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Top 5 Parenting Tips from a Pediatrician!

Posted by Alissa Robson

We love a good roundup, especially when it includes advice coming straight from the mouth of a paediatrician with a long and active career. Check out Dr. Mickey Lester’s Top 5 pointers for parents!

Before we jump right in, a little background: Dr. Lester was interviewed in the Toronto Star, promoting his new book “Say AAAH: A Common sense A to Z guide to those ‘AAAHsome’ years, newborn to age 5”.

“I’m trying to demystify problems parents have with child-rearing and health care,” he says of the book. “I’m trying to empower a parent by educating them in child care so they can self-serve and be able to ask the right questions to their health-care giver.”

Dr. Lester’s Top 5 pieces of advice are as follows:

  1. Trust your gut, not someone else’s, when it comes to evaluating potential illness. “If your child does not look or act ill, you can probably wait to see your own doctor the next day,” Lester advises, and also recommends the cry check – if your child is crying, but stops when you pick him or her up, the cause of the crying probably isn’t medical.
  2. Be in control. Lester recommends you don’t think of your child as having “problems” – ie. eating problems, sleeping problems, etc. – but look to yourself as having a problem with parenting as a first step in fixing what’s wrong.
  3. Don’t panic about poop, at least when it comes to timing. Lester says constipation is about consistency and difficulty passing, not timing of bowel movements, and that it’s totally normal in many infants go for days or more without one.
  4. 20 words by 20 months is a loose guideline Dr. Lester uses for assessing whether there may be problems with speech development in a child.
  5. No surprise on this one – Lester closes his top 5 by reminding parents that no child is by the book and that comparing one child to another just leads to problems. Every child is unique.

At SureBaby, we just want to remind everyone that this is one doctor’s opinion and isn’t meant to be offered as medical advice or parental guidance. We’d also like to hear what parenting Top 5’s our audience has to offer or what parenting books they turn to for advice – leave them in the comments!

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