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Ten tips to encourage independent play in toddlers

It is no secret that playing with your toddler has multiple benefits like enhancing language and social skills, critical thinking and brain development; but for …

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Dr. Lara’s Guide for RSV

What is RSV? RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). It is one of the many viruses that causes respiratory tract infections. It can affect …

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Discipline 101

How do you discipline your children when they misbehave? Do you spank them? If you do, I would like for you to reconsider because there …

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Dr. Lara’s guide for the flu

En Español What is the flu? The flu is a highly contagious illness caused by a group of respiratory viruses called influenza. When is flu …

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How to prepare for bringing your newborn baby home from the hospital

Bringing your newborn home from the hospital is going to be one of the most exciting days in your life. The anticipation, the planning, the …

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Teen Nicotine Vaping

Vaping is becoming increasingly popular among preteens and teens. Are you aware of the dangers of nicotine vaping? Is vaping safe? No, nicotine vaping is …

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Healthy newborn hospital care

Do you have questions about what to expect after giving birth? Wondering how long you and the baby will stay in the hospital? What kind …

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Postpartum Depression

Are you feeling overwhelmed, irritable, or anxious after the birth of your baby? Are you sad and cry often? You are not alone. It’s not …

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Latest pediatric recommendations for the Flu shot

En Español Did you know that children often have the highest attack rates of influenza  during influenza epidemics? The flu virus is unpredictable, spreads very …

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The prenatal visit with your pediatrician

En Español This is such an exciting time in your life! By now you probably already know if you are having a boy or a …

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Back to school anxiety: Parents edition

En Español Summer is over…no more leisureliness, cozy schedules and sleeping late. Labor Day Weekend is behind us, so that means that all kids are …

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Medicine Cabinet Essentials for Busy Families

En Español Do you have all the basics on hand when treating a minor illness or injury at home? A well-stocked medicine cabinet is key …

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Back to school lunch box tips

At what age should children start packing their lunch boxes? En Español Not sure when your child is old enough to independently pack their lunchboxes …

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Are you a good mom?

En Español Who determines that? Society? Your husband? Your friends? Your family? Your mother in-law? The perfect moms who you follow on social media? No! …

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A guide for physical activity and screen time for preschoolers

En Español What’s the right balance between active time and sedentary time for young children? How many hours should your baby or preschooler be sleeping? …

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About Me

Hi there! My name is Zulma Laracuente, but most people know me as Dr. Lara. I’m a mother of twin, teen girls. My husband and my daughters are my motor to keep going in this crazy adventure that people call life. I understand that being a parent is sometimes scary and stressful. I’m here to help you navigate through the world of parenting with as much ease as possible.