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Aug
27
comment What harm is porn?
Regarding your last question, you can determine with your child's or children's other parent if you want to do that based on the answers. With regard to anyone else's kids, never tell a kid not to tell their parents something. Kids should never, ever be taught to keep secrets from their parents.
Aug
26
comment Our infant was sleeping through the night, but at 5 months old started waking up in the middle of the night; is this from starting to dream?
@KeithS - my almost 18 mo. seems to get that way when overtired and always has from when she was about 3 mo.
Aug
23
comment How do I get my toddler to sleep by himself?
Rather than leaving him clueless why, why not explain it? Perhaps make up a little book, or just discuss it for the 3 days in advance. An almost 2.5 year old can understand an awful lot and a reminder at the moment "Remember, Daddy's leaving now and you are sleeping here. I will come if you need me," will drive it home.
Aug
22
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Aug
22
answered Acting different for mom
Aug
22
revised How can we be sure our infant has colic rather than another issue?
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Aug
22
comment Non-alcoholic treatment, medicines, or remedies for infant colic
If the doctor said so I wouldn't question it, but "natural" does not equal safe. Lots of natural herbs are really dangerous for 1 month old infants.
Aug
22
comment Non-alcoholic treatment, medicines, or remedies for infant colic
Did you try the colic hold or Harvey Karp's soothing techniques?
Aug
22
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Aug
22
revised How can we be sure our infant has colic rather than another issue?
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Aug
22
comment How can we be sure our infant has colic rather than another issue?
got it, thanks. For some reason I thought most parents knew the second definition, but that might be because my pediatrician was so careful to explain it, and also because as the author of the linked question I did a LOT of research.
Aug
22
answered How can we be sure our infant has colic rather than another issue?
Aug
22
comment How can we be sure our infant has colic rather than another issue?
I believe that the definition of colic, as provided by my daughter's pediatrician, is unexplained crying for 3 hours or more at a time 3 or more days a week for over 3 weeks. Basically if your child is crying regularly and it's not reflux, MSPI, or bad parenting then it's colic.
Aug
20
comment Why do humans require assistance in childbirth so frequently?
@MiaClarke - your answer itself may be intended to be written in a neutral manner, but the article you linked to is as biased as the blog posts on statistics of homebirth deaths under care of a direct-entry midwife, which does reflect on your answer. A source such as Lamaze International, which still has a bias but tries fairly hard to look at the evidence and speculates a lot less than the source you linked, might help improve your answer.
Aug
20
comment Can you guide a toddler to learn specific words?
It 100% depends on the kid. Mine is terrible at mimicking and rarely does it (which is nice for the concerned mom reading stuff from speech language pathologists on how mimicking is key to speech therapy and generally helping your kid learn language, let me tell you). She said her first word long before she ever mimicked one. Same with her first two word phrase.
Aug
20
comment Is my pediatrician missing something about my 3 month old's gas pain?
I'd like to add a link that backs up the accepted answer to this question on actual studies supporting an elimination diet for breastfeeding mothers. So helpful to see the evidence out there.
Aug
20
comment Is my pediatrician missing something about my 3 month old's gas pain?
Although I'm not currently mired in this issue, I wanted to mention that we did use the I Love You massage per a friend's recommendation at the time. She never seemed to release gas when I was doing it for some reason, so maybe I did it wrong? For future reference I'll come back to this diagram. Bicycling also did nothing for us. I 100% agree with wanting a short-term answer. I've told my husband that next time I will not hesitate one bit to do an elimination diet.
Aug
20
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Aug
20
comment Why do humans require assistance in childbirth so frequently?
@Chrys - not sure. Here's the Oregon statistics and here are the CDC statistics - note that the source I am quoting is biased in her commentary, but she does quote the source data.
Aug
19
comment Why do humans require assistance in childbirth so frequently?
@MiaClarke - regarding your link, it remains a fact that neonatal deaths at homebirths assisted by non-nurse midwives (i.e. midwives who are not CNMs) or unassisted in the U. S. are 300% higher than hospital births. A study of Oregon homebirths by a homebirth midwife found an 800% higher neonatal death rate. I'm not saying that unassisted births can't go well, just that hospitals and midwives who are also nurses have a much better track record of keeping babies alive.