• Iron Rich Foods

    Why is it important for my child to eat foods with iron? Iron deficiency can occur in toddlers who are picky eaters and drink too much milk and don’t eat…

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  • Premier Parenting: Starting Solids

    Starting Solids Up until this point, your choice of food for your baby has been limited to breast milk or iron-fortified formula. That all changes now as a whole new…

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  • Picture This…

    A recent study from the University of Colorado found a connection between the use of compartmentalized plates with pictures of fruits and vegetables and the amount of fruits and vegetables…

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  • What You Need to Know About Vitamin D

    For years, families have been aware of the importance of sufficient vitamin D consumption in developing healthy bones.   Researchers have begun to realize that the benefits of vitamin D…

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  • The Language of E-Cigarettes

    The other day in the office, a parent of an adolescent patient and I were remembering the feelings we had as kids when our parents sat us down to have…

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  • Move to Baby Led Weaning

    Recently, there has been a transition among nutritionists and pediatrician toward baby led weaning.  This strategy takes advantage of the developmental prowess of the 6 month infant and invites even…

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  • Increased Allergy Risk with Early Medication Use

    A large study published in JAMA Pediatrics demonstrates a significant link between the use of certain medications and the development of atopic disease including allergies, eczema, and asthma in childhood. …

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  • Safe Travels and The Car Seat

    A car seat primer for the New York family… This article answers the most common questions we encounter in our Premier offices when traveling around the city as well as…

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  • Vaping is Not a Safe Alternative…

    A new study by the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) reveals that vaping is not a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes.  There were two important findings.  First, vaping, with or…

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  • In The News: Playground Accidents

    A new study found that toddlers are prone to leg fractures when sitting in their parents lap while using a slide.  The inciting accident usually occurs when a child’s foot…

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  • Positivity A Real Indicator of Academic Success…

    A recent study by researchers at Stanford concluded that a positive attitude is as important as IQ as a predictor of academic success.  The researchers demonstrated that a positive attitude…

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  • The Phone Contract

    When I talk to parents of pre-teens, the conversation inevitably turns to the question of when their children should have their own cell phones. It is crucial to handle this “pre-phone…

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  • A Positive Food Environment Makes for Healthier Eaters

    For years, nutritionists have emphasized the importance of fostering a happy meal time environment to help children become better eaters.  A small study out of University of Illinois described that…

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  • Good parents don’t make good kids; Good kids make good parents!

    I will always remember this one line from a professor during my pediatric training.  As she was closing her lecture, she told us, “Good parents do not make good kids;…

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  • The Relative Age Effect

    An interesting study from Finland describes that children who receive a diagnosis of ADHD between 7 and 9 years old  are more likely to have a birthday from September to…

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  • Teaching Grit

    Grit–A Predictor of Future Success Jill Ceder LCSW, a therapist who works closely with Premier Pediatrics, wrote this excellent article on how to teach grit.  She outlines a number of…

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  • Designated Watchers

    Recent evidence shows that there has been a rise in the number of injuries on the playground and near-drownings at the beach related to caregivers being distracted by their cellphones. …

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  • Sleeping Habits

    Last Tuesday, Natalie Barnett PhD, a sleep expert from Seven Oaks Sleep, joined a number of Premier parents to talk about establishing excellent sleeping habits. I would like to share…

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  • Keeping Young Children Safe on the Streets of New York

    A wise teacher forwarded me these excellent words of advice for keeping young school age children safe on the streets of New York.   I would have a serious but fun…

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  • Video in Kids Rooms Linked To Poorer Health Outcomes

    A recent study confirmed the commonly held belief that the presence of television and video games in a child’s room is linked to poorer health outcomes such as obesity, addiction,…

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  • What You May Not Have Known About The Flu

    A new study from England points out that children with a sibling are “more than twice as likely to be hospitalized with the flu” when compared to children without a…

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  • How to Share Bad News with Kids

    We are raising children in a world where social media makes it  difficult to filter the news.  It is important for parents to have a strategy to help their children…

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  • Premier Pediatrics: The place for your family!

    Choosing a pediatrician is a big decision; after all, it’s the person who is going to be there helping, guiding, and partnering with you to raise your child. So, you’re…

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  • What it’s Like to Raise Quadruplets

    It’s 7 a.m. in the Ferraro household, and 7-month-old quadruplets Charlie, Claire, Henry, and Dillon are crying for breakfast. Two-year-old Molly is hungry, too. To Read More Click Here

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  • What nobody tells you about kindergarten: 6 things to know

    School has already started in some parts of the country, but if you’re sending your first child to kindergarten this fall, you may want to take your own crash course…

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  • Is 99.9 A Fever?

    Fevers are a big topic in my pediatrics practice. After all, they’re common. Nearly all children will develop a fever at some point in their lives. Fevers are also upsetting…

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  • It’s OK to Be Scared: Tips on Helping Your Child Brave a Vaccine

    It is natural for children as they get older and understand more to be afraid of shots—it’s uncomfortable to receive vaccines. Here are some tips to help your little one…

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  • How to Recognize the Signs of Secondary Drowning

    It was a beautiful Sunday morning, and my family was at the pool with friends. The day had been glorious and the kids were taking a break from swimming to…

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  • Allergies 101

    My son Nathan walks in the door after playing outside with his friends on Saturday and his eyes are all red and he looks like he got punched in the…

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  • The First Visit

    The First Visit: Preparing Your Child for a Doctor Visit Preparing a young child At some point, most children will develop a healthy fear of going to the doctor. A…

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  • Water Safety For Kids: Splash Into Summer Safely

    Recently, Lindsay Kujawa of, Delighted Momma wrote about her toddler’s near drowning experience and the aftermath. Her post went viral and the discussion about “secondary drowning” has become a major…

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  • Winter Wisdom

    Just when we’ve finally gotten used to the fall weather, it seems that Old Man Winter is nipping at our toes. This will mean some chilly days playing outdoors, but,…

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  • When Parenting Doesn’t Turn Out as You Expected

    When parenting doesn’t turn out as you expected: Learning to redefine perfection, find a “new normal,” and find strength and empowerment in your own parenting. Renee is a friend whose…

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  • Whoop There It Is! Explaining the Whooping Cough

    It may seem like recently there has been a lot of press about the whopping cough. That is with good reason. There is currently an epidemic of whooping cough in…

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  • Keeping Your Child’s Skin Safe During the Summer

    Thank you to Jen Eden for this guest post about summer safety. In about two weeks, I’ll be sending three of my four kids to sleepaway camp. Which means that,…

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  • A Father’s Day Gift From the Heart, Robert Kaufman Day Gift From the Heart, Robert Kaufman

    Being a father in today’s world can mean many things. There are the traditional roles of provider, protector, teacher and fixer of all. And, thanks to the more enlightened views…

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