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There is a wicked bug going around, so I thought it was a good time to answer questions about vomiting, diarrhea, dehydrations and all that good stuff.
Q: My child has vomited five times in the last two hours. What's going on?!
A: Chances are your child has the stomach flu. Stomach flu is a general term for infections (usually viral) that cause a sudden onset of profuse vomiting and sometimes fever usually accompanied by diarrhea within 24
Posted by: drmolly in starting solid food, picky eater, peanut, overweight, obesity, infant, formula, food, feeding, diet, dairy, allergies on
Jan 17, 2010
I remember when I first offered solid food to each of my three kids. It was exciting! It signaled in many ways that they were growing up. For me, an exclusive breastfeeding mom, it meant my babies had more options than just me for food. My kids are now 13, 11, and 9 and although the need to feed kids hasn't changed of course, some of the guidelines for infant feeding have evolved.
Most babies, whether breast fed or formula fed, are ready to add
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is also known as corn syrup, isoglucose and fructose on package labels and has been undergoing scrutiny for the last several years.
Back in the '80s when the low fat craze started, HFCS began to be added to everything as a relatively easy way to add flavor and moisture to lower-fat products. Seemed like a great idea at the time. Corn is in abundance in the United States and corn syrup is cheap and easy to add
As the holidays approach and we are spending lots of time in our kitchens, don't forget to bring your kids in to help.
Children as young as 2 can help out in the kitchen and by encouraging their involvement you will also encourage them to explore new foods and be more open to trying them. By encouraging a broad palate and cooking in your home, you will naturally teach your kids important lessons about healthy foods and "treats." Some data
Posted by: drmolly in technology, prevention, infant, formula, feeding, diet, complementary or alternative treatment, birth control, attention, allergies on
Jan 17, 2010
I recently got back from a five-day meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which hosted its annual National Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C. Boy, did I learn a lot! I will have fodder for blogs galore!
I love this meeting. More than 7,000 pediatricians from all over the world attend and there are hundreds of lectures, workshops, plenary talks and meet the expert sessions on topics ranging from genetics to orthopedics to
For years researchers, doctors and parents have been searching for strategies to help autistic children improve their socialization and language skills.
Many things have been tried based a variety of theories. Some theories purport that children with autism are less able to digest certain foods properly, including dairy and wheat, and a buildup of the by-products of this imperfect digestive process results in worsening of some symptoms of autism.
Posted by: drmolly in spitting up, reflux, infant, feeding on
Sep 15, 2009
Almost all babies spit up at some point in their first few months of life and therefore, almost all babies have reflux. Reflux is merely the backwash of stuff from the stomach into the esophagus and spitting up is the end result. More often than actually spitting up, infants will have stomach contents slosh into the esophagus and then settle back into the stomach again without the parent ever seeing it.
Reflux is common and normal until
A reader asks: Our son is getting some pressure from his soccer coaches to add weight. He's been doing some supervised work in the weight room, but his body is naturally tall and thin. He's up to 6' 1" now, but I think he's lucky if he tops out at 140 lbs. His soccer coach has suggested that he go on a regiment of protein drinks. We are wary about giving him supplements but at that same time we recognize there are more pressures on the kids
Posted by: drmolly in nutrition, infant, feeding, diet on
Aug 28, 2009
A patient asks:
Q: How am I supposed to make baby formula from powder? I have seen people scoop the powder and put in a bottle and add water, spoon the powder into the scoop and then put it in the bottle and add water, and still others adding the water first and then the powdered formula. Which is right? Does it even matter?
A: All powdered infant formulas are made of carbohydrates, proteins and fats that have been dehydrated for easy
I cannot think of anything more fun than showering a vomit covered, sobbing 7-year-old at 2 a.m. while his bedding is being stripped and changed. Of course it would be way more fun if while you were stripping the bed, you start vomiting, too. Bonus!
Ahh, the stomach flu. We all have had it and frankly we'll all have it again and again. Lots of different viruses cause vomiting and diarrhea and most of them are self limited and last only a few
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