Articles by Dr. Linda - Holistic Pediatrician

Natural Health for Children, Newborn Care Basics, Holistic Nutrition for Babies and Children and more….

Eczema and eczema symptoms

“Dr. Linda, my doctor just told me my baby has eczema. What does this mean?”   Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes skin dryness, rashes, and very itchy skin. 5-20% of babies have it and the incidence is increasing worldwide. Most babies with eczema show...

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Why Omega-3 Essential fatty acids

"Dr. Linda, I've been hearing a lot about Omega-3 essential fatty acids. What are they and why does my baby need them?" Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of essential fatty acid (EFA). These are fatty acids we can't make in our bodies we have to get them through our diet...

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What are Omega-3 essential fatty acids?

"Dr. Linda, I've been hearing a lot about Omega-3 essential fatty acids. What are they and why does my baby need them?" Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of essential fatty acid (EFA). These are fatty acids we can't make in our bodies we have to get them through our diet...

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Study showing Essential Fatty Acids can prevent asthma.

This new study out of  Sweden is the largest to date that studies the effect of children's diet on the occurrence of allergic asthma and allergies. The study followed 940 children born between 1994...

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Caring for Your Son’s Uncircumcised Penis

  "Dr. Linda, my partner and I decided not to circumcise our son. Is there anything special we need to know about caring for his uncircumcised penis?" As a general rule, if your son has an uncircumcised penis, he should be able to pull the foreskin back completely...

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Tips for Care of the Circumcision

Dr. Linda, my baby boy was circumcised just before we brought him home from the hospital 2 days ago. Now there's some yellow material on his penis. Should I remove it? Can you tell me more about how to take care of the circumcision? Circumcision is the medical...

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Changing your newborn’s diaper

"Dr. Linda, I'm due in 2 weeks. Which type of newborn diaper should I use? Can you give me some tips on how to change my newborn's diaper?" When deciding which type of newborn diaper to use you may want to consider convenience, cost and how the diapers you use will...

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Tips to avoid having a gassy newborn

“Dr. Linda, my baby burps really well but she still passes a lot of gas. Is there anything I can do for her?” The baby in this question is probably making excessive amounts of gas either as a result of her diet or as a byproduct of her intestinal flora.   Gas in your...

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Self Care Tips after a disaster

  “Dr. Linda, now that the hurricane is over I feel like freaking out but I’m worried about my daughter and how it will affect her.”   How you cope during and after a disaster influences how well your kids will cope.The better your self-care , the better you will...

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Help Your Child Cope After a Disaster

"Dr. Linda, since the hurricane my three-year-old has started biting his baby sister. Is this normal?  How can I protect the baby?  What should I do?"   Children of different ages tend to have different responses to stress. To help your child cope well with a...

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Choosing your baby doctor.

"Dr. Linda, I'm due in 2 months and have not chosen a baby doctor yet. Can you give me some guidance?"   It really does take a village to raise a holistically healthy child. Your baby's doctor will be an important part of the village (team) you build as you raise your...

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Dealing With Diaper Rash

Dr. Linda, my newborn has red dots in her diaper area.What are they? Should I worry? The most common cause of red dots in your baby's diaper area is irritant diaper dermatitis (aka diaper rash). This happens as a result of the diaper rubbing against your baby’s skin...

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The Down and Dirty on Baby Poop.

"Dr. Linda, my baby is 2 days old. He just pooped and it’s black! Should I worry?" Meconium is the first baby poop your baby will have. Its dark green to black and very sticky. 90% of babies will pass their first meconium in the first 24 hours after delivery.   Over...

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Habits to Quit Smoking WITHOUT DRUGS

How to Quit Smoking WITHOUT DRUGS ... During Pregnancy This blog post is meant to give you the information you need to decide on the best way for you or someone you love to quit smoking...without pharmaceutical support ... that is, quit smoking without drugs. This is...

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2 skills you can use now to teach your baby to fall asleep.

Newborns are fabulously intelligent beings who need to learn how to do almost everything.

Unfortunately, most newborn babies do not know how to fall asleep on their own. By learning these 2 skills, you should be able to easily teach your baby how to fall asleep on his own, you just need to become a close observer of your baby’s behavior as well as a patient, consistent teacher.


1.Learn baby’s patterns of behavior:

Babies are creatures of habit. Most newborns function on a 90-minute rest and activity cycle, where they are active for 90 minutes and then need to sleep. Watch your baby closely so you recognize this cycle throughout his day, and then use it to help him sleep.

During the 90-minute alert cycles, your baby may be very active, may be more quiet and watchful, or may be a mixture of the two. At the end of the 90-minute alert cycle baby will need to sleep for a period of time. When baby wakes up from his nap the new 90-minute cycle starts again.

Recognizing this 90-minute cycle in your baby’s day gives you the ability to know approximately when baby will need to sleep so you can be watchful and not miss his sleep cues and end up with an overtired baby that cannot fall asleep

As your baby gets older this same cycle is still there, but instead of needing to sleep every 90 minutes, your baby may stay awake for multiples of the 90-minute cycle like 180 minutes (3 hours) and then need to go down for a nap.  Just be alert to this and you will find that training baby to sleep is easier than you think.

Dr. Polly Moore in her book, The Natural Baby Sleep Solution, teaches about this in detail. I highly recommend you read it.


 2. Learn baby’s sleep cues:

Sleep cues are the behaviors your baby will have when he is sleepy. As soon as you recognize a sleep cue it is important that you slow down or stop whatever you are doing, and get baby ready to sleep as soon as possible. Otherwise, you may end up with a fussy, overtired baby who is ‘fighting’ sleep.

Here are a few of the more common sleep cues in babies.

1.Rubbing the yes: Baby may rub his eyes either on your clothing, on a surface like a blanket or, as he gets older, with his fists.

2.Withdrawal: as baby gets tired he may stop playing and interacting with you.

  1. Yawning.
  2. Fussiness.

Your baby is unique, so observe him closely to learn his sleep cues. Whatever he does right before he falls asleep will be one of his sleep cues.

I hope you find this post helpful, and I would love to hear what you’ve found to be your baby’s unique sleep behavior.

To your holistic health,

Dr Linda

My name is Dr. Linda, and I’m glad you stopped by. I am a board-certified Pediatrician, also board-certified in Integrative Holistic Medicine, as well as Infectious Diseases, with more than 30 years of clinical practice under my belt. More importantly, I’m also the mother of two … and all my years of training did not prepare me for the the day-to-day job of being a parent. I know first-hand the anxiety of becoming a first-time parent: not knowing what to do; who to trust; where to go for plain talk about raising healthy children – healthy in mind, body, and spirit. [CLICK to Read More…]

Ask Dr. Linda does not provide medical advice, diagnose medical conditions, or offer treatment. You should always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have about a potential medical condition.

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