Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Center offers support, resources for families

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October is national awareness month for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).The death of an infant is devastating for families and communities, and when an infant passes away suddenly and unexpectedly, the confusion and lack of answers can be harrowing for everyone involved. The Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Center at Children’s Minnesota aims to help families in these distressing situations by providing information, counseling and support. … Continued

Toddlers and technology

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In today’s world, it is difficult to escape technology — even for young children. In fact, according to Common Sense Media, 38% of babies under 2 use tablets or smartphones, up from 10% in 2011. Yet, a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics states that children with self-soothing, sleep, emotional regulation, and attention issues … Continued

Getting ready for school… 5 years in advance

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As summer winds down and kids start filling desks and lining hallways at school, it’s a good time to talk about child development. Not all children arrive to school ready to learn. In fact, getting a healthy start begins long before kids step onto a school bus. As a mom and pediatrician, I know that … Continued

Foundation for Life: The Infant Toddler Brain

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Building the foundation for a lifetime Birth to age three offers an amazing opportunity to influence the entire trajectory of a child’s life. Research indicates that 80 percent of brain development occurs by age three. In Minnesota, that means 275,000 children are in this critical stage of development. There is a growing body of scientific … Continued