Potty Training School for parents: A happy course to dryness

Stay positive during potty training! The first step is getting your child to practice sit times.Course description: Potty training is a big step for kids and their parents. With so much information to take in, it can be confusing for parents to help guide their child. Take this “class” to learn tips and pitfalls from a specialist, and stay positive during the transition to the toilet!

Potty professor: Dr. Barb Felt is a developmental behavioral pediatrician, with a passion for elimination disorders and sleep disorders. At the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital multidisciplinary Eliminations Disorders Clinic, Dr. Felt works closely with a pediatric psychologist. Together, they evaluate and propose a plan for families, seeing them through until they are stable and healthy.

Potty prerequisites: Before we go any further, it is important to remember that each family and child has a unique situation. There is no fit-all method. But, a helpful rule to get started with potty training is to stay positive and support your child. Some children will naturally need more time to adapt to using the toilet so be ready for several months of positive effort. Still, if you see any signs of developmental, health or behavioral change that are a concern to you along the way, visit your pediatrician or family practitioner for guidance. With that in mind, we hope this crash course will help your family get an A+ for potty training effort!

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New Prescriptions for Shortages of Vital Drugs

Two nationally recognized C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital physicians recently authored an article in response to shortages of methotrexate, a drug used to treat children with the most common form of childhood leukemia.  A few of our Facebook fans and Mott family members have inquired about the shortage over the past few months, so we wanted to share the article on our blog as well. 



By Valerie Castle, MD, and Matthew Davis, MD

Imagine that your child is diagnosed with cancer.  The doctors say they have a medicine that is a game-changer, a cancer-beater, a life-saver.  It has been all that for the last 50 years, for tens of thousands of children in the United States with leukemia.

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Making feeding time safe for baby

Towards the end of 2011 there was a flurry of news articles related to the safety of infant formula.  We checked in with one of our pediatricians who specializes in newborn care to shine some light on the topic and provide some helpful tips for parents of infants on how to ensure feeding safety.  Thank you, Dr. Jocelyn Schiller for sharing your time and expertise with us!

There has been a buzz in the news lately as a result of the recent – and unfortunate – death of a Missouri newborn who was given formula before falling ill from a bacterial infection. In light of this, I thought this may be a great opportunity to revisit the ever-important rules of safe infant feeding, including the dos and don’ts of handwashing, milk storage and how to pick the right formula for your little one.

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Getting real about limiting TV time for toddlers

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new recommendations related to limiting the amount of “screen time,” children under the age of 2 are exposed to.  We asked Dr. Kelly Orringer to help us make sense of the new recommendations and how real parents can integrate them into busy, chaotic lifestyles.

The American Academy of Pediatrics last addressed media consumption by children under two years-old in 1999, well before advances in technology allowed for TV programs, DVDs, mobile games and more to be accessed anywhere from our child’s bedroom to the backseat of our mini-vans. Even then, the AAP’s recommendations warned against the danger of too much screen time for our little ones.

Now, with easy access to iPads, smart phones, and TVs a-plenty, combined with the allure of programming marketed as “educational,” it’s become harder and harder to keep kids’ eyes away from screens.

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Something’s different about that bottle…

What parents need to know about changes in infant’s and children’s acetaminophen

The FDA recently recommended a number of changes related to children’s and infant’s acetaminophen products, such as Tylenol®.  The current formula of liquid acetaminophen marketed specifically for infants will soon disappear from shelves — replaced instead by the children’s strength product with new dosage devices and guidelines.  We asked Mott pharmacist Claire Konicek to help us understand what parents need to know about these changes.

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Goodbye to the old Mott, from Alex’s and Levi’s mom

Yesterday, the faculty, staff, and hundreds of volunteers of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital carefully moved nearly 200 patients from the old hospitals to our state-of-the-art new facility.  If there’s one thing that became obvious from the move, though, it’s that the people here are what truly makes The Michigan Difference.  Within moments of a floor being emptied of its patients, families and staff – even though there were still chairs, toys and games left behind for now – The Michigan Difference was gone, all the people having been whisked over to their new home. Today we bring you one more “farewell to the old Mott” story from a parent of two “little victors.”  Her story is just another demonstration of how – even though we’re proud of our shiny new building, it’s the people that work there that make The Difference.    


Little Things Mean Everything

By Laura Hurst, mom to Alex and Levi Hurst Gugino, happy and healthy 2-year-old Little Victors Continue reading