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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 […]

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    A Complex Waiting To Happen: Thumb Sucking

    by Sarah on 10/24/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    So here’s what I don’t get about the whole thumb-sucking conundrum: Is it possible to encourage them to stop sucking without shaming them? I’m not so sure. The average kid will stop sucking somewhere between ages 2 and 4. After that, yes, there is the potential for shifting teeth, jaw misalignment and palate issues, but […]

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    More Methodist or More Trouble?

    by Sarah on 10/18/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Many of you probably know about the proposed expansion of Methodist Hospital or maybe you’re like me and during the summer months (when their proposal went public) you tune out everything that doesn’t involve the Red Hook Pool, Louie G’s or Pimm’s. So Methodist’s big plans have just pinged on my radar. In an effort to better accomodate […]

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    What Your Birth Bag is Missing

    by Sarah on 10/15/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Attention parents-to-be, we know you are feeling prepared. You’ve made some awesome playlists, you’ve got the tennis balls, the granola bars, the organic juices and straws (seriously, don’t forget the straws). But there is one crucial detail you may have overlooked. Are you ready to fill out the birth certificate? Sure, you think, I’m great […]

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    L is for Lifesaving: Be a Hero for a Kid with Leukemia

    by Sarah on 10/07/13 | 0 Comment(s)

      What would you do if your child had cancer? What wouldn’t you do? Well, all parents of sick kids are warriors, they fight for the lives of their kids, they fight to stay positive and they fight for more time. Leni Hsiao’s parents have a particularly tricky battle to fight. We all know that […]

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    The Truth About “Baby/Child Proofing”

    by Nicole on 10/01/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Janet Wang, Assistant Director of Health and Safety for Beth Israel Medical Center, opened my eyes to what baby-proofing really means.  You’re having a baby… Congratulations!  Along with scheduling doctor appointments and planning for the ultimate baby shower, you also need to start thinking about how to make your home a safer place for you […]

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    Miralax: Friend or Foe

    by Sarah on 9/27/13 | 2 Comment(s)

    Having a kid with a GI tract that closely resembles the BQE on a summer Friday is stressful. Feeling conflicted about the treatment of that traffic jam is even worse. One oft-prescribed solution is Miralax. In the last decade doctors have taken to recommending Miralax to kids for quick relief, and to that end, it works […]

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    Infestations Head to Tail, from Lice to Pinworms

    by Sarah on 9/24/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    This post begs the question, why our kids gotta be so gross? I consider myself a fairly capable person, I know CPR, I can sew (ish), I have the ability to pack the trunk of our car Tetris-style, but I am paralyzed by the idea that my daughter may, at some point in the future, get […]

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    The Tragedy of Forgetting Your Child in Your Car

    by Nicole on 8/23/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Another child has died of hyperthermia because he was forgotten in his dad’s hot car. I don’t know the facts surrounding this recent tragedy on Long Island, but I have read enough to know it can happen to anyone. Recent cases have involved parents who previously wouldn’t be considered negligent in their child’s care. An […]

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    Is Your Toddler A Biter? What to do When Your Child Bites!

    by Nicole on 7/15/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I have been dealing with the biting issue for almost two years…since my son was 4 months old. Way back then, it started with my breast when he got his first couple of teeth relatively early! And then he moved on to biting my shoulder when I held him, my legs when he ran up […]

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    My Dad’s Heart Attack: Coping With a Parent’s Illness from Far Away

    by Nicole on 6/25/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    My dad had a massive heart attack. It was sudden, scary and we live hundreds of miles away from my parents. After countless complications and surgeries, he is finally in a rehabilitation center over three months later. He is going to survive and with the help of specialists and home care might make a pretty […]

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    How Much Sleep Should My Child be Getting?

    by Nicole on 6/24/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    My daughter has been a pretty amazing sleeper her entire life (almost 4 years old and is now averaging 11-12 hours per night). Aside from the occasional phases, it has been pretty smooth sailing with her. I thought my son was following in her footsteps…until now!!! He is 2 years and change keeps pushing his […]

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    When Your Neighbor Has a Child with A Disability

    by Nicole on 6/17/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Who doesn’t want their child to have friends……..to be popular, well liked, respected, invited to parties and play dates?  Now put your feet into the shoes of a parent caring for a child with a disability.  That neighbor, that friend, that community member has all the same wishes and dreams for their child whose daily […]

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    Brooklyn Baby Expo is THIS Sunday! Are You Coming?

    by Nicole on 5/31/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    We are so excited for the Brooklyn Baby Expo this Sunday June 2nd! It is going to be fun and educational event filled with information and gifts for parents and activities for their children! If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, you still can! Purchase your tickets here and enter code ACG15off for a discount for […]

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    What are the Best and Safest Insect Repellents?

    by Nicole on 5/30/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Summer is almost upon us and as we head into warmer weather, I am starting to buy all of our necessary provisions! After our roundup of the best (and safest) sunscreens, we complied a list of some of the least toxic bug and insect repellents on the market with no DEET. Check out some of our top […]

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    Measles Outbreak in Brooklyn

    by Kim on 5/23/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    Dr. Stephen Turner, M.D., FAAP is a physician with the Mount Sinai Doctors- Brooklyn Heights Medical Group and has been in practice for 15 years in Brooklyn Heights.  Dr. Turner sent us the below information on a recently reported outbreak of Measles in two neighborhoods in Brooklyn. By Dr. Stephen Turner, M.D., FAAP The Department […]

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    The Silent Epidemic: Postpartum Depression

    by Nicole on 5/17/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Postpartum depression was discussed in my birth classes and with my other pregnant mom friends extensively when I was due with my first baby. I felt very educated about it but was anxious because I didn’t know what to expect. I luckily did not suffer from it but I had a few close friends who […]

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    National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

    by Nicole on 4/09/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    April 27 is DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provided by AWARxE Consumer Protection Program. I had to opportunity to interview the Executive Director of National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Foundation (NABP), Dr. Carmen Catizone to answer some my questions about preventing and handling prescription drug abuse in kids. What are some early prevention techniques parents can use […]

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    March to Save Long Island College Hospital on Sunday

    by Nicole on 4/03/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    SUNY Downstate is moving forward with its’ plans to close Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill to convert its’ real estate valued at $500 to $800 million into cash to prop up the immense loses at SUNY Downstate. According to the Cobble Hill Association, proposed closure of this hospital represents a grave danger […]

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    Is It Safe To Share Breast Pumps?

    by Nicole on 4/01/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    When I was nursing I was so dependent on my breast pump. I had the Medela Freestyle and because I had to schlep it back and forth from work for a couple of years, it was the perfect one for me for its size. I replaced the tubing a few times, but other than that […]

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    Lithium Cell Batteries: A Real Hazard

    by Nicole on 3/20/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    At the beginning of parenthood there is nothing more challenging than policing everything that goes in your child’s mouth.  There are hazards everywhere: coins, game pieces, paperclips and now, an increasingly serious danger: lithium cell batteries. I kind of freaked out after I found this NY Times article and promptly pulled started hunting around the house for […]