Useful Information and Common Concerns

Below are some articles that I think may be useful. Many come from HealthyChildren.org a website that is written and maintained by the American Academy of Pediatrics. If you come across anything that you think should be included in this area, please feel free to let me know! - Aaron Traeger MD FAAP

Vaccines:
Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
(the absolute best vaccine resource on the internet)

Vaccine Safety - Dr Traeger

Emergencies:
If you are concerned about a present concern or emergency please call 911 or go to the ER immediately.
Emergency Symptoms Not to Miss

Baby/Newborn:
Baby Skin Basics (Video)
Caring For Your Son's Penis
Calming A Fussy Baby
Practical Pacifier Principles
Responding To Your Baby's Cries

Skin Care:
Rashes and Skin Conditions
Umbilical Cord Care
When Diaper Rash Strikes
Home Made Diaper Wipes

Feeding and Nutrition:
Burping, Hiccups, and Spitting Up
Remedies for Spitty Babies
Sports and Energy Drinks
Sample One-Day Menu for a One-Year-Old
Homemade Baby Food
Starting Solid Foods (4-6 months of age)

Sleeping:
A Parent's Guide To Safe Sleep
Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play
SIDS - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Teeth and Teething:
A Guide To Children's Dental Health

Common Illnesses
HealthyChildren.org - Fever Without Fear
Coughs and Colds: Medicines or Home Remedies
Antibiotics: when do they help?

Traveling With Your Children:
Flying With Baby
Family Friendly Flying
Car Seat Guide

Teenagers
Teenager Help Line from the St Louis Children's Hospital (314-454-TEEN)
Boys Town Hotline - Support for parents and teens
So your teenager is in love...
When to Let Your Teenage Start Dating
Sports and Energy Drinks - Dr Traeger review of the AAP report

Pediatrics Pediatrician Bloomington Normal Illinois

Toddler Bed

So how do you know when yo get your little one into a toddler bed? Well, in my opinion you should wait as long as possible as once this happens there is no going back! Being in a toddler bed comes with a whole new set of challenges to deal with so just be ready. Really the only 2 times we tell people that it is absolutely time to get into their own bed are 1) When your child attempts to climb out of the crib (as they can fall and get hurt) and 2) When they go to college ('cause thats just weird).

Below is a little video that we did that addresses some of these points.


High Points:
1) Wait as long as possible
2) When toilet training consider making the change
3) Be firm on bedtime and waking routines as once they have the freedom to get up at will they will. It takes good parenting to get your kid back on a sleeping schedule.
4) Make the room a big crib and safe for your child.

Good Luck! Aaron Traeger MD FAAP

Bike Helmets

Here is a quick video discussing bike helmets and what to look for when choosing one for your child. Enjoy! Aaron Traeger MD FAAP