Children's Health & Wellness Articles

Touch as Nutrition

New research reveals that few of us are getting the amount of daily physical contact we need…a deficiency that is taking its toll on our health.Touch could properly be regarded as a form of nutrition.

Free the Children

I’ve been seeing a lot of news articles recently about parents being arrested and their children removed from their custody because they let them play unsupervised outdoors. The first thing I felt upon reading these stories was intense indignation,...

Raising Awake Children in a Broken School System

Traditional schools in the United States and many other countries are training grounds, intentionally constructed to prepare children for the System. Public and many private schools are designed to program children to be asleep, and stay asleep, so...

Children Who Shine from Within

What’s your favorite insect?” my 7-year-old daughter asked as we took an evening walk on the first night of her spring vacation. Before I had a chance to respond, she added, “You can’t pick butterfly. Everyone picks the butterfly.”

Screaming to Sleep: The Moral Imperative to End ‘Cry it Out’

I remember the scene vividly. I’m around 1½ years old. Recently separated from my mother, my grandmother cares for me. I see myself standing in my crib at my grandparents’ home. It’s dark. I am crying and crying. I don’t know what I...

The Vital First Adjustment

The baby was born without respiration or a heartbeat. There are moments in one’s life where time seems to slow down and you truly do experience an out-of-body sensation. There were so many things going on around me, but all I could do was stare at t...

Food as Love

Moms and food go together. We imagine moms making chocolate-chip cookies for an after-school snack. The stereotype of the Jewish or Italian mother, encouraging even their grown children to eat more, holds true for mothers of many different...

There is a Choice: A Parent’s Greatest Fear Transforms into Her Most Empowered Decision

Lily was my third child. She was born in China, in the city of Jiujang, in Jiangxhi Province. She was 10 months old when we traveled to get her, and weighed a mere 10 pounds. Lily was beautiful. She was more like a newborn than a 1-year-old....

Struggling with Help that Harms: Working with Young People on Psychiatric Drugs

Sixteen-year-old Rob takes Advanced Placement classes at a high-achieving upper-class high school. He’s in the marching band, is a Life Scout, and reads and thinks for pleasure. I happen to know from meeting with him that he is curious, intelligent...

Resisting Control

I once heard a parenting educator say that it is more important for young people to resist control than to have things go well in their lives. This truth has stayed with me. I see it, for example, in the long two- or three-hour ordeals between...

Power Points: Seven Keys to Helping Women Speak Their Truth

Women are innately powerful in the ability to bring forth life onto this planet and in the many inherent gifts of the Feminine. A woman deeply anchored in her body and soul exudes a captivating feminine radiance. These powers have been shrouded in...

Preparing Our Daughters: A Conscious Shift into the Challenges of Puberty

Our daughters are losing their amazing, full-of-themselves smiles, the ones that break our hearts with their beauty and lack of guile. Something is making them anxious and afraid. You can see it in their worried, critical expressions when they look...

How Emotions Shape Your Baby’s Brain

Psychoanalyst John Bowlby’s landmark hypothesis—that attachment to a loving caregiver is the core element in optimal development from infancy to adulthood—was a great step in our understanding of babies and children. The questions he raised about the...

Innate Expressions, Sensory Sensitivities

A young man who is a patient of mine happens to have autism. He is nonverbal and his parents drive him to see me so he can get checked and adjusted. Tim has many of the characteristics of anyone with autism, so from the outside most people would...

Ear Infections in Kids: Natural Remedies to Ease Ear Pain and Enhance Function

My wife and I have been in private practice, specializing in helping children and their families for the past 11 years. Of all the issues that happen with our pediatric patients, ear infection is probably the most common. We compiled this...

The Controversy Reignites

Vitamin K shots are routine for most newborns... but the practice has its dark side.The controversy surrounding administering vitamin K shots to newborns recently surfaced when physicians at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at V...

The Circumcision Decision

During my first pregnancy, I was overwhelmed with joy when I found out that there was a little boy in my belly. Like many mamas-to-be, I instantly fell in love and spent my days (and nights) dreaming about him. As the months passed by, I began to...

Where Are the Happy Babies?

Have we forgotten what babies need from (all of) us?I was so glad to meet a happy, confident, socially engaged baby this week. Baby Loren was a stark contrast to most babies that I encounter these days. Most tend to look distracted, unhappy,...

The Myth of Self-Settling

Many people, parents and experts alike, advocate the idea of “teaching a baby to self-settle” or “self-soothe.” Self-soothing is often referred to as the holy grail of baby sleep. Once babies can self-soothe, parents are told to expect uninter...

Diagnosis: Does It Help or Hurt?

I received an e-mail yesterday talking about yet another “new” disorder. This disorder was for people who fixate on eating healthy. The author was talking about how people who don’t care what they are eating are “healthy,” and those who do care have a...