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Ask the Expert: Does Peanut Butter Need to Be Refrigerated?

Ask the Expert: Does Peanut Butter Need to Be Refrigerated?

Once you open that jar of peanut butter, it's recommended to refrigerate the peanut butter because the colder temperature helps prevent fungus growth, which naturally produces aflatoxin, a fungal toxin that has linked to cancer in animals.

Ask the Expert: How Do I Calm a Colicky Baby?

Ask the Expert: How Do I Calm a Colicky Baby?

If you've got a colicky baby, chances are you feel guilty and might be at a loss on how to soothe her. Dr. Alanna Levine, a pediatrician and mom, offers tips for calming colic and regaining your sanity.

Ask the Expert: How Do I Make Family Meals When One Child Is Gluten Intolerant?

Ask the Expert: How Do I Make Family Meals When One Child Is Gluten Intolerant?

When one child is gluten intolerant or allergic to gluten, it can make cooking for your family much more difficult. Here, a gluten-free baker shares tips on making family meals easier even when gluten is off the table.

Ask the Expert: What are Some of the Healthier Options on a Typical Restauarant's Kids' Menu?

Ask the Expert: What are Some of the Healthier Options on a Typical Restauarant's Kids' Menu?

When dining out with kids, the kids' menu is never very creative and does not offer much variety or options when it comes to a well-balanced meal. Tips from the CEO of Super Sprowtz help parents make smart choices about what to order for their kids to ensure a well-balanced meal.

Ask the Expert: Does My Child Have Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Ask the Expert: Does My Child Have Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is more common in teens and young adults, but it sometimes affects children. Here, Dr. Jennifer Collins explains the symptoms of SAD in kids, how to know if your child has SAD, and what to do if you think your child has SAD.

Ask the Expert: Is that Bounce Place Safe for Your Child?

Ask the Expert: Is that Bounce Place Safe for Your Child?

Bounce houses and trampoline parks are becoming increasingly popular as birthday party venues for kids. Here are safety tips to keep in mind when taking your kids to a bounce place.

How Do I Budget for Holiday Gift Shopping?

How Do I Budget for Holiday Gift Shopping?

Flash sales and big discounts on Black Friday may tempt you to buy gifts that were not on your original wish list or planned for on your budget for the holidays. Avoid getting into debt by sticking to your budget with these holiday shopping tips.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Keep My House Organized During the School Year?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Keep My House Organized During the School Year?

An NYC interior designer and mom offers smart do-it-yourself tips on how to de-clutter your home and keep your kids' stuff organized during the busy school year.

Ask The Expert: How Will Celiac Disease Affect My Child's Life?

Ask The Expert: How Will Celiac Disease Affect My Child's Life?

If your child is diagnosed with Celiac disease, an auto-immune disorder in which those diagnosed cannot tolerate gluten, their world will change, especially if they used to eat foods with gluten in them. We interviewed Steve Distefano who owns Strictly Gluten Free, a gluten-free retail/wholesale marketplace, with his wife Angela.

Ask The Expert: What Should Parents Know About Staph Infections?

Ask The Expert: What Should Parents Know About Staph Infections?

Staph, short for Staphylococcus aureus, is a bacteria common in our environment, often found on the skin, in the bowels, and in the nose of healthy people. Once the bacteria finds its way where it does not belong, it can cause an infection. We talked to Anatoly Belilovsky, M.D., a New York-based pediatrician about staph infections, the difference between staph and MRSA, and how to minimize the risk of a staph infection.

Ask The Expert: Are Energy Drinks Okay for Kids?

Ask The Expert: Are Energy Drinks Okay for Kids?

Adults drink caffeinated beverages all the time, so why can't kids? Marcie Beth Schneider, M.D., a pediatrician who practices in Greenwich, CT, weighs in on why kids shouldn't consume energy drinks.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Avoid Stress During the Holidays?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Avoid Stress During the Holidays?

Marla Tomazin, a Manhattan-based certified image consultant, shares her tips for avoiding stress during the holidays and how you can relax if you find that you are stressed.

Ask the Expert: What Should I Know About Tonsillectomies?

Ask the Expert: What Should I Know About Tonsillectomies?

Do you think your child would benefit from a tonsillectomy? We spoke with a local expert to learn the signs that a tonsillectomy is needed, as well as at what age they should be performed, and the different types.

Ask the Expert: What are the Effects on Proper Movement and Development of a Child Who Begins Walking Too Soon?

Ask the Expert: What are the Effects on Proper Movement and Development of a Child Who Begins Walking Too Soon?

An "early walker" is a child who begins walking before he or she turns one year old. A physical therapist shares the effects of walking too soon on a child's proper movement and development.

Ask the Expert: How Do Sports Affect My Child's Development?

Ask the Expert: How Do Sports Affect My Child's Development?

When kids begin to play sports, parents may have worries, including how playing sports can affect a child's growth and development. A pediatric athletic development specialist offers tips on how to know whether your child is participating in too much sports play and how playing sports at an early age can affect proper movement and development.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Prevent My Kid From Getting Injured While Playing Sports?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Prevent My Kid From Getting Injured While Playing Sports?

It's hard to not worry about sports injuries when your child begins to play sports in gym class or in an intramural team after school. A physical therapist offers tips on how to lessen the risk of sports injuries in kids and provides advice on ensuring your kids stay safe while on the field.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make My Child with Autism Feel More Comfortable Riding the School Bus?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make My Child with Autism Feel More Comfortable Riding the School Bus?

For kids on the autism spectrum, riding the bus to school can be an overwhelming and uncomfortable sensory experience. A local expert explains how parents can help make the ride more manageable.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Keep My Child Eating Healthy During the Holidays?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Keep My Child Eating Healthy During the Holidays?

A registered dietician offers advice on how to help your child stick to a healthy diet during the holiday season when temptation abounds.

Ask the Expert: How Do I Know if it is the Cold or Flu?

Ask the Expert: How Do I Know if it is the Cold or Flu?

Local pediatrician and CEO of Allied Pediatrics of New York Gary Mirkin, MD, explains the differences between the common cold and the flu.

Ask the Expert: How Do I Help My Child Who's Nervous About Trying Out for Her School Sports Team?

Ask the Expert: How Do I Help My Child Who's Nervous About Trying Out for Her School Sports Team?

Colleen Carroll, a children's leadership expert and family consultant, offers advice on helping kids who are nervous about trying out for sports at school.

How To Handle Your Child's Food Allergies During Sports Season

How To Handle Your Child's Food Allergies During Sports Season

Paul Antico, father of three children with food allergies and the founder of AllergyEats, offers advice on how to manage children's special diets during sports season, when they're eating and traveling with their teams.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Set Limits on My Child's Diet without Being Too Restrictive?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Set Limits on My Child's Diet without Being Too Restrictive?

Local pediatrician and obesity specialist Joanna Dolgoff, MD, explains how parents can set healthy limits on foods for their kids and when to seek help for your child's diet.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make Exercise More Fun for My Non-Athletic Child?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make Exercise More Fun for My Non-Athletic Child?

If your child isn't the athletic type, it's important to keep him moving by finding activities he enjoys. Here, local pediatrician Dr. Joanna Dolgoff offers tips on making physical activity more fun for kids who aren't natural athletes.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Increase My Child's Active Time Outside of School?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Increase My Child's Active Time Outside of School?

Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, a local pediatrician and expert on childhood obesity, provides tips on increasing our kids' play and exercise time outside of school so they get at least an hour of active time each day.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Prepare for Traveling with a Child Who Has Asthma?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Prepare for Traveling with a Child Who Has Asthma?

Preparation is the most important thing when traveling with a child who has asthma. A local pediatrician offers advice on how to prepare your asthmatic child for a variety of scenarios, including flying, hotel stays, international travel, and emergencies. UPDATED: January 2013




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