October, 2018
News From Cornerstone Pediatrics
Helping Baby to Sleep
Babies do not have regular sleep cycles until about 6 months of age. While newborns sleep about 16 to 17 hours per day, they may only sleep 1 or 2 hours at a time. As babies get older, they need less  sleep .
Here are some suggestions that may help your baby (and you) sleep better at night.
  • Keep your baby calm and quiet when you feed or change her during the night. Try not to stimulate or wake her too much.
  • Make daytime playtime. Talking and playing with your baby during the day will help lengthen her awake times. This will help her sleep for longer periods during the night.
  • Put your baby to bed when drowsy but still awake. This will help your baby learn to fall asleep on her own in her own bed. Holding or rocking her until she is completely asleep may make it hard for her to go back to sleep if she wakes up during the night.
Wait a few minutes before responding to your child’s fussing. See if she can fall back to sleep on her own.
We've Got Flu Vaccine!
It's that time of year again. Cold and flu season is nearly upon us. Remember the nightmare that was flu season 2017-2018? Let's not go there again. GET YOUR CHILD IMMUNIZED!
We have flu vaccine now available for ALL of our patients and are expecting new shipments regularly.
You can schedule your child for a flu shot online through our portal. Click on your child's name, then on the "Flu Clinic" tab and choose the date and time you like.
What to Know About Melatonin
Melatonin is a natural, hormone-like substance produced by an area in the brain called the pineal gland. It is released naturally at night and tells the body it's time to sleep.
Melatonin is sold as a sleep aid. It can be found over the counter as a dietary supplement. While melatonin plays a role in sleep; it is NOT a sleeping pill. Talk to us before using it.
Melatonin may be a short-term way to help some kids get rest while you keep trying to establish good bedtime routines. It may also help some older children and teens reset sleep schedules―such as after vacations, summer breaks, or other interruptions.
  1. Melatonin may also help children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It's use in these circumstances should be carefully monitored a child's pediatrician.
Walkers? Please, No.
Walkers for infants seem so fun. But really, a lot of infants are injured in walker accidents each year. And you know what? They do NOT help infants walk any sooner.
Please don't use walkers. Please.