Posts By: Lawrence Wasser, M.D.

Feeding your picky eater

Feeding problems are quite common in the second year of life. Food preferences are a way of expressing the toddler’s sense of self and his emerging autonomy. As the toddler becomes more interested in being in charge, he may become uncooperative with spoon feeding, preferring to feed himself. Using two spoons can be very helpful here,…
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Tips for feeding your infant or toddler

When caring for a newborn, feeding is probably the single most important thing that parents do for their infant. Feeding is therefore very tightly bound up in our feelings about parenting from the very beginning. Recommendations for feeding infants usually consist of exclusive breastfeeding (or exclusive formula feeding if breastfeeding is not possible) until approximately…
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Primer on poop for new parents

A newborn’s first bowel movement is called meconium. It is a thick, sticky, black to dark green substance. It begins to be formed inside the fetus’ intestines at about the 12-16th week of gestation. It is made up of amniotic fluid, lanugo (hair growing on the fetus/skin) and cells shed from the fetus’ skin and intestinal…
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Making the decision to breastfeed

The decision to breast or bottle feed is not merely a lifestyle decision. It is an important decision with lifelong health benefits. Breastfeeding can go a long way towards making a healthier population. Breastfeeding is by far the best way to feed babies. Most people know how good breast milk is for babies. It protects them from allergies, pneumonia,…
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Take control during tantrums

We have all seen this: a toddler wants something; he doesn’t get it. Suddenly there is an ear-piercing series of shrieks, and a kicking, screaming crying toddler is on the floor at your feet. What is a parent to do? A tantrum is a throwback to early infancy, when the infant would communicate a need…
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