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Washing Our Hands of Faulty Perceptions

November 28, 2014

hand washing[originally published in KCN, December 2014]

I stood at the clinical white sink and depressed the pedal with my right foot.  Hot water streamed from the spigot and hit my hands.  I began scrubbing.  Three minutes to be exact — all the way up to the elbows.  I was being watched.  This is the protocol here at the hospital where my newborn is currently receiving care.

As I settled into a comfortable washing rhythm I began thinking about how this very procedure — washing hands — was once scoffed and ridiculed.  And, yet, now it is completely accepted.  It’s common sense.  And in this case, required.  Dr. Semmelweis would have been proud. (more…)

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Your Results May Vary

July 29, 2011

[originally published in KCN, August 2011]

After practicing nearly fifteen years, I am still honored and humbled when asked to adjust a newborn.  The other day I adjusted a three-day-old.

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A Not So Silent Night

July 24, 2009

[originally published in KCN, January 2000]

colic-crying-baby-1The Christmas season has come and gone once again.  Memories have been made.  Good times have been shared.  And families have come together.  But alas, it’s time to pack away the decorations and lights.  Put away the Christmas CD’s, and eat that last Christmas cookie.  And as you hum the tunes of popular carols, and “Silent Night” comes to the forefront,  it might be surprising for you to realize that on average the parents of nearly 25% of our newborn population aren’t experiencing such a “silent night.”  Not during Christmas; not during anytime of the year for that matter.  Their babies are suffering from a frustrating condition of persistent crying many parents are well aware of — a condition known as colic. (more…)


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