Colic and the Probiotic: How parents might be able to reduce the symptoms of colic with a probiotic.

Colic…oh, colic. I’ve experienced it and my heart goes out to all of the parents and babies going through it. Colic is incredibly common in babies and often results in lots of crying, seemingly associated with abdominal discomfort. Colic affects one in five infants, so rest assured lots of parents are powering through sleepless nights and fussy babies. Is there anything that we can do to relieve the crying and help our baby? Possibly! Check out the blog for the latest findings on colic and a probiotic!

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Combating Cyberbullying in Today’s Digital Age… And A Lesson From Mean Girls

Stories about the effects of cyberbullying often leave me wondering what Elizabeth and Joshua will experience as they grow up. Obviously, I hope they are never a victim of it. But I can’t always prevent that. However, I can take action to make sure they are not the bully, but that’s certainly the hard part. Read the blog for my ways to monitor your child's social media usage to help avoid and eliminate cyberbullying. 

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Understanding Cord Blood Banking: Simplifying An Often Confusing Subject

If you’re like some of my patients’ parents, a decision regarding cord blood banking can be confusing and tough to navigate. While I know most OB/GYNs discuss this option with their patients, it’s still a difficult topic to understand within the time constraints of a prenatal appointment. As a pediatrician (and a mom), I want my patients’ parents to understand what cord blood banking does and how it can benefit their family, should the need arise. Read more to learn about this important and potentially life-saving practice. 

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The Perils and Pitfalls of YouTube Kids

To a lot of parents, YouTube Kids can be a lifesaver. Sometimes restaurant meltdowns and road trips mean pulling out the iPad and turning on YouTube Kids for a bit of parental respite. However, I really want to warn parents about the dangers associated with the YouTube Kids channel and app. The “kids” content can be explicit and disturbing, but disguised as children’s programming. Read more to learn about the dangers of the app and what you can do to prevent you child seeing the content. 

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Preterm Birth in Louisiana and How We Can Care for Expecting Mothers

Earlier this month, the March of Dimes released their annualPremature Birth Report Card and found that in 2016, 9.8 percent of U.S. infants were born preterm, which is an increase from 9.6 percent in 2015. Louisiana’s preterm birth rate was 12.3 percent, staggeringly higher than the already dismal national average. Consequently, our state scored an “F” grade on the March of Dimes 2016 Premature Birth Report Card. So what exactly does preterm birth mean and what can we do to support pregnant mothers? Read more to find out.

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Hey, Peanut…A look at new guidelines for introducing peanut-containing foods to infants.

Did you know that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NAID) released new guidelines for introducing peanut-containing foods to infants? The study found that the early introduction of peanuts was overwhelmingly safe for most infants and could even prevent a peanut allergy from developing. Read more for Dr. West's take on the study and tips to introduce your little ones to peanut-containing food. 

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