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Tummy Time


“Frustration is the key to milestones”… I know I’ve read that somewhere when my youngest was a newborn and it’s the first thing that comes out of my mouth when addressing tummy time during well visits.  Every now and then, you may hear that a child enjoys tummy time but more often than not, newborns …

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Heart Murmur

baby holding a heart

A heart murmur is a condition in which an audible whooshing or swirling sound is heard by your doctor while listening to your child’s heartbeat. In an ideal scenario, we don’t hear anything except the strong dull snapping of the classic “lub-dub, lub-dub, lub-dub”. The “lub” portion, also called S1 or systole, is caused by the …

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Did Someone Say Ear Infection?

adult examining a child's ear

What is the leading cause of sick visits to the doctor and the most common reason for children to get antibiotics? You guessed it—which probably wasn’t too hard since it’s the title of this post, but I’ll cut you some slack—ear infections, or acute otitis media, are truly what we see most as pediatricians. So, …

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Coronavirus: Is it Safe to Breastfeed?

mother breastfeeding her baby

Coronavirus has impacted almost every aspect of our lives, and breastfeeding is no exception. With that in mind, we thought we would offer some tips for our new Moms on breastfeeding during this uncertain time. You may have heard COVID-19 being referred to as “the novel Coronavirus.” This means that it is a virus that …

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Parkside Summer Safety Tips

popsicles melting on a plate

Well Care Visits The summer is a great time to prioritize preventative care. Call us to schedule an annual check up today! Sun Protection Apply, and re-apply, sunscreen (for children 6 months+). Utilize hats, sunglasses, and tight weave clothing whenever possible. Water Safety Awareness Be conscious of your surroundings and never leave your child unattended …

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Cradle Cap

child with stuffed bear

Cradle cap is an extremely common skin condition in babies. Cradle cap, or Seborrheic Dermatitis, appears as red patches with oily, yellow scales (or even crusts) on the scalp. The not so cute patches can also be in the diaper area, armpits, forehead or face. Cradle cap often begins in the first few weeks of …

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Safe Sleep Tips for Newborns and Infants


Most parents have heard the phrase “back is best”. But why do we recommend this? And what does it actually mean? Well, you’re in luck! This blog post is all about the “why” and the “what” of safe sleep for infants! In any discussion on safe sleep, we have to start by talking about sudden …

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very small infant swaddled and crying, being held by mother

Swaddling (one of the “Five S’s” of infant soothing) is an age-old practice that restricts a newborn’s limbs by using a blanket or cloth and is one way to trigger a “calming reflex” in the first 8 weeks of life. When done correctly, swaddling can prove very effective for helping your little one fall asleep. Swaddling …

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Infant Soothing: The Five S’s

Father holding his new baby with dark hair next to the open window.

After babies are born, they often soothe by efforts that help recreate the womb environment. After all, a newborn has spent far more time in the womb than they have out in the fresh air and an adjustment period is to be expected. There are five interventions that have proven to be pretty effective when …

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A female doctor giving a young boy a shot on his arm as he holds a teddy bear

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that is the question… Vaccinating and what it means for your child has been a controversial topic throughout the years. As with many medical practices, there is quite a bit of misinformation surrounding vaccines on the internet, in social circles, and beyond. Here at Parkside, we want to calm your fears …

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