Kid Related Health

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4 year old refusing to take medicine

One parent shares a recent experience of her four year old child refusing to take his medicine...



Teeth Brushing

Ideas to get your little ones to polish their pearly whites! Also included is advice about how not to swallow toothpaste.

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Poop on getting the poop out.



Eczema Solutions

Things to do to treat eczema



8 Ways To Treat Cradle Cap

8 tips to help with cradle cap - those dry scalp scratchies!



Leg Cramps

Help for life's little growing pains.



On Colic and Life

Every now and then someone posts something to our list that is too good not to share*. In this case,  it's a post about colic, that most stressful and mysterious non-stop crying that afflicts some newborns and their families.



Tonsils out! (Adenoid and Tonsil Advice)

About adenoidectomies, recovery times, and how YOU will make it through the surgery (the kid will be fine).



Circumcision - To Snip or NOT to Snip

Advice over the years about whether to circumcize your son.



Recovering from the Croup

Ideas for kids suffering fromt he croup.



Getting Rid of Lice

Worried about lice? Here are tips and suggestions from member of Park Slope Parents who have had their fair share of lice battles with their little ones. 

Looking for neighborhood "Nit Pickers" or the famous Ditmas/ Boro Park "Lice Ladies"? 

WHO CAN GET RID OF YOUR LICE?  Park Slope Parents has a list of recommendations of local lice consultants HERE.


In this article:

Useful Resources to Spot, Treat & Manage Head Lice

Parent Tips



Blocked or Clogged Tear Duct

Advice from PSP Parents who have dealt with their child having a blocked tear duct - and even one message from a parent who suffered from this condition herself as a child! 

Looking for an Opthamologist? Be sure to check the PSP Reviews & Recommendation for Opthamologists



Are you spreading viruses?

Hey All,

Thanks for those of you who are posting the Department of Health information about the EV-D68 enterovirus.

Here is more info from the NYC Department of Health about Enteroviruse

With school back in session and classes well underway, kids coming in contact a lot more with each other.  It's important we talk and teach them about public health safety.


Regardless of which virus, remember:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • Use the same precautions you would use to prevent the spread of influenza.

Here are some other ways to stop the spread of infection:

  • Have kids wash their hands when they come home from school.
  • Wash hands after being on the subway, going shopping, or being out and about. Make it a habit to wash when you get home..
  • Wash dishes well and don’t reuse glasses.
  • Remind kids not to share things such as chapstick, towels, razors, toothbrushes, etc.
  • Don’t pick your nose (and keep your kids from picking theirs – or yours!).
  • Clean the “green 11s.” 
  • Keep tissues handy to clean off kid snot before they get it on their hand, to get it on the school banister, etc.
  • Cover your mouth (not your hand) with your arm when you sneeze or cough. Teach your kids to do this religiously (have them practice)
  • Use safe cooking (and sex!) practices


DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL SICK!  It doesn’t matter if they are in 4th grade and you fell the “but absences matter” pressure — keep them home for everyone’s benefit.

Keep the pathways to infection clear to reduce the ability of “bugs” to get in your body.


Bath time: How do wash your toddler's hair?

Wondering how the heck you wash your child's hair at bath time? Here PSP parents share how they do it:



How to Give a Baby Medicine

Are you having problems giving your baby medicine? You are not alone!

"It IS an epic battle, and SO stressful. I hate it," says one PSP member to the Advice List. Here, parents share the different ways of administering medicine without overly restraining the baby or losing too much of the medication.



How To Deal With Colic

Are you wondering how to deal with a baby with colic? Here are some tips and advice from PSP parents about helping a colicky baby.