Conger’s Corner: Infant Sleep Routine

When can your baby sleep all thru the night?  It varies from infant to infant, of course.  However, babies can start skipping feeds in the middle of the night around the second month and give sleepy moms and dads 6 to 8 hours in a row.  Can they sleep longer?  Sure, I have some infants […]


  With finals this next week, I thought we’d talk about test anxiety. Test anxiety is a common source of stress for both students and parents. Despite your best efforts to help your child study more effectively, instructing your child how and what to study may actually increase their anxiety as your suggestions are likely […]

Dog in a Pill?

More proof that dogs are man’s best friend. Researchers in Canada showed that babies born in households with pets have higher amounts of microbes that may lower their risk for allergies…and obesity!  Anita Kozyrskyj and her researchers analyzed over 700 children and found that babies exposed to pets had an abundance of ruminococcus and oscillospira… […]

General healthy nutrition guidelines for toddlers and young children

Meals should start within 15 minutes and for a toddler be done within 25 minutes-if not remove the food. Allow an interval of 2-3 hours with no eating (except water) to help promote a healthy hunger/feed cycle Do not try to compensate “poor intake” with snacks and Cheerios Don’t focus/worry about the last feeding.  Focus on the next feeding! […]

Conger’s Corner: Unicorn Foods

Starbucks has introduced a Unicorn Frappuccino.  It has 78 grams of sugar, which equals almost 20 teaspoons of sugar! The unicorn food trend started because a mother wanted to show that healthy food can be fun and exciting without sugar.  She took foods and ‘frosted’ them with cream cheese and almond milk that she tinted […]

Added sugar

The average American eats about 22 teaspoons of added sugar every day. This adds up to over 70 pounds of sugar a year. Even worse, American teens are eating closer to 34 teaspoons a day-thats 29 teaspoons more than recommended.  This is chronic disease in the making. -Leigh Gistinger, CPNP    

Russian Roulette

Dr Robert Glatter, an emergency physician in New York City says that when a teenager uses a synthetic cannabinoid (marijuana) they are playing Russian roulette. Their reaction is unpredictable and can range from sedation to violent and aggressive behavior. Some teens will have seizures or flail around putting themselves at risk for bodily injuries. So […]