Dr. Laura Jana

Articles Written By: Dr. Laura Jana

This author has written 36 articles

Dr. Laura Jana is a pediatrician and award-winning parenting and children’s book author. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, an MD from Case Western Reserve, and is the co-founder of Amazing Me Books. With a faculty appointment at Penn State University’s Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, some of her key areas of focus are early brain and child development, health and wellness, and early education. Dr. Jana also serves as an author and media spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and lives in Nebraska with her husband and 3 children.

Mother comforts and soothes her crying baby

What To Do When Your Child Has Colic

For expectant parents, simply hearing the word “colic” is enough to invoke feelings of fear. Caring for a baby with colic often (and understandably) causes…
A mother combs through her child's hair using a lice comb

What You Need to Know About Lice

I admit it. Despite being well-versed on head lice, the mere mention of it is enough to make me cringe and start to itch. Head…
Smiling baby boy lies on his stomach at home

Tummy Time: When Should I Start?

One of the most common questions parents have about newborns and infants relates to tummy time and just how much of it babies should get.…
A little baby boy crying furiusly

Simple Solutions for Toddler Tantrums

A temper tantrum – defined by the U.S. National Library of Medicine as unpleasant and disruptive behaviors or emotional outbursts – will challenge even the…
Happy mother and daughter play with a paper windmill on a beautiful, sunny day

You’ve Got This: 3 Strategies to Boost Energy

Parenting is admittedly tiring. Both time and energy are understandably in short supply for just about every parent I know, including myself. But there are…
Little girl smiling as the doctor checks her heart beat with a stethoscope

Doctor Visit Do’s: Tips for a Stress-Free Trip to the Pediatrician

Did you know that during the first five years of your child’s life, you’ll be visiting the pediatrician at least 12 times for well visits…
Toddler playfully reaches out to his father while they play on the bed

Educating Your Child’s Heart

Ask just about any parent what he or she wants most for their child and you will likely hear something like this: “All I want…
A little boy drinking a glass of orange juice

Who’s Feeding Your Children? A Deeper Look at the AAP’s New Nutrition Guidelines

Lately, the conversation around what children should and shouldn’t be eating has picked up momentum. Our country is still facing a daunting childhood obesity epidemic…

Standing Up for Recess

The headline of a recent national news story caught my attention – it read, “The battle over school recess.” The story profiles what seems to be an increasingly common issue – schools faced with pressures to increase test scores are tempted to reduce or eliminate recess altogether to spend more time focusing on the “Three Rs”: reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic. Understandable? Sure. This certainly isn’t the first time I’ve heard the importance of recess being called into question. But every…
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