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Private Parts: Things moms of newborn and toddler boys need to know

private-partsFor a lot of moms — those who have daughters, or haven’t experienced the nuances of baby boys — caring for a newborn and toddler boy’s “private area” can be a bewildering experience.

What should everything look like? Why is my son’s privates swollen? How do I clean the area? 

These are commonly asked questions but topics that are not commonly discussed outside the pediatricians office.

“I remember when my son was born and worrying if everything looked normal,” recalls Elizabeth, mom of an 18-month-old toddler boy. “That area was totally foreign to me and I’m someone who is not entirely comfortable about talking about it.”

Boston Children’s Hospital urologist, Erin McNamara, MD, MPH, and several veteran moms of baby boys discuss these delicate topics and offer helpful tips to care for newborn and toddler boys.

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Should I have my baby circumcised?

Baby_sleep_boyWhether or not you have your child circumcised is a deeply personal choice and deciding if its right for your family will require you to consider many factors. In addition to the personal, cultural and religious aspects associated with the decision, you may have medical questions as well. The following are answers to many of the most common questions that Richard Yu, MD, PhD, of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Department of Urology hears when counseling families on this matter.

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Shades of gray: Why medicine isn’t always as clear-cut as we’d like

Claire McCarthy, MD

Recently I wrote a blog about how the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) thinks that otherwise healthy children with ear infections should wait a couple of days before starting antibiotics, because many will get better without them.

Now there are two articles in the New England Journal of Medicine (here and here) saying that children with ear infections who are given antibiotics are more likely to get better, and to get better quickly, than those who aren’t.

Awkward.

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This week on Thrive: Jan. 4 – 8

Here’s a quick look at what Thrive was up to last week.

Children’s obesity expert gives tips on how to change your eating habits for the better. Mark Alexander, MD explores the question of whether or not high school athletes should be screened for heart disease. Children’s injury prevention expert gives tips on how to avoid a winter sports injury. Claire McCarthy, MD lists great resolutions for your family to live by. Do later bedtimes increase risk of teenage suicide and depression? A group of doctors is pushing for routine circumcision. Our Mediatrician discusses teenage boys and first-person shooter video games.

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