Medications every parent should have on hand and hopefully never need to use

Our very own Dr Molly authored this piece featured in the Beaumont Parenting Program’s blog for new parents.

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It’s 10:00 p.m. and your baby is fussy and hot. You take her temperature and discover she has a fever. You learned from your pediatrician that you don’t have to worry about the fever but since she’s uncomfortable you decide to give some pain reliever/fever reducer. Which do you choose? Acetaminophen? Ibuprofen? Both are great at relieving fussiness and fever so which one you grab from the medicine cabinet depends a bit on your child’s age.

  • Acetaminophen (brand name: Tylenol) is recommended for infants until they are over 6 months old. Because infant kidneys aren’t mature yet, parents shouldn’t give ibuprofen until after the 6-month mark. Acetaminophen can be given every 4 to 6 hours and is available a children’s formulation. The dose should always be based on your baby’s weight rather than age, so check out this dose chart to make sure you are…

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New Season, New Healthy Routines for You and Your Family

Spring has finally come to the frigid Midwest and if you are anything like me you are digging through your cedar closet to find your shorts and sunscreen to head outside! The first week or two of spring are glorious. We all want to be outdoors, raking the flower beds, cutting the grass for the… Continue reading New Season, New Healthy Routines for You and Your Family

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The Working Title Is…You Talkin’ To Me?

Katie Parks writes with humor and honesty about growing older and planning for your future.

Someday I'm Going to Write a Book

In the often quoted classic 1976 film Taxi Driver, Robert DeNiro’s character imagines what he would say if he were confronted by a bad guy and practices his response by speaking to his reflection in the mirror.

I’ve taken a hint from his playbook and often preemptively planned conversations with my own reflection. But as I look back on my first half-century of life, I wish I had done that more often.

I was reminded of that this week when the New York Times electronically reprinted an article linked here that asked the question “What to Do with Their Stuff?”. This is a topic that will hit home for many peers entrenched in the Sandwich Generation. And it certainly hit home for me.

Closing up my childhood home a number of years ago was agonizing. I kept more than I should have because I just couldn’t bear to part…

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The Elf on the Shelf vs Santa

Santa is an amazing invention. Originally this jolly old elf was a version of St Nicolas bringing trinkets and fruit to children to celebrate the birth of Christ but as time went on he morphed in Santa Claus the all-seeing, all-knowing, arbiter of naughty or nice. The red faced, white bearded man who puts toddlers… Continue reading The Elf on the Shelf vs Santa