| Posted On Sep 16, 2015 | By:

E-cigarettes and Kids: A Harmful Combination

Despite very successful anti-tobacco campaigns over the past several years that have greatly diminished cigarette use among tweens and teens, e-cigarettes and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) products are rising quickly in popularity. In 2014, survey results found more teens used e-cigarettes than regular cigarettes: 9% of 8th graders, 16% of 10th graders, and 17% of 12th graders used e-cigarettes, compared to 4%, 7%, and 14% for regular cigarettes, respectively.

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| Posted On Jul 06, 2015 | By:

The Bittersweet Story of Sugar

There are a lot of sugar-containing foods in this world, and chances are you enjoy eating at least one of them. Candy, soda, and fruit are just a few examples of foods that contain sugar. When we eat sugar, it lights up our brains and makes us feel happy. But having too much sugar in our diets can make our bodies unhappy. The other big question to answer is whether the sugar in the foods we eat is naturally occurring or added to the food.

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| Posted On Oct 03, 2014 | By:

Baby’s Visit to the Pediatrician’s Office

Given how quickly your baby grows and changes during the first months and years of her life, well child visits with your pediatrician are very important, but as a new parent, you may not know what to expect during your child’s first few visits to the pediatrician.

In the video below, Dr. Eumene Ching, a pediatrician and chief of the pediatrics department at our Cambridge practice, narrates each step of an infant well child visit and explains what your pediatrician is checking – and why – in regards to your baby’s growth and development.

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| Posted On Aug 14, 2014 | By:

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, North Shore Style!

Staff at our Peabody/Lynnfield practice – 29 of them, to be exact – took on the Ice Bucket Challenge started by Peter Frates, former Boston College baseball player, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. The Ice Bucket Challenge has been sweeping the nation and almost every department of the Peabody/Lynnfield practice had a representative who poured a bucket of ice water on their heads to raise awareness of this devastating disease.

And in true ALS Ice Bucket Challenge protocol,

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| Posted On Apr 24, 2014 | By:

Positive Parenting Part 2: When Children Misbehave

Last week, I published a blog about the general concepts of positive parenting that you should try to practice each and every day.  Raising children, however, is a long journey, and there are inevitable bumps and turns and breakdowns along the road.  Sometimes, you have to correct your child’s behavior to help them understand that the behavior is not acceptable and learn that there are consequences to misbehaving.

Like almost everything with a child,

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| Posted On Apr 17, 2014 | By:

Positive Parenting

Over time, there has been a change in philosophy about how to raise children.  Many of the grandparents of today were, as children, raised in a very strict environment where “children should be seen but not heard.”  That philosophy gave way to an era of permissiveness, which often led to chaos in the household.  In recent years, there’s been an emphasis on building self-esteem.

But the reality is that we need a blend of all of these approaches to raise our children to be responsible,

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| Posted On Mar 14, 2014 | By:

Breast Milk Pumping Made Fast and Easy

If you plan to breastfeed your baby after you return to work from maternity leave, figuring out how to pump away from home may seem at first a bit daunting. You wonder: “Where can I pump at work?”  “How do I fit it into my work schedule?”  “How can I do it efficiently?”  I’ve been there myself, so don’t worry, there are many things you can do to make pumping easier and faster for you.

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| Posted On Feb 19, 2014 | By:

Getting Baby from Breast to Bottle

One of the challenges that breastfeeding moms face is getting their babies to accept a bottle. No matter that there’s breast milk in there, many babies don’t take kindly to this change and may need a bit of coaxing.

Especially for those women who work away from the home, getting your baby to take a bottle is pretty important, so you should know that it may take a little time and start early. 

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| Posted On Oct 25, 2013 | By:

Calming a Child’s Fear about Visiting the Doctor

At one point or another – maybe at the age of two or five or even older – many children get scared to go for a visit to their pediatrician.  There’s lots of reasons for their anxiety, and many of them come from not knowing what to expect:  what will they see when they look in my ears?  will it hurt when they tighten that band around my arm?  and what about shots (okay,

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| Posted On Aug 07, 2013 | By:

My Family Vacation to Ecuador

To most, a week in Ecuador may mean a terrific vacation filled with beaches, spas, zip lining and other tourist attractions.  My trip to Ecuador was also a truly wonderful and memorable experience, but not quite the same as most.  My trip was a “family vacation,” but we certainly were not a typical tourist family. My son, who is an engineer, and I used our time off to volunteer, and in a most unlikely vacation spot.

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