Years ago, before anyone had ever heard of an iPhone or Instagram, no matter how mean a bully could be on the bus, at school or on the playground, when a child got home, they were safe. The bully could not pass through the door to torment them when they were home relaxing, doing homework or watching TV.
The Connecticut State Department of Education updated their Individualized Education Program (IEP) last year to make the process easier to navigate for students, parents, and educators. Helpful as those changes are, it can still be challenging to ensure a child can thrive in school. Bay Street Pediatrics knows that current education research proves that early, individualized intervention can greatly improve educational outcomes. Where does a parent begin to find the best paths to a successful educational experience for students with disabilities?
When you found out you were expecting your baby, you may have hit up the hardware store for safety devices; outlet covers, cabinet locks and baby gates. You might have even installed everything before your newborn even moved off their play blanket.
Now that your baby is growing up, have you taken a minute lately to double check your home’s safety? [Read more…] about Making Your Home Safe For Your Child
Warning bells are always sounding about children and screen time. Studies show screen time negatively impacts the way the brain works, shortens attention spans, contributes to loneliness, depression and anxiety, and lowers academic success in children.
Allergies can be a barely noticeable runny nose that clears up as soon as pollen blooms fade. It can also be itching, watery eyes, difficulty breathing and uncontrollable sneezing during the spring and summer. Bay Street Pediatrics is here to help you better understand your child’s allergies and provide solutions to these symptoms.
First words are so very exciting! Will your baby say “mama” first, or could it be “daddy”? Your baby’s coos and burbles are turning into real speech faster than you could imagine, but in reality, it will take years for your child to develop the tongue, cheek and facial muscles to clearly enunciate all the sounds needed for intelligible, unambiguous speech. [Read more…] about Speech Development Is Worth Talking About!
Before we are parents, we can’t imagine a time when we would be so concerned about what someone else is eating. After having children, that seems to be our major worry. Is my newborn eating enough? Is my toddler healthy if they eat nothing but green beans? Is it okay if my kindergartner eats four Granny Smith apples each day?
While most of this works itself out, parents may again become concerned about eating habits when children enter adolescence and their teen years, especially if kids suddenly seem worried about calories, exercise and weight gain. [Read more…] about Eating Disorders in Adolescents
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