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Lisa Lewis, MD
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Child Health and World Parenting Enthusiast. Upcoming FAMILIUS book - Pediatrician with a Passport.
Child Health and World Parenting Enthusiast. Upcoming FAMILIUS book - Pediatrician with a Passport.

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Hi, I am a pediatrician in Texas who has written a book about child health and parenting across cultures called Pediatrician with a Passport (release date April 1, 2018 by Familius). I quote a research study (2010) from Travelodge in the book that states that British adults often sleep with a teddy bear and may travel with their teddy bear. The study quotes 35% of Britons sleep with a teddy bear! I am intrigued and would like to hear your thoughts. Do you sleep or travel with a teddy bear? Thanks for your input! 
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So, here's a relatively common question. About head banging, a fairly common self-soothing behavior. Head banging drives most of us crazy wondering if the baby / toddler is going to get injured. Although most head bangers do so for a period of time and stop, it's good to check with your doctor to ensure there are no other problems (I once saw a new onset head banging baby with an ear infection!)

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Babyproofing means to make your home as safe and accident-free as possible. Your baby will be mobile in the blink of an eye. In a perfect world, we could watch our babies constantly and prevent accidents before they happen. Here are 13 baby proofing and safety tips, with a CDC link for more information. This is a list to print out and keep.

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This article from +Babble takes us through the tradition of naming from a global perspective. Some families like original names (Native Americans), and others stay with traditional family names that have been passed down generation after generation. For example, take Prince William and Princess Catherine. George is a family name that has been used before. The Queen’s father was named King George VI!

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Simply having a car seat in the car is not enough to keep your baby protected while using your vehicle. The car seat must also be installed correctly and be up to date according to safety standards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that about 80% of car seats are not properly used or installed. Even if a baby is placed in the seat correctly, the seat may be wrong for the child or installed incorrectly. Here's a list you can print out and keep to ensure you are installing and using your child's car seat properly.

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There is much societal pressure to potty train at the age of two, but some children do not successfully train until the age of three or older. Here are some tips to help have a healthy, happy and rewarding potty training experience.

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New book out -- 101 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids. From a child development perspective, the book activities promote both fine motor and cognitive skills. Here's a review with one of the global activities. Enjoy!

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Is your message to your daughter "You are gorgeous, but I am fat"? Here's an article citing research from the Mayo Clinic revealing how important a mother's input is to shape her daughter's image of her own body.

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An essay written by Jordan Jaafar, Age 18, St. Mary’s Hall, San Antonio, Texas, propels a parent’s mind to reflect, and invites new behaviors. Jordan has penned a compelling argument for increased parental guidance and involvement in the teen years.

We are coaches and confidantes. Parents help children understand that inappropriate behavior leads to appropriate consequences. Yes, even when we feel shut out, we can be let in and make a difference in our children’s lives. Enjoy!
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