“Private Parts”: Helping Kids Understand Without Creating Anxiety

Dr. Caroline R Paul and Patient

Pediatricians take pride that prevention is the backbone of their vocation. As we work with families to better the lives of their children, we emphasize preventive measures that are based on well-founded knowledge and have been shown to be effective in reducing harm to children. We have to be particularly careful in balancing guidance for a potential danger, without provoking undue anxiety and fear. One particular area is that of personal safety.

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Huevos Rancheros Recipe

Huevos Rancheros

Here is a meatless meal that is full of flavor and very quick to make. Let your kids assemble the ingredients…the first time, they may only want egg in a tortilla. But as they see others eating salsa or beans, they will eventually feel comfortable doing the same.

Huevos Rancheros

Allow 1-2 eggs and 1 tortilla per person

  • Oil
  • Corn tortilla (1 per egg)
  • Eggs, poached or fried over-easy to over-medium
  • Refried beans, canned (may be seasoned with cumin, black pepper and oregano)
  • Tomato or tomatillo salsa
  • Shredded cheese
  1. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil over high heat. Quickly fry corn tortillas to soften, drain on paper towels.
  2. Warm the beans in the microwave and then spread a thin layer on the tortillas. Top with eggs.
  3. Smother with salsa and top with shredded cheese.

Recipe from the UW Health Pediatric Fitness Clinic

Reach Out and Read: Encouraging a Love of Reading

Rachel Weigert

Many of us have a fond memory with a book as the focal point: one that was read to us countless times by parents or grandparents, or maybe even the first we read on our own, which for me was Amazing Grace. But it wasn’t until a few years ago that I started to realize how fortunate I was to have books surrounding me from birth along with people who cared enough to read them.

I started volunteering with Reach Out and Read at an inner city hospital in Minneapolis. The volunteer coordinator started our training by holding up a file folder with the word “upscuddle” scrawled on it. Assuming this was a word many of us were not familiar with, she went on to say that children who have been read to have more than quadruple the vocabulary coming into kindergarten than their counterparts. The comparison was drawn: the confusion I felt at the word “upscuddle” happens on a moment-to-moment basis for children with a limited vocabulary, reading and writing skills.

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New Parents and Sleep: What to Expect

Newborn Sleep, What to Expect

Ah…sleep. It seems so precious and limited when babies are young. New parents quickly learn not to take a good nights’ sleep for granted. When should breastfed babies be expected to sleep throughout the night?

Sleep is a work in progress during the first year of a baby’s life. There is no easy answer.

The First Month

In the first few weeks after birth, babies almost always fall asleep at the end of nursing. Their tummies are full, they just worked for their meal by actively nursing, and they are warm and cozy in mom’s arms. Who wouldn’t take a snooze after this?

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