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May 2015 • #99
A Note from the Medical Editor
Habits. All children have them. But, many parents wonder if they should try to curb them or let them run their course? Most of the time, these behaviors are just “phases” or habits—not serious medical problems—and the child typically outgrows them. Managing them can be difficult, however.
Tip: Yelling, calling attention to the habit and punishment do not usually work to stop the behavior (and may even increase it!), but praise, positive rewards, and patience are likely to help.
In this newsletter, we help you determine if your child's habits are merely irritating (yes, nose pickers I’m talking to you) or the cause for genuine concern.
~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor, HealthyChildren.org
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Common Childhood Habits
Here are some of the most common self-comforting habits in young children. Learn why they develop and whether your child will grow out of them. Go >
Nose Picking (Video)
In this video, AAP pediatrician Lewis R. First, MD, FAAP, provides tips for parents on how to help their children sniff out this nasty habit. Go >
Help Toddlers Form Good Sleep Habits
Some toddlers don’t seem to have an “off-switch.” If bedtime is one of the most challenging parts of your child’s day, check out these tips!  Go >
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