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Sick Kids & Child Care, Neck Injuries - PediaCast 353

Pediacast - September 14, 2016 - 12:57pm
We have two interviews for you this week. Dr Andy Hashikawa joins us for a discussion on sick kids and child care. Where can providers and parents find guidelines on keeping kids home? And how well do child care centers follow these guidelines? We’ll take a look. Dr Julie Leonard also stops by for a discussion on pediatric cervical spine injuries. We hope you can join us!
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Childhood Vaccines - part 2 - PediaCast 352

Pediacast - September 7, 2016 - 12:42pm
Dr Michael Brady returns to the PediaCast Studio for part 2 of our discussion on childhood vaccines. Today we cover Influenza, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chickenpox, Hepatitis A, Meningococcal and HPV. We also explore common concerns for moms and dads: are kids getting too many shots? Can their immune systems handle these injections? And what about alternate vaccine schedules? We hope you can join us!
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Childhood Vaccines - part 1 - PediaCast 351

Pediacast - August 31, 2016 - 1:55pm
Dr Michael Brady joins Dr Mike in the PediaCast Studio for a two-part series on childhood vaccines. Today we cover Hepatitis B, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hib, Polio, Rotavirus and the Pneumococcal vaccine. We also explore how immunizations work, talk about herd immunity, and walk through a risk/benefit analysis of the vaccine decision. We hope you can join us!
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Cutting & Self-Harm - PediaCast 350

Pediacast - August 24, 2016 - 12:33pm
Dr Raymond Troy visits Dr Mike in the PediaCast Studio to talk about cutting and other forms of self-harm. We discuss reasons teenagers injure themselves, along with risk factors and associated mental health conditions. Where can families turn for help? And what treatment strategies are most effective? It’s an important topic… we hope you can join us!
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10 YEARS, Insect Bites, Parenting Books - PediaCast 349

Pediacast - July 19, 2016 - 1:35pm
PediaCast celebrates TEN YEARS of podcasts for parents! We mark the anniversary by answering more of your questions. Topics include insect bites, home wound care, and the best parenting books on the market today. We hope you can join us!
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Water Safety - PediaCast 348

Pediacast - July 13, 2016 - 2:25pm
Dr Lara McKenzie stops by the PediaCast Studio to talk about water safety. We discuss creating and maintaining a safe swim environment, pool rules and supervision tips. Also covered: hot tub and bath tub safety. We hope you can join us!
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Mealtime & Playtime, Pastoral Care, C-Sections & Allergies - PediaCast 347

Pediacast - July 6, 2016 - 2:15pm
We have lots of guests in the PediaCast Studio this week! Dr Amy Sternstein and Dr Liz Zmuda stop by to talk about Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime. The Reverend Susan Kyser discusses the Pastoral Care program at Nationwide Children’s and Dr David Stukus helps us answer a listener question pertaining to c-sections and allergies. We hope you can join us too!
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Full Moon, Taxi Rides, Preventing Cavities - PediaCast 346

Pediacast - June 22, 2016 - 10:12am
Join Dr Mike in the PediaCast Studio for more news parents can use! This week we cover Zofran & birth defects, swaddling babies & sudden death (SIDS), the full moon’s effect on behavior, taxi and Uber safety, and pop stars & bad food. Dr Sam Weisz also stops by to talk about Sugar Bugs, dental care and cavity prevention.
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Cry It Out, Cuts & Scrapes, Herpes or Hand Foot Mouth - PediaCast 345

Pediacast - June 15, 2016 - 2:01pm
We are back with more news parents can use! This week we explore smoking & schizophrenia, techniques for helping babies sleep at night, and the effect early walking has on bone strength. Dr Michael Dunn stops by to talk about summertime cuts and scrapes. And we answer a listener question related to herpes and hand foot mouth disease. We hope you can join us!
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Dressify accurately rating kids' Christmas outfits

DIY Father - December 22, 2012 - 5:10pm

Great to see Dressify users getting into the Christmas spirit and our dresscode algorithm producing excellent ratings for adequately dressed kids at Christmas!

Merry Christmas

DIYFather.com

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Teach your kids this in 2013 - what if money was no object?

DIY Father - December 20, 2012 - 1:07am

The world as we know will end this year - so this seemed like an appropriate message to build a new world starting next week. Start by asking your children "what do you desire?"

Favourite line: "it's all retch and no vomit"

Based on a recording from Alan Watts - a British born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience.

Enjoy the brave new world :-)

-Stefan and the team at DIYFather.com

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Top 3 nightlight iPhone apps

DIY Father - December 16, 2012 - 7:36pm

Nightlight apps are fantastic when you're travelling / visiting and you don't have space to take the actual night light you've got in the nursery. Babies and young children get used to night lights easily and so you might need something to give them conformt when you're away from home. Fortunately smart phones are just so versatile aren't they! If you haven't tried a night light app - give it a go and see how your little one responds. Here's a list of the top 3 iPhone night light apps:

1. Night Light Free
2. Night Light
3. iNightLight

There's also a popular android app called Nitey Nite Light.

Enjoy!

Stefan

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Tips and Thoughts on How to Survive Christmas, New Year’s, and the In-Laws

DIY Father - December 11, 2012 - 6:37pm

Guest post by Bruce Sallan

I've got a weekly TweetChat (on Twitter) that I founded and host – often with guest-hosts – every Thursday evening from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. PT. Recently I invited our participants to share their tips for surviving the holidays. The idea was simply to compile the ten best and make a column out of them.

Good idea.

But, there was a problem. There were so many tips and ideas, that choosing the best was impossible. Several general themes were present in our discussion and you can read the transcript if you want to see all the 1,200 or so tweets. It became clear that so many families are fractured in one way or another that just the organization and coordination of holiday events can be stressful. It also was clear that we all believed our job was to focus on our kids, rather than ourselves and do our best to let go of any resentments, past or present.

So here's a summary of ideas from the #dadchat conversation on Twitter:

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Tales of a travelling toddler - the Caribbean

DIY Father - December 7, 2012 - 11:01pm

Guest post by Patrick Bennett, Uncommon Caribbean

A year ago, I marveled at my son Trinidad’s magnificent first year of life. In the first 10 months, he managed to visit 10 different islands! I can’t imagine how his baby brain processed this period of perpetual beauty and exploration, but I tried to outline all I hoped he’d learned along the way.

Now, as Trinidad turns two, he’s slowed down a bit in his old age.

Well, not by his choosing. Trips like the one where I tackled Pico Duarte, the highest peak in the West Indies, just didn’t seem kid friendly, so unfortunately he had to sit out a few of this past year's adventures.

But don’t feel too sorry for the little guy, there were still more than enough opportunities to learn a few things at new ports of call throughout the islands.


1. Barbados – Sometimes travel can be the best medicine.

Trinidad taking his medicine

When we landed on Barbados for a long trip over the holidays, poor Trinidad was suffering from molars violently bursting through his gums. Fevers, pain, and intestinal distress were all making him miserable in frigid New York City, but once he had sand between his toes and the sea stretching out incomprehensibly before him, his mood seemed to quickly improve.

Funny how that happens. At a time when people seem to push pills on kids for every little thing, this is one lesson I hope he takes to heart.


2. Barbados again – Share your best stuff with your friends.

Traveling Toddlers Take Barbados

Upon returning to the big city with tales of how incredible a stay at our Perfect Fantasy Beach House in Freight’s Bay had been, all the talk on the playground was Barbados, Barbados, Barbados. Pretty quickly, talk turned into action and before we knew it we were right back on Bim, but this time with five (yes FIVE!) toddlers in tow plus their parents.

What could have been a nightmare turned out to be a magical, multi-day playdate like no other. Days overflowed with sun, sand and shenanigans. During the night, I imagine the same sunny scenes danced in their heads until the kids woke up to do it all over again.

Remember Trinidad, sharing really is caring.


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Happy St Nicholas Day and Yes Virginia

DIY Father - December 6, 2012 - 3:08pm

To celebrate St Nicholas Day (for those who are that way inclined) we thought it's about time someone re-blogged the story of Virginia O'Hanlon who inquired about the existence of Santa in 1895. If you haven't heard about the story - see the original newspaper clipping from the New York Sun below. Read it to or with your kids to get in the mood for Christmas.


(image sourced from Wikipedia)

Enjoy

DIYFather.com

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Five ringtones to delight your preschooler

DIY Father - December 5, 2012 - 5:00am

Bored of the lame ringtones on your phone or the same old "novelty" ringtones that are making the rounds in your office? Go for something different - yes! When everyone "zigs" you "zag". So here are five ringtones that your kid will love and are guaranteed to get you some attention at work (in mp3 format - see below for instructions on how to turn these into iPhone ringtones):

* Mahna Mahna - pretty much says it all
* hi ho - get some work down!
* wot wots - you may not know this but your kids will
* be like you - change to this ringtone if you are having "one of these days"
* thomas and friends - ideal for trainspotters


How to turn any MP3 into an iPhone ringtone (.m4r file)
1. Start iTunes and right-click on the mp3 file, choose Get Info.
2. Click the Options tab.

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Toy train in space

DIY Father - December 1, 2012 - 6:52pm

Nice little story and well executed! Check it out:

And a short clip with the dad behind this project - Ron Fugelseth:

By DIYFather.com

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Dads and start-ups: Building successful online start-ups

DIY Father - December 1, 2012 - 5:37pm
Successful Online Start-Ups For Dummies

By DIYFather co-founder Stefan Korn
The how-to guide to starting, funding, running, and exiting a successful online business in less than three months.

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Lego Advent Calendar

DIY Father - November 29, 2012 - 3:06am

Over the years we have reviewed a fair amount of physical and virtual advent calendars in all shapes and sizes. Looks like the trend is catching on with large toy manufacturers ... and so LEGO has recently launched their 2012 Advent Calendar. Great idea we think (healthier than a piece of chocolate every day - that's for sure). Check it out at the online LEGO store or get it at your local toy store.

By DIYFather.com

NB: We have not received any payments, goods, services or anything else of value for posting this article. In fact we have never even been contacted by LEGO ... where are you guys! Can you hear us LEGO :-)

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Top blogs for potty training

DIY Father - November 27, 2012 - 1:53am

Potty training is a major milestone for your little champ (and for you - let's be honest). No more diaper changing and eventually no more bum cleaning. So there's a lot to be gained by training your toddler to use a potty or toilet - but it's also not that straight forward (for most first time parents). Fortunately the web provides a good source of information from professional toilet trainers, childcare providers and experienced parents. So here's a short list of useful sites to skill up and learn.

Potty Training Preparation
The following sites have information about preparing to ditch the diapers:

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