One Less Nut in LALA Land

One Less Nut in LALA Land

The day after Jane Brody’s article in the New York Times came out, describing how surprisingly common it is for children to choke on objects, be they toys or food, I’m in the operating room with a toddler’s who’s choked on a cashew.  Wait, he’s not even a toddler.  He’s a BABY. By some arbitrary […]

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The worst parents in the world, or mixed messages?

The worst parents in the world, or mixed messages?

The other day, I asked a tearful mom to kiss her boy goodbye before we wheeled him off to the operating room. And we didn’t have time for a long goodbye. He was three-years-old, her ‘one and only’. Just days before, he had choked while eating popcorn, seemed okay right afterwards, but his nagging cough […]

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Pool Safety:  It’s Not Just about Watching The Kids

Pool Safety: It’s Not Just about Watching The Kids

Even though the summer season is coming to a close, just the other day we were reminded of yet another concern about pool safety: pool drains. The music star Usher’s son was pulled to the bottom of his home pool by the suction power of a faulty drain cover. Even if this 5-year-old had been […]

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Breathing Issues in Your Newborn

Breathing Issues in Your Newborn

Anyone who has ever been in a delivery room, be they parent, birthing coach, doctor, or nurse, awaits the same thing: a newborn baby’s first cry.  “WAAAAAAAAAAA!!!” and everybody cheers.  But did you know that a baby cannot breathe through his wide-open mouth, except when he cries?  That’s right, a newborn baby must breathe through […]

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Am I a Mean Mom?

Am I a Mean Mom?

That fateful day, when my nine-year-old daughter’s dentist told us that she needed two teeth pulled.  Baby teeth, but they were locked in, so out they must go.  “Just make an appointment, and we’ll give her a little laughing gas.”  Laughing gas?  Anesthesia?  For two baby teeth? Hmm, I thought.  What ever happened to Novocain […]

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