Articles by Dr. Linda - Holistic Pediatrician
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Breastfeeding is natural, so it should be easy, right? For some moms and babies, breastfeeding goes really well and there are very few, if any, problems. For most moms, however, there are a number of nursing challenges that can interfere with how easy it is to...read more
Smoking is an Addiction and a Habit. Part 2 in 3-part series: As with any addiction, the first step is to admit smoking is a problem. The next step is making the decision to quit the habit. Here is the link to Part 1: 10 Ways to Reduce Smoke Exposure for a Healthy...read more
"Dr Linda, I am so angry and frustrated since we had our baby, what is going on?" New dads: It is very normal to feel some frustration and anxiety as you adjust to your new responsibilities as a dad, like your partner's "baby blues," however, if these strong feelings...read more
“Dr. Linda, I know that smoking is not good for my baby but my husband refuses to stop smoking. How can I reduce smoke exposure for my baby?” Honestly, you can’t make anyone do anything they don't want to do. I do believe, however, that you can help lead your husband...read more
As a new dad, you too are going through so many changes it is staggering. It is hard enough to figure out how you feel and how you are going to be the dad you want to be without the added stress of having to support your partner with postpartum depression. Many dads...read more
Exposure to Tobacco Smoke During Pregnancy -There is never a good time to be exposed to the poisons in tobacco smoke, but smoking during pregnancy is the worst! There are over 400 toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke; over 43 of these are known to cause cancer. These...read more
"Dr. Linda, I should feel joy now that I'm a mom, but I feel completely overwhelmed, I have no energy ... I cry all the time. I just don't think I can do this." Do YOU Have the Baby Blues - or Something Else? In the first few weeks after your baby is born your are...read more
"Dr Linda, a friend told me about swimming pool diarrhea. Is it safe to take my 3 month old baby to a public swimming pool? " Now that summer is here I get a lot of questions about the safety of taking young babies to swimming pools. As I was looking through my...read more
Parents usually first encounter baby-specific equipment as they prepare to take their newborn home from the hospital: most hospitals won't allow you to leave unless your baby is strapped into a car seat, for safety. The next big issue is often how to bathe your...read more
No Juice for Babies According to the AAP The American Academy of Pediatrics just came out with new recommendations about fruit juice for babies and children, in which they recommend that no juice be given to babies less than 1 year old (unless it is needed to treat...read more
"Dr Linda, why do we need to use a car seat?" When used properly, studies on car seat safety show that car seats lower the risk of death in a car accidents by 71% in infants and by 54% in toddlers and children between 1-4 years old. One of the most important...read more
“Dr. Linda, my 18 month old son has temper tantrums when I turn off the computer games. What is going on ?” Most young babies and toddlers today get exposed to hours of baby screen time every week. Many of them get screen time every day. This short blog post is to...read more
" Dr Linda, what tips do you have for preparing homemade baby food to preserve their nutritional value? " Here is a list of the best and healthiest ways to cook and foods as you are preparing homemade baby food. It is best to use moderate(not high) temperatures when...read more
"Dr. Linda, how can I make homemade baby food?" Be sure to check out other articles here on the when, how, and what, to advancing your baby's diet: Dr. Linda's Baby Diet Tips - Part 2 When and How to Start Baby Food Making Baby Meals Matter Preparing Homemade Baby...read more
Early Recognition Traditionally, autism is not formally diagnosed until the child is older, somewhere between 2 and 4 years of age. However, sometimes we find symptoms and signs that are suggestive of autism earlier in the baby's life; I've always believed it's...read more
Mixing Foods Once your baby has enjoyed a few single foods, you can start mixing them together so she gets to experience different flavors. Mixing iron rich foods (cereals or spinach, as examples) with a food rich in Vitamin C (oranges or lemon) is a great...read more
“Dr. Linda, my son has been taking pureed lamb well for the last 5 days. What now?” Now that your baby has been on their first baby food for a few days with no problems, it is time to advance your baby's diet: start baby food...consider introducing different foods....read more
“Dr. Linda, my baby is 4 months old. Do I need to start a routine for baby meals yet? The earlier you start a routine, the faster you will both learn it and make it a habit. Make baby meals special times. They are a time for bonding, teaching and communicating...read more
"Dr. Linda, my 5-month-old watches me like a hawk when I eat and is trying to take food from my dish, how do I start giving her baby food?" Once your baby is between 4-6 months old and is showing at least three signs of readiness (see previous blog) your baby is...read more
Is My Baby Hungry? Dr. Linda: “My 5-month-old is getting up every 2-3 hours at night now even though she had been sleeping through the night. Is my baby hungry? Is that why she is waking up? Should I start feeding her baby food?" There are two main reasons most...read more
Getting Your Baby to Sleep Create Strong Sleeping Habits by Recognizing Your Baby’s Expected Sleep Pattern: Babies between 4 and 6 months of age begin to wake up every 2-3 hours as part of their normal development. Be Cautious of the Habits Your Establish This is a...read more
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.
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,
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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