Pediatrician | Fit Pregnancy


A Sneaky Culprit: Tongue-Tie

Are you having a hard time getting your newborn to latch on? Is nursing becoming bite-your-lip painful? If so, your baby may have a condition called ankyloglossia, or tongue-tie.

Pediatricians Group in Favor of Circumcision

In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics reversed its long-held stance on circumcision, saying that the benefits of the practice outweighed the risks.

Vaccination Vindication

Measles, pertussis (whooping cough) and Hib meningitis—all vaccine-preventable diseases—are making a comeback in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the time of writing, 2011 was on track to be another record year for measles, a potentially deadly illness; 10 infants died in California in 2010 from pertussis; and five Minnesota children contracted Hib meningitis in 2008, resulting in one death.

Big Transitions

So. It’s been a very busy month here in the Flaim household. Since last summer we’ve been sporadically looking for a rental in Cambridge that would give us parking, laundry, another bedroom (it’s been a real bummer having our families stay in hotels for a week at a time during visits) and, most important, a first-floor entrance. Our condo had 52 stairs from sidewalk to front door—yes, I counted—and it was slowly killing me.

Cry Baby

“Colicky” is a label given to babies who cry for more than three hours a day, three days a week for more than three weeks. But most experts believe it is an overused, ambiguous term at best. “‘Colic’ is an old-fashioned term that actually means ‘upset stomach,’ which it usually isn’t,” says pediatrician Harvey N. Karp, M.D., author of the book and DVD The Happiest Baby on the Block (Bantam).

The scoop on poop


Yes, it is. As your daughter’s intestines mature and she is able to digest your milk more completely, the amount of waste she produces is decreasing—which means she now can go for days without having to poop. This pattern often begins at about 6 weeks of age and can continue while a baby is exclusively breastfed.

Now for the caveat: If your daughter seems to be very uncomfortable when passing bowel movements or if she is having hard stools, be sure to talk with your pediatrician. But if she is growing well, smiling, peeing and pooping without pain, everything should be just fine.

Need Fluoride Drops


Too much fluoride can permanently stain a child’s teeth, so before you supplement, determine how much your baby is getting from all sources (including your local water supply and infant formula), then talk with your pediatrician.

Does Doctor Know Best?

When you have questions about your baby’s health, you likely turn to your pediatrician for answers. But a recent survey of more than 1,000 baby docs found that 92 percent believed in at least one “old wives’ tale.” Here’s the truth about six common health myths.

MYTH: Giving infants rice cereal helps them sleep through the night.

My Child, The Chronic Pain

Recently, I turned Leo over and read the fine print on the many warning labels that he came with. You know, the ones that say “do not remove unless you plan to keep this child for good.” One of those labels, which I’d never really read carefully, informed me that it is possible for this child to have painful double ear infections three times in a row, and to act out, fall apart, get in trouble repeatedly, hit other children, and generally behave like a complete terror before mentioning that his ears hurt.

Help The Hurt

When an infant needs a routine-but-painful medical procedure, such as a vaccination or blood draw, nobody’s happy. “It troubles parents, it stresses health care providers, and the adults transmit their anxiety to the baby,” says Neil Schechter, M.D., director of the Pain Relief Program at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. Happily, some simple techniques can reduce stress and tension for everyone without the need for medications.