Dr. Charlene Fernandez

I am a practicing board-certified pediatrician and work with families every day to help their kids grow healthy and happy. I believe in positive parenting, preventive care as the best medicine, and intentionally raising children. I write on this website to reach even more families with my message. I hope you can find value in my posts and stick around for more.

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11 Common Questions When Starting Solid Baby Foods

If you are planning to start solid foods for your baby, you have probably already received a fair share of advice from well-meaning friends and family. These (often unsolicited!) tips might even contradict each other! Who should you listen to? Here’s what the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends for starting solid foods for infants. 1. …

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Are Infant Swim Lessons Worth It? Ideal Age to Swimming

Every year around summer time many ads will pop up about swimming classes for children. It seems that every year these lessons are aimed at even younger children… and even babies? How safe is this practice? Are these classes recommended? And if so, at what age? Information on the internet can be conflicting, as with …

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17 Facts About Lactose Intolerance in Children

Does your child develop crampy stomach aches or diarrhea after consuming milk or milk-derived products? You have have thought about the possibility of lactose intolerance. If this is the case, there are some changes that you can do to help with this uncomfortable problem. In this article I will help you understand why lactose intolerance …

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Safe Sunscreen Tips for Babies and Children

Everyone is at risk of the harmful effects of the sun. Effects can include sunburns, unsightly dark spots, accelerated skin aging, and skin cancer. Children are especially at risk because the younger they are, their skin is more sensitive. Did you know that most sun damage to the skin occurs in childhood? That is why …

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