• How to Treat a Child's Smashed Fingers

    In the great flurry of childhood activity, smashed fingers and toes are common and memorable events. Whether trapped in doors, banged by hammers, or hit by bricks, some nails re-grow beautifully while others are permanently misshapen.

  • Two Years Have Passed...

    I speak of you, to your sister, to your Grandmother, your Grandfather. I carry your pictures with me wherever I go. When asked how many children I have, I am always proud to say I have two. I have one in heaven and one on earth.

  • Harlequin Color Change in Newborns

    Mom notices a bold line appearing down the middle of her daughter's face. An icy feeling penetrates mom's chest. The line continues to spread relentlessly. The baby's body quickly discolors into dark violet and sickly pale portions.

  • Bathing Your Baby

    Bath time is an important part of childhood. Most babies get a first mini-bath a short time after delivery.

  • When Do Mothers of New Babies Bathe?

    The addition of a new baby throws the family rhythm into a tailspin! Moms, dads, and siblings often feel their needs aren't being met. A new baby directly requires much of everyone's time and attention.

  • Colic Will Not Last Forever!

    Almost all babies develop a fussy period. The timing varies, but it usually begins at about three weeks of age and peaks somewhere between four and six weeks of age. For most infants the most intense fussiness is in the evening.

  • Antidepressants and Nursing

    For a nursing mother, making the decision to take medicine to treat this depression is tricky. We know some medicines are not safe to take when nursing; others are okay. For most medicines, there is not enough known to do better than make an educated guess. Most of the antidepressants fall into this last category.

  • Possible Causes of Failure to Thrive

    Many infants regain their birth weights by one week of age. Most regain their birth weights by two weeks of age and have a steady weight gain thereafter. A child who has gone seven weeks without regaining her birth weight deserves a thorough work-up to determine the cause.

  • So, Why is the 100-Club So Important?

    You can only play the "gene" card for so long. While genetics do play a part in how fat or thin we are, the reality is exercise and diet habits are the most important factors in determining what size jeans you slip on (or squeeze into).

  • Love Thy Treadmill

    by Alexandra Allred

    The biggest myth concerning the treadmill is that it is boring. It can only be boring if the routine is boring. The reality is, the treadmill is one of the best, most exciting pieces of equipment you can use to keep your training routine fresh, fun and challenging. But it's all in the way you use it!