Blog revival

Thanks for everyone's feedback. I will definitely try to increase the number and frequency of posts to the blog. We'll continue to send out periodic enewsletters for breaking news items. As I up the amount of blogging, here are few thoughts:

1. I can't get to the blog everyday, so don't please post any urgent questions! Always consult your doctor for an immediate problem.

2. The purpose of the blog is to inform, explain, and educate. It should NOT replace medical advice from your doctor.

3. I welcome constructive comments and questions. Yes, I will be discussing current hot-button topics. But let's keep the discussion civil! 

Thanks again for reading our blog and book!

Chelsea

I have been reading Toddler411 and have come to respect...

Chelsea said on :

I have been reading Toddler411 and have come to respect your advice and information. So I am asking you this question first to hear your input. My daughter, a military dependant has gotten the first two HIV shots. The military is pushing for the third, but not requiring it. What have you heard/what are your thoughts on the HIV vaccines?

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nickie

Wondering if you can help explain why it is reccommended...

nickie said on :

Wondering if you can help explain why it is reccommended that kids with severe plagiocephaly get helmeted and not with moderate or mild. Is it painful for the child? Does the plagiocephaly correct itself as a child gets older? Thanks,
Nickie

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nickie

Wondering if you can clear up the questions over helmeting?...

nickie said on :

Wondering if you can clear up the questions over helmeting? Why is helmeting only reccommended for severe plagiocephaly? Does mild or moderate plagiocephaly correct itself as a child approaches adulthood? Please clarify this!! There is such different advice from doctors vs. the internet.
Much thanks,
Nickie

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Crystal

I'm reading up on the whole peanut allergy thing and...

Crystal said on :

I’m reading up on the whole peanut allergy thing and I wonder if you can help me separate the wheat from the chaff.
1-How real is the increase in peanut allergies in recent years and how much is media hype/the new thing to be hysterical about?
2-I’ve found a LOT of conflicting info about what the real risk factors are for a peanut allergy, beyond if you or your spouse has a food allergy. (IE some studies say asthma is a contributing factor, but not to what degree)
3-Why are peanut allergies different from other allergies where early exposure can actually help limit your allergies in the future (for example, it’s good for young children to be around a dog or cat because it’s likely to make them LESS allergic in the future).
Thanks

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Patricia

I was wondering if you could address how common a runny...

Patricia said on :

I was wondering if you could address how common a runny nose is for a food allergy. My 7-month old had a runny nose/congestion every morning from around 10 am to 4 pm and nothing in his daily routine had changed except that we introduced oatmeal and wheat cereal for breakfast instead of rice cereal to try and alleviate some constipation. We had to see his pediatrician for reflux issues and he said the runny nose didn’t look infectious so we ruled out a cold.
After about 6 days of eating the wheat cereal and having the congestion we put him back on rice cereal and it waned for about 4 more days. Now he seems to be fine. Are we over analyzing the runny nose? Should we be looking for another type of allergy?

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