Confessions Of An Imperfect [Pediatrician] Mom: Do I Have My Sh*t Together?

Confession time. Who has struggled with the pressure to be a perfect mom? I know I certainly have, but do I always have my sh*t together? The short answer is no. I just wanted to elaborate with a few funny stories that might make other moms feel a bit better about their own stressful days. So moms and dads, give yourself some grace, parenting is hard. Read more about it on the blog!

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Can A Sock Ensure Safe Sleep for Infants?

One of the latest and most buzzed about items for infants are vital sign monitors like the Owlet or Snuza. These new devices are being marketed as a way to alert parents when babies stop breathing, stopping just short of claiming to prevent SIDS. Some parents praise these monitors, while others lose sleep at night because of false alarms. So what level, if any, should we rely on them? Read my take on the blog!

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What To Expect (From A Pediatrician) When Expecting

A lot of first-time parents make it a priority to interview pediatricians to find the right fit for their growing family. As you will quickly learn, a good relationship with your pediatrician is vital when caring for your kids, especially in the newborn phase when there are frequent visits and questions. I truly believe it is beneficial and important to interview potential candidates before your baby is born. As such, I wanted to share the Top 10 Questions To Ask A Potential Pediatrician, along with West Pediatrics’ answers. Read them all on the blog!

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Putting Away The Paci: When and Why It’s Necessary

Alright moms and dads, what is the ultimate comfort for your child? If I had to guess, it might be a lovey, blanket or most likely, a pacifier. However, let me present the case for why you should put away the paci, preferably sooner rather than later. There are plenty of creative ways to ditch the noonie/binkie/paci, whatever you call it, but it’s very important to understand why you should work on leaving it behind, including health, speech and dental reasons. Read more on the blog!

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Baby Proofing Your Pool: What Every Parent Should Know

As Louisianans, we know temperatures in March can mean a pool day, so we need to talk about baby proofing your pool ASAP. This topic is a very tough one. Accidental drownings happen to amazing parents, loving parents, attentive parents. No one is safe from this. This is one area where we all need to be completely judgment free but vigilant in ensuring our babies are safe. Since I began my medical training, I have seen far too many babies come into the ER after an accidental drowning. It has affected me professionally and personally and I'm sure we all have a story about an accidental drowning or a close call. Learn more about why and how parents can protect their kids.

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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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