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When daydreaming about your baby, chances are you envision a bundle of joy who sleeps well, eats well, and has a sweet disposition. In these idyllic moments, no one wants to consider that there may be a medical problem that is affecting your child. However, countless children are born each year with birth defects of many different kinds. Some have a relatively low impact on you and your child’s quality of life, whereas others can require significant intervention medically and care daily.  Today, we are going to focus on a category of malformations in the anorectal region. We will discuss...

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Many children have toileting issues, especially as they are going through the process of potty training. During this time, parents expect accidents to be a part of the process, as learning independent toileting skills has a learning curve. However, sometimes, a child will struggle with toilet training issues far beyond the normal bumps in the road. When a child is having accidents frequently and is not experiencing effective potty training, they are considered to be incontinent.  When most people hear the term “incontinent,” they generally think of those who have an accident and wet themselves. However, children can also deal...

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Ahhhhhh...the joys of potty training. It is a topic that strikes fear and trepidation into the hearts of new and experienced parents alike. We all hope and pray that we hit the potty training lottery and have a child that just waltzes into the bathroom one day, sits on the potty, goes, and never has another accident again. Sadly, reality tends to be a very different story for most parents.    Potty training is not a one-size-fits-all activity, and what works for one child may send another child screeching and running from the bathroom. Some children are more simple to...

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For pre-teen and teenage girls, getting one’s period is a growing pain that brings a lot of anxiety with it. Will it show up out of the blue and cause an embarrassing accident? Will other people know? Will it be painful? These are just a few of the questions that come to girls' minds as they encounter this milestone of adolescence. The good news is that there has never been a better time in history to deal with menstruation. Over the last several years, there has been much innovation in the business of period protection, such as easy-to-use apps that...

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Potty training your child can be a time that is looked forward to with great anticipation, yet great dread at the same time. Every parent dreams of the day that they are diaper-free, but getting there...well...that’s the fun part. Some kiddos are super easy to potty train, whereas others are far more resistant. Potty training a child who doesn’t want to can be exasperating, to say the least, and special needs children can be far more challenging than typical children to take through this process. Just remember, you are not alone in this adventure known as potty training. Our potty...

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