Starting Solid Foods

By , January 29th, 2013 | Infant Care | 0 Comments

"Renown Health" "Renown Children's Hospital" "Renown Medical Group Pediatrics" "Chelsea Wicks MD"Chelsea Wicks, MD, pediatrician, Renown Medical Group

The current recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics are to wait until 6 months of age before introducing solid foods to infants. Up until then, infants get all their nutritional needs from breast milk or infant formula alone. The best food to start with is either infant rice cereal or oatmeal as these are both easily digested. You can mix it with breast milk, water, or formula. I usually recommend mixing it rather thin at first so the texture is not too much of a shock for the baby. As they start to …

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Helping Your Child Through Divorce

By , January 24th, 2013 | Parenting | 0 Comments

Helping Your Child Through DivorceKristen Davis-Coelho, Ph.D.
Renown Behavioral Health

Divorce is challenging for everyone, whether you’re 60 or six. Children, in particular, are vulnerable to the negative effects of divorce, but parents can have a powerful influence on how well their child adapts. Two important factors in determining whether divorce will have a negative impact on a child’s future are: 1.) The level of conflict between the parents following the divorce, and 2.) How well each parent adjusts to the break-up. If you’re struggling emotionally, the best gift you can give your child is to get the support you need to move forward in …

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Setting Good Eating Habits

By , January 22nd, 2013 | Nutrition, Parenting, Toddler Care | 0 Comments

Knowing when your child needs stitchesChelsea Wicks, MD, pediatrician, Renown Medical Group

Just like any good or bad habit, the earlier it begins, the easier it is to keep it going…or the harder it is to break it. Setting good eating habits has to start from the very beginning. If your child is not introduced to vegetables until they are 2-years-old and then you suddenly expect them to finish them off their dinner plate every night, best of luck to you. But, if your child has been eating green beans, peas and squash since the time they were just beginning to eat off a spoon, you are going to …

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