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Q. My eleven-year-old son was diagnosed with high-functioning autism/Asperger Syndrome. How can I get him to be more sociable? A. You are correct in referring to Asperger Syndrome as "... more
Q. My daughter is almost 10 months old, and she's not yet able to bear her full weight on her legs. (She can put her feet down only for a second or two.) Her hips have been checked twice now,... more
Q. I've noticed my son often tugging on his ears. We've had the doctor check them several times, and he definitely doesn't have an infection. What could be the reason for his... more
Q. My brother's children are 3 and 5 years old, and neither of them have gotten their immunizations yet. The 5-year-old will be starting school this year, so he'll have to get his vaccines soon, but... more
Q. I recently had gastric-bypass surgery, and I'm supposed to consume only sugar-free foods and drinks. Is it safe for my 17-month-old son to also eat products sweetened with Splenda or other... more
Q. I have a 3-month-old who is very fitful when we put her down to sleep. We've tried swaddling, which helps to calm her, but she doesn't seem to like being bound so tightly. How can I teach... more
Q. My 11-month-old daughter has gone from eating two jars of baby food a day to only one or two spoonfuls. She's still drinking the same amount of formula and water. I'm worried... more
Q. My 3 ½ year-old granddaughter has such mood swings, it's almost scary. One minute she's fine  -- playing and talking normally, but then for no reason, she gets angry and starts yelling and... more
Q. My three-year-old daughter is in the habit of twirling and pulling out her hair. Now she has a bald spot. What causes her to do this, and what can I do to make her stop?A. Three-year-olds are... more
Q. Is it possible for colic to be inherited? My husband's daughter claims that since her son suffered from colic, our new baby will probably be colicky too. Neither of my children from my previous... more