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Deb Lonzer, MD

Deb Lonzer, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician and the Chair of the Department of Community Pediatrics for Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

Top Tricks to Get Your Child to Take Medicine

Sick kids often will pass on taking pills and liquid medicine, even if they know it will make them feel better. Here is expert advice from Deb Lonzer, MD on helping your child to take medicine.

H2O: What Parents Need to Know

More than half of children and teens do not drink enough fluids. Deb Lonzer, MD, shares some helpful tips to incorporate and maintain healthy drinking habits so your kids stay hydrated.

Make Hats Mandatory for Your Kids in Cold Temperatures

When bitterly cold temperatures hit, you have to be careful to avoid staying out in the frigid air for too long. A cold weather emergency can happen relatively quickly, especially with children. Your child should never leave the house without a hat in this kind of weather. Children, especially younger children, can lose a third … Read More

What to Do When Your Potty-trained Child Suddenly Isn’t

So, you thought your child was potty trained. While you may feel disappointed or even frustrated, it is very common for children to go back to having accidents — temporarily. Having intermittent accidents (for example, wetting themselves a few times one week but not the next) is not potty training regression, however. If your 3-year-old … Read More

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Avoid Grocery or Pharmacy Clinics for Your Kids’ Care

Health clinics inside grocery stores and pharmacies are convenient, but they are the wrong place to take your children for the best care. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a formal recommendation opposing the use of these retail-based clinics for infants, children and adolescents. These retail-based clinics, focused on selling products, simply can’t … Read More

12 Tips for Traveling With Children

Over the highway and through the state, to Grandmother’s house we go. Sounds like an idyllic family jaunt, right? Increase your odds of making it there with your sanity intact with these travel tips. Don’t wait until the last minute With all of the season’s hustle and bustle, you might be tempted to ditch preparation … Read More

Reduce Your Child’s Risk of Choking on Food

Choking is the leading cause of injury among small children, especially age 4 and under. The leading culprit: food. About 12,000 kids a year end up in the emergency room in the United States because they choked on food, according to a recent study. That number doesn’t include toys and coins and all the other … Read More

How Often Should Your Child Go Potty? (Video)

I tell parents that bathroom frequency for children varies, just like for grown-ups. A few things to know when potty training: Well-hydrated kids may have to urinate every three hours or so during the day, and less frequently as the day goes on. It’s normal for your child to have one bowel movement once a … Read More

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Get Your Child Used to Using the Potty (Video)

Parents ask me how to get their children used to the idea of going to the potty. There are a few steps I tell them to follow: Set a routine setting them on the potty without using it, so it becomes normal Let them watch you in the bathroom so they can imitate you Pay … Read More

Step-by-Step With Potty Training (Video)

When can you expect certain milestones during potty training? Here’s a quick guide I give parents. Children will learn to urinate on the toilet first, but they still need diapers in between bathroom trips. Bowel movements are scary and sometimes associated with pain. It may take longer for kids to become comfortable having regular bowel … Read More