Ages & Stages

Raising children can be a daunting task. It’s important to provide them with the right guidance and support in order to help them grow into well-rounded individuals.  We provide tips and answers for every age and stage with guidance to nurture their physical, emotional, mental and social development, as well as how to best prepare them for the future.

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Baby: 0-12 months
Gran’ MawMaw’s Good Advice: Cure for warts - Throughout history, old wives' tales have been passed down from generation to generation, offering unconventional remedies for various ailments. the…
Nine Month Well Visit - Your baby's nine month well visit is one of my favorites. We usually don’t have to give any shots and…
Healthy Snacks - As parents, we want to ensure that our children are getting the nutrition and energy they need to grow and…
When to Bring Your Child to the Doctor for a Cold - It can be difficult to know for sure when to bring your child to the doctor for a cold. This…
Image of a stool with the word "poop" under it for what do baby poop colors mean. Poop: What’s Normal for a Baby? - The number one reason pediatricians get calls from parents is a real stinker. Yep, it’s poop. Parents see a difference…
Your Baby’s Four Month Well Visit - Your Baby's Four Month Well Visit and Check-up time is here and we will discuss vaccines again. Your baby's eating…
Why do we wait so long to see the doctor? - “Time is making fools of us again.” ~J.K. Rowling Seriously, if there were something I could do about this I…
Why does my baby get hiccups and how do I make them stop? - Ever wonder why a baby, child or even you get hiccups? It is a spasm of your diaphragm followed by…
Understanding Leg Pain - Leg pain is a prevalent issue among children that can stem from various factors, including growth spurts, overuse injuries, and…
(Varicella) Chickenpox Vaccine - Chickenpox is one of the most common childhood diseases. It is highly contagious and can be spread through contact with…
Toddler: 1-3 Years
A baby chews on his finger rather than teething tablets. The Mommy Minute: When are a baby’s teeth supposed to come in? - We get lots of questions about when a baby should get their first tooth. The answer is...there is a range…
Wet Wipe Safety Tip - Wet wipe safety tip: Use them when handling hot seat belts to protect your kids from getting burned. Hot seat…
Why does it hurt when my child pees? - Why does it hurt when my child pees? Every parent wants to ensure their child's comfort and safety, but sometimes…
Guilt associated with Bed Wetting - Guilt associated with Bed Wetting. Bed wetting is a common problem among children, but it can also be a source…
More than two nipples? Is that a thing? - While it is not common, having more than two nipples is actually a thing. This condition is known as polythelia…
Why do we treat Strep Throat - Swamp-toed, web-footed disease is a condition that requires immediate action before irreparable damage can set in. Some believe its effects…
Sunscreen Reminder - Sunscreen is an important part of your daily routine. It helps protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays…
Rubella Vaccine - Rubella, also known as German measles, is an infectious disease caused by a virus. It is highly contagious and can…
A seal with a speech bubble saying "bark, bark" with croup written over the image. What is Croup? - Croup is a respiratory illness that typically affects young children. It is caused by a viral infection that leads to…
Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis) - Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is a common eye condition that affects people of all ages. It is an…
Preschooler: 3-5 Years
Eclipse – How to protect yourself and your kiddos! - WOW! The total eclipse of the sun has captivated our nation as the event of our lifetime, but what we…
What is a Sprain? - A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments — the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect two bones…
When to see a doctor for a sore throat? - A sore throat is a common symptom in children and is usually caused by a viral infection. While most sore…
Choosing the RIGHT potty for your child - What the best potty for your child, the one he or she loves - It's as simple as that. When…
Influenza (Flu) Vaccine - The influenza (flu) vaccine is an important tool in helping to protect kids from the risks of the flu. It…
Sunscreen Reminder - Sunscreen is an important part of your daily routine. It helps protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays…
Healthy Snacks - As parents, we want to ensure that our children are getting the nutrition and energy they need to grow and…
The Pee and Poop connection - Potty training is an important milestone for young children, and understanding the pee and poop connection is key to success.…
Child: 6-10 Years
The Mommy Minute: Heat Stroke in Football Players - For all you football fanatics out there, young and old(er) alike, heat stroke can be deadly. In today's video, Dr.…
Your Child’s 4 Year Old Well Visit - Well visit 4 years is an important milestone in a child's life. It is the time to assess physical, mental,…
Why are vaccines given at specific intervals? - Hello, dear parents! Let's dive into the fascinating world of vaccines. As parents, we want the very best for our…
Stay Engaged with Your Child after Potty Training - Fantastic, your child is potty trained - mission accomplished! Well not exactly, even through your child is potty trained they…
Mommy Minute: When to teach your children to swim - Swimming is a life skill that every child should learn. Swimming is an essential life skill that can bring joy,…
Auto-Flushing toilets are scary! - Potty training can be a challenging time for parents and children alike. One of the most daunting parts of the…
Malicious Potty Accidents - Bedwetting is a common problem among children, and it can be a source of guilt and shame for them. While…
Travel Training Seat - Traveling with a potty-training child can be a stressful experience. It can be difficult to find public restrooms that are…
Feel like a bad parent? Don’t, we all feel the same way - Trust me, all of us feel this way at one time or another. Parenting is not for the weak, but…
A child suffering from the common cold sneezes into a handkerchief. The Common Cold - The common cold in children is usually a mild illness that can be treated with simple home remedies. Here are…
Preteen: 10-13 Years
The Mommy Minute: Swimmer’s Ear Prevention and Relief - Knowing how to prevent swimmer's ear can prevent you and your baby or kids from a lot of suffering. For…
The Mommy Minute: Fidgit Spinners vs Anxiety - Fidget Spinners are all the rage among kids and their parents, but do fidget spinners help with anxiety? The Mommy…
Cleaning Around Braces - Braces are a common orthodontic treatment used to straighten teeth and correct misaligned bites. While braces can be a great…
Influenza (Flu) Vaccine - The influenza (flu) vaccine is an important tool in helping to protect kids from the risks of the flu. It…
Are we not giving our children a reason to grow up? - Why are we not giving our children a reason to grow up?  I will fully admit that this Why Letter…
Curing your child’s fear of monsters - Kiddos commonly have a fear of monsters in their room, under their bed or in their closets. We even have…
Head lice. Tips and Tricks for Treating Lice - Lice can be a real itch No one loves creepy-crawlies, but bugs are a fact of life. The worst types…
When to See the Doctor for Vomiting and Diarrhea? - Vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms that can be caused by a variety of conditions, ranging from mild to severe.…
When to See the Doctor for Ear Pain? - Ear pain is a common complaint among children and can be caused by a variety of conditions, ranging from mild…
A child reads a tablet under a sheet possibly incurring the negative effects of screen time. Striking a Healthy Balance: Understanding the Impact of Screen Time on Children - In today's digital age, screens have become an integral part of our lives, offering endless opportunities for entertainment, education, and…
Teenager: 13-18 Years
Why do Bad Things Happen to our kids - A parent’s plan for their children is by design and we don’t like a lot of variation from the plan.…
What is a Sprain? - A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments — the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect two bones…
The Mommy Minute: Heat Stroke in Football Players - For all you football fanatics out there, young and old(er) alike, heat stroke can be deadly. In today's video, Dr.…
Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac The Mommy Minute: How to Treat Poison Ivy - In this Mommy Minute video, Dr. Cliff James teaches us what to do when we get exposed to Urushiol, the…
Understanding Leg Pain - Leg pain is a prevalent issue among children that can stem from various factors, including growth spurts, overuse injuries, and…
A child reads a tablet under a sheet possibly incurring the negative effects of screen time. Striking a Healthy Balance: Understanding the Impact of Screen Time on Children - In today's digital age, screens have become an integral part of our lives, offering endless opportunities for entertainment, education, and…
Kidney Stones in Children - Kidney stones in children can be a painful and potentially dangerous condition if not treated properly. It is important to…
Understanding Bladder Infections - Bladder infections, also known as urinary tract infections (UTIs), are a common health concern among children, with nearly 8% of…
Why Give Your Child Multivitamins? - Delivered by a parent with instant accusation, “Why do I need to give my child a multivitamin?” “I don’t have…
Mommy Minute: Dry Drowning - Dry Drowning is a real danger, but is it all that the media makes it out to be? Pediatrician, Dr.…
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Your Baby’s Two Week Well Visit - Time for your baby's two week well visit or physical.  What should you expect, what should you ask and what…
The Mommy Minute: Tummy Time - Tummy Time How to know how long your baby should be on their tummy to encourage proper development of neck…
The One Year Old Well Visit - You survived a year since that big “Birthday”. This visit is full of new development, new challenges, new foods, new…
When to see a doctor for a cough? - Coughing is a common symptom in children and is usually nothing to worry about. However, in some cases, a cough…
When to see your doctor if your child is wheezing? - Wheezing is a common respiratory symptom in children and can be caused by a variety of conditions. It is a…
A girl stand in front of a green meadow blowing her nose because she suffers from seasonal allergies. Seasonal Allergies! - Seasonal allergies can make you suffer with constant runny nose, sneezing, cough, headache, congestion and just feeling terrible.  Springtime and…
Painless bandage removal - Helpmommy.com's Dr. James and Stunt Baby show how to painlessly remove the adhesive-type bandages. This is one of the most…
When to see a doctor over a headache? - Headaches are not limited to adults; children can also experience this discomforting symptom. While most headaches in children are benign…
A seal with a speech bubble saying "bark, bark" with croup written over the image. What is Croup? - Croup is a respiratory illness that typically affects young children. It is caused by a viral infection that leads to…
Leaves on a tree with the letters RSV in them. Understanding RSV - RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. It is a common respiratory virus that can cause mild to severe respiratory illness,…
The One Year Old Well Visit - You survived a year since that big “Birthday”. This visit is full of new development, new challenges, new foods, new…
More than two nipples? Is that a thing? - While it is not common, having more than two nipples is actually a thing. This condition is known as polythelia…
Why is my child thumb sucking? - “Seriously, the thumb-sucking is driving me crazy!” one parent told me.  “There has got to be a way to stop…
Vaccines and Our Immune System - Vaccines and Our Immune System. Our immune system is an amazing and complex defense system that helps us fight off…
A girl stand in front of a green meadow blowing her nose because she suffers from seasonal allergies. Seasonal Allergies! - Seasonal allergies can make you suffer with constant runny nose, sneezing, cough, headache, congestion and just feeling terrible.  Springtime and…
Choosing the right clothes for potty training - Potty training is a big milestone for children and parents alike. It can be an exciting and challenging time, and…
Mommy Minute: Chiggers - Chiggers are tiny, red mites that can cause a lot of discomfort if they get on your skin. These pests…
Accidentally Injuring Your Child - We always try to keep our children as safe as we possibly can. We try to be baby-proof, buy the…
Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis) - Kidney infection in children is an alarming medical condition that can cause severe health issues if not treated properly. It…
Travel Training Seat - Traveling with a potty-training child can be a stressful experience. It can be difficult to find public restrooms that are…
Mommy Minute: Brain Eating Amoeba - Brain Eating Amoeba is a rare and potentially fatal condition caused by an amoeba called Naegleria Fowleri. This single-celled organism…
Introduction to Pediatric Vaccines - The field of pediatrics plays a crucial role in safeguarding the health and well-being of children. One of the most…
Kidney Stones in Children - Kidney stones in children can be a painful and potentially dangerous condition if not treated properly. It is important to…
Head lice. Tips and Tricks for Treating Lice - Lice can be a real itch No one loves creepy-crawlies, but bugs are a fact of life. The worst types…
Understanding Concussion Symptoms: What You Need to Know - Concussions are a form of mild traumatic brain injury that can occur in various situations, such as sports, falls, or…
A child reads a tablet under a sheet possibly incurring the negative effects of screen time. Striking a Healthy Balance: Understanding the Impact of Screen Time on Children - In today's digital age, screens have become an integral part of our lives, offering endless opportunities for entertainment, education, and…
The Mommy Minute: Introducing Chewing Gum to your Kid - Chewing Gum can be a tasty treat, but it can be risky. In this episode of The Mommy Minute, Dr.…
Understanding Molluscum Contagiosum - Molluscum Contagiosum is a common skin condition that affects children and can be quite contagious. It is caused by a…
Feel like a bad parent? Don’t, we all feel the same way - Trust me, all of us feel this way at one time or another. Parenting is not for the weak, but…
When to See the Doctor for Vomiting and Diarrhea? - Vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms that can be caused by a variety of conditions, ranging from mild to severe.…
Why do we wait so long to see the doctor? - “Time is making fools of us again.” ~J.K. Rowling Seriously, if there were something I could do about this I…
Streptococcal Pneumonia Vaccine - Streptococcal pneumonia is a serious and potentially life-threatening infection caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae. It can cause severe respiratory…
When to See the Doctor for Ear Pain? - Ear pain is a common complaint among children and can be caused by a variety of conditions, ranging from mild…
Understanding Leg Pain - Leg pain is a prevalent issue among children that can stem from various factors, including growth spurts, overuse injuries, and…
A mother and child sit in yoga poses for their mental well being. Mental well-being of children - The mental well-being of children is of paramount importance as it forms the basis for their overall development and future…
Understanding Bladder Infections - Bladder infections, also known as urinary tract infections (UTIs), are a common health concern among children, with nearly 8% of…
Dental Water Pick - A dental water pick is an essential tool for anyone looking to maintain their oral health. It helps remove plaque…
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) Vaccine - HPV vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent infection from the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV is a…
When to see the doctor if your child is peeing a lot? - When to see the doctor if your child is peeing a lot? If your child is peeing more frequently than…
Mommy Minute: Don’t Pop Zits - Popping zits is a common practice, but it should be avoided. Not only can popping zits cause further irritation and…
Gran’ MawMaw’s Good Advice: Cure for warts - Throughout history, old wives' tales have been passed down from generation to generation, offering unconventional remedies for various ailments. the…
Curing your child’s fear of monsters - Kiddos commonly have a fear of monsters in their room, under their bed or in their closets. We even have…
Influenza (Flu) Vaccine - The influenza (flu) vaccine is an important tool in helping to protect kids from the risks of the flu. It…
Understanding Learning Modalities - Every child is unique and possesses distinct ways of perceiving, processing, and retaining information. As parents, educators, and caregivers, it…
When to see a doctor over a headache? - Headaches are not limited to adults; children can also experience this discomforting symptom. While most headaches in children are benign…
Understanding Learning Modalities - Every child is unique and possesses distinct ways of perceiving, processing, and retaining information. As parents, educators, and caregivers, it…
Mommy Minute: College Preparation - College preparation can seem like a daunting task for teens. With the right resources and guidance, however, teens can make…
Why do we wait so long to see the doctor? - “Time is making fools of us again.” ~J.K. Rowling Seriously, if there were something I could do about this I…
The Mommy Minute: Mosquito Bite Treatment - With the arrival of summer, outdoor activities and pleasant evenings become even more enjoyable. However, one downside of the warmer…
Top 10 ways your child can succeed in school written in large yellow and orange font. Top 10 Ways Your Child Can Succeed in School - Every parent wants the best for their child, especially when it comes to their education. As a pediatrician, I have…
A mother sits on a bed comforting a child that suffers from night terrors. 10 Ways to Help Your Kid with Night Terrors - Night terrors, also known as sleep terrors, are a common sleep disorder among children. They typically occur during deep non-REM…
Kids demonstrate youth volunteerism by carrying a recycling bin. The Mommy Minute: Youth Volunteerism - It is great to get your kids involved in their community by volunteering. We all need to be involved more…

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