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15. Summer Schedules

15. Summer Schedules

This is a special interview I did for a local Catholic radio show that I wanted to share with you all. Summer is an awesome time to kick back, relax, and enjoy extra time with the family. For a lot of parents, however, summertime can be stressful and way overbooked....

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13. How to Potty Train

13. How to Potty Train

Parents ask me all the time how to potty train and when’s the right time to start. For my family, we take on potty training a little differently. We’d rather hold off and keep our little ones in diapers a bit longer, so we don’t have to ask them a million times a day,...

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How to Tell If Your Child Is Sick

How to Tell If Your Child Is Sick

A lot of parents ask me, “how do I know if my child is sick?” They're worried that they may miss the signs and I can understand why that is. A lot of times, parents worry that their baby is going to throw a surprise at them or they're going to miss something. First...

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How to Get Days and Nights Straight

How to Get Days and Nights Straight

A lot of parents wonder how to get their baby's days and nights straight. They get home from the hospital and they're exhausted. Their baby is sleeping all day, which is great, but he or she stays up all night. So how do you keep a newborn active enough during the day...

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How to Choose a Pediatrician

How to Choose a Pediatrician

If you are in the market for a pediatrician due to pregnancy, relocation, or any other reason- the search may seem overwhelming. Do a quick search and dozens of options will likely present themselves. Not only is the sheer volume of choices overwhelming, but the...

New Baby FAQ’s

New Baby FAQ’s

After nine months of reading and preparation, the day has finally come. . .You are a new parent. Now what?   You may have a stack full of books on the baby’s shelf, but the infant in your arms still leaves you with loads of questions. There may even be some you...

Potty Training Made Easy(ish)

Potty Training Made Easy(ish)

Potty Training… Are you in the weeds of potty chairs, paper towels and sprints to the bathroom, or is it on the horizon?  If so, I’ve got the answers to all your potty-training questions. Last month I saw a mother of a 2 year-old with a new baby on the way who asked...

It’s OKAY for your child to go up the slide…

It’s OKAY for your child to go up the slide…

Today I want to talk about playground anxiety. . . ​Occasionally parents will ask a me a leading question like, “Dr. Boucher, isn’t it important for Timmy to eat their vegetables so they can grow healthy and strong?” I can tell that the parents are looking for me to...

Screen Time For Families [Audio Interview]

Screen Time For Families [Audio Interview]

Transcription: Melanie Cole (Host): Today's children are growing up immersed in digital media. They are, and it can have both positive and negative effects on their healthy development. My guest is Dr. Phil Boucher, he's a pediatrician with Lincoln Pediatric Group....

“Whats the scoop on introducing peanuts?”

“Whats the scoop on introducing peanuts?”

I get asked about introducing peanut to babies on a daily basis. It’s so confusing and the messages are all tangled up. “They used to say no peanut butter until age one or even two and now I think it's 6 months? I'm so confused." I created this quick video tutorial to...

Why is introducing baby foods so complicated??

Why is introducing baby foods so complicated??

(I made a nifty little guide to go along with this post that you can put on your fridge.  Click here to get my Cave Baby Feeding Regimen guide.)   "I've read so much about starting solids on the internet....I'm more confused than ever!" a recent parent disclosed...

Be a screentime model

Be a screentime model

“What’s the best way to get him to make good screen choices?” a mom asked me several weeks ago at a well visit for her 8 year old.  As I had walked into the room, I noticed both her child and she were on their own phones….absorbed in their own screens as they waited...

Getting ears pierced by my pediatrician!?

Getting ears pierced by my pediatrician!?

A doctor that pierces ears??? I never thought I'd end up piercing ears when I went into medical school.  Heck, I'd never even SEEN an ear pierced until about a year ago.  However, I got sick of treating infected ear lobs from patients who got their ears pierced at the...

Ignoring your child’s tears

Ignoring your child’s tears

Our two boys started karate tonight.   We’ve wanted to get them into something new and something to build their confidence.  Our older son is very very bright and gets easily frustrated when things don’t go his way. Don’t even think about playing UNO with him unless...

“Do we need an owellete?”

“Do we need an owellete?”

“My friend said to get an owelette….do we need one?” a parent asked at a recent prenatal class.   This question has become so common that I preemptively bring it up when talking with expectant parents.   If you haven’t heard, there are all these new gadgets to...

Uncertainty

Uncertainty

Our 4 year old really really wanted to get on the upper portion of the the structure at our nearby playground.  It’s a special area where only the "big kids" get to go, the slides are longer/faster/curvier, and it’s where is older siblings retreat when they want to...

Pump & dump is a myth

Pump & dump is a myth

If you’ve ever talked with a nursing mom, you’ve probably heard them speak with frustration about the return of alcohol into their lives.  Many moms excitedly look forward to the chance to enjoy a glass of wine, can of beer, or their favorite mixed drink after 9...

A well balanced (media) diet

A well balanced (media) diet

“How much screen time should we let him have?” asked a mom at a recent two year well visit.   “That IS the question of the decade” I replied, “and honestly at this point I don’t know what the best answer is.” Screen time.  Our parents never asked our doctors about...