Health Information For You!

Here’s an alphabetical list of handouts and links to outside resources that you may find interesting. Please check back, because I plan to post all my handouts. You may also want to follow me on facebook for more health information.


Breastfeeding, including information on mastitis, meds to increase milk, and more

Babyproofing tips, including list of poisonous plants

Calorie boosters for kids who aren’t gaining weight well

Circumcision — information on anesthesia

Colic — babies who cry over 3 hours a day

Cord Blood Banking: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends donating cord blood to a public bank, rather than storing it for your own child’s use, since the likelihood of you using it yourself is low. You can read more here on Here’s an overview of public cord blood banking.

Cough and cold

Items you may wish to use for a cold:

Dermatology: a link to a dermatology diagnostic tool that may help you


Drowning prevention: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends drowning prevention class. I especially recommend it for any young child who will be at a privately owned pool this summer. Here is a guide to water safety from CHOP and a drowning prevention class. Many neighborhood YMCAs also offer lessons, and this is a list of swim classes in the Philadelphia area (compiled in 2016, but still useful).


Food allergy prevention: More and more studies suggest that LATE introduction of solids may lead to an INCREASED risk of food allergies, while EARLY (4-6 months) introduction may lead to a DECREASED risk. Here are some articles on this topic:

Fluoride varnish is recommended from the first tooth until age 5. Here’s more information about when and how to come in for your child’s flouride varnish treatments.

High blood pressure

Iron deficiency prevention: AAP Guidelines say, start iron supplements in breastfed babies at 4 months



Nanny hiring: If you are hiring a nanny, please pay for him or her to be tested for Hepatitis B and tuberculosis to see if she has them, and to be checked for immunity against measles, mumps and chicken pox, before starting. Also, provide for the nanny to receive a flu vaccine each fall, and a Tdap vaccine (against whooping cough) within 2 years of starting with a newborn, as well as give proof of a hepatitis B and hepatitis A vaccine at some point in the past.

Overweight: how to prevent it in young children & how to lose weight

Probiotics: an article from Dr. Lieberman & another from Contemporary Pediatrics


Sleep: an article from Sleep Journal on Methods of Sleep Training for Babies and Young Children & another article on long-term effects of Sleep Training at age 6 years old (no long-term effects are seen)

Smoking cessation


Ticks: what to do if you find a tick on your child

Tuna fish: how much is safe?

Tylenol and ibuprofen: this very interesting article from the American Academy of Pediatrics questions the safety of acetaminophen (Tylenol). Worth reading before giving your child this common over-the-counter medication. And concerns re ibuprofen in infants are probably overstated. That said, do be careful with ibuprofen if your infant or child is dehydrated, and give Tylenol until they are better hydrated.

Vaccine information: our vaccine page has links to Vaccine Information Statements by the CDC and to the AAP information site on immunizations, as well as a number of interesting articles.

Violence: talking about it with children


Yeast diaper rash Symptom Checker: This is good, reliable information from the American Academy of Pediatrics.