My newborn pushes when he poops. Is this normal?

It is normal for newborns to seem to strain when they have a bowel movement. Sometimes their face turns red too.  Having a bowel movement is complicated. One needs to tighten the stomach muscles while relaxing the anal sphincters.  When your baby gets that feeling, he needs to get his whole body involved to figure … Continued

PHA Vaccine Schedule

PHA doctors feel strongly that vaccines are a very important part of preventive medicine in chidren. We follow the immunization guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics. We recommend that all vaccines are given when they are due. We allow small amounts of leeway for special situations which you should feel free to discuss with … Continued

Newborn Care

Information for the Care of Your New Baby Congratulations! Pregnancy is a time of anticipation, excitement, preparation and uncertainty. Birth is one of the most extraordinary times and experiences in the parents’ life. With the joys of birth come feelings of fatigue and an overwhelming sense of responsibility. This handout, and the ones you will … Continued

Well Child Care – 1 week

Name:​                       Date:​ Weight:​                     Height:​                  Head Circumference: Feeding: Your baby is growing! At this age, a baby only needs breast milk or infant formula. Most babies take … Continued

Well Child Care – 1 month

Name:​                                               Date:​ Weight:​                   Height:​               Head Circumference: Sleep: Parents want their children to go to bed without … Continued

Well Child Care – 2 months

Name:                    ​Date:​ Weight:​                  Height:​               Head Circumference: Sleep: By two months your baby will be more alert and spend more time awake during the day. Many babies will still wake every 3-4 … Continued

Sleep – whose bedtime is it anyway?

by Lynne Reeves Griffin, RN, MEd A good night’s sleep is something all parents of young children daydream about. But when can you expect this momentous occasion to occur? The most notable experts on children and sleep offer opposing theories. So for many of us, teaching our child good sleep habits can feel like navigating … Continued

Feeding Your Picky Eater

Have realistic expectations of what a toddler needs to eat.  If your one year old is eating ½ of an egg, that is a full portion for him. Add to that ½ a piece of bread (not ½ of a sandwich) and you have a great meal! One ounce of chicken is a portion for children up to … Continued