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Non-Dairy Diet and Breastfeeding

If you’re breastfeeding and are facing the prospect of starting a non-dairy diet due to your baby’s fussiness, you are not alone. I know firsthand some of the thoughts that come with learning

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Feeding a Baby with Reflux

My 4 week old baby seems to have a hard time feeding. He often cries during feeding (both breast and bottle). He gets very squirmy, arches his back, and screams. He also tends to spit up quite a lot after

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When is Fussiness a Concern?

One of the most common discussions in my pediatric practice is what to do when your infant is fussy. Most healthy babies will reach their peak fussiness between 4 and 6 weeks of age. Because I have a large

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Temper Tantrums

Although this site focuses largely on infants 0-12 months old, I wanted to touch briefly on tantrums in toddlers and older children. If a ‘fussy baby’ grows into a spirited or just plain persistent

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The Happiest Baby on the Block

Dr. Harvey Karp’s techniques are based on the theory that babies are essentially born 3 months too soon (the ‘Fourth Trimester’). When they were in utero they were used to being ‘held’ 24 hours

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Period of Purple

Recent research by Dr. Ronald Barr indicates that increased crying in the first 5 months of life is much more likely to signal a developmental stage, rather than a physical problem. The study indicates

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Colic and Siblings

An issue that often isn’t discussed in parenting books is the impact of colic or fussiness on your other children. If this is your first baby, it is hard enough living day in and day out with the fussiness

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Characteristics of The Spirited Child

About 20% of all babies born have temperament traits of a fussy or high need, or what we call a spirited child. Spirited children share many of the characteristics you will find below. They require extra

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Treatments for Colic

Current Medical Treatments for ‘Colic’ I hope at this point, you are not holding out hope for the ‘old school’ treatments for colic that are still being recommended (sometimes even by doctors).

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Labeling Our Babies

I don’t want to use words too soon about a baby, other than, ‘Gee, they’re really telling us they have needs, and how can we meet those needs?’. –Linda Budd Before your baby was born, you probably

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