Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Center offers support, resources for families


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

Postpartum depression: More than the baby blues


About eight in 10 new mothers feel down after giving birth. The “baby blues” occur during the first few days after birth, usually appearing on the third or fourth day. They are usually over by two weeks postpartum. You may feel tearful, impatient, irritable, restless or anxious. These periods are fairly short and don’t last … 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

Kids and germs: What you need to clean


Children love discovering new things. It’s their awesome imaginations that has them building sandcastles, splashing in mud puddles and sharing an ice cream cone with the family dog. Unfortunately, all that discovery leads to one common thing: germs. Here are some household tips on where bacteria seem to lurk the most. Bathroom Every month, give bath … Continued

How reading helps children be BRAVE


Some of my favorite memories as a mom to young children involves our time snuggled together reading a favorite book. While it can be hard as a busy parent to find time for reading to your children, the benefits of it are countless. I’ve compiled some of my favorites into an easy-to-remember acronym. B is … Continued