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    10 Ways to Get More Sleep (and stop abusing your brain)

    by Sarah on 8/25/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Like most of you, I am chronically sleep deprived. Sometimes I can blame my daughter, or at least her bad dreams and her refusal to go back to sleep without a 20 minute snuggle (which I secretly love). But most of the time my sleep issues are my own fault. I compulsively stay up late […]

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    It’s Going Around: Understanding Hand Foot and Mouth Disease 



    by Sarah on 7/25/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Dr. Deena Blanchard, pediatrician and font of knowledge, gives us the tools we need to stay calm and carry on.     

It seems like everyone has had hand foot and mouth disease this summer. This is the colloquial way of referring to some of the symptoms that can be caused by the Coxsackie virus. […]

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    Water Safety for Kids: Splash into Summer Safely

    by Sarah on 6/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Dr. Deena Blanchard, pediatrician and font of knowledge, gives us the tools we need to stay calm and carry on.   Recently, Lindsay Kujawa of, Delighted Momma wrote about her toddler’s near drowning experience and the aftermath. Her post went viral and the discussion about “secondary drowning” has become a major topic in the […]

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    Swimmer’s Ear: Prevention and Treatment

    by Sarah on 6/23/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    While summer is probably the most glorious time of year (in my opinion)—the flowers, the heat, the beach, the pools, the park foliage swaying in the breeze—it also seems to be rife with problems like heat rash, hayfever, ticks, sunburn, sand fleas, poison ivy and let’s not forget swimmers ear. So maybe nature is conspiring […]

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    New Moms Can Relax (Sort-of): Babies Self-Regulate!

    by Sarah on 6/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Sara Chana, lactation consultant extraordinaire, sheds light on the issues, mysteries and joys of breastfeeding. Moms always ask me,”Do breastfeeding babies ingest the same amount of breast milk at each feed?” The answer is no! When a baby is breastfeed, that baby will take in a different amount of breast milk at each feed. […]

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    Summer Sunburn: How to Treat Naturally

    by Nicole on 6/19/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Sara Chana Silverstein, a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), classical homeopath, herbalist, lecturer, author, wife and mother of seven children (I’m exhausted just writing that) explains soothe a sunburn, because one day we are going to forget the sunscreen, and it’s going to be bad. No matter how hard we all try to avoid it, […]

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    Ask The Expert!: Kids and Food

    by Sarah on 6/17/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Donna Fish, an expert on children’s relationship with food, gives it to us straight. Finally we have a resource not just for information, but for practical answers to our specific questions. So please send your questions to:  donna@donnafish.com.  THE BEIGE FOOD EATER Q:  My 2 and a half year old daughter who used to be […]

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    There’s a Seal in My Bedroom: Understanding Croup

    by Sarah on 6/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Dr. Deena Blanchard, pediatrician and font of knowledge, gives us the tools we need to stay calm and carry on.  What is croup? Croup is a general name for inflammation for the upper airways, specifically in the area around the vocal chords. If croup is sever their can be swelling around your trachea (wind pipe) […]

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    Secrets of Sunscreen: Don’t Get Burned

    by Sarah on 5/27/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    Now that we are passed Memorial Day, it is safe to say that summer has (unofficially) started. And with summer comes the need for serious sunscreen (and bug spray, but that’s another post all together). The simple answer here is: wear it, every day, no matter the weather, no matter what you are doing. Yes, […]

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    5 Ways to Achieve Breastfeeding Success

    by Sarah on 5/06/14 | 3 Comment(s)

    Sara Chana, lactation consultant extraordinaire, sheds light on the issues, mysteries and joys of breastfeeding. If Breastfeeding is such a ‘natural’ process for moms and babes why do so many women give up so quickly? The answer is simple. Although there is a natural desire for both the mother and baby to breastfeed, nursing is […]

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    Meet the Doctors from Premier Pediatrics

    by A Child Grows on 5/05/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    An interview with Premier Pediatrics physician Dr. Deena Blanchard: Tell us about your practice: Premier Pediatrics has an office in Brooklyn and Manhattan with seven board-certified pediatricians. We have been providing state-of-the-art medical care combined with a focus on family-centered compassionate care for over 30 years. Recently, we renovated both our offices to create a […]

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    Ask The Expert!: Kids and Food

    by Sarah on 4/25/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Donna Fish, an expert on children’s relationship with food, gives it to us straight. Finally we have a resource not just for information, but for practical answers to our specific questions. So please send your questions to:  donna@donnafish.com.  TREATS BEFORE THE MEAL:  WHAT TO DO? Q:  “Every time I pick up my 4 year old […]

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    Notes from a Blended Family: Circumlocuting on Circumcision

    by Sarah on 4/25/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    By: Rebecca Cooney It began with a fleeting moment in a London cab, as I sat watching the rivulets of rain blurring the storefront lights as we drove along in the dark. “ I wonder if his brother is circumcised?” The brother being my son’s new little brother from another mother. Obviously, being a single […]

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    The Doctor Is In: How to Choose the Right Pediatrician

    by Sarah on 4/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Advice from one of our contributing pediatricians, Dr. Gilgoff: Choosing a pediatrician is a very important decision. The birthing process itself will be much less stressful if you know that your baby has someone waiting to help oversee his or her health and well-being starting at birth.  I encourage expecting parents to come in and […]

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    When the Cups Runneth Over: Are Breast Lifts Worth It?

    by Sarah on 3/31/14 | 1 Comment(s)

      It seems that, while breast implants are the number one cosmetic surgery among women, breast lifts have been gaining popularity, by as much as 70%, since 2000. The plastic surgeons say to try “the pencil test” to see if you might be a good candidate. Since I could keep a calligraphy set secure, I’m […]

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    Fighting Engorgement: When Things Work Too Well

    by Sarah on 3/19/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Sara Chana, lactation consultant extraordinaire, sheds light on the issues, mysteries and joys of breastfeeding. Engorgement is an abnormal behavior of breastfeeding.  Feeling full or heavier is fine, but if your breasts are so full you can barely move your arms, you are having trouble sleeping from the pain, or you are having trouble latching your […]

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    Top 12 Reasons to Hit the Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo 2014

    by Sarah on 3/16/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Not just for babies. A Child Grows in Brooklyn brings you our 3rd annual Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo on Sunday April 6th in Brooklyn Heights. Here’s why you’ve got to be there: 1. Free On-Site Childcare: If free childcare gets you to the Y to work out, then why shouldn’t it also give you an afternoon […]

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    GMOs: Fear vs Fact

    by Sarah on 3/06/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Molecular biology is not my strong suit. At my freaky, progressive high school I took the class, but students dubbed it “Science for Graduation,” which alludes to both the quality of the course and of our engagement in it. And maybe that is why I struggle to get my head around the whole GMO thing. […]

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    The Doctor Is In: Oral Hygiene

    by Sarah on 2/28/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Advice from our favorite pediatrician, Dr. Gilgoff: Every baby is born with their 20 teeth! They can cut through the gums at any point, but usually around 6-9 months, and most, if not all, will come in by 2 years old.  Yes, they will eventually fall out around 6 years old, but that doesn’t mean […]

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    You’re Sick!: Cold Remedies That Work (Those old wives were right)

    by Sarah on 1/27/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    We have now hit the lowest point in the dim valley of  winter, the place where the holidays are completely behind us, so their glittering magic and good cheer is utterly forgotten. Now, we are plunged into darkness without the ornamentation. We are cold and wet and running late and, of course, coming down with […]

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    Child Language and Cognition Lab Study: Take Part!

    by Sarah on 1/23/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Do you ever wish you could have an objective perspective on your kid? You’re pretty sure they are ready for a Fulbright, but…Unconditional love can make us both a bit blind to issues, or, conversely, overly concerned. Did she just say that green ball was red? Is she color blind? Is her career as a […]

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    “Mom”: Pet Peeve Number 11

    by Sarah on 1/01/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    Dear Medical and Educational professionals, My name is Sarah. My name is not Mom, as in “We’ll be right with you Mom,” or “Mom, if you’d come this way,” or “keep pushing, Mom.” There are two people in this world who get to call me that, my daughter and her father. And he only gets […]

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    Give the gift of treatment and housing to a cancer patient this Christmas: The American Cancer Society

    by Shayna Gehl on 12/18/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    (Sponsored) According to the American Cancer Society over 1 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. That means a far greater number are subsequently affected, myself being one of them. I lost someone to cancer a few years ago and I will never forget her. Cancer is a difficult topic to address but it needs […]

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    Plum Pouch Recall: Your Mother Was Right

    by Sarah on 11/15/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Since bacteria may not have been the “organics” they were hoping for, the fine people at Plum have issued a “voluntary” recall of a few of their products (see below for specifics). My kid might be past the pouch stage of life (most of the time), but there was an era in which they were indispensable. […]

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    What is Pediatric Acupuncture?

    by Nicole on 11/05/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I have been hearing about acupuncture for babies and kids a lot recently. My questions were many. How does it work? Do you really use needles on babies? What do parents use this to treat for? I went on the hunt for a local expert to help break it down for me. And I found […]