Author Archives: Dr. Laura Jana

About Dr. Laura Jana

Dr. Laura Jana is an Omaha-based pediatrician and proud mom of three. She is the co-author of two parenting books -- "Heading Home with Your Newborn" and "Food Fights" -- and three children's books. After working as a consultant to Dr. Benjamin Spock, Jana co-founded the Dr. Spock Co. in 1999, then her own company, Practical Parenting Consulting. She is a media spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics and the owner of Primrose School of Legacy in Omaha. She blogs every second Tuesday of the month. Learn more about Dr. Jana at drlaurajana.com.

5 ways to arm America’s teachers

Take it from a pediatrician, parenting consultant and mother; the conversation doesn’t have to be about guns. Continue reading

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4 family-friendly New Year’s resolutions

Think adult goals with a kid-friendly twist. Continue reading

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5 apps for your family’s health

It’s been said that we should limit our kids’ technology time, but when it comes to your family’s health, there’s an app for that. Continue reading

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When buying organic doesn’t matter

A new report may have you questioning your grocery shopping habits. Continue reading

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American Idol vs. the common cold

What can American idol teach us about vaccines? Note: Do not read while eating. Continue reading

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Oral health and princess toothbrushes

Children’s oral health is an important topic that doesn’t get enough attention. If princess toothbrushes can encourage toothbrushing, I’m all for them. Continue reading

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We can all do our bit to help others

Every time I see a story like the one featuring efforts to save children living in a Vietnamese trash dump, I want to do more. Please join me. Continue reading

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Is my child’s cough cause for concern?

Figuring out when to worry about a cough needs to be treated as a problem-solving venture. Here are some questions and symptoms you should keep in mind. Continue reading

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Tending to tummy time troubles

Encouraging back-sleeping babies to spend awake time on their bellies can help stave off the dreaded “positional plagiocephaly,” more understandably referred to as a flat head. Continue reading

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Resolutions: Family-friendly, realistic goals

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, I’m a believer. Now is the perfect time to shift from helping your children create holiday wish lists to helping them (and you) focus on setting realistic family goals that can deliver an even happier, healthier 2012. Continue reading

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