Training your child to use the toilet can be a battle for some and no big deal for others. It is important to understand that every child is different and what works for one child doesn't always work for another. Before you begin, you should realize that your child must be physically ready in order for toilet training to be a success. Infants who have not yet developed control over the muscles that control elimination can not be expected to use the toilet every time they need to eliminate (even if they are capable of communicating with you when they do need their diaper changed). Toddlers who have more control over elimination but lack skills to pull down their own pants may also struggle. Perhaps the biggest frustration for parents is training children who seem not to care that their clothes are soiled or who are intentionally defiant when it comes to using the toilet. These behaviors could indicate other problems that may need to be addressed before successful toilet training occurs. Read the rest of this entry »
Many parents today grew up in a time when acetaminophen (or Tylenol) was touted as one of the safest over-the-counter pain medications available. It was commonly recommended by pediatricians for relief from pain caused by teething, injury or infection, fever reduction, and even prophylactically before vaccine administration. What many parents are not aware of; however, are the potential dangers to using this medication in children. Here are 5 very good reasons to think twice before reaching for this medication. Read the rest of this entry »
If you haven't heard, this week (October 7th-13th) has been declared "Naturopathic Medicine Week" by the U.S. Senate. This resolution was passed unanimously on September 10th, which begs the question--how come Naturopaths can't Lobby to get the budget passed unanimously?! Seriously, for the size of our profession, having a federally recognized week is a huge step forward in bringing our message and medicine to the people who need it. Sadly, most Americans who could benefit from Naturopathic medical care have not even heard of Naturopathic Medicine, let alone have access to a Naturopathic Doctor. Read the rest of this entry »
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