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Where in the World Did You Hear That?

Dr. William J. Mesibov, M.D., board certified Pediatrician, separates fact from fiction as he dispels common Wives’ Tales about children’s issues.  The topics covered include: Teething Sleep Issues in Children Fever Ear Infections Antibiotics Colic Outdoors Panicked Parents Feeding Cold Remedies … Continue reading

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Chapter 1: Teething, It’s Not What You’ve Been Taught

Chapter 1 TEETHING, IT’S NOT WHAT YOU’VE BEEN TAUGHT I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve heard intelligent parents express the conviction that teething causes fever, congestion, diarrhea, diaper rashes and pain.  Although these beliefs about teething are … Continue reading

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Chapter 2: My Baby Doesn’t Sleep

Chapter 2: MY BABY DOESN’T SLEEP This subject really hits home. My children were horrible sleepers and, during their first few months, my wife and I spent our days like zombies, fantasizing about how wonderful a night’s sleep would be. … Continue reading

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Chapter 3: Fever

BABY HAS FEVER I’ll never forget one late night phone call. Barely able to contain herself, Mrs. X blurted out that Anthony’s rectal temperature was 99! Perplexed, I asked what Anthony, six years old, was doing while we were on … Continue reading

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Chapert 4: Ear Infections

CONFUSION ABOUT EAR INFECTIONS Pediatricians spend more time in the diagnosis and treatment of ear infections than almost all other ailments combined. Since the middle ear can’t be seen without instruments, the possibility of an ear infection lurks in the … Continue reading

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Chapter 5: Antibiotics

ANTIBIOTICS: MISUSED AND MISUNDERSTOOD Most parents feel relieved when an antibiotic is prescribed for their sick child. That’s why it’s hard to convince worried parents that antibiotics are sometimes not a good idea and, in fact, may be harmful! Some … Continue reading

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Chapter 7: Outdoors

PLEASE DOCTOR, WHEN CAN I GO OUTSIDE? My mother was convinced that, at the first sign of illness, I was to be sent immediately to my bed. Except for trips to the bathroom, I was not allowed to wander out … Continue reading

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Chapter 6: Colic

THE MYTH OF COLIC I am painfully aware that some babies spend almost all their waking hours crying and screaming. I have known parents to be suicidal at worst and depressed at best with babies such as these. But to … Continue reading

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Chapter 8: Avoiding Panic

AVOIDING PANIC WHEN YOUR CHILD IS ILL It’s human nature for parents to worry about their kids, fearing the worst with each illness or injury. Although extremely few pediatric illnesses are serious, it’s hard for Moms and Dads not to … Continue reading

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Chapter 9: Eating Habits

IS THERE ANYTHING MY CHILD WILL EAT? The first time I encountered a child with a food fetish, I thought his parents were joking.  Their son, they explained, a well mannered, handsome twelve year old refused to eat anything but … Continue reading

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