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Food Allergy Awareness: How to Introduce Cow’s Milk to Baby

Food Allergy Awareness: How to Introduce Cow’s Milk to Baby

As a pediatrician, I have ALWAYS gotten a lot of questions about (cow’s) milk. What age to start? What kind is best? What if it upsets my baby’s stomach? What if they are allergic? Should I offer it in a bottle or cup? I’ll review my recommendations and how I typically counsel families below. First and foremost: you don’t need a cow to raise a child so if you opt out of cow’s milk, that’s okay, too! However some introduction and feeding of cow’s milk in early life will allow your child a greater chance to tolerate it throughout their life. 

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Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Parents Feel Rejected by Son Who Was Close To Them

Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Parents Feel Rejected by Son Who Was Close To Them

My husband and I have five kids, who mean the world to us. They have always enjoyed each other’s company and have been close. Recently, my 23-year-old son Michael, married Anna, who is 20. Since high school he has lived away, attending college in another state, and then living in Europe. We have always been close; when he was away, he used to call me several times a week.

Food Allergy Awareness: Let Babies Eat Allergens Early & Often
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Sun Protection for Babies

Sun Protection for Babies

For many parents, sunscreen wasn’t a staple in our beach bag. Back then, we weren’t taught much about the dangers of overexposure to the sun. Today, parents are more informed about risks such as cancer or damaged skin, and most adults practice safe sunscreen habits with their kids. But as summer approaches, it’s always a good idea to buff up on healthy sun tips for babies.

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Self-Care this Mother’s Day

Self-Care this Mother’s Day

As we approach Mother’s Day a year into the pandemic, it is more crucial than ever to truly take care of ourselves as moms. Self-care ideas are typically working out, taking a bath, reading a book, scheduling a girls’ night, or a massage. Although all of those are important and should still be something to do—let’s take it a step further. Given the year we have had most of us are emotionally depleted. I would truly spend time reflecting on the type of mom you want to be and what you truly need for self-care. Taking a break from cleaning, working and being constantly “on” to recharge, reflect, have fun, and decompress helps ourselves and our family.