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Five common nutrient deficiencies in infants and young children.

Infant formulas and many first foods, such as infant cereal, are fortified with a number of vitamins and minerals, but what if you choose not to incorporate these foods into your baby's diet? Is there another way to ensure that your child is getting adequate nutrition? At what point should your child be tested for deficiencies? These are good questions. Hopefully the following information will provide useful suggestions and guidelines to help keep your baby or young child as healthy as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

Toilet training your toddler.

Whether you are motivated by money saved not having to buy disposable diapers, the fact that your child will be able to attend the top preschool on your list, or the mere accomplishment of passing one more milestone in parenthood, chances are that you may have to overcome some obstacles when it comes to toilet training. Before you can think about toilet training your child, you should be sure that they are physically ready for the task and it helps if they are in an emotionally agreeable state as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Natural Treatments for Ear Infections.

Ear infections are a common reason for childhood doctor visits. They are also a common reason for unnecessary antibiotics. Despite the fact that most ear infections are caused by viruses or a result of allergies, many doctors prescribe antibiotics rather than spend extra time educating parents on how to comfort their sick child or prevent recurrent infections. Read the rest of this entry »
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