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Childhood diseases

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Clear advice about childhood diseases written directly by pediatricians. Here you will find Barnakuten’s popular symptom guides and articles about all the common and important diseases in children and babies. Articles are as follows: infections in children, diseases that give rashes, allergy, diseases that affect breathing, blood diseases, diseases of the brain, pee and poo and stomach.

Barnakuten’s symptom guides

Abrasions in children
Abrasions or grazes in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaWhen spring arrives, the winter overalls are put away and the children are running around on gravel pitches and lawns in their shorts and t-shirts. As predicted,…

Alvedon and Ipren for children
Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen in children – dosage for pain and fever

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about acetaminophen and ibuprofen dosages given to children at home. Written by pediatricians. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are perhaps the most …

Asthma in children – Symptoms and Treatments

This post is also available in: SvenskaIntrinsic or non-allergic asthma is common in preschool children. The symptoms occur when children have a cold and presents with difficulty breathing and coughin…

Child jumping on a trampoline
Avoid trampoline injuries in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaMany of you have asked for a post about trampoline injuries in children. To be able to write this, I have enlisted the help of my friend and colleague Dr Samara,…

Babies sweat in hot weather – should you give them water?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFinally the summer heat is here! What we’ve all been waiting for! But if it’s your first time caring for a sweaty baby, you’re probably asking …

Baby poo
Baby poo – what is normal? Green poop or slimy – what does that mean?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about baby poo. Written by pediatricians for parents. A baby’s poo always raises questions – Is green poo a sign of disease? Does a …

Bottle feeding a newborn with formula
Bottle feeding your newborn baby formula – how much do you give? And how often?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about bottle feeding your newborn formula. Written by pediatricians for parents. A newborn baby needs food. The food can be breast milk or formu…

Mother with anxiety when breastfeeding or D-MER
Breastfeeding anxiety – D-MER

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about the anxiety caused by breastfeeding aka D-MER. Posts are written by pediatricians for parents. D-MER stands for Dysphoric Milk Ejection Re…

Baby with RS virus receiving inhaler
Bronchiolitis (and RSV) in children and babies – symptoms and transmission

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about bronchiolitis (and RS virus) in babies. This blog is written by pediatricians for parents. Every winter RSV returns, and parents don&#8217…

Burns in children
Burns and scalds in children – prevention and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaBurns and scalds are damages to the skin caused by heat. A burn is caused by dry heat e.g. fire or iron whereas scalds are caused by wet heat e.g. hot water. Thi…

Chest pain in children – is it the heart?

This post is also available in: SvenskaWeekly, we see so many children arrive at the pediatric emergency room with chest pain. The parents, and often the children, are worried that their child has hea…

Picture of child with chickenpox
Chickenpox in children – infection, patterns, incubation period

This post is also available in: SvenskaChickenpox is a highly contagious viral disease. It manifests as fever and fluid-filled blisters that affects virtually all unvaccinated children in Sweden. The …

Child crying and being comforted by an adult
Children & grief – how children grieve and how you can help – Part 2

This post is also available in: SvenskaThis is the second post in the series about children and death. In this post, we talk about how children grieve and how you can help. This post is also written b…

Children at funeral with lit candles
Children and funerals – Part 3

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe third concluding post about children, death, grief and funerals is about children and funerals. Feel free to read the first post about talking to children ab…

Colds in babies – snotty and stuffy nose – how to help?

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe first time your baby gets a cold, you probably have so many questions. What should I do? Is the baby going to be clear of this? Is it the RS-virus? As a pedi…

Colic in infants – gastric drops, acupuncture, what helps?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about colic and how to survive as a parent. Written by pediatricians for parents. Infant colic affects between 3-30% of all infants. Babies scre…

Constipated child sitting on the toilet, pushing
Constipation in babies and children – does lactulose help?

This post is also available in: SvenskaConstipation is a really common problem in children and babies. This is especially the case for bottle-fed babies, as well as those who have stopped breastfeedin…

Coronavirus covid-19
Coronavirus or COVID-19 in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about the Coronavirus COVID-19 in children written by pediatricians for parents. The Coronavirus usually causes mild illness in children. Common…

Child applying cream on her inner forearm
Cortisone for children – dangerous or not?

This post is also available in: SvenskaThere is no drug that worries parents more than cortisone. When I ask why parents are so reluctant to give their child cortisone, fears of side effects often ari…

Cough in children – a guide to diseases and home remedies

This post is also available in: SvenskaCoughing protects the lungs against infections Basically all healthy children who catch a cold, have a cough. This is good. It’s an important part of the b…

Children take cough medicine
Cough medicine for children – Mollipect, Cocillana or Lepheton?

This post is also available in: SvenskaI wrote the other day that in scientific studies, honey has been shown to be effective against coughs, unlike cough medicine. It is really surprising how scienti…

Cradle cap – this is how you get rid of it

This post is also available in: SvenskaCradle cap is a completely harmless form of dermatitis on the scalp and does not bother the baby. But if you as the parent prefer to treat and remove it, read be…

Croup presents as a strong barking cough and sometimes breathing difficulties in children
Croup in children – Symptoms and Treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about croup and barking cough. This blog is written by pediatricians for parents. ‘False’ croup, viral croup or croup as we know it …

Children with diaper rash
Diaper rash, fungal infections and a red baby bum

This post is also available in: SvenskaA red baby bum can be a diaper rash, fungal infection or just a result of heat and moisture. Here you can learn how to distinguish diaper rashes from fungal infe…

Divorce with children
Divorce and children – separate without harming your children

This post is also available in: SvenskaWe received a question about children and divorce: “I would very much like to read about how to deal with small children during a separation”. What i…

Picture of children with eczema on their cheeks
Eczema in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaEczema is common in children and consists of dry, red, itchy skin areas. In infants, eczema often sits on the cheeks. In slightly older children, they move to ar…

Febrile seizures or chills in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFebrile seizures affect about one in twenty children at some point during early childhood. It is most common between 6 months to 5 years of age. Febrile seizures…

Feeling like a bad mother? – When you can’t cope with your kids

This post is also available in: SvenskaThis post came about after someone searched the blog for “why am I such a horrible mom”. I felt an immediate sense of compassion. Surely there are ma…

Children with high fever in mother's arms
Fever in children – A Pediatrician’s guide

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about fever in children – information written by pediatricians. For many parents, the 40C (104F) mark is a magical limit. For a pediatrici…

Parent groups are a good way to find other parents on parental leave
Finding other people on parental leave – what to do on parental leave?

This post is also available in: SvenskaA few weeks ago, I asked a counselor at the neighboring children’s hospital what she thought I should write about. “Write about the need for parents …

A family returns home from hospital for the first time with their baby
First weeks with your newborn

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about the first weeks with your newborn. Written by pediatricians for parents. Many people begin by ordering a birth certificate. But it is just…

Child with influenza resting in bed
Flu (influenza) in children – symptoms and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFlu (influenza) is a viral disease that, in the vast majority of cases, causes up to a week of high fever, coughing, cold symptoms and body aches (especially in …

Influenza vaccine for pregnant women
Flu (influenza) vaccine during pregnancy – pros and cons

This post is also available in: SvenskaFlu vaccines are offered to all pregnant women in Sweden. Learn why and the pros and cons of vaccinations against influenza during pregnancy. Read more about inf…

Flu (influenza) vaccine for children
Flu (influenza) vaccine for children – side effects and for who?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFlu (influenza) vaccine protects against influenza. Influenza is a viral disease that can become severe, even in healthy people. Usually you only get a week of h…

Food for young children who eat poorly or refuse food

This post is also available in: SvenskaChildren who eat poorly create great anxiety in their parents. Preschool children are picky about their food and often refuse it. Quite a few children (not all) …

Gastroenteritis and breast-feeding
Gastroenteritis and breastfeeding

This post is also available in: SvenskaI’ve been asked some questions about gastroenteritis and breastfeeding, and here are my answers. More information about gastroenteritis can be read in this…

Children who are vomiting
Gastroenteritis or winter vomiting in children – infection and incubation period

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about gastroenteritis written by pediatricians. Diarrhea and vomiting in children are almost always due to gastroenteritis, a viral infection al…

Breastfeeding a newborn baby
Get started with breastfeeding – when does the milk come?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about getting started with breastfeeding Written by pediatricians for parents. When does the milk come? That seems to be the most common questio…

Giving children medicine when they vomit or refuse to take liquid penicillin

This post is also available in: SvenskaGiving children medicine is one of the difficult parts of parenting. Children are often given liquid medicine, but it’s common for them refuse to take it. …

Child and mother eating ice cream together
Giving your children sugar – facts and advice from a pediatrician

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about giving sugar to your children. This blog post is written by pediatricians for parents. Certainly, every parent wants their children to eat…

Children with gluten intolerance or celiac disease and stomach pain
Gluten intolerance or celiac disease in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about gluten intolerance or celiac disease in children. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease. It occurs when the immune system damages its ow…

Hand, foot and mouth disease – blisters in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaHand, foot and mouth disease, is a viral infection that causes blisters in the mouth and blisters or dark rashes on the hands and feet. Hence the name, hand, foo…

Having a baby after infertility

This post is also available in: SvenskaHaving a baby after infertility or IVF is not as easy as you might think. Yes, the child is expected, but the very story of infertility can sometimes put a brake…

Children who have fallen and hit their heads. Head injuries or concussion?
Head injuries and concussion when children hit their head

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about head injuries and concussion. Written by pediatricians for parents. Children often fall and hit their head. Learn when it is dangerous and…

Healthy food for children - spaghetti
Healthy food for children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about healthy food for children. Written by pediatricians for parents. It is not difficult to make nutritious food for children. Meatballs, fish…

Mom sleeps next to baby
Help babies fall asleep – tips for a successful bedtime routine

This post is also available in: SvenskaGetting a baby fall asleep is a really difficult art. Sleep, or lack thereof, affects both you as parents and your baby. This topic is the most sought after and …

Child's swollen foot with a snake bite
Help! A snake! – children and snakebites

This post is also available in: SvenskaIt’s the summertime, and everyone is out! I’m not only referring to us humans, but also the mosquitoes, ticks and especially the snakes that have lai…

Hormonal spots are due to the baby's immune system being activated
How a baby’s immune system works – about breastfeeding and antibodies

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts about the baby immune system, antibodies and breastfeeding. Written by Professor of Clinical Immunology and Microbiology. Do newborn babies have a function…

How do vaccinations work? Herd immunity and the spread of infections

This post is also available in: SvenskaVaccination works in two ways. One, every person who receive vaccines become immune to the disease they are vaccinated against. Two, vaccinations protect the soc…

How long to breastfeed is entirely up to the mother and baby
How long should I breastfeed for?

This post is also available in: SvenskaMany mothers are asking themselves and others the question – for how long should I breastfeed? And some feel compelled to provide assured answers. WHO has …

Mom looks at sleeping baby and wonders if she should stop breastfeeding
How to stop breastfeeding – when is the right time?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about stopping breastfeeding, written by pediatricians for parents. There may be different strategies to stop breastfeeding a small baby vs. a l…

How vaccines provide immunity by stimulating the immune system

This post is also available in: SvenskaVaccinations provide immunity or protection against infections by stimulating the immune system. How the immune system works and how vaccination provides immunit…

HPV vaccine against cervical cancer

This post is also available in: SvenskaHPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine is a vaccine which prevents most types of HPV that cause HPV-related cancers and diseases in men and women. HPV is transmitted…

Impetigo
Impetigo in children – infection and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaImpetigo is a bacterial infection of the skin that is common in children. They are often rashes around the mouth or nose. Staphylococci or streptococcus are the …

Incontinence – treatment for bed wetting and daytime wetting in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaIt is common for children to wet themselves. It is estimated that most children stop bedwetting at the age of 5 and stop daytime wetting at the age of 6. But man…

Babies sleeping, mom watching
Infant sleep – how much or little is normal?

This post is also available in: SvenskaInfant sleep is not like adult’s sleep. Most newborn babies sleep a lot, and some sleep all the time. Yet newborn sleep is one of the greatest challenges f…

iPads or mobiles for small children – is screen time dangerous?

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe vast majority of children today probably play on an iPad, mobile or tablet at least once a day. But is it that a good thing? The blogger Apan sat at the Chri…

Red blood cells
Iron deficiency and anemia in babies, children and adolescents

This post is also available in: SvenskaIron deficiency is a common nutritional deficiency in children today. The risk of iron deficiency and anemia is the reason why you should not solely breastfeed f…

Lactose intolerance in children
Lactose intolerance in children – symptoms, tests, treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about lactose intolerance and symptoms in kids, written by a pediatrician. Children are not lactose intolerant at birth. But at about elementary…

Lumps on the neck of a child
Lumps behind the ear, in the throat or on neck in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaHave you discovered a lump behind the ear, in the throat or on the neck of your child? Maybe it’s a lymph node? Should it really be there for so long? Can …

Picture of a ring-shaped rash caused by Lyme disease
Lyme disease in children – symptoms and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaLate summer and early autumn is the peak season for Lyme disease. It is a tick-borne disease caused by the Borrelia bacterium. Symptoms manifest in the skin, ner…

Measles – symptoms, transmission, treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about measles. Written by pediatricians for parents. Measles is one of the world’s most contagious diseases. The disease is rare in Sweden…

Meningitis in children – fever, neck stiffness, sore neck

This post is also available in: SvenskaMeningitis is a feared infection in children. Bacterial meningitis is life-threatening and requires immediate care. Viral meningitis is rarely life-threatening b…

Milk protein allergy in babies and milk-free infant formula

This post is also available in: SvenskaMilk protein allergy, also known as cow’s milk allergy, milk allergy or cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA) is a tricky condition often suspected in sc…

Mum with child in a baby carrier
Mother with borderline personality disorder shares her experiences

This post is also available in: SvenskaThis blog details the extra challenges you face parenting as a person with borderline personality disorder, also known as emotionally unstable personality disord…

Mouth blisters in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaSeveral viral diseases can cause mouth blisters in children. A single blister does not necessarily cause too much trouble. But diseases with blisters throughout …

A baby slumbers on a tired mom's shoulder
My baby just wants to sleep on me and your baby doesn’t want to be in your arms

This post is also available in: SvenskaSome babies just want to be close all the time, others never want to be in anyone’s arms. Some can only sleep on you and others can’t go to sleep on …

Never shake a baby – Shaken Baby Syndrome

This post is also available in: Svenska  If you shake a baby so violently that the head is thrown back and forth, the blood vessels under the hard meninges are torn off. This creates cerebral hem…

Oral rehydration solution (ORS) for children – recipes to prevent dehydration at home

This post is also available in: SvenskaOral rehydration solution (ORS) is indispensable when children are sick, especially if they have gastroenteritis. It prevents dehydration and fluid deficiency in…

Otitis in children – symptoms and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about otitis. Written by pediatricians for parents. Symptoms of otitis include whining, sore ear, fever and poor appetite. Most ear infections a…

A happy overweight boy bathing
Overweight children, childhood obesity and BMI

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about BMI and obesity in children, written by pediatricians for parents. Children’s body shape changes a lot. Babies should put on a lot o…

Penicillin or antibiotics in children – Penicillin VK, Floxapen or Amoxil?

This post is also available in: SvenskaSometimes children need penicillin such as Penicillin VK (phenoxymethylpenicillin), Floxapen (flucloxacillin) or Amoxil (amoxicillin). Penicillin is a class of a…

Plastic, phthalates and soft plastics are not dangerous for children
Plastic and phthalates: are they dangerous for children?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about plastics and phthalates for children. Written by Professor Agnes Wold for barnakuten.nu. Plastic is a practical material that is found in …

Pneumococcal vaccine in children – efficacy and side effects

This post is also available in: SvenskaPneumococcal vaccine is one of the two vaccines given to children at three, five and twelve months of age at the children’s medical center in Sweden. It pr…

Pneumonia with pneumococcus
Pneumonia in children – symptoms and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaPneumonia is an infection in the lungs that can be bacterial or viral. Children with pneumonia often have a cough and fever as well as stomach aches, tiredness, …

Pollen allergy in children – runny nose and watery eyes

This post is also available in: SvenskaPollen allergy in children causes watery, itchy, red eyes, runny nose, sneezing and sometimes triggers asthma. The symptoms occur during the pollen season, which…

Poor growth in children – investigate and interpret the growth curve

This post is also available in: SvenskaIt’s common to suspect poor growth in your child. “There’s no way my child has followed his growth curve.” As a pediatrician, I investiga…

Postpartum depression
Postpartum depression – when it’s hard to be a parent

This post is also available in: SvenskaDepression is a common disease. Postpartum depression is depression associated with being a new parent. If you are experiencing postpartum depression, it is espe…

Baby potty training with the doll
Potty training – how to become diaper-free and when to stop using diapers

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice from pediatricians about potty training and getting your baby diaper-free. Potty training, it’s more about creating a routine than ‘…

Agnes Wold on advising new parents
Professor Agnes Wold on advising new parents

This post is also available in: SvenskaAgnes Wold is a Swedish professor in clinical microbiology and well known for her work for women in science. She is also the co-author of Parenthood the Swedish …

Chickenpox vaccine
Pros and cons of the chickenpox vaccine

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe chickenpox vaccine is effective but is not included in the Swedish National Immunization Program. It is, however, included in other countries’ general …

Rashes and red spots on children – a visual guide

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about rashes and red spots on children. Written by and pictures directly from pediatricians. When your child gets a rash or red spots, naturally…

Recurrent fever and infections in children – poor immune system?

This post is also available in: SvenskaHow often can a child be sick without anything being wrong? Are recurrent fevers and infections signs of a poor immune system? Many parents ask themselves these …

A child receives rotavirus vaccine at a pediatricians office
Rotavirus vaccine – effectiveness and side effects

This post is also available in: SvenskaRotavirus vaccine is the latest vaccine introduced to the Swedish National Immunization Program. It is a vaccine against severe gastroenteritis that is given ora…

Siblings of sick children

This post is also available in: SvenskaSiblings of sick children have special needs, but they are often forgotten. This happens especially in families with seriously or chronically ill children. The s…

Sore throats and colds in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaA sore throat is a common symptom in children and is often due to a cold. If your child has a high fever, sore throat, difficulty swallowing and no cough or snif…

A girl lies on the couch with a stomach ache
Stomach pains in children – is it the appendix and what to do?

This post is also available in: SvenskaIt is very common for children of pre-school and school age to have stomach aches. Some have it more or less every day, for a long time, and some get it more acu…

Streptococcus in children – tonsillitis, perianal strep and scarlet fever

This post is also available in: SvenskaStreptococcus is a bacteria that causes many different common infections in children. Tonsillitis, otitis, perianal strep and impetigo can be caused by streptoco…

Sun protection for babies and children – sunscreen and more

This post is also available in: SvenskaChildren must be allowed to be outside as much as possible. They need to play and run and eat ice cream and bike and have a wonderful time in the heat. But the s…

Mother cuddling child on the couch
Take time off to care for your sick child at home – the pediatrician’s guide

This post is also available in: SvenskaYour child’s sick and it’s time for you to take some days off work to stay home and care for them. Understandably you might be unsure about how to mo…

Mother talks to children about death
Talking to children about death: Part 1

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about talking to children about death. This post is about how children understand and respond to death at different developmental stages . This …

A baby eating a strawberry
Taste food portions – when and how to introduce food?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about taste portions. Written by pediatricians for parents. Taste portions of food are usually given to babies at 3, 4 or maybe 5 months of age.…

TBE in children – symptoms, infection, treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaWhat is TBE? Facts and advice about TBE in children. TBE is short for Tick-Borne Encephalitis, or tick-borne meningitis. The virus is usually transmitted to huma…

TBE vaccine for children
TBE vaccine (tick-borne encephalitis vaccine) and protection against ticks for babies and children

This post is also available in: SvenskaTBE in children can cause brain damage, if you’re unlucky. TBE vaccine or tick vaccine can be given to children from one year of age, and smaller children …

Child in a temper tantrum laying on the floor and screaming
Terrible twos – how to deal with temper tantrums in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about managing the terrible twos or temper tantrums. This blog post is written by pediatricians for parents. Terrible twos, temper tantrums, thr…

The Deadly Water – Drowning

This post is also available in: SvenskaSometimes I discuss with my colleagues about what we, as child health care workers, are most afraid of of being presented with. In first or second place for the …

Three-month vaccine – efficacy and adverse reactions

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe three-month vaccine gives your child protection against seven different bacteria or viruses. If your child is not protected against them, they are likely to …

Baby sucks on pacifier
Thumb sucking and pacifiers – good or bad for your baby?

This post is also available in: SvenskaThere is a myth that pacifiers and breastfeeding are ‘bad’ and that they contribute to ‘nipple confusion’. This is not true. If a child likes suc…

Tick bites in children – how to remove ticks, signs of Lyme disease and TBE

This post is also available in: SvenskaTick bites are a risk to everyone staying in Sweden. Read about how to remove ticks from your child, what diseases the child is at risk of and how to detect them…

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? About vaccinations for babies

This post is also available in: SvenskaThere has been a lot of debate about whether to vaccinate your baby or not. Here is a take on what Ursula Flatters, a physician at the anthroposophical Vidar cli…

Infections

Abrasions in children
Abrasions or grazes in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaWhen spring arrives, the winter overalls are put away and the children are running around on gravel pitches and lawns in their shorts and t-shirts. As predicted,…

Alvedon and Ipren for children
Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen in children – dosage for pain and fever

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about acetaminophen and ibuprofen dosages given to children at home. Written by pediatricians. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are perhaps the most …

Asthma in children – Symptoms and Treatments

This post is also available in: SvenskaIntrinsic or non-allergic asthma is common in preschool children. The symptoms occur when children have a cold and presents with difficulty breathing and coughin…

Child jumping on a trampoline
Avoid trampoline injuries in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaMany of you have asked for a post about trampoline injuries in children. To be able to write this, I have enlisted the help of my friend and colleague Dr Samara,…

Babies sweat in hot weather – should you give them water?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFinally the summer heat is here! What we’ve all been waiting for! But if it’s your first time caring for a sweaty baby, you’re probably asking …

Baby poo
Baby poo – what is normal? Green poop or slimy – what does that mean?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about baby poo. Written by pediatricians for parents. A baby’s poo always raises questions – Is green poo a sign of disease? Does a …

Bottle feeding a newborn with formula
Bottle feeding your newborn baby formula – how much do you give? And how often?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about bottle feeding your newborn formula. Written by pediatricians for parents. A newborn baby needs food. The food can be breast milk or formu…

Mother with anxiety when breastfeeding or D-MER
Breastfeeding anxiety – D-MER

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about the anxiety caused by breastfeeding aka D-MER. Posts are written by pediatricians for parents. D-MER stands for Dysphoric Milk Ejection Re…

Baby with RS virus receiving inhaler
Bronchiolitis (and RSV) in children and babies – symptoms and transmission

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about bronchiolitis (and RS virus) in babies. This blog is written by pediatricians for parents. Every winter RSV returns, and parents don&#8217…

Burns in children
Burns and scalds in children – prevention and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaBurns and scalds are damages to the skin caused by heat. A burn is caused by dry heat e.g. fire or iron whereas scalds are caused by wet heat e.g. hot water. Thi…

Chest pain in children – is it the heart?

This post is also available in: SvenskaWeekly, we see so many children arrive at the pediatric emergency room with chest pain. The parents, and often the children, are worried that their child has hea…

Picture of child with chickenpox
Chickenpox in children – infection, patterns, incubation period

This post is also available in: SvenskaChickenpox is a highly contagious viral disease. It manifests as fever and fluid-filled blisters that affects virtually all unvaccinated children in Sweden. The …

Child crying and being comforted by an adult
Children & grief – how children grieve and how you can help – Part 2

This post is also available in: SvenskaThis is the second post in the series about children and death. In this post, we talk about how children grieve and how you can help. This post is also written b…

Children at funeral with lit candles
Children and funerals – Part 3

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe third concluding post about children, death, grief and funerals is about children and funerals. Feel free to read the first post about talking to children ab…

Colds in babies – snotty and stuffy nose – how to help?

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe first time your baby gets a cold, you probably have so many questions. What should I do? Is the baby going to be clear of this? Is it the RS-virus? As a pedi…

Colic in infants – gastric drops, acupuncture, what helps?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about colic and how to survive as a parent. Written by pediatricians for parents. Infant colic affects between 3-30% of all infants. Babies scre…

Constipated child sitting on the toilet, pushing
Constipation in babies and children – does lactulose help?

This post is also available in: SvenskaConstipation is a really common problem in children and babies. This is especially the case for bottle-fed babies, as well as those who have stopped breastfeedin…

Coronavirus covid-19
Coronavirus or COVID-19 in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about the Coronavirus COVID-19 in children written by pediatricians for parents. The Coronavirus usually causes mild illness in children. Common…

Child applying cream on her inner forearm
Cortisone for children – dangerous or not?

This post is also available in: SvenskaThere is no drug that worries parents more than cortisone. When I ask why parents are so reluctant to give their child cortisone, fears of side effects often ari…

Cough in children – a guide to diseases and home remedies

This post is also available in: SvenskaCoughing protects the lungs against infections Basically all healthy children who catch a cold, have a cough. This is good. It’s an important part of the b…

Children take cough medicine
Cough medicine for children – Mollipect, Cocillana or Lepheton?

This post is also available in: SvenskaI wrote the other day that in scientific studies, honey has been shown to be effective against coughs, unlike cough medicine. It is really surprising how scienti…

Cradle cap – this is how you get rid of it

This post is also available in: SvenskaCradle cap is a completely harmless form of dermatitis on the scalp and does not bother the baby. But if you as the parent prefer to treat and remove it, read be…

Croup presents as a strong barking cough and sometimes breathing difficulties in children
Croup in children – Symptoms and Treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about croup and barking cough. This blog is written by pediatricians for parents. ‘False’ croup, viral croup or croup as we know it …

Children with diaper rash
Diaper rash, fungal infections and a red baby bum

This post is also available in: SvenskaA red baby bum can be a diaper rash, fungal infection or just a result of heat and moisture. Here you can learn how to distinguish diaper rashes from fungal infe…

Divorce with children
Divorce and children – separate without harming your children

This post is also available in: SvenskaWe received a question about children and divorce: “I would very much like to read about how to deal with small children during a separation”. What i…

Picture of children with eczema on their cheeks
Eczema in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaEczema is common in children and consists of dry, red, itchy skin areas. In infants, eczema often sits on the cheeks. In slightly older children, they move to ar…

Febrile seizures or chills in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFebrile seizures affect about one in twenty children at some point during early childhood. It is most common between 6 months to 5 years of age. Febrile seizures…

Feeling like a bad mother? – When you can’t cope with your kids

This post is also available in: SvenskaThis post came about after someone searched the blog for “why am I such a horrible mom”. I felt an immediate sense of compassion. Surely there are ma…

Children with high fever in mother's arms
Fever in children – A Pediatrician’s guide

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about fever in children – information written by pediatricians. For many parents, the 40C (104F) mark is a magical limit. For a pediatrici…

Parent groups are a good way to find other parents on parental leave
Finding other people on parental leave – what to do on parental leave?

This post is also available in: SvenskaA few weeks ago, I asked a counselor at the neighboring children’s hospital what she thought I should write about. “Write about the need for parents …

A family returns home from hospital for the first time with their baby
First weeks with your newborn

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about the first weeks with your newborn. Written by pediatricians for parents. Many people begin by ordering a birth certificate. But it is just…

Child with influenza resting in bed
Flu (influenza) in children – symptoms and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFlu (influenza) is a viral disease that, in the vast majority of cases, causes up to a week of high fever, coughing, cold symptoms and body aches (especially in …

Influenza vaccine for pregnant women
Flu (influenza) vaccine during pregnancy – pros and cons

This post is also available in: SvenskaFlu vaccines are offered to all pregnant women in Sweden. Learn why and the pros and cons of vaccinations against influenza during pregnancy. Read more about inf…

Flu (influenza) vaccine for children
Flu (influenza) vaccine for children – side effects and for who?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFlu (influenza) vaccine protects against influenza. Influenza is a viral disease that can become severe, even in healthy people. Usually you only get a week of h…

Food for young children who eat poorly or refuse food

This post is also available in: SvenskaChildren who eat poorly create great anxiety in their parents. Preschool children are picky about their food and often refuse it. Quite a few children (not all) …

Gastroenteritis and breast-feeding
Gastroenteritis and breastfeeding

This post is also available in: SvenskaI’ve been asked some questions about gastroenteritis and breastfeeding, and here are my answers. More information about gastroenteritis can be read in this…

Children who are vomiting
Gastroenteritis or winter vomiting in children – infection and incubation period

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about gastroenteritis written by pediatricians. Diarrhea and vomiting in children are almost always due to gastroenteritis, a viral infection al…

Breastfeeding a newborn baby
Get started with breastfeeding – when does the milk come?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about getting started with breastfeeding Written by pediatricians for parents. When does the milk come? That seems to be the most common questio…

Giving children medicine when they vomit or refuse to take liquid penicillin

This post is also available in: SvenskaGiving children medicine is one of the difficult parts of parenting. Children are often given liquid medicine, but it’s common for them refuse to take it. …

Child and mother eating ice cream together
Giving your children sugar – facts and advice from a pediatrician

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about giving sugar to your children. This blog post is written by pediatricians for parents. Certainly, every parent wants their children to eat…

Children with gluten intolerance or celiac disease and stomach pain
Gluten intolerance or celiac disease in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about gluten intolerance or celiac disease in children. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease. It occurs when the immune system damages its ow…

Hand, foot and mouth disease – blisters in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaHand, foot and mouth disease, is a viral infection that causes blisters in the mouth and blisters or dark rashes on the hands and feet. Hence the name, hand, foo…

Having a baby after infertility

This post is also available in: SvenskaHaving a baby after infertility or IVF is not as easy as you might think. Yes, the child is expected, but the very story of infertility can sometimes put a brake…

Children who have fallen and hit their heads. Head injuries or concussion?
Head injuries and concussion when children hit their head

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about head injuries and concussion. Written by pediatricians for parents. Children often fall and hit their head. Learn when it is dangerous and…

Healthy food for children - spaghetti
Healthy food for children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about healthy food for children. Written by pediatricians for parents. It is not difficult to make nutritious food for children. Meatballs, fish…

Mom sleeps next to baby
Help babies fall asleep – tips for a successful bedtime routine

This post is also available in: SvenskaGetting a baby fall asleep is a really difficult art. Sleep, or lack thereof, affects both you as parents and your baby. This topic is the most sought after and …

Child's swollen foot with a snake bite
Help! A snake! – children and snakebites

This post is also available in: SvenskaIt’s the summertime, and everyone is out! I’m not only referring to us humans, but also the mosquitoes, ticks and especially the snakes that have lai…

Hormonal spots are due to the baby's immune system being activated
How a baby’s immune system works – about breastfeeding and antibodies

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts about the baby immune system, antibodies and breastfeeding. Written by Professor of Clinical Immunology and Microbiology. Do newborn babies have a function…

How do vaccinations work? Herd immunity and the spread of infections

This post is also available in: SvenskaVaccination works in two ways. One, every person who receive vaccines become immune to the disease they are vaccinated against. Two, vaccinations protect the soc…

How long to breastfeed is entirely up to the mother and baby
How long should I breastfeed for?

This post is also available in: SvenskaMany mothers are asking themselves and others the question – for how long should I breastfeed? And some feel compelled to provide assured answers. WHO has …

Mom looks at sleeping baby and wonders if she should stop breastfeeding
How to stop breastfeeding – when is the right time?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about stopping breastfeeding, written by pediatricians for parents. There may be different strategies to stop breastfeeding a small baby vs. a l…

How vaccines provide immunity by stimulating the immune system

This post is also available in: SvenskaVaccinations provide immunity or protection against infections by stimulating the immune system. How the immune system works and how vaccination provides immunit…

HPV vaccine against cervical cancer

This post is also available in: SvenskaHPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine is a vaccine which prevents most types of HPV that cause HPV-related cancers and diseases in men and women. HPV is transmitted…

Impetigo
Impetigo in children – infection and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaImpetigo is a bacterial infection of the skin that is common in children. They are often rashes around the mouth or nose. Staphylococci or streptococcus are the …

Incontinence – treatment for bed wetting and daytime wetting in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaIt is common for children to wet themselves. It is estimated that most children stop bedwetting at the age of 5 and stop daytime wetting at the age of 6. But man…

Babies sleeping, mom watching
Infant sleep – how much or little is normal?

This post is also available in: SvenskaInfant sleep is not like adult’s sleep. Most newborn babies sleep a lot, and some sleep all the time. Yet newborn sleep is one of the greatest challenges f…

iPads or mobiles for small children – is screen time dangerous?

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe vast majority of children today probably play on an iPad, mobile or tablet at least once a day. But is it that a good thing? The blogger Apan sat at the Chri…

Red blood cells
Iron deficiency and anemia in babies, children and adolescents

This post is also available in: SvenskaIron deficiency is a common nutritional deficiency in children today. The risk of iron deficiency and anemia is the reason why you should not solely breastfeed f…

Lactose intolerance in children
Lactose intolerance in children – symptoms, tests, treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about lactose intolerance and symptoms in kids, written by a pediatrician. Children are not lactose intolerant at birth. But at about elementary…

Lumps on the neck of a child
Lumps behind the ear, in the throat or on neck in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaHave you discovered a lump behind the ear, in the throat or on the neck of your child? Maybe it’s a lymph node? Should it really be there for so long? Can …

Picture of a ring-shaped rash caused by Lyme disease
Lyme disease in children – symptoms and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaLate summer and early autumn is the peak season for Lyme disease. It is a tick-borne disease caused by the Borrelia bacterium. Symptoms manifest in the skin, ner…

Measles – symptoms, transmission, treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about measles. Written by pediatricians for parents. Measles is one of the world’s most contagious diseases. The disease is rare in Sweden…

Meningitis in children – fever, neck stiffness, sore neck

This post is also available in: SvenskaMeningitis is a feared infection in children. Bacterial meningitis is life-threatening and requires immediate care. Viral meningitis is rarely life-threatening b…

Milk protein allergy in babies and milk-free infant formula

This post is also available in: SvenskaMilk protein allergy, also known as cow’s milk allergy, milk allergy or cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA) is a tricky condition often suspected in sc…

Mum with child in a baby carrier
Mother with borderline personality disorder shares her experiences

This post is also available in: SvenskaThis blog details the extra challenges you face parenting as a person with borderline personality disorder, also known as emotionally unstable personality disord…

Mouth blisters in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaSeveral viral diseases can cause mouth blisters in children. A single blister does not necessarily cause too much trouble. But diseases with blisters throughout …

A baby slumbers on a tired mom's shoulder
My baby just wants to sleep on me and your baby doesn’t want to be in your arms

This post is also available in: SvenskaSome babies just want to be close all the time, others never want to be in anyone’s arms. Some can only sleep on you and others can’t go to sleep on …

Never shake a baby – Shaken Baby Syndrome

This post is also available in: Svenska  If you shake a baby so violently that the head is thrown back and forth, the blood vessels under the hard meninges are torn off. This creates cerebral hem…

Oral rehydration solution (ORS) for children – recipes to prevent dehydration at home

This post is also available in: SvenskaOral rehydration solution (ORS) is indispensable when children are sick, especially if they have gastroenteritis. It prevents dehydration and fluid deficiency in…

Otitis in children – symptoms and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about otitis. Written by pediatricians for parents. Symptoms of otitis include whining, sore ear, fever and poor appetite. Most ear infections a…

A happy overweight boy bathing
Overweight children, childhood obesity and BMI

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about BMI and obesity in children, written by pediatricians for parents. Children’s body shape changes a lot. Babies should put on a lot o…

Penicillin or antibiotics in children – Penicillin VK, Floxapen or Amoxil?

This post is also available in: SvenskaSometimes children need penicillin such as Penicillin VK (phenoxymethylpenicillin), Floxapen (flucloxacillin) or Amoxil (amoxicillin). Penicillin is a class of a…

Plastic, phthalates and soft plastics are not dangerous for children
Plastic and phthalates: are they dangerous for children?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about plastics and phthalates for children. Written by Professor Agnes Wold for barnakuten.nu. Plastic is a practical material that is found in …

Pneumococcal vaccine in children – efficacy and side effects

This post is also available in: SvenskaPneumococcal vaccine is one of the two vaccines given to children at three, five and twelve months of age at the children’s medical center in Sweden. It pr…

Pneumonia with pneumococcus
Pneumonia in children – symptoms and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaPneumonia is an infection in the lungs that can be bacterial or viral. Children with pneumonia often have a cough and fever as well as stomach aches, tiredness, …

Pollen allergy in children – runny nose and watery eyes

This post is also available in: SvenskaPollen allergy in children causes watery, itchy, red eyes, runny nose, sneezing and sometimes triggers asthma. The symptoms occur during the pollen season, which…

Poor growth in children – investigate and interpret the growth curve

This post is also available in: SvenskaIt’s common to suspect poor growth in your child. “There’s no way my child has followed his growth curve.” As a pediatrician, I investiga…

Postpartum depression
Postpartum depression – when it’s hard to be a parent

This post is also available in: SvenskaDepression is a common disease. Postpartum depression is depression associated with being a new parent. If you are experiencing postpartum depression, it is espe…

Baby potty training with the doll
Potty training – how to become diaper-free and when to stop using diapers

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice from pediatricians about potty training and getting your baby diaper-free. Potty training, it’s more about creating a routine than ‘…

Agnes Wold on advising new parents
Professor Agnes Wold on advising new parents

This post is also available in: SvenskaAgnes Wold is a Swedish professor in clinical microbiology and well known for her work for women in science. She is also the co-author of Parenthood the Swedish …

Chickenpox vaccine
Pros and cons of the chickenpox vaccine

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe chickenpox vaccine is effective but is not included in the Swedish National Immunization Program. It is, however, included in other countries’ general …

Rashes and red spots on children – a visual guide

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about rashes and red spots on children. Written by and pictures directly from pediatricians. When your child gets a rash or red spots, naturally…

Recurrent fever and infections in children – poor immune system?

This post is also available in: SvenskaHow often can a child be sick without anything being wrong? Are recurrent fevers and infections signs of a poor immune system? Many parents ask themselves these …

A child receives rotavirus vaccine at a pediatricians office
Rotavirus vaccine – effectiveness and side effects

This post is also available in: SvenskaRotavirus vaccine is the latest vaccine introduced to the Swedish National Immunization Program. It is a vaccine against severe gastroenteritis that is given ora…

Siblings of sick children

This post is also available in: SvenskaSiblings of sick children have special needs, but they are often forgotten. This happens especially in families with seriously or chronically ill children. The s…

Sore throats and colds in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaA sore throat is a common symptom in children and is often due to a cold. If your child has a high fever, sore throat, difficulty swallowing and no cough or snif…

A girl lies on the couch with a stomach ache
Stomach pains in children – is it the appendix and what to do?

This post is also available in: SvenskaIt is very common for children of pre-school and school age to have stomach aches. Some have it more or less every day, for a long time, and some get it more acu…

Streptococcus in children – tonsillitis, perianal strep and scarlet fever

This post is also available in: SvenskaStreptococcus is a bacteria that causes many different common infections in children. Tonsillitis, otitis, perianal strep and impetigo can be caused by streptoco…

Sun protection for babies and children – sunscreen and more

This post is also available in: SvenskaChildren must be allowed to be outside as much as possible. They need to play and run and eat ice cream and bike and have a wonderful time in the heat. But the s…

Mother cuddling child on the couch
Take time off to care for your sick child at home – the pediatrician’s guide

This post is also available in: SvenskaYour child’s sick and it’s time for you to take some days off work to stay home and care for them. Understandably you might be unsure about how to mo…

Mother talks to children about death
Talking to children about death: Part 1

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about talking to children about death. This post is about how children understand and respond to death at different developmental stages . This …

A baby eating a strawberry
Taste food portions – when and how to introduce food?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about taste portions. Written by pediatricians for parents. Taste portions of food are usually given to babies at 3, 4 or maybe 5 months of age.…

TBE in children – symptoms, infection, treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaWhat is TBE? Facts and advice about TBE in children. TBE is short for Tick-Borne Encephalitis, or tick-borne meningitis. The virus is usually transmitted to huma…

TBE vaccine for children
TBE vaccine (tick-borne encephalitis vaccine) and protection against ticks for babies and children

This post is also available in: SvenskaTBE in children can cause brain damage, if you’re unlucky. TBE vaccine or tick vaccine can be given to children from one year of age, and smaller children …

Child in a temper tantrum laying on the floor and screaming
Terrible twos – how to deal with temper tantrums in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about managing the terrible twos or temper tantrums. This blog post is written by pediatricians for parents. Terrible twos, temper tantrums, thr…

The Deadly Water – Drowning

This post is also available in: SvenskaSometimes I discuss with my colleagues about what we, as child health care workers, are most afraid of of being presented with. In first or second place for the …

Three-month vaccine – efficacy and adverse reactions

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe three-month vaccine gives your child protection against seven different bacteria or viruses. If your child is not protected against them, they are likely to …

Baby sucks on pacifier
Thumb sucking and pacifiers – good or bad for your baby?

This post is also available in: SvenskaThere is a myth that pacifiers and breastfeeding are ‘bad’ and that they contribute to ‘nipple confusion’. This is not true. If a child likes suc…

Tick bites in children – how to remove ticks, signs of Lyme disease and TBE

This post is also available in: SvenskaTick bites are a risk to everyone staying in Sweden. Read about how to remove ticks from your child, what diseases the child is at risk of and how to detect them…

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? About vaccinations for babies

This post is also available in: SvenskaThere has been a lot of debate about whether to vaccinate your baby or not. Here is a take on what Ursula Flatters, a physician at the anthroposophical Vidar cli…

Diseases with rashes

Abrasions in children
Abrasions or grazes in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaWhen spring arrives, the winter overalls are put away and the children are running around on gravel pitches and lawns in their shorts and t-shirts. As predicted,…

Alvedon and Ipren for children
Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen in children – dosage for pain and fever

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about acetaminophen and ibuprofen dosages given to children at home. Written by pediatricians. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are perhaps the most …

Asthma in children – Symptoms and Treatments

This post is also available in: SvenskaIntrinsic or non-allergic asthma is common in preschool children. The symptoms occur when children have a cold and presents with difficulty breathing and coughin…

Child jumping on a trampoline
Avoid trampoline injuries in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaMany of you have asked for a post about trampoline injuries in children. To be able to write this, I have enlisted the help of my friend and colleague Dr Samara,…

Babies sweat in hot weather – should you give them water?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFinally the summer heat is here! What we’ve all been waiting for! But if it’s your first time caring for a sweaty baby, you’re probably asking …

Baby poo
Baby poo – what is normal? Green poop or slimy – what does that mean?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about baby poo. Written by pediatricians for parents. A baby’s poo always raises questions – Is green poo a sign of disease? Does a …

Bottle feeding a newborn with formula
Bottle feeding your newborn baby formula – how much do you give? And how often?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about bottle feeding your newborn formula. Written by pediatricians for parents. A newborn baby needs food. The food can be breast milk or formu…

Mother with anxiety when breastfeeding or D-MER
Breastfeeding anxiety – D-MER

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about the anxiety caused by breastfeeding aka D-MER. Posts are written by pediatricians for parents. D-MER stands for Dysphoric Milk Ejection Re…

Baby with RS virus receiving inhaler
Bronchiolitis (and RSV) in children and babies – symptoms and transmission

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about bronchiolitis (and RS virus) in babies. This blog is written by pediatricians for parents. Every winter RSV returns, and parents don&#8217…

Burns in children
Burns and scalds in children – prevention and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaBurns and scalds are damages to the skin caused by heat. A burn is caused by dry heat e.g. fire or iron whereas scalds are caused by wet heat e.g. hot water. Thi…

Chest pain in children – is it the heart?

This post is also available in: SvenskaWeekly, we see so many children arrive at the pediatric emergency room with chest pain. The parents, and often the children, are worried that their child has hea…

Picture of child with chickenpox
Chickenpox in children – infection, patterns, incubation period

This post is also available in: SvenskaChickenpox is a highly contagious viral disease. It manifests as fever and fluid-filled blisters that affects virtually all unvaccinated children in Sweden. The …

Child crying and being comforted by an adult
Children & grief – how children grieve and how you can help – Part 2

This post is also available in: SvenskaThis is the second post in the series about children and death. In this post, we talk about how children grieve and how you can help. This post is also written b…

Children at funeral with lit candles
Children and funerals – Part 3

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe third concluding post about children, death, grief and funerals is about children and funerals. Feel free to read the first post about talking to children ab…

Colds in babies – snotty and stuffy nose – how to help?

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe first time your baby gets a cold, you probably have so many questions. What should I do? Is the baby going to be clear of this? Is it the RS-virus? As a pedi…

Colic in infants – gastric drops, acupuncture, what helps?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about colic and how to survive as a parent. Written by pediatricians for parents. Infant colic affects between 3-30% of all infants. Babies scre…

Constipated child sitting on the toilet, pushing
Constipation in babies and children – does lactulose help?

This post is also available in: SvenskaConstipation is a really common problem in children and babies. This is especially the case for bottle-fed babies, as well as those who have stopped breastfeedin…

Coronavirus covid-19
Coronavirus or COVID-19 in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about the Coronavirus COVID-19 in children written by pediatricians for parents. The Coronavirus usually causes mild illness in children. Common…

Child applying cream on her inner forearm
Cortisone for children – dangerous or not?

This post is also available in: SvenskaThere is no drug that worries parents more than cortisone. When I ask why parents are so reluctant to give their child cortisone, fears of side effects often ari…

Cough in children – a guide to diseases and home remedies

This post is also available in: SvenskaCoughing protects the lungs against infections Basically all healthy children who catch a cold, have a cough. This is good. It’s an important part of the b…

Children take cough medicine
Cough medicine for children – Mollipect, Cocillana or Lepheton?

This post is also available in: SvenskaI wrote the other day that in scientific studies, honey has been shown to be effective against coughs, unlike cough medicine. It is really surprising how scienti…

Cradle cap – this is how you get rid of it

This post is also available in: SvenskaCradle cap is a completely harmless form of dermatitis on the scalp and does not bother the baby. But if you as the parent prefer to treat and remove it, read be…

Croup presents as a strong barking cough and sometimes breathing difficulties in children
Croup in children – Symptoms and Treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about croup and barking cough. This blog is written by pediatricians for parents. ‘False’ croup, viral croup or croup as we know it …

Children with diaper rash
Diaper rash, fungal infections and a red baby bum

This post is also available in: SvenskaA red baby bum can be a diaper rash, fungal infection or just a result of heat and moisture. Here you can learn how to distinguish diaper rashes from fungal infe…

Divorce with children
Divorce and children – separate without harming your children

This post is also available in: SvenskaWe received a question about children and divorce: “I would very much like to read about how to deal with small children during a separation”. What i…

Picture of children with eczema on their cheeks
Eczema in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaEczema is common in children and consists of dry, red, itchy skin areas. In infants, eczema often sits on the cheeks. In slightly older children, they move to ar…

Febrile seizures or chills in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFebrile seizures affect about one in twenty children at some point during early childhood. It is most common between 6 months to 5 years of age. Febrile seizures…

Feeling like a bad mother? – When you can’t cope with your kids

This post is also available in: SvenskaThis post came about after someone searched the blog for “why am I such a horrible mom”. I felt an immediate sense of compassion. Surely there are ma…

Children with high fever in mother's arms
Fever in children – A Pediatrician’s guide

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about fever in children – information written by pediatricians. For many parents, the 40C (104F) mark is a magical limit. For a pediatrici…

Parent groups are a good way to find other parents on parental leave
Finding other people on parental leave – what to do on parental leave?

This post is also available in: SvenskaA few weeks ago, I asked a counselor at the neighboring children’s hospital what she thought I should write about. “Write about the need for parents …

A family returns home from hospital for the first time with their baby
First weeks with your newborn

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about the first weeks with your newborn. Written by pediatricians for parents. Many people begin by ordering a birth certificate. But it is just…

Child with influenza resting in bed
Flu (influenza) in children – symptoms and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFlu (influenza) is a viral disease that, in the vast majority of cases, causes up to a week of high fever, coughing, cold symptoms and body aches (especially in …

Influenza vaccine for pregnant women
Flu (influenza) vaccine during pregnancy – pros and cons

This post is also available in: SvenskaFlu vaccines are offered to all pregnant women in Sweden. Learn why and the pros and cons of vaccinations against influenza during pregnancy. Read more about inf…

Flu (influenza) vaccine for children
Flu (influenza) vaccine for children – side effects and for who?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFlu (influenza) vaccine protects against influenza. Influenza is a viral disease that can become severe, even in healthy people. Usually you only get a week of h…

Food for young children who eat poorly or refuse food

This post is also available in: SvenskaChildren who eat poorly create great anxiety in their parents. Preschool children are picky about their food and often refuse it. Quite a few children (not all) …

Gastroenteritis and breast-feeding
Gastroenteritis and breastfeeding

This post is also available in: SvenskaI’ve been asked some questions about gastroenteritis and breastfeeding, and here are my answers. More information about gastroenteritis can be read in this…

Children who are vomiting
Gastroenteritis or winter vomiting in children – infection and incubation period

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about gastroenteritis written by pediatricians. Diarrhea and vomiting in children are almost always due to gastroenteritis, a viral infection al…

Breastfeeding a newborn baby
Get started with breastfeeding – when does the milk come?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about getting started with breastfeeding Written by pediatricians for parents. When does the milk come? That seems to be the most common questio…

Giving children medicine when they vomit or refuse to take liquid penicillin

This post is also available in: SvenskaGiving children medicine is one of the difficult parts of parenting. Children are often given liquid medicine, but it’s common for them refuse to take it. …

Child and mother eating ice cream together
Giving your children sugar – facts and advice from a pediatrician

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about giving sugar to your children. This blog post is written by pediatricians for parents. Certainly, every parent wants their children to eat…

Children with gluten intolerance or celiac disease and stomach pain
Gluten intolerance or celiac disease in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about gluten intolerance or celiac disease in children. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease. It occurs when the immune system damages its ow…

Hand, foot and mouth disease – blisters in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaHand, foot and mouth disease, is a viral infection that causes blisters in the mouth and blisters or dark rashes on the hands and feet. Hence the name, hand, foo…

Having a baby after infertility

This post is also available in: SvenskaHaving a baby after infertility or IVF is not as easy as you might think. Yes, the child is expected, but the very story of infertility can sometimes put a brake…

Children who have fallen and hit their heads. Head injuries or concussion?
Head injuries and concussion when children hit their head

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about head injuries and concussion. Written by pediatricians for parents. Children often fall and hit their head. Learn when it is dangerous and…

Healthy food for children - spaghetti
Healthy food for children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about healthy food for children. Written by pediatricians for parents. It is not difficult to make nutritious food for children. Meatballs, fish…

Mom sleeps next to baby
Help babies fall asleep – tips for a successful bedtime routine

This post is also available in: SvenskaGetting a baby fall asleep is a really difficult art. Sleep, or lack thereof, affects both you as parents and your baby. This topic is the most sought after and …

Child's swollen foot with a snake bite
Help! A snake! – children and snakebites

This post is also available in: SvenskaIt’s the summertime, and everyone is out! I’m not only referring to us humans, but also the mosquitoes, ticks and especially the snakes that have lai…

Hormonal spots are due to the baby's immune system being activated
How a baby’s immune system works – about breastfeeding and antibodies

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts about the baby immune system, antibodies and breastfeeding. Written by Professor of Clinical Immunology and Microbiology. Do newborn babies have a function…

How do vaccinations work? Herd immunity and the spread of infections

This post is also available in: SvenskaVaccination works in two ways. One, every person who receive vaccines become immune to the disease they are vaccinated against. Two, vaccinations protect the soc…

How long to breastfeed is entirely up to the mother and baby
How long should I breastfeed for?

This post is also available in: SvenskaMany mothers are asking themselves and others the question – for how long should I breastfeed? And some feel compelled to provide assured answers. WHO has …

Mom looks at sleeping baby and wonders if she should stop breastfeeding
How to stop breastfeeding – when is the right time?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about stopping breastfeeding, written by pediatricians for parents. There may be different strategies to stop breastfeeding a small baby vs. a l…

How vaccines provide immunity by stimulating the immune system

This post is also available in: SvenskaVaccinations provide immunity or protection against infections by stimulating the immune system. How the immune system works and how vaccination provides immunit…

HPV vaccine against cervical cancer

This post is also available in: SvenskaHPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine is a vaccine which prevents most types of HPV that cause HPV-related cancers and diseases in men and women. HPV is transmitted…

Impetigo
Impetigo in children – infection and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaImpetigo is a bacterial infection of the skin that is common in children. They are often rashes around the mouth or nose. Staphylococci or streptococcus are the …

Incontinence – treatment for bed wetting and daytime wetting in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaIt is common for children to wet themselves. It is estimated that most children stop bedwetting at the age of 5 and stop daytime wetting at the age of 6. But man…

Babies sleeping, mom watching
Infant sleep – how much or little is normal?

This post is also available in: SvenskaInfant sleep is not like adult’s sleep. Most newborn babies sleep a lot, and some sleep all the time. Yet newborn sleep is one of the greatest challenges f…

iPads or mobiles for small children – is screen time dangerous?

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe vast majority of children today probably play on an iPad, mobile or tablet at least once a day. But is it that a good thing? The blogger Apan sat at the Chri…

Red blood cells
Iron deficiency and anemia in babies, children and adolescents

This post is also available in: SvenskaIron deficiency is a common nutritional deficiency in children today. The risk of iron deficiency and anemia is the reason why you should not solely breastfeed f…

Lactose intolerance in children
Lactose intolerance in children – symptoms, tests, treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about lactose intolerance and symptoms in kids, written by a pediatrician. Children are not lactose intolerant at birth. But at about elementary…

Lumps on the neck of a child
Lumps behind the ear, in the throat or on neck in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaHave you discovered a lump behind the ear, in the throat or on the neck of your child? Maybe it’s a lymph node? Should it really be there for so long? Can …

Picture of a ring-shaped rash caused by Lyme disease
Lyme disease in children – symptoms and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaLate summer and early autumn is the peak season for Lyme disease. It is a tick-borne disease caused by the Borrelia bacterium. Symptoms manifest in the skin, ner…

Measles – symptoms, transmission, treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about measles. Written by pediatricians for parents. Measles is one of the world’s most contagious diseases. The disease is rare in Sweden…

Meningitis in children – fever, neck stiffness, sore neck

This post is also available in: SvenskaMeningitis is a feared infection in children. Bacterial meningitis is life-threatening and requires immediate care. Viral meningitis is rarely life-threatening b…

Milk protein allergy in babies and milk-free infant formula

This post is also available in: SvenskaMilk protein allergy, also known as cow’s milk allergy, milk allergy or cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA) is a tricky condition often suspected in sc…

Mum with child in a baby carrier
Mother with borderline personality disorder shares her experiences

This post is also available in: SvenskaThis blog details the extra challenges you face parenting as a person with borderline personality disorder, also known as emotionally unstable personality disord…

Mouth blisters in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaSeveral viral diseases can cause mouth blisters in children. A single blister does not necessarily cause too much trouble. But diseases with blisters throughout …

A baby slumbers on a tired mom's shoulder
My baby just wants to sleep on me and your baby doesn’t want to be in your arms

This post is also available in: SvenskaSome babies just want to be close all the time, others never want to be in anyone’s arms. Some can only sleep on you and others can’t go to sleep on …

Never shake a baby – Shaken Baby Syndrome

This post is also available in: Svenska  If you shake a baby so violently that the head is thrown back and forth, the blood vessels under the hard meninges are torn off. This creates cerebral hem…

Oral rehydration solution (ORS) for children – recipes to prevent dehydration at home

This post is also available in: SvenskaOral rehydration solution (ORS) is indispensable when children are sick, especially if they have gastroenteritis. It prevents dehydration and fluid deficiency in…

Otitis in children – symptoms and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about otitis. Written by pediatricians for parents. Symptoms of otitis include whining, sore ear, fever and poor appetite. Most ear infections a…

A happy overweight boy bathing
Overweight children, childhood obesity and BMI

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about BMI and obesity in children, written by pediatricians for parents. Children’s body shape changes a lot. Babies should put on a lot o…

Penicillin or antibiotics in children – Penicillin VK, Floxapen or Amoxil?

This post is also available in: SvenskaSometimes children need penicillin such as Penicillin VK (phenoxymethylpenicillin), Floxapen (flucloxacillin) or Amoxil (amoxicillin). Penicillin is a class of a…

Plastic, phthalates and soft plastics are not dangerous for children
Plastic and phthalates: are they dangerous for children?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about plastics and phthalates for children. Written by Professor Agnes Wold for barnakuten.nu. Plastic is a practical material that is found in …

Pneumococcal vaccine in children – efficacy and side effects

This post is also available in: SvenskaPneumococcal vaccine is one of the two vaccines given to children at three, five and twelve months of age at the children’s medical center in Sweden. It pr…

Pneumonia with pneumococcus
Pneumonia in children – symptoms and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaPneumonia is an infection in the lungs that can be bacterial or viral. Children with pneumonia often have a cough and fever as well as stomach aches, tiredness, …

Pollen allergy in children – runny nose and watery eyes

This post is also available in: SvenskaPollen allergy in children causes watery, itchy, red eyes, runny nose, sneezing and sometimes triggers asthma. The symptoms occur during the pollen season, which…

Poor growth in children – investigate and interpret the growth curve

This post is also available in: SvenskaIt’s common to suspect poor growth in your child. “There’s no way my child has followed his growth curve.” As a pediatrician, I investiga…

Postpartum depression
Postpartum depression – when it’s hard to be a parent

This post is also available in: SvenskaDepression is a common disease. Postpartum depression is depression associated with being a new parent. If you are experiencing postpartum depression, it is espe…

Baby potty training with the doll
Potty training – how to become diaper-free and when to stop using diapers

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice from pediatricians about potty training and getting your baby diaper-free. Potty training, it’s more about creating a routine than ‘…

Agnes Wold on advising new parents
Professor Agnes Wold on advising new parents

This post is also available in: SvenskaAgnes Wold is a Swedish professor in clinical microbiology and well known for her work for women in science. She is also the co-author of Parenthood the Swedish …

Chickenpox vaccine
Pros and cons of the chickenpox vaccine

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe chickenpox vaccine is effective but is not included in the Swedish National Immunization Program. It is, however, included in other countries’ general …

Rashes and red spots on children – a visual guide

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about rashes and red spots on children. Written by and pictures directly from pediatricians. When your child gets a rash or red spots, naturally…

Recurrent fever and infections in children – poor immune system?

This post is also available in: SvenskaHow often can a child be sick without anything being wrong? Are recurrent fevers and infections signs of a poor immune system? Many parents ask themselves these …

A child receives rotavirus vaccine at a pediatricians office
Rotavirus vaccine – effectiveness and side effects

This post is also available in: SvenskaRotavirus vaccine is the latest vaccine introduced to the Swedish National Immunization Program. It is a vaccine against severe gastroenteritis that is given ora…

Siblings of sick children

This post is also available in: SvenskaSiblings of sick children have special needs, but they are often forgotten. This happens especially in families with seriously or chronically ill children. The s…

Sore throats and colds in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaA sore throat is a common symptom in children and is often due to a cold. If your child has a high fever, sore throat, difficulty swallowing and no cough or snif…

A girl lies on the couch with a stomach ache
Stomach pains in children – is it the appendix and what to do?

This post is also available in: SvenskaIt is very common for children of pre-school and school age to have stomach aches. Some have it more or less every day, for a long time, and some get it more acu…

Streptococcus in children – tonsillitis, perianal strep and scarlet fever

This post is also available in: SvenskaStreptococcus is a bacteria that causes many different common infections in children. Tonsillitis, otitis, perianal strep and impetigo can be caused by streptoco…

Sun protection for babies and children – sunscreen and more

This post is also available in: SvenskaChildren must be allowed to be outside as much as possible. They need to play and run and eat ice cream and bike and have a wonderful time in the heat. But the s…

Mother cuddling child on the couch
Take time off to care for your sick child at home – the pediatrician’s guide

This post is also available in: SvenskaYour child’s sick and it’s time for you to take some days off work to stay home and care for them. Understandably you might be unsure about how to mo…

Mother talks to children about death
Talking to children about death: Part 1

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about talking to children about death. This post is about how children understand and respond to death at different developmental stages . This …

A baby eating a strawberry
Taste food portions – when and how to introduce food?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about taste portions. Written by pediatricians for parents. Taste portions of food are usually given to babies at 3, 4 or maybe 5 months of age.…

TBE in children – symptoms, infection, treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaWhat is TBE? Facts and advice about TBE in children. TBE is short for Tick-Borne Encephalitis, or tick-borne meningitis. The virus is usually transmitted to huma…

TBE vaccine for children
TBE vaccine (tick-borne encephalitis vaccine) and protection against ticks for babies and children

This post is also available in: SvenskaTBE in children can cause brain damage, if you’re unlucky. TBE vaccine or tick vaccine can be given to children from one year of age, and smaller children …

Child in a temper tantrum laying on the floor and screaming
Terrible twos – how to deal with temper tantrums in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about managing the terrible twos or temper tantrums. This blog post is written by pediatricians for parents. Terrible twos, temper tantrums, thr…

The Deadly Water – Drowning

This post is also available in: SvenskaSometimes I discuss with my colleagues about what we, as child health care workers, are most afraid of of being presented with. In first or second place for the …

Three-month vaccine – efficacy and adverse reactions

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe three-month vaccine gives your child protection against seven different bacteria or viruses. If your child is not protected against them, they are likely to …

Baby sucks on pacifier
Thumb sucking and pacifiers – good or bad for your baby?

This post is also available in: SvenskaThere is a myth that pacifiers and breastfeeding are ‘bad’ and that they contribute to ‘nipple confusion’. This is not true. If a child likes suc…

Tick bites in children – how to remove ticks, signs of Lyme disease and TBE

This post is also available in: SvenskaTick bites are a risk to everyone staying in Sweden. Read about how to remove ticks from your child, what diseases the child is at risk of and how to detect them…

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? About vaccinations for babies

This post is also available in: SvenskaThere has been a lot of debate about whether to vaccinate your baby or not. Here is a take on what Ursula Flatters, a physician at the anthroposophical Vidar cli…

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Abrasions in children
Abrasions or grazes in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaWhen spring arrives, the winter overalls are put away and the children are running around on gravel pitches and lawns in their shorts and t-shirts. As predicted,…

Alvedon and Ipren for children
Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen in children – dosage for pain and fever

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about acetaminophen and ibuprofen dosages given to children at home. Written by pediatricians. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are perhaps the most …

Asthma in children – Symptoms and Treatments

This post is also available in: SvenskaIntrinsic or non-allergic asthma is common in preschool children. The symptoms occur when children have a cold and presents with difficulty breathing and coughin…

Child jumping on a trampoline
Avoid trampoline injuries in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaMany of you have asked for a post about trampoline injuries in children. To be able to write this, I have enlisted the help of my friend and colleague Dr Samara,…

Babies sweat in hot weather – should you give them water?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFinally the summer heat is here! What we’ve all been waiting for! But if it’s your first time caring for a sweaty baby, you’re probably asking …

Baby poo
Baby poo – what is normal? Green poop or slimy – what does that mean?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about baby poo. Written by pediatricians for parents. A baby’s poo always raises questions – Is green poo a sign of disease? Does a …

Bottle feeding a newborn with formula
Bottle feeding your newborn baby formula – how much do you give? And how often?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about bottle feeding your newborn formula. Written by pediatricians for parents. A newborn baby needs food. The food can be breast milk or formu…

Mother with anxiety when breastfeeding or D-MER
Breastfeeding anxiety – D-MER

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about the anxiety caused by breastfeeding aka D-MER. Posts are written by pediatricians for parents. D-MER stands for Dysphoric Milk Ejection Re…

Baby with RS virus receiving inhaler
Bronchiolitis (and RSV) in children and babies – symptoms and transmission

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about bronchiolitis (and RS virus) in babies. This blog is written by pediatricians for parents. Every winter RSV returns, and parents don&#8217…

Burns in children
Burns and scalds in children – prevention and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaBurns and scalds are damages to the skin caused by heat. A burn is caused by dry heat e.g. fire or iron whereas scalds are caused by wet heat e.g. hot water. Thi…

Chest pain in children – is it the heart?

This post is also available in: SvenskaWeekly, we see so many children arrive at the pediatric emergency room with chest pain. The parents, and often the children, are worried that their child has hea…

Picture of child with chickenpox
Chickenpox in children – infection, patterns, incubation period

This post is also available in: SvenskaChickenpox is a highly contagious viral disease. It manifests as fever and fluid-filled blisters that affects virtually all unvaccinated children in Sweden. The …

Child crying and being comforted by an adult
Children & grief – how children grieve and how you can help – Part 2

This post is also available in: SvenskaThis is the second post in the series about children and death. In this post, we talk about how children grieve and how you can help. This post is also written b…

Children at funeral with lit candles
Children and funerals – Part 3

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe third concluding post about children, death, grief and funerals is about children and funerals. Feel free to read the first post about talking to children ab…

Colds in babies – snotty and stuffy nose – how to help?

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe first time your baby gets a cold, you probably have so many questions. What should I do? Is the baby going to be clear of this? Is it the RS-virus? As a pedi…

Colic in infants – gastric drops, acupuncture, what helps?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about colic and how to survive as a parent. Written by pediatricians for parents. Infant colic affects between 3-30% of all infants. Babies scre…

Constipated child sitting on the toilet, pushing
Constipation in babies and children – does lactulose help?

This post is also available in: SvenskaConstipation is a really common problem in children and babies. This is especially the case for bottle-fed babies, as well as those who have stopped breastfeedin…

Coronavirus covid-19
Coronavirus or COVID-19 in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about the Coronavirus COVID-19 in children written by pediatricians for parents. The Coronavirus usually causes mild illness in children. Common…

Child applying cream on her inner forearm
Cortisone for children – dangerous or not?

This post is also available in: SvenskaThere is no drug that worries parents more than cortisone. When I ask why parents are so reluctant to give their child cortisone, fears of side effects often ari…

Cough in children – a guide to diseases and home remedies

This post is also available in: SvenskaCoughing protects the lungs against infections Basically all healthy children who catch a cold, have a cough. This is good. It’s an important part of the b…

Children take cough medicine
Cough medicine for children – Mollipect, Cocillana or Lepheton?

This post is also available in: SvenskaI wrote the other day that in scientific studies, honey has been shown to be effective against coughs, unlike cough medicine. It is really surprising how scienti…

Cradle cap – this is how you get rid of it

This post is also available in: SvenskaCradle cap is a completely harmless form of dermatitis on the scalp and does not bother the baby. But if you as the parent prefer to treat and remove it, read be…

Croup presents as a strong barking cough and sometimes breathing difficulties in children
Croup in children – Symptoms and Treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about croup and barking cough. This blog is written by pediatricians for parents. ‘False’ croup, viral croup or croup as we know it …

Children with diaper rash
Diaper rash, fungal infections and a red baby bum

This post is also available in: SvenskaA red baby bum can be a diaper rash, fungal infection or just a result of heat and moisture. Here you can learn how to distinguish diaper rashes from fungal infe…

Divorce with children
Divorce and children – separate without harming your children

This post is also available in: SvenskaWe received a question about children and divorce: “I would very much like to read about how to deal with small children during a separation”. What i…

Picture of children with eczema on their cheeks
Eczema in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaEczema is common in children and consists of dry, red, itchy skin areas. In infants, eczema often sits on the cheeks. In slightly older children, they move to ar…

Febrile seizures or chills in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFebrile seizures affect about one in twenty children at some point during early childhood. It is most common between 6 months to 5 years of age. Febrile seizures…

Feeling like a bad mother? – When you can’t cope with your kids

This post is also available in: SvenskaThis post came about after someone searched the blog for “why am I such a horrible mom”. I felt an immediate sense of compassion. Surely there are ma…

Children with high fever in mother's arms
Fever in children – A Pediatrician’s guide

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about fever in children – information written by pediatricians. For many parents, the 40C (104F) mark is a magical limit. For a pediatrici…

Parent groups are a good way to find other parents on parental leave
Finding other people on parental leave – what to do on parental leave?

This post is also available in: SvenskaA few weeks ago, I asked a counselor at the neighboring children’s hospital what she thought I should write about. “Write about the need for parents …

A family returns home from hospital for the first time with their baby
First weeks with your newborn

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about the first weeks with your newborn. Written by pediatricians for parents. Many people begin by ordering a birth certificate. But it is just…

Child with influenza resting in bed
Flu (influenza) in children – symptoms and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFlu (influenza) is a viral disease that, in the vast majority of cases, causes up to a week of high fever, coughing, cold symptoms and body aches (especially in …

Influenza vaccine for pregnant women
Flu (influenza) vaccine during pregnancy – pros and cons

This post is also available in: SvenskaFlu vaccines are offered to all pregnant women in Sweden. Learn why and the pros and cons of vaccinations against influenza during pregnancy. Read more about inf…

Flu (influenza) vaccine for children
Flu (influenza) vaccine for children – side effects and for who?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFlu (influenza) vaccine protects against influenza. Influenza is a viral disease that can become severe, even in healthy people. Usually you only get a week of h…

Food for young children who eat poorly or refuse food

This post is also available in: SvenskaChildren who eat poorly create great anxiety in their parents. Preschool children are picky about their food and often refuse it. Quite a few children (not all) …

Gastroenteritis and breast-feeding
Gastroenteritis and breastfeeding

This post is also available in: SvenskaI’ve been asked some questions about gastroenteritis and breastfeeding, and here are my answers. More information about gastroenteritis can be read in this…

Children who are vomiting
Gastroenteritis or winter vomiting in children – infection and incubation period

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about gastroenteritis written by pediatricians. Diarrhea and vomiting in children are almost always due to gastroenteritis, a viral infection al…

Breastfeeding a newborn baby
Get started with breastfeeding – when does the milk come?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about getting started with breastfeeding Written by pediatricians for parents. When does the milk come? That seems to be the most common questio…

Giving children medicine when they vomit or refuse to take liquid penicillin

This post is also available in: SvenskaGiving children medicine is one of the difficult parts of parenting. Children are often given liquid medicine, but it’s common for them refuse to take it. …

Child and mother eating ice cream together
Giving your children sugar – facts and advice from a pediatrician

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about giving sugar to your children. This blog post is written by pediatricians for parents. Certainly, every parent wants their children to eat…

Children with gluten intolerance or celiac disease and stomach pain
Gluten intolerance or celiac disease in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about gluten intolerance or celiac disease in children. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease. It occurs when the immune system damages its ow…

Hand, foot and mouth disease – blisters in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaHand, foot and mouth disease, is a viral infection that causes blisters in the mouth and blisters or dark rashes on the hands and feet. Hence the name, hand, foo…

Having a baby after infertility

This post is also available in: SvenskaHaving a baby after infertility or IVF is not as easy as you might think. Yes, the child is expected, but the very story of infertility can sometimes put a brake…

Children who have fallen and hit their heads. Head injuries or concussion?
Head injuries and concussion when children hit their head

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about head injuries and concussion. Written by pediatricians for parents. Children often fall and hit their head. Learn when it is dangerous and…

Healthy food for children - spaghetti
Healthy food for children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about healthy food for children. Written by pediatricians for parents. It is not difficult to make nutritious food for children. Meatballs, fish…

Mom sleeps next to baby
Help babies fall asleep – tips for a successful bedtime routine

This post is also available in: SvenskaGetting a baby fall asleep is a really difficult art. Sleep, or lack thereof, affects both you as parents and your baby. This topic is the most sought after and …

Child's swollen foot with a snake bite
Help! A snake! – children and snakebites

This post is also available in: SvenskaIt’s the summertime, and everyone is out! I’m not only referring to us humans, but also the mosquitoes, ticks and especially the snakes that have lai…

Hormonal spots are due to the baby's immune system being activated
How a baby’s immune system works – about breastfeeding and antibodies

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts about the baby immune system, antibodies and breastfeeding. Written by Professor of Clinical Immunology and Microbiology. Do newborn babies have a function…

How do vaccinations work? Herd immunity and the spread of infections

This post is also available in: SvenskaVaccination works in two ways. One, every person who receive vaccines become immune to the disease they are vaccinated against. Two, vaccinations protect the soc…

How long to breastfeed is entirely up to the mother and baby
How long should I breastfeed for?

This post is also available in: SvenskaMany mothers are asking themselves and others the question – for how long should I breastfeed? And some feel compelled to provide assured answers. WHO has …

Mom looks at sleeping baby and wonders if she should stop breastfeeding
How to stop breastfeeding – when is the right time?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about stopping breastfeeding, written by pediatricians for parents. There may be different strategies to stop breastfeeding a small baby vs. a l…

How vaccines provide immunity by stimulating the immune system

This post is also available in: SvenskaVaccinations provide immunity or protection against infections by stimulating the immune system. How the immune system works and how vaccination provides immunit…

HPV vaccine against cervical cancer

This post is also available in: SvenskaHPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine is a vaccine which prevents most types of HPV that cause HPV-related cancers and diseases in men and women. HPV is transmitted…

Impetigo
Impetigo in children – infection and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaImpetigo is a bacterial infection of the skin that is common in children. They are often rashes around the mouth or nose. Staphylococci or streptococcus are the …

Incontinence – treatment for bed wetting and daytime wetting in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaIt is common for children to wet themselves. It is estimated that most children stop bedwetting at the age of 5 and stop daytime wetting at the age of 6. But man…

Babies sleeping, mom watching
Infant sleep – how much or little is normal?

This post is also available in: SvenskaInfant sleep is not like adult’s sleep. Most newborn babies sleep a lot, and some sleep all the time. Yet newborn sleep is one of the greatest challenges f…

iPads or mobiles for small children – is screen time dangerous?

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe vast majority of children today probably play on an iPad, mobile or tablet at least once a day. But is it that a good thing? The blogger Apan sat at the Chri…

Red blood cells
Iron deficiency and anemia in babies, children and adolescents

This post is also available in: SvenskaIron deficiency is a common nutritional deficiency in children today. The risk of iron deficiency and anemia is the reason why you should not solely breastfeed f…

Lactose intolerance in children
Lactose intolerance in children – symptoms, tests, treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about lactose intolerance and symptoms in kids, written by a pediatrician. Children are not lactose intolerant at birth. But at about elementary…

Lumps on the neck of a child
Lumps behind the ear, in the throat or on neck in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaHave you discovered a lump behind the ear, in the throat or on the neck of your child? Maybe it’s a lymph node? Should it really be there for so long? Can …

Picture of a ring-shaped rash caused by Lyme disease
Lyme disease in children – symptoms and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaLate summer and early autumn is the peak season for Lyme disease. It is a tick-borne disease caused by the Borrelia bacterium. Symptoms manifest in the skin, ner…

Measles – symptoms, transmission, treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about measles. Written by pediatricians for parents. Measles is one of the world’s most contagious diseases. The disease is rare in Sweden…

Meningitis in children – fever, neck stiffness, sore neck

This post is also available in: SvenskaMeningitis is a feared infection in children. Bacterial meningitis is life-threatening and requires immediate care. Viral meningitis is rarely life-threatening b…

Milk protein allergy in babies and milk-free infant formula

This post is also available in: SvenskaMilk protein allergy, also known as cow’s milk allergy, milk allergy or cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA) is a tricky condition often suspected in sc…

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Mother with borderline personality disorder shares her experiences

This post is also available in: SvenskaThis blog details the extra challenges you face parenting as a person with borderline personality disorder, also known as emotionally unstable personality disord…

Mouth blisters in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaSeveral viral diseases can cause mouth blisters in children. A single blister does not necessarily cause too much trouble. But diseases with blisters throughout …

A baby slumbers on a tired mom's shoulder
My baby just wants to sleep on me and your baby doesn’t want to be in your arms

This post is also available in: SvenskaSome babies just want to be close all the time, others never want to be in anyone’s arms. Some can only sleep on you and others can’t go to sleep on …

Never shake a baby – Shaken Baby Syndrome

This post is also available in: Svenska  If you shake a baby so violently that the head is thrown back and forth, the blood vessels under the hard meninges are torn off. This creates cerebral hem…

Oral rehydration solution (ORS) for children – recipes to prevent dehydration at home

This post is also available in: SvenskaOral rehydration solution (ORS) is indispensable when children are sick, especially if they have gastroenteritis. It prevents dehydration and fluid deficiency in…

Otitis in children – symptoms and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about otitis. Written by pediatricians for parents. Symptoms of otitis include whining, sore ear, fever and poor appetite. Most ear infections a…

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Overweight children, childhood obesity and BMI

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about BMI and obesity in children, written by pediatricians for parents. Children’s body shape changes a lot. Babies should put on a lot o…

Penicillin or antibiotics in children – Penicillin VK, Floxapen or Amoxil?

This post is also available in: SvenskaSometimes children need penicillin such as Penicillin VK (phenoxymethylpenicillin), Floxapen (flucloxacillin) or Amoxil (amoxicillin). Penicillin is a class of a…

Plastic, phthalates and soft plastics are not dangerous for children
Plastic and phthalates: are they dangerous for children?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about plastics and phthalates for children. Written by Professor Agnes Wold for barnakuten.nu. Plastic is a practical material that is found in …

Pneumococcal vaccine in children – efficacy and side effects

This post is also available in: SvenskaPneumococcal vaccine is one of the two vaccines given to children at three, five and twelve months of age at the children’s medical center in Sweden. It pr…

Pneumonia with pneumococcus
Pneumonia in children – symptoms and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaPneumonia is an infection in the lungs that can be bacterial or viral. Children with pneumonia often have a cough and fever as well as stomach aches, tiredness, …

Pollen allergy in children – runny nose and watery eyes

This post is also available in: SvenskaPollen allergy in children causes watery, itchy, red eyes, runny nose, sneezing and sometimes triggers asthma. The symptoms occur during the pollen season, which…

Poor growth in children – investigate and interpret the growth curve

This post is also available in: SvenskaIt’s common to suspect poor growth in your child. “There’s no way my child has followed his growth curve.” As a pediatrician, I investiga…

Postpartum depression
Postpartum depression – when it’s hard to be a parent

This post is also available in: SvenskaDepression is a common disease. Postpartum depression is depression associated with being a new parent. If you are experiencing postpartum depression, it is espe…

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Potty training – how to become diaper-free and when to stop using diapers

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice from pediatricians about potty training and getting your baby diaper-free. Potty training, it’s more about creating a routine than ‘…

Agnes Wold on advising new parents
Professor Agnes Wold on advising new parents

This post is also available in: SvenskaAgnes Wold is a Swedish professor in clinical microbiology and well known for her work for women in science. She is also the co-author of Parenthood the Swedish …

Chickenpox vaccine
Pros and cons of the chickenpox vaccine

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe chickenpox vaccine is effective but is not included in the Swedish National Immunization Program. It is, however, included in other countries’ general …

Rashes and red spots on children – a visual guide

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about rashes and red spots on children. Written by and pictures directly from pediatricians. When your child gets a rash or red spots, naturally…

Recurrent fever and infections in children – poor immune system?

This post is also available in: SvenskaHow often can a child be sick without anything being wrong? Are recurrent fevers and infections signs of a poor immune system? Many parents ask themselves these …

A child receives rotavirus vaccine at a pediatricians office
Rotavirus vaccine – effectiveness and side effects

This post is also available in: SvenskaRotavirus vaccine is the latest vaccine introduced to the Swedish National Immunization Program. It is a vaccine against severe gastroenteritis that is given ora…

Siblings of sick children

This post is also available in: SvenskaSiblings of sick children have special needs, but they are often forgotten. This happens especially in families with seriously or chronically ill children. The s…

Sore throats and colds in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaA sore throat is a common symptom in children and is often due to a cold. If your child has a high fever, sore throat, difficulty swallowing and no cough or snif…

A girl lies on the couch with a stomach ache
Stomach pains in children – is it the appendix and what to do?

This post is also available in: SvenskaIt is very common for children of pre-school and school age to have stomach aches. Some have it more or less every day, for a long time, and some get it more acu…

Streptococcus in children – tonsillitis, perianal strep and scarlet fever

This post is also available in: SvenskaStreptococcus is a bacteria that causes many different common infections in children. Tonsillitis, otitis, perianal strep and impetigo can be caused by streptoco…

Sun protection for babies and children – sunscreen and more

This post is also available in: SvenskaChildren must be allowed to be outside as much as possible. They need to play and run and eat ice cream and bike and have a wonderful time in the heat. But the s…

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Take time off to care for your sick child at home – the pediatrician’s guide

This post is also available in: SvenskaYour child’s sick and it’s time for you to take some days off work to stay home and care for them. Understandably you might be unsure about how to mo…

Mother talks to children about death
Talking to children about death: Part 1

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about talking to children about death. This post is about how children understand and respond to death at different developmental stages . This …

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Taste food portions – when and how to introduce food?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about taste portions. Written by pediatricians for parents. Taste portions of food are usually given to babies at 3, 4 or maybe 5 months of age.…

TBE in children – symptoms, infection, treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaWhat is TBE? Facts and advice about TBE in children. TBE is short for Tick-Borne Encephalitis, or tick-borne meningitis. The virus is usually transmitted to huma…

TBE vaccine for children
TBE vaccine (tick-borne encephalitis vaccine) and protection against ticks for babies and children

This post is also available in: SvenskaTBE in children can cause brain damage, if you’re unlucky. TBE vaccine or tick vaccine can be given to children from one year of age, and smaller children …

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Terrible twos – how to deal with temper tantrums in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about managing the terrible twos or temper tantrums. This blog post is written by pediatricians for parents. Terrible twos, temper tantrums, thr…

The Deadly Water – Drowning

This post is also available in: SvenskaSometimes I discuss with my colleagues about what we, as child health care workers, are most afraid of of being presented with. In first or second place for the …

Three-month vaccine – efficacy and adverse reactions

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe three-month vaccine gives your child protection against seven different bacteria or viruses. If your child is not protected against them, they are likely to …

Baby sucks on pacifier
Thumb sucking and pacifiers – good or bad for your baby?

This post is also available in: SvenskaThere is a myth that pacifiers and breastfeeding are ‘bad’ and that they contribute to ‘nipple confusion’. This is not true. If a child likes suc…

Tick bites in children – how to remove ticks, signs of Lyme disease and TBE

This post is also available in: SvenskaTick bites are a risk to everyone staying in Sweden. Read about how to remove ticks from your child, what diseases the child is at risk of and how to detect them…

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? About vaccinations for babies

This post is also available in: SvenskaThere has been a lot of debate about whether to vaccinate your baby or not. Here is a take on what Ursula Flatters, a physician at the anthroposophical Vidar cli…

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Abrasions in children
Abrasions or grazes in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaWhen spring arrives, the winter overalls are put away and the children are running around on gravel pitches and lawns in their shorts and t-shirts. As predicted,…

Alvedon and Ipren for children
Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen in children – dosage for pain and fever

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about acetaminophen and ibuprofen dosages given to children at home. Written by pediatricians. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are perhaps the most …

Asthma in children – Symptoms and Treatments

This post is also available in: SvenskaIntrinsic or non-allergic asthma is common in preschool children. The symptoms occur when children have a cold and presents with difficulty breathing and coughin…

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Avoid trampoline injuries in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaMany of you have asked for a post about trampoline injuries in children. To be able to write this, I have enlisted the help of my friend and colleague Dr Samara,…

Babies sweat in hot weather – should you give them water?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFinally the summer heat is here! What we’ve all been waiting for! But if it’s your first time caring for a sweaty baby, you’re probably asking …

Baby poo
Baby poo – what is normal? Green poop or slimy – what does that mean?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about baby poo. Written by pediatricians for parents. A baby’s poo always raises questions – Is green poo a sign of disease? Does a …

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Bottle feeding your newborn baby formula – how much do you give? And how often?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about bottle feeding your newborn formula. Written by pediatricians for parents. A newborn baby needs food. The food can be breast milk or formu…

Mother with anxiety when breastfeeding or D-MER
Breastfeeding anxiety – D-MER

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about the anxiety caused by breastfeeding aka D-MER. Posts are written by pediatricians for parents. D-MER stands for Dysphoric Milk Ejection Re…

Baby with RS virus receiving inhaler
Bronchiolitis (and RSV) in children and babies – symptoms and transmission

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about bronchiolitis (and RS virus) in babies. This blog is written by pediatricians for parents. Every winter RSV returns, and parents don&#8217…

Burns in children
Burns and scalds in children – prevention and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaBurns and scalds are damages to the skin caused by heat. A burn is caused by dry heat e.g. fire or iron whereas scalds are caused by wet heat e.g. hot water. Thi…

Chest pain in children – is it the heart?

This post is also available in: SvenskaWeekly, we see so many children arrive at the pediatric emergency room with chest pain. The parents, and often the children, are worried that their child has hea…

Picture of child with chickenpox
Chickenpox in children – infection, patterns, incubation period

This post is also available in: SvenskaChickenpox is a highly contagious viral disease. It manifests as fever and fluid-filled blisters that affects virtually all unvaccinated children in Sweden. The …

Child crying and being comforted by an adult
Children & grief – how children grieve and how you can help – Part 2

This post is also available in: SvenskaThis is the second post in the series about children and death. In this post, we talk about how children grieve and how you can help. This post is also written b…

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Children and funerals – Part 3

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe third concluding post about children, death, grief and funerals is about children and funerals. Feel free to read the first post about talking to children ab…

Colds in babies – snotty and stuffy nose – how to help?

This post is also available in: SvenskaThe first time your baby gets a cold, you probably have so many questions. What should I do? Is the baby going to be clear of this? Is it the RS-virus? As a pedi…

Colic in infants – gastric drops, acupuncture, what helps?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about colic and how to survive as a parent. Written by pediatricians for parents. Infant colic affects between 3-30% of all infants. Babies scre…

Constipated child sitting on the toilet, pushing
Constipation in babies and children – does lactulose help?

This post is also available in: SvenskaConstipation is a really common problem in children and babies. This is especially the case for bottle-fed babies, as well as those who have stopped breastfeedin…

Coronavirus covid-19
Coronavirus or COVID-19 in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about the Coronavirus COVID-19 in children written by pediatricians for parents. The Coronavirus usually causes mild illness in children. Common…

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Cortisone for children – dangerous or not?

This post is also available in: SvenskaThere is no drug that worries parents more than cortisone. When I ask why parents are so reluctant to give their child cortisone, fears of side effects often ari…

Cough in children – a guide to diseases and home remedies

This post is also available in: SvenskaCoughing protects the lungs against infections Basically all healthy children who catch a cold, have a cough. This is good. It’s an important part of the b…

Children take cough medicine
Cough medicine for children – Mollipect, Cocillana or Lepheton?

This post is also available in: SvenskaI wrote the other day that in scientific studies, honey has been shown to be effective against coughs, unlike cough medicine. It is really surprising how scienti…

Cradle cap – this is how you get rid of it

This post is also available in: SvenskaCradle cap is a completely harmless form of dermatitis on the scalp and does not bother the baby. But if you as the parent prefer to treat and remove it, read be…

Croup presents as a strong barking cough and sometimes breathing difficulties in children
Croup in children – Symptoms and Treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about croup and barking cough. This blog is written by pediatricians for parents. ‘False’ croup, viral croup or croup as we know it …

Children with diaper rash
Diaper rash, fungal infections and a red baby bum

This post is also available in: SvenskaA red baby bum can be a diaper rash, fungal infection or just a result of heat and moisture. Here you can learn how to distinguish diaper rashes from fungal infe…

Divorce with children
Divorce and children – separate without harming your children

This post is also available in: SvenskaWe received a question about children and divorce: “I would very much like to read about how to deal with small children during a separation”. What i…

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Eczema in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaEczema is common in children and consists of dry, red, itchy skin areas. In infants, eczema often sits on the cheeks. In slightly older children, they move to ar…

Febrile seizures or chills in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFebrile seizures affect about one in twenty children at some point during early childhood. It is most common between 6 months to 5 years of age. Febrile seizures…

Feeling like a bad mother? – When you can’t cope with your kids

This post is also available in: SvenskaThis post came about after someone searched the blog for “why am I such a horrible mom”. I felt an immediate sense of compassion. Surely there are ma…

Children with high fever in mother's arms
Fever in children – A Pediatrician’s guide

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about fever in children – information written by pediatricians. For many parents, the 40C (104F) mark is a magical limit. For a pediatrici…

Parent groups are a good way to find other parents on parental leave
Finding other people on parental leave – what to do on parental leave?

This post is also available in: SvenskaA few weeks ago, I asked a counselor at the neighboring children’s hospital what she thought I should write about. “Write about the need for parents …

A family returns home from hospital for the first time with their baby
First weeks with your newborn

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about the first weeks with your newborn. Written by pediatricians for parents. Many people begin by ordering a birth certificate. But it is just…

Child with influenza resting in bed
Flu (influenza) in children – symptoms and treatment

This post is also available in: SvenskaFlu (influenza) is a viral disease that, in the vast majority of cases, causes up to a week of high fever, coughing, cold symptoms and body aches (especially in …

Influenza vaccine for pregnant women
Flu (influenza) vaccine during pregnancy – pros and cons

This post is also available in: SvenskaFlu vaccines are offered to all pregnant women in Sweden. Learn why and the pros and cons of vaccinations against influenza during pregnancy. Read more about inf…

Flu (influenza) vaccine for children
Flu (influenza) vaccine for children – side effects and for who?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFlu (influenza) vaccine protects against influenza. Influenza is a viral disease that can become severe, even in healthy people. Usually you only get a week of h…

Food for young children who eat poorly or refuse food

This post is also available in: SvenskaChildren who eat poorly create great anxiety in their parents. Preschool children are picky about their food and often refuse it. Quite a few children (not all) …

Gastroenteritis and breast-feeding
Gastroenteritis and breastfeeding

This post is also available in: SvenskaI’ve been asked some questions about gastroenteritis and breastfeeding, and here are my answers. More information about gastroenteritis can be read in this…

Children who are vomiting
Gastroenteritis or winter vomiting in children – infection and incubation period

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about gastroenteritis written by pediatricians. Diarrhea and vomiting in children are almost always due to gastroenteritis, a viral infection al…

Breastfeeding a newborn baby
Get started with breastfeeding – when does the milk come?

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about getting started with breastfeeding Written by pediatricians for parents. When does the milk come? That seems to be the most common questio…

Giving children medicine when they vomit or refuse to take liquid penicillin

This post is also available in: SvenskaGiving children medicine is one of the difficult parts of parenting. Children are often given liquid medicine, but it’s common for them refuse to take it. …

Child and mother eating ice cream together
Giving your children sugar – facts and advice from a pediatrician

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about giving sugar to your children. This blog post is written by pediatricians for parents. Certainly, every parent wants their children to eat…

Children with gluten intolerance or celiac disease and stomach pain
Gluten intolerance or celiac disease in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about gluten intolerance or celiac disease in children. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease. It occurs when the immune system damages its ow…

Hand, foot and mouth disease – blisters in children

This post is also available in: SvenskaHand, foot and mouth disease, is a viral infection that causes blisters in the mouth and blisters or dark rashes on the hands and feet. Hence the name, hand, foo…

Having a baby after infertility

This post is also available in: SvenskaHaving a baby after infertility or IVF is not as easy as you might think. Yes, the child is expected, but the very story of infertility can sometimes put a brake…

Children who have fallen and hit their heads. Head injuries or concussion?
Head injuries and concussion when children hit their head

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about head injuries and concussion. Written by pediatricians for parents. Children often fall and hit their head. Learn when it is dangerous and…

Healthy food for children - spaghetti
Healthy food for children

This post is also available in: SvenskaFacts and advice about healthy food for children. Written by pediatricians for parents. It is not difficult to make nutritious food for children. Meatballs, fish…

Mom sleeps next to baby
Help babies fall asleep – tips for a successful bedtime routine

This post is also available in: SvenskaGetting a baby fall asleep is a really difficult art. Sleep, or lack thereof, affects both you as parents and your baby. This topic is the most sought after and …

Child's swollen foot with a snake bite
Help! A snake! – children and snakebites

This post is also available in: SvenskaIt’s the summertime, and everyone is out! I’m not only referring to us humans, but also the mosquitoes, ticks and especially the snakes that have lai…

Hormonal spots are due to the baby's immune system being activated