There is still no handbook on raising a child. Believe us — we looked. From bringing home a newborn to navigating the terrible twos, parenting is not free of challenges.
To make up for the lack of literature, our Sharp Health News team asked 10 common parenting questions for you. Get the inside scoop on baby poop, objects up noses, swallowed coins, spit-up and more topics.
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1. How frequently should babies spit up?
When it comes to newborn babies, how normal is spitting up? We put this question and others to the test with Dr. Blanca Fresno, a pediatrician affiliated with Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center.
2. Is my baby's poop normal?
Sometimes it's green. Sometimes it's pebbly. Sometimes it's filled with undigested food. We (literally) break down the stages of a baby's changing bowels.
3. Do babies need shoes?
Baby shoes are cute, but barefoot may be best when it comes to learning how to walk. Dr. Michal Goldberg, a board-certified pediatrician with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, answers eight common questions about baby feet.
4. What do I do if my kid swallows a coin?
Tiny objects, such as pennies and marbles, are shiny treasures for little explorers. So shiny and tempting that wee ones sometimes eat them. It's common, it's scary — and here's what to do if it happens to you.
5. My kid won't eat. Will he starve?
If your dinner table has become a battleground, you're not alone. "Our evolutionary makeup draws us to eat sugary food," says Dr. Corrie Clay, a board-certified pediatrician affiliated with Sharp Grossmont Hospital. "Children are no different. As parents, we need to teach them that a balanced diet is best."
6. My child stuck WHAT up his nose?
It may seem strange, but sticking objects up noses happens more than you realize. Before you grab the tweezers, read these tips from a pediatrician who has been there.
7. How do I get my child to stop biting?
Whether your child is the biter or the bitten, this common phenomenon is never easy on a parent. Learn why it happens, and how to make it stop.
8. Are bad habits really that bad?
Digging deep: Dr. Michal Goldberg takes a closer look at studies on nose-picking and thumb-sucking. Could they actually offer some health benefits for kids?
9. How do I know when my child needs speech therapy?
Every child learns and develops at his or her own rate. While some children begin to develop earlier than others, many parents become concerned when their child is not speaking when their peers are. Learn five ways you can help encourage language growth with your child.
10. Why does my child behave for everyone but me?
"It is extremely common for kids to behave better with some people than others," says Dr. Corrie Clay. When bad behavior is reserved for one parent, use these six tips to level the playing field.