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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.

The Ground Rules for Potty Training (Video)

I emphasize to parents that there really is more than one right way to potty train. Potty training is scary for most kids, but it will happen. Three things to remember: Keep your child’s distinct personality in mind Allow room for trial and error Don’t get frustrated by mistakes (they’re bound to happen)

Is Your Child Ready to Potty Train? (Video)

Your child will exhibit several traits when they’re ready for potty training. Watch for the following signs — they may appear around age 2:  Increased confidence Better muscle control Enhanced coordination Imitating family members Expanded verbal skills When your child begins to demonstrate these traits, it is a good time to start the potty training … Read More

How to Childproof Your Laundry Room

You know the obvious places to childproof your home: the kitchen, bathroom, garage. You protect kids by securing furniture so it doesn’t tip over, install safety gates for stairways, latch and lock cabinets and doors. But don’t forget the laundry room. There are lots of appealing objects in there for little kids to play with … Read More

When and How: Switching Your Baby to Solid Foods

In my blog, I’ve talked about reasons why parents should wait until their baby is 6 months old before switching to solid foods. Solids aren’t as nutritious as breast milk or formula, they’re harder to swallow and, given too soon, may cause health problems like eczema and allergies. Within four to six months, your baby … Read More

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When Not to Potty Train Your Toddler (Video)

I let parents know that there are several times in life when it may not be appropriate to begin potty training. Potty training adds stress, so circumstances like these aren’t ideal: Major family changes, such as a move, divorce, new baby or a sibling leaving the household A change in daycare facilities Returning from a … Read More

Don’t Feed Your Baby Solid Food Before 6 Months

Like many pediatricians, I recommend that you introduce solid food to your baby no earlier than 6 months old. A study published in the April issue of the journal Pediatrics shows many moms are jumping the gun and feeding their babies solid food earlier without knowing the risks. Of the 1,300 moms that were questioned, 40 … Read More

Teens and Anxiety

About 25 percent of 13- to 18-year-old children have generalized anxiety — that’s one in four kids. An even more alarming statistic: Generalized anxiety can start as early as preschool. And the problem seems to be on the rise nationally. We’re not talking about nervous-before-a-test anxiety, but anxiety that affects all aspects of life — … Read More