Few things make parents feel as helpless as when their child is sick. Most parents can handle a bit of a runny nose, a cough or an upset tummy, but fevers can make a parent panic – no matter how mild the temperature is. At Bay Street Pediatrics, we understand that concern, especially when it’s our little ones that are warm and flushed. We are parents ourselves! [Read more…] about Understanding fevers helps prevent fever phobia
Each year, you hope to purchase holiday gifts that will enrich your children’s lives, from educational games to toys that develop large and small motor skills, to equipment for activities to must-have clothing. Sometimes, you feel it’s impossible to select presents. What can you give your child that will make a lasting impression but not contribute to the amount of “stuff” they already have?
Bay Street Pediatrics is here to help! We are recommending holiday presents to complement your children’s lives. With these gifts, your child will understand that you admire their individual personality and their interests, no matter how different from yours they may be. [Read more…] about Think Outside the Gift Box
Halloween is a glorious time to be a child! Children (and many adults) revel in the spirit, planning costumes, candy-gathering routes and places to see the best decorations in town.
Keeping Halloween spooky and fun, but also safe is the best way to avoid scary shrieks, screams or meltdowns. Bay Street Pediatrics is here with helpful advice to make the holiday happy. [Read more…] about Avoid Screaming “Banshees” on Halloween
During your pregnancy, time was divided into periods of 12 weeks, or trimesters. After three trimesters (or so), your baby was born. According to a theory developed by Dr. Harvey Karp, this is about 12 weeks – or one trimester – too early. Dr. Karp coined the term “Fourth Trimester” to refer to this period of both infant development and maternal recovery.
The healthcare providers at Bay Street Pediatrics know that this Fourth Trimester calls for unprecedented care, including 24/7 attention, feeding, diaper changes and nurturing. [Read more…] about The Fourth Trimester Of Baby’s Development
Starting kindergarten can be exciting or scary, thrilling or intimidating, a new adventure or an anxiety-inducing occasion – and it all depends upon how parents and caregivers help our children prepare for this momentous day.
At Bay Street Pediatrics, we know that kindergarten is an important transition. While your child may be accustomed to being away from you all day, kindergarten is a different environment from preschool, day care or a babysitter. Your child, at five to almost six years old, is also now experiencing a great deal of cognitive and emotional growth.
Children seem to endlessly enjoy their summer, running outside in the sunshine for hours on end, seemingly oblivious to the hot weather. Unfortunately, too much time in the sun can lead to forms of heat illness. While localized forms of heat illness like heat rash or heat cramps can be a minor inconvenience, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be much more dangerous.
Your Bay Street Pediatrics healthcare providers are here to explain how heat illnesses happen, what to watch for and what to do when your child experiences a heat illness.
For children, a day spent splashing in water is perfect summer fun. For parents, water play, wading and swimming also means staying alert and keeping eyes on children at all times, so everyone can truly enjoy the fun.
Here at Bay Street Pediatrics, we are delighted to see that increased water safety awareness has led to a steady decline in drowning deaths over the last 30 years. Our providers stress that supervision, swim lessons and CPR are three interrelated ways to keep children safe around the water.
Hepatitis cases of “unknown cause” in children are making news around the globe and causing quite a stir. At Bay Street Pediatrics, parents are asking if this illness is something to be concerned about. Our answer? Not really.