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Q  My 3-year-old often rejects help or cuddles from his dad. This is hurtful to all of us, and awkward for me, since my son is very affectionate toward his little brother and me. What can we do?... more
[STYLE {Q. My preschooler refuses to leave home without his favorite stuffed animal. How can I start to wean him away from it?} {SECTION}][STYLE {A.} {SECTION}]First, you should know that his... more
Q. I just found out my 8-month-old has a heart murmur, and I'm worried. Is it serious?A. Probably not. The term "murmur" means an extra sound in the heart, which is caused when blood flows... more
Q. All of my friends' baby daughters have their ears pierced. Is this a good idea for my 3-year-old?A. Not necessarily. There isn't a month that goes by in my pediatric practice that I don't see a... more
Q. My 7-month-old fights naptime every day, even though I know he has to be tired. The thing is, he sleeps perfectly well at night. I know babies his age require naps, so what could be the reason... more
Q. I'm worried about my 3-year-old's aggressiveness. He's pretty rough when he plays with his 1-year-old brother—his idea of "playing" is to tackle, trip or wrestle.... more
Q. Is a 15-month-old too young to comprehend good table manners? I'm wondering if it would it be out of line to help a good friend (who is fairly inattentive to her child's messy behavior)... more
Q. My 5-year-old has been waking up screaming in the middle of the night. When my husband or I try to comfort him, he physically lashes out. The episodes last about 30 to 40 minutes, and in the... more
Q. My 6-year-old son can't seem to get a good night's sleep. He's still in the habit of napping every day, which I allow because he's so often tired. I realize that napping might be... more
Q. I work in a pediatric office, where many of our infant patients cry inconsolably for much of the day, every day. What's your opinion of homeopathic products or probiotics such as lactobacillus... more