Confused about nutrition? Philadelphia and Main Line parents should familiarize themselves with the organic terms and buzzwords that may affect kids’ diets. As a parent, I spend a fair amount of time thinking about food—what to make for dinner, what to pack for lunch, what exactly qualifies as a nutritious snack. As a nurse practitioner and former dietitian, I am often asked these same … [Read more...] about Free Range, Cage Free, GMO: What Do Parents Need to Know?
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Navigating PA car seat laws for your little one? One of our Center City pediatricians answers some of the most common questions our office receives. Many of us are familiar with the challenges of buckling a child into a car seat, but the importance of doing so can’t be understated. Age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduce the risk of serious and fatal injuries … [Read more...] about Child Passenger Safety: Car Seats
Warmer weather means more time outside and long sunny days. This yields many benefits - less screen time, fun outdoor activities and a chance for the whole family to exercise together. When your plans call for children and teens to take to their wheels - bicycle, scooter or otherwise - it is imperative that they consistently and correctly wear a helmet. There are many emergency room visits … [Read more...] about Use Your Head – Wear A Helmet
According to its annual report, the Philadelphia Fire Department responded to almost 300,000 emergency incidents in a recent year. House fires may be more common than you think – is your family prepared? We grow up having fire drills in school, standing outside with our friends chatting and hoping our teacher forgot about the quiz we were supposed to have. We install smoke detectors and carbon … [Read more...] about Making a Family Fire Safety Plan
Our Philadelphia & Main Line pediatrician writes to parents on the importance of reading to your child. "At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better. It’s an enormous force for good." – Barack Obama 2010 My wife and I (attempt to) run a tight ship when it comes to the … [Read more...] about All You Need Is A Book: The Importance of Reading to Your Child
This blog is our first entry about screen time for kids, a pressing issue for Philadelphia and Main Line parents in the age of digital interactive media. Confession # 1: I love my TV. At the end of a long day, I love flipping through channels, watching a game, or catching up on a show. It relaxes me. When I was a kid, I loved to watch a show or two after school and lounge in front of cartoons … [Read more...] about I Love My Phone & Computer: A Discussion About the Benefits, Pitfalls and Challenges of Screen Time