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Helping your child take medicine

Learning to take medicine can be hard for kids. Sometimes the pill seems too big, or there is a funny taste or smell. But if your child is prescribed a medication, it is important they can take the medication as advised by their health care provider. Here are some ways to help your child learn to better take medication:

Your baby’s sign

Babies are born looking like their mother or father. Although, sometimes a stray great-great grandparent’s genes will surprise their way to the top of the gene pool because genetics are weird like that. As the baby grows, the toddler emerges and a personality forms. The personality may be up to genetics – or not. Some personality traits may be a learned behavior.

Rules of divorce: Easing the transition for your family

Every year, thousands of children experience the divorce of their parents. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association, between 40 and 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce.

It’s okay to ask for help as a mom

I don’t really remember much from the first few weeks home as a new mom. The best way to describe it was like riding a rollercoaster. There were highs, lows...and days that felt like a blur. Part of the fun of riding a rollercoaster is having someone next to you to scream, laugh and throw your hands in the air with. I remember wishing I had others to lean on during the process and looking back, I was forgetting to ask.

Hitting and biting: what parents need to know

Imagine it: You’re at the store with your toddler, loading up on applesauce pouches and toilet paper when your sweet angel sinks their teeth into you without any warning *cue Jaws music*. You’re shocked, maybe angry, then panicked that your kid is headed for a life of troublemaking.

The great cover-up

There are a lot of parents in the world. I don’t know the exact number or percentage but it’s a lot. We can all agree there are a lot of parents. And with parents come opinions. You’ll receive parenting advice whether you seek it out or not. Some of it is solid advice, some unsolicited. There are no right or wrong answers. Even the “parenting experts” don’t always get everything right.

Treating fevers: What parents need to know

Fever is the body's natural response to illness or infection, and it's important for parents to know that fever is not known to endanger a generally healthy child. The...

Kids behind the wheel (they’re still kids)

My dad taught me to drive in a cemetery. Why? Because there’s no traffic. It’s impossible to get lost. “And you can’t hurt anyone because there aren’t any living people in a cemetery.” Even still, we were very respectful. Life was simple back in 1997. (I’m 38 now, I’ll save you the math.) You could get your restricted license at 15 years old after a Driver’s Ed class and a written test. You received your “real” driver’s license once you turned 16. And after that, you were free to run around town in your hand-me-down car.

Flu season is here: Shaping up to be longer, more severe

Earlier this year, we shared a blog about the importance of getting your flu shot. (Click here if you missed it.) Since our team at Children’s Mercy have seen more cases of influenza earlier than usual, we wanted to follow up on this important subject. Seeing cases earlier than usual is an indication that this flu season could be longer and more severe than normal. In the video below, Angela Myers, MD, MPH, Director-Division of Infectious Diseases, explains the current situation and provides reminders on precautions everyone should take to reduce the risk of getting sick or spreading germs.

5 Ways to Make Magical Memories this Holiday Season

I can’t remember the gifts I received on Christmas morning. But I remember how I felt. A mix of excitement, pure joy and anticipation for a day spent together as a family. I remember waking up way too early and climbing into bed with my sister on Christmas morning until everyone else was awake. I remember walking down the stairs to see the Christmas tree glowing and checking to see if Santa and his reindeer ate the treats we left out. And let’s not forget the warm cinnamon rolls we would enjoy together in our pajamas that morning! If I could bottle up that feeling to sell it, I would be a millionaire.

Cold weather car seat safety

Statistics show that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. Most of these deaths, due to children either being unrestrained or improperly restrained, are preventable.  As a rule, bulky clothing - like winter coats or buntings - should not be worn underneath the harness of a car seat. In a crash, fluffy padding immediately flattens out from the force, leaving extra space under the harness. This leaves the straps too loose to properly restrain the child, increasing the risk of injury. The same is true for adult passengers in a vehicle.

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5 tips for “balance” as a working mom

My phone rang and I went into full panic mood. My son was supposed to be napping but was screaming in his crib. It was time for my weekly conference call with a client and I was home with my son without any help. So, I did what was necessary in the moment. I took him out of the crib and put him into his stroller and took the call while power walking for over an hour. He slept and I somehow pulled off the call. It was a win-win! That’s what I call... multitasking like a mother.

Failure as a gift

Webster Dictionary defines failure as “lack of success” or “falling short.” As well-known comedian, Ellen De Generes stated, “When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” Invariably, on their path to adulthood, teens will encounter the race they cannot win or the math problem they cannot solve. There are ways that parents can help their teens benefit from those experiences of failure and perhaps, at a later time, to even come to view them as “gifts.”

5 Most Preventable Childhood Injuries

Most childhood injuries can be prevented and knowing how to prevent an accident is key to keeping children safe. We’ve all been taught the basics. Buckle-up in the car, wear a bike helmet and look both ways before crossing the road. But there are several other simple things you can do (some you might not have heard of before) that can protect you and your family.

Constipation: every parent’s favorite topic

It’s amazing how once you become a parent you begin to realize that talking about poop is just part of everyday conversation. Has your child pooped today? What was the consistency? What was the color? (I know! Your high school self would not believe this is what you now talk about with your significant other!) But what happens when you child can’t, or isn’t, pooping?