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A cure for colic?

Another possible ‘cure’ for colic…probiotics. Probiotics are ‘good germs’ that can benefit people by improving intestinal function as explained by health web site PDRHealth. As most parents know, colic is excessive crying for about 3 hours a day, starting at 3 weeks of age and lasting until 3 months of life. (It’s also known to […]


Infant car seats..are they safe?

A case report published in the British Medical Journal today is making headlines: are babies at risk of having breathing problems while in their car seats? Well, we actually read the case report, and frankly, we are not impressed. The researchers looked at 9 (yes, that’s VERY few) babies in New Zealand who had moments […]


Winter & Holiday Tips: Remember the 4 S's

SLEEP: When your child is traveling across time zones, missing naptimes, pushing back bedtime for special holiday activities, or simply sleeping in a different crib or bed—be prepared for him to have disrupted sleep. The solution? Try to stick to your child’s sleep routine as much as possible. And, then be prepared to give your […]


Dr. Brown on Rachael Ray—AGAIN!

Set your Tivo for another fun and helpful episode as “Dr. Ari” advises parents with kids who don’t listen to them (do you know any kids like that?) The show will air on Thursday, November 30. Check here to see when the show airs in your local area.  


Flu frenzy: Caused by the drug or the bug?

The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing cases and news reports of bizarre behavior in primarily children overseas who were taking the antiviral medication, Tamiflu, while they were infected with the influenza virus (better known as “The Flu”). It is unclear whether the cases of delirium, hallucinations, and other bizarre behaviors are due to the […]


Boo! Dr. Brown talks scary toddlers on Rachael Ray show Oct 31

Wake the neighbors! Set the TiVo! Baby 411 and Toddler 411 co-author Dr. Ari Brown will discuss quirky toddler behaviors on Rachael Ray’s new daytime talk show Tuesday October 31. Yes, that’s tomorrow, Halloween! Dr. Brown will discuss all the bizarre stuff kids do—what’s normal and when you should be worried. To see when the […]


Freakeconomics and Autism?

A recent study from Cornell University economics department looked at a possible association between television watching in young children and autism. The researchers compared autism rates, weather reports, and rates of subscriptions to cable TV. The study did not look at individual TV usage. It assumed there is more TV watching going on inside when […]


BREAKING NEWS: Flu vaccine maker announces delay

One of the leading flu vaccine manufacturers and only manufacturer of flu vaccine for children under age 3, Sanofi Pasteur, has announced that their flu vaccine distribution will be shipped later this year (likely November/ December) than in previous years due to a difficulty in the production process.   Usually flu vaccine is available in […]


Question of the day: Is Finger Sucking Bad for Baby?

Reader Charlotte S. writes today: Dear Dr. Brown and Denise: What are your thougths on finger sucking?  My 6.5 month-old son has been breastfeed since birth and continues to be breastfed in addtion to starting solids at 5.5 months.  I introduced a bottle when I went back to work when he was 9 weeks.  He’s […]


Update: E coli outbreak from spinach

As we have all heard in the news, some batches of fresh spinach have been contamininated with the bacteria, E coli 0157 H7, found in cow manure. This bacteria causes a form of food poisoning, resulting in bloody diarrhea. And, some really unlucky people can get a complication called Hemolytic Uremic Sydrome (HUS). HUS involves […]