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  • Growth Curve

    Toddlers tend to opt for the last thing in a set, so craft your questions carefully

    My youngest child, now just over a year old, has started to talk. Even though I’ve experienced this process with my older two, it’s absolutely thrilling. He is putting words to the thoughts that swirl around in his sweet little head, making his mind a little less mysterious to the rest of us.

    But these early words may not mean what we think they mean, a new study hints. Unsurprisingly,...

    07/10/2019 - 08:00 Child Development, Parenting
  • Growth Curve

    When fighting lice, focus on kids’ heads, not hats or toys

    I recently attempted a technically demanding “around the world” braid on my kindergartner. On my sloppy and meandering approach to the South Pole, I discovered a loathsome sight that scuttled my circumnavigation — a smattering of small, brownish casings stuck onto hairs.

    I tried to convince myself that I was looking at sand. She’s always covered in sand! But I’ve spent enough time around...

    06/13/2019 - 08:00 Parenting, Health, Guidelines
  • Growth Curve

    Probiotics don’t help puking kids, two large trials suggest

    There’s no sorrier sight than a puking preschooler. That’s the conclusion I recently reached around 2 a.m. as my poor 4-year-old heaved into the dim abyss. Luckily, her bout with the stomach flu was brief, and she was feeling better by the next day.

    Stomach flu, also known as gastroenteritis, is a common affliction caused by bacteria or viruses that inflame the gut. Though mercifully...

    01/03/2019 - 07:00 Health, Parenting
  • Growth Curve

    Many babies are crummy sleepers, confirming what millions of parents already know

    I love to hate the phrase “sleep like a baby.” It’s a beautiful example of a saying that’s based on the exact opposite of what it’s intended to convey. Babies (many of them, anyway) are rotten sleepers.

    During my last pregnancy, I wondered if I might luck out with a good sleeper. Or at least an average sleeper. But my third little sweetie didn’t deliver. At nearly 8 months, he (and I)...

    12/12/2018 - 08:00 Child Development, Parenting
  • Growth Curve

    Don’t spank your kids. Do time-outs and positive talk instead, pediatricians say

    Sometime around 9 p.m., before the second leg of a cross-country flight, my just-turned-4-year-old decided she had had enough. She let out a scream and went full noodle right at the end of a moving walkway in Chicago Midway. I had the baby in a carrier and a death grip on my older daughter’s hand, so it was up to my husband to scoop up our enraged, sweaty middle child and keep hold of her and...

    11/20/2018 - 14:00 Parenting, Guidelines
  • Growth Curve

    No matter their size, newborn stomachs need frequent filling

    I’m making my way through my third round of breastfeeding a newborn and taking stock of how things are going. Some aspects are definitely easier: My milk came in really quickly (a perk of being a repeat lactator), the fancy breastfeeding baby holds are no longer mysterious to me and I already own all of the weird pillows I need to prop up my tiny baby.  

    But one thing isn’t easier this...

    07/06/2018 - 07:17 Child Development, Parenting, Health