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Q. My husband is American, and I'm Bolivian. We're planning to have a baby and would like to raise her fluent in both English and Spanish. What's the best way to do this?A. You will be doing your... more
Q. My baby is a little over 10 months old. She has a very healthy appetite, and will try anything you feed her. However, she weighs 26 pounds. I'm wondering if we could possibly be overfeeding... more
Q  My kids simply don't drink enough water. They love juice, so I usually give them that, but I'm concerned that they're not hydrated enough  -- for example, they always have... more
Q. I just learned that when my mother babysits my 4-month-old, she gives her a bottle of water after she is finished with her regular bottle. I'm upset that she's taken it upon herself to do this... more
During our 40 years of parenting eight kids and our 35 years of caring for new families in my pediatric practice, my wife, Martha, and I have learned a lot about what it takes to raise a happy,... more
Q. My 5-month-old son has a case of bronchitis, along with an ear infection. He's been pretty fussy, most likely due to the ear infection pain. My husband suggested putting a couple of drops of... more
Q. My 6-year-old daughter is extremely quiet around her classmates, and as a result, she doesn't really have any friends at school. Whenever she's around other kids, she won't talk to them. She's... more
Q. My 9-week-old gets the hiccups every day—sometimes even two or three times a day. What causes the hiccups, and how can I prevent my baby from getting them? A. Hiccupping is a harmless... more
Q. My son just turned 3, and I have noticed that he's begun stuttering whenever he speaks. Do kids who start stuttering at this age usually outgrow it? I've read that kids who develop speech... more
Q. My 5-year-old son talks about girls and women in an inappropriate manner. Where is he getting it from, and how can we put a stop to it? A. One of the nuggets of wisdom that I regularly offer... more