I might also note that she began life with very loose, mucousey stools while nursing, and now has quite firm, round, rubbery stools with the formula..neither of which seems normal in my experience. Further, she is more fussy since we switched to the formula only routine; she is not as contented as she was previously and cries out in her sleep.
Angela Quinn – Tipp City, Ohio

Colic: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

Introduction to colic: It usually strikes toward the end of a long day, when your baby is just about at the age when your sleep deprivation has really begun to set in. Your baby stops being the quiet, peaceful, miracle baby and begins screaming every evening. It is no wonder that parents become frustrated, discouraged, […]

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

Introduction to baby bottle tooth decay: The breast milk or formula that comforts and nourishes your baby can also cause severe tooth decay. Most parents I talk to don’t know how to care for their babies’ teeth. What is baby bottle tooth decay? What nourishes your baby also nourishes the normal bacteria that live in […]

Summer Day Care Panic!

What do you mean they aren’t going to be in school all day! Day care failure: two words that panic any working mother. We work to split ourselves from our maternal feelings, and we theorize that if we have a system of day care for our children, with numerous backup and contingency plans, it will […]

Checklist 2: What to Bring

If your child has scheduled surgery you have time to think about packing some important items – ones that can make your child more comfortable and ones that can promote good hospital hygiene. If, on the other hand you find yourself in the emergency room, you can ask a family member to bring a few […]

Healthy Body Care #4: Make it Yourself

With a growing awareness of the questionable chemical concoctions manufacturers are allowed to sell to unassuming consumers, kitchen cosmetics are increasingly in vogue. While there are certain things that don’t translate well to homemade, there are plenty that you might find superior to their store bought counterparts.

Fond Memories

One of my most favorite traditions to do as a child was to go over to our friends house a few weeks before Christmas and take walks in the woods near their house in Northern California. The days were short and it was getting darker earlier and the mist from the ocean would move through […]

5 Steps to Emotional Intelligence

Intelligence experts estimate that only 20 percent of a person’s success is attributed to IQ but that as much as the entire remaining 80 percent may be a direct result of what has become known as EQ, or emotional intelligence.

Warts: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

Introduction to warts: Contrary to well-established belief, the underside of a wart is smooth and round, and the entirety of warts is confined to the epidermis — the outermost layer of the skin. There are no ‘roots’! Even without roots, they can be difficult to destroy. Warts will not leaves scars, though some of the more […]

Treating Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, or Poison Sumac

My boyfriend has had poison ivy for four days now and has been using Hydrocortisone to stop the itch. He claims that it will cure the rash. I refuse to see him until he sees a doctor. Am I overreacting?
Silver Spring, Maryland

Janet Milhollin, Jenna’s Mentor

Hi, my name is Janet Milhollin and as Jenna’s aide, mentor, and friend I can only scratch the surface when it comes to telling you about all the things Jenna and I have learned from each other over the last 17 years.

Nightmares: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

Introduction to nightmares: Mommy, I had a bad dream… What are they? Nightmares are unpleasant dreams that awaken a dreamer from sleep. We’ve learned much about nightmares from traumatic events, which are known to cause a predictable pattern of nightmares: first dreams that relive the event, then dreams that relive the primary emotion of the […]

Mosquito Fast Facts

Mosquitoes bite infants and children more than any other insect. Mosquitoes can transmit dangerous blood-borne illnesses including West Nile Virus, malaria, encephalitis and many other diseases.